Command and Control at Meaningful Movies Gig Harbor

Join Meaningful Movies Gig Harbor for a screening of Command and Control! This film chronicles the long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, the chilling new documentary exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us.

Hosted by Meaningful Movies Gig Harbor

Location: Agnus Dei Lutheran Church, 10511 Peacock Hill Ave NW Gig Harbor,WA

Click here for Meaningful Movies Gig Harbor website, where you can watch the trailer for Command and Control.

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CNV ACTION: VIGIL AT TRIDENT SUB BASE BANGOR

Join Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in a legal vigil on September 19th at the Bangor Trident Base (Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor) as workers enter the gate.

We also invite you to join us at a potluck dinner, movie and sleepover starting at 6pm Monday the 18th.

If you don’t join us the evening of the 18th, please arrive at Ground Zero by 5:45 am on Tuesday morning.

The vigil is an event coinciding with the 2017 Campaign Nonviolence (CNV) Week of Actions. Since 2014, Campaign Nonviolence has organized an annual action week in September, where marches and rallies calling for a culture of peace and nonviolence have taken place in all 50 states and a growing number of countries. Last year, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in 758 Campaign Nonviolence marches, vigils, rallies and other forms of public witness calling for a nonviolent culture.

For more information on our vigil contact Michael Hill at 360-492-3016

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In these times….What can we do? A Workshop with Ken Butigan

Pax Christi Northwest in collaboration with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action is pleased to present educator, writer and advocate for nonviolent change: Ken Butigan

Ken is a key organizer for Campaign Nonviolence, a movement to mainstream active nonviolence.

The Campaign is part of the long-term process of abolishing war, ending poverty, and healing the planet. Be inspired by past movements for peaceful social transformation and explore what we can do NOW.

Saturday September 16 – 8:30 am to 3:00 pm St. Joseph Church Social Hall – Capitol Hill – 732 18th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Schedule: Gathering – 8:30, Welcoming – 9:00, Prayer – 9:15, Workshop – 9:30, Networking & Lunch – 12:00 (Please bring a bag lunch), Peace Walk – 1:00 (destination TBA), Conclusion – 3:00

Come join us for a full day of inspiration, prayer, exchange, and ACTION for NONVIOLENCE in our day.

For more information, contact Denny Duffell – duffelldennis@gmail.com.

Click here to download the PDF flyer for the event.

Please also join us for a follow-on event, a vigil at the Bangor Trident base on September 19th. Click here to learn more.

Grounded in the Gospel and Catholic social teaching, Pax Christi Northwest is a regional organization of Pax Christi USA (PCUSA) a membership organization that rejects war, preparation for war and every form of violence and domination including personal and systemic racism. See: paxchristiusa.org.

Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action gathers people to explore the meaning and practice of nonviolence from a perspective of deep spiritual reflection. Throughout the year the GZ Center provides opportunities for witnessing against and resisting nuclear weapons, especially Trident. See: www.gzcenter.org.

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Appeal for diplomacy in the Korean nuclear crisis

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ground Zero Center is a member of Abolition 2000, and has endorsed the Appeal for diplomacy in the Korean nuclear crisis. The following message is from Alyn Ware, on behalf of UNFOLD ZERO, an affiliate of Abolition 2000.

The United States and North Korea should step back from the brink of war in North East Asia, and instead adopt a diplomatic approach to prevent war, according to an appeal sent yesterday to these two governments, and to the UN Security Council, by members and affiliates of the Abolition 2000 global network to eliminate nuclear weapons.

110 organisations and over 200 additional civil society representatives from 44 countries endorsed the appeal. it highlights the increasing risk of war – and possibly even the use of nuclear weapons by miscalculation, accident, or intent, calls for ‘immediate commencement of negotiations to prevent a military conflict from erupting,’ and urges ‘the UN Security Council to prioritise a diplomatic solution to the conflict.’

Endorsers of the appeal included parliamentarians, mayors/city representatives, scientists, academics, business leaders, medical professionals, veterans, educators/teachers, Nobel Peace Laureates, Right Livelihood Award laureates (the ‘alternative Nobel Peace Prize’), religious leaders, artists, nuclear victims, lawyers, women’s organisations, youth, former UN officials & diplomats, NGO leaders and other civil society campaigners.

Diplomacy with North Korea has worked in the past, and could succeed again if the security concerns of all countries in the region are taken into consideration,’ said Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation (PNND) and coordinator of the appeal. ‘This could include negotiations for a North East Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone, which appears to have cross-party support from the three key countries – Japan, South Korea and North Korea.’

‘We support the call for a negotiated settlement of the dispute between Korea and USA, Japan, South Korea and neighboring countries with a view to secession of nuclear testing in the interests of humanity and protection of the planet,’ said Ela Gandhi (South Africa), Grand-daughter of Mohandas Gandhi and Co-President of Religions for Peace.

We support this call for diplomatic approach for North Korea,’ said Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate and member of Women Cross DMZ, a group of women who walked from North Korea to South Korea in support of peace. ‘As we experienced during our visit to North Korea, the people want peace not war.’

‘I feel sad for the ordinary folk who live in North Korea,’ said Karipbek Kuyukov (Kazakhstan), a second generation victim of nuclear tests and Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM Project. ‘We [in the USSR] went through that too. We thought having weapons of mass destruction means being stronger and more powerful, but it is like an illusion. It is like carrying a huge rock up a steep mountain.’

The appeal also opposes any pre-emptive use of force by any of the parties, calls on all parties to refrain from militaristic rhetoric and provocative military exercises, and welcomes the offers by the UN Secretary-General and the European Union Foreign Minister to assist negotiations to resolve the conflict.

UNFOLD ZERO, an affiliate of Abolition 2000, joins others in the Abolition 2000 network to promote this appeal.

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PLC Six found guilty of trespass on west coast nuclear weapons base

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Nick Mele for his stellar onsite reporting of the Federal trial of the PLC Six. Click here to read more about the March 7, 2017 nonviolent direct action that led to yesterday’s trial.

Tacoma, Washington, September 6, 2017: Nuclear resisters were found guilty in US District Court of criminal trespass for their nonviolent protest at a US Navy nuclear weapons installation in Washington State.

In a trial of six nonviolent activists who conducted an act of civil resistance on March 7, 2017 at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, Washington, Magistrate Judge David W. Christel found the PLC Six (Mary H. Mele, Karan Founds-Benton, Charles Smith, Betsy Lamb, Steven Kelly SJ, and Alexandria Addesso) guilty of trespassing. The defendants had all stipulated to the Navy’s version of the facts in the case but pleaded not guilty to the charge of criminal trespassing. Their motion to include international law and necessity in their defense had previously been denied at the request of the prosecution.

The six resisters had crossed the marked property line onto the Bangor Trident base while reading sections of the Nuremberg Principles out loud before being arrested by military police. They were charged with trespassing and received ban and bar letters before being released.

They were part of a demonstration at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, Washington on March 7th at the conclusion of the Pacific Life Community’s (PLC) annual gathering. The Bangor submarine base, just 20 miles from Seattle, has the largest concentration of deployed nuclear weapons in the U.S. If Washington state were a sovereign nation, it would be the third-largest nuclear-weapons state in the world.

All were sentenced to 100 hours of community service and charged a total of forty dollars in mandatory processing fees and fines. All but Lamb were placed on probation for one year; Lamb was given two years probation because of a prior probation violation.

The judge permitted each defendant to testify about their state of mind at the time they crossed the line at the entrance to Bangor Naval Base. In moving testimony, many spoke of their personal conviction that nuclear weapons are immoral; two pointed out that the president of the United States has sole authority to launch nuclear attacks without any consultative process or review.

Charley Smith of the Eugene, Oregon, Catholic Worker, carried a copy of the Nuremberg Principles when he crossed the line, as did the others; asked to explain their significance to him, Smith replied, “Very simply, if we remain silent or do not challenge the evils of society we are complicit in those evils just as much as those giving the orders to commit crimes against peace, war crimes, or crimes against humanity.”

Alexandria Addesso, the youngest of the defendants spoke movingly of nuclear disarmament as a right to life issue for her and her generation. She noted the many threats to younger people, from climate change to economic stagnation, and said, “I might not have ten, twenty or thirty years of life ahead of me, and I want to work with my peers to end the threat of nuclear annihilation.”

In his closing argument, defense attorney Blake Kremer cited legal precedent to challenge the judge to change the framework of his thinking and temper his verdict based on the facts of the case with his sense of justice.

Before sentencing, Lamb invited Judge Christel to collaborate with the defendants in concluding the trial with an outcome that would be both creative and just. She concluded “I want to quote just two lines from a favorite piece of music of mine, the fourth cantata of Johan Sebastian Bach. Freely translated they read ‘It was an awesome war when life and death contended./The victory remains with life, the reign of death is ended. Alleluia.’ This is my hope.”

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