PHOTOS OF PLOWSHARES PROTEST AGAINST NUCLEAR WEAPONS
AND NEW BOMB PLANT PROPOSED FOR Y-12 COMPLEX IN OAK RIDGE ARE RELEASED (press release)
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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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance