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Photos of Plowshares Protest Against Nuclear Weapons

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The Transform Now Plowshares resisters, Michael Walli, Megan Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed, today release to the public photographs from their July 28, 2012, entry into the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Transform Now Plowshares action focuses attention on the ongoing production of nuclear weapons of mass destruction in Oak Ridge and the plans for a new $7.5 billion weapon production facility, the Uranium Processing Facility, at Y12.

“These photographs carry with them our message,” the three Plowshares activists affirm. “We came to Y12 in a spirit of hope, not fear. We were authorized—even required—to act by the responsibilities placed on us as citizens. The Nuremberg principles, codified by the United Nations after World War 2, require citizens to refuse cooperation with unlawful government acts insofar as it is morally possible. We also felt called, as children of God, to act on behalf of all God’s children, including and especially those who are threatened daily by the machines of war and the power of empire.”

“In one sense, the pictures speak for themselves,” said the three. “But they don’t tell the whole story. The whole story is about more than the fact we got through the ultra high security ‘deadly force authorized’ zone. The whole story includes why we went there and the message we took. We carried with us a Bible, hammers, candles, bread, white roses and blood. We attempted to embody the prophecy God gave to Isaiah, to beat swords into plowshares. We tried to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, who calls us to find our true security in love and compassion.”

The Transform Now Plowshares resisters are scheduled for trial in federal court in Knoxville, TN on February 26, 2013 on charges of trespass, destruction and depredation of federal property. The charges carry a combined penalty of up to sixteen years imprisonment.

The Transform Now Plowshares resisters can be reached at:

Greg Boertje-Obed        218 728 3771
Sr. Megan Rice             610 525 9900 ext 649
Michael Walli              202 882 9649

All pictures provided by US government sources in discovery stage of trial preparation.

For more information about the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex, contact:

Ralph Hutchison 865 776 5050  | orep@earthlink.net
Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance

Not pleading guilty, but writing recommendations

1. We now stand accused of 2 felony and 1 misdemeanor charges concerning alleged events at the U.S. Government Y-12 nuclear weapons of mass destruction site on July 28, 2012. We submit the following recommendations according to current and controlling U.S. and international law which prohibits the planning, preparation, conspiracy for threat or use of nuclear weapons on-going at Y-12.

2. We recommend the immediate cessation of all nuclear weapons preparations at the Y-12 site which the U.S. knows are war crimes as defined in the U.S. criminal code and fundamentally unlawful violations of humanitarian law.

3. We recommend that the entirety of the Oak Ridge nuclear facility be placed under the control of the United Nations, according to good-faith nuclear disarmament treaty negotiations for the sole purpose of transforming the complex into life-enhancing alternative projects. A part of this transformation will include verifiable, transparent, safe and timely disposal of all polluting materials including the fissionable materials currently present for use at Y-12.

4. We recommend that the U.S. Department of Justice investigate and prosecute those responsible for the war crimes we pointed out.

5. We defendants acted in compliance with our legal obligations to reasonably oppose or expose known criminal acts of the U.S. military, corporations or governmental agencies. Among these crimes are: planning, preparations, conspiracy for threat or use of nuclear weapons such as those at Y-12 known and intended for indiscriminate and uncontrollable mass murder.

6. As law-abiding citizens of the Kingdom of God, the world, and of the United States, we are obligated in conscience and in law to act in accordance with the rule of law and to reasonably expose egregious violations of the most basic rules and principles of law. The U.S. Constitution provides that all international laws, treaties, agreements and understandings into which the U.S. Government enters become integral component parts of the U.S. Constitution. Among these are the Nuremberg Principles, the Hague Convention, the Geneva Convention, the United Nations Charter (with Preamble), laws outlawing crimes against the peace, various weapons of mass destruction, preemptive wars, the targeting of unarmed civilians, assassinations, other laws of war, and the United Nations Convention on Torture.

7. Accordingly, we the defendants shall not alter our not guilty pleas.

Greg Boertje-Obed, Sr. Megan Rice RSCJ, and Michael Walli

Support Transform Now Plowshares

Contributions for jail support for the Transform Now Plowshares activists are welcome and needed! You can mail checks to:

Catholic Worker
PO Box 29179
Washington DC 20017

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