Honoring Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy

In honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action will hold a vigil at the Main Gate of the Trident Submarine Base at Bangor Saturday, January 13, at 11 am.

According to Vincent Intondi, author of African Americans Against the Bomb, King believed that civil rights are inextricably linked to peace.

When asked in December 1957 about the use of nuclear weapons, King replied:

“I definitely feel that the development and use of nuclear weapons should be banned. It cannot be disputed that a full-scale nuclear war would be utterly catastrophic. Hundreds and millions of people would be killed outright by the blast and heat, and by the ionizing radiation produced at the instant of the explosion . . . Even countries not directly hit by bombs would suffer through global fall-outs. All of this leads me to say that the principal objective of all nations must be the total abolition of war. War must be finally eliminated or the whole of mankind will be plunged into the abyss of annihilation.”

King remained committed to the antinuclear cause throughout the Civil Rights Movement. In 1959, five months after being stabbed in Harlem, King addressed the War Resisters League’s thirty-sixth annual dinner, where he praised its work and linked the domestic struggle for racial justice with the campaign for global disarmament: “Not only in the South, but throughout the nation and the world, we live in an age of conflicts, an age of biological weapons, chemical warfare, atomic fallout and nuclear bombs . . . Every man, woman, and child lives, not knowing if they shall see tomorrow’s sunrise.” He asked, “What will be the ultimate value of having established social justice in a context where all people, Negro and White, are merely free to face destruction by strontium 90 or atomic war?” 

We invite everyone interested in honoring Dr. King’s prophecy and legacy to attend the vigil.

Participants will gather at 10:00 am, Saturday, January 13, at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Rd NW, Poulsbo, and will leave at 10:30 am to walk to the base for a vigil which will include songs, signs, banners and quotes from Dr. King.

For more information contact info@gzcenter.org or call Mary Gleysteen at 360 297 3894.

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Walk for Martin Luther King’s Dream…

Please join the monks of the Bainbridge Island Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple for this year’s Martin Luther King Peace Walk. Please note; we’ve updated the event with the final walk itinerary.

WALK for Dr.M.L.KING’s DREAM
Towards A Harmonious Society & World Peace

JAN.10 Wed.-15 Mon. 2018
TACOMA – SEATTLE – BAINBRIDGE IS. – BREMERTON

[Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo]

“WE WALK AND PRAY TOGETHER for A WORLD
WITHOUT RACISM & CORPORATE GREED”

Wed. 10 Tacoma – Puyallup
Thu. 11 – Des Moines Sun.
Fri. 12 – Seattle-Bainbridge Is. Mon.
Sat. 13 MLK Day Peace Vigil of Ground Zero Center, Poulsbo
14 Bremerton(include Walking at new Dr.MLK Jr. Wy)
15 Dr. MLK Jr. Day Parade in Seattle

Sponsored by Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order, Ground Zero Ctr. For Nonviolent Action,
Emmanuel Apostolic Church, Living Art Cultural Heritage Project, Indian People for Change,
Tacoma Catholic worker, Lake Forest Park for Peace & more

You are welcome to join the walk for any amount of time.

For further information – Nipponzan Myohoji Bainbridge Island Temple 6154 Lynwood Ctr. Rd. NE Bainbridge Island WA 98110 pho:206-780-6739 206-724-7632(Rev. Kanaeda) 253-226-9605(Br. Peter)
kanaedasenji@gmail.com peterguadalupe@hotmail.com

[ the detailed plans of the walk]

Wed. Jan.10 9AM Guadalupe House Tacoma Catholic Worker 1417 S. G St. Tacoma WA 98405
Walk to Puyallup(All Saints Catholic Church, 204 6th Ave. Puyallup) 11 miles

Thu. Jan.11 9AM All Saint Catholic Church 204 6th Ave. Puyallup
Walk to Des Moines(Saltwater Unitarian Church 25701 14 Pl. S. Des Moines
12-13 miles)

Fri. Jan.12 930AM S. Othello St.+ MLK Jr Wy S. Seattle 6 miles Walk to Ferry Terminal
1220PM Ferry Terminal Pier52 to Bainbridge Is.
110PM Winslow Way+Hwy305 Bainbridge Island (Sign of B.I. ) 3miles walk
to Nipponzan Myohoji 6154 Lynwood Ctr. Rd NE Bainbridge Is. WA 98110

Sat. Jan. 13 1030AM Gathering at Ground Zero Ctr. For Nonviolent Action
16159 Clear Creek Rd. NW Poulsbo, WA 98370

Sun. Jan. 14 900AM 1st. St. + Washington Ave.(near Ferry) Bremerton
1000AM joining the commemorative service at Emmanuel Apostolic Church at 6th St. B
130PM Walking at MLK Jr. Wy Bremerton “7 times”

Mon. Jan.15 900AM Garfield High. 23rd. Ave. + E Jefferson St. Seattle joining MLK Jr. Day Parade

 

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Daniel Ellsberg and the Doomsday Machine

Daniel Ellsberg will  be at University Temple United Methodist Church on Tuesday, January 9th at 7:30 PM to talk about his new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Daniel Bessner will join him for this event. This event is presented by Town Hall Seattle and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.

With developing international discussions of nuclear conflict, it’s critical that we gather context for the policies and legacies of nuclear weapons. To help us gain perspective, we invite to the stage Daniel Ellsberg, former high level defense analyst and legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers. In his new book, The Doomsday Machine, Ellsberg offers us a first-hand account of America’s nuclear program in the 1960s, highlighting how our nation’s nuclear strategy has not fundamentally changed since the eras of late Eisenhower and early Kennedy. Ellsberg is joined in conversation with Daniel Bessner, professor of American Foreign Policy at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, to discuss the legacy of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization—and to analyze how its proposed renewal under the Trump administration threatens our very survival. Join us for a powerful and urgent conversation about feasible steps we can take to dismantle the existing “doomsday machine” and avoid nuclear catastrophe.

In 1961 Daniel Ellsberg consulted for the Department of Defense and the White House and drafted Secretary Robert McNamara’s plans for nuclear war. A Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Ellsberg is the author of Secrets and the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America.

Daniel Bessner is the author of Democracy in Exile and co-editor of The Decisionist Imagination. He has published scholarly articles in several journals, including The Journal of the History of the Behavioral SciencesInternational SecurityThe Intellectual History Review, and others.

WPSR founder, Dr. Judith Lipton, will introduce this event.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Town Hall’s website

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Why Did I Stand In The Road?

Editor’s Note: The following is the statement that Susan Delaney read at a mitigation hearing on November 7, 2017 at Kitsap District Court. Susan and others had entered the roadway carrying banners during a protest vigil at the Bangor Trident nuclear submarine base in August. All were cited for being in the roadway illegally and released. Some of the resisters, including DeLaney, appeared in Kitsap District Court to mitigate their charges.

Why Did I Stand In The Road?

I was born in Seattle 70 years ago and in all those years I have been a follower of rules and a law-abiding citizen.  I have never received a citation from the police, not even a traffic ticket.  This is the first time.  So why did I decide to get up early one morning and deliberately break the law?  Why did I go stand in the road?

Let me explain.  Most people in the Seattle area don’t know about the existence of the Bangor Submarine base located right in our front yard.  When the base was being built decades ago, there were big protests against it being constructed here but now that is mostly forgotten.  I believe it is time to remind people that the base is dangerous and very close to home.  And so as a way to call attention to the issue, I decided to stand in the road to see if anyone would want to know why I did that.

What are the dangers of having more than half of our nuclear-armed submarines serviced in one location?  The situation reminds me of Pearl Harbor where the Pacific fleet was concentrated in one

Susan DeLaney, after receiving her citation during the August vigil.

place making it possible for Japan to destroy all the ships in one attack.
In addition to all the nuclear missiles deployed on multiple submarines, Bangor is a storage site for other nuclear weapons.  All of this makes our region a first strike target and an accident waiting to happen.

I have a list here of 75 different military nuclear accidents and those are just the ones that are on the public record.  That says to me that the probability of a significant accident is just a matter of time.  The consequences of an accidental detonation or a release of nuclear materials is terrifying.  These realities must be recognized.  That is why I stood in the road.

There is a great precedent for changing things.  Up until 1991, our country had nuclear bombers on alert in the sky 24 hours a day.  There were numerous accidents and close calls.  A conservative Republican president, George Bush Sr. made the wise decision to end that era.  In 1991 he stood down the bombers.  I still remember hearing about it on the evening news.

It is time to take another big step to make our world a safer place.  Attention must be directed to the problem before people will start figuring out how to change things. I know that my protest was small and that it was not enough but I am not discouraged. Mother Teresa taught us that doing the right thing may not be enough, but that we should do the right thing anyway.  I believe that there is a special responsibility for what happens in our own front yard.  And so that is why I stood in the road.

Susan DeLaney
November 7, 2017

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Daniel Ellsberg: Dismantling the Doomsday Machine

Daniel Ellsberg is known to many for leaking the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. A lesser known fact is that Ellsberg drafted Defense Secretary Robert McNamara’s plans for nuclear war in 1961, and developed an intimate understanding of the madness of the most dangerous (nuclear) arms buildup in history. In his newest book, “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner,” Ellsberg chronicles the evolution of the “Doomsday Machine” we have created, and offers steps to dismantle it.

Another little known fact about Ellsberg is that he testified in court in support of Ground Zero “White Train” demonstrators on Thursday, June 20, 1985.  The next day, on June 21, 1985, a Kitsap County jury acquitted all 19 demonstrators for blocking a train loaded with Trident nuclear warheads on its way to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor on February 22, 1985.  February 22, 1985 was the last time the White Train was used to ship nuclear warheads to Bangor, Washington.

Ellsberg will appear in Seattle to speak about “The Doomsday Machine” at University Temple United Methodist Church on Tuesday, January 9th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available through Town Hall Seattle.

The following is the full article from the Saturday, June 22, 1985 Seattle Post-Intelligencer, written by John Marshall.

Ellsberg knows the fears of nuclear foes

She cites the writings and example of Daniel Ellsberg, she details her deepening commitment to the non-violent fight against nuclear weapons.  Karol Schulkin is on the witness stand in the Kitsap County Courthouse explaining how she came to put her body on the tracks in front of a White Train thought to be carrying warheads for Trident submarines.

It was a tough decision arrived at over years, Schulkin says.  Her voice choking, her eyes filling with tears, she explains, “Part of me still doesn’t believe that those trains are still coming and it depends on people like me to try to stop them.”

Many others brush away tears in the packed courtroom this Thursday morning, including Daniel Ellsberg himself.  Schulkin’s testimony, he would say later, “went to my heart like a lightning bolt.”  People have told him many times that what he has done has changed their lives, but never before has Ellsberg listened to someone say that under oath, someone who is on trial for non-violent actions.

So Ellsberg, an intense and emotional man, fights to keep his feelings under control as Schulkin testifies.  For he has been there, too, when the private doubts pile up, depression thwarts action and always there’s the uncertainty that the protest will make any difference at all.

It was that way with the Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg remembers.  For two years, he had tried to interest several prominent anti-war senators in the massive Top Secret study of the Vietnam decision-making in hopes of ending the war.  But, one after another, they declined.  And the war dragged on, the killing continued.

“I didn’t have any confidence the Pentagon Papers would do anything,” Ellsberg recalls.  “I still had hopes it might, but it was just a question of feeling the situation was desperate and I had to do what I could.  And as Schulkin said, ‘It seemed to be up to me.’  Others could do much more with the papers, much easier, with much less risk, but it was pretty clear they weren’t going to do it.”

The Pentagon Papers would prove to be political dynamite, not only contributing to the end of the war, but to the Nixon administration as well.  For Ellsberg’s release of the papers to the press so enraged the administration that it launched a secret “Get Ellsberg” campaign, including the burglary of his psychiatrist’s office.  And that set in motion the illegal acts and dirty tricks that became the scandal called Watergate.

After Vietnam, Ellsberg turned his protest efforts toward the nuclear weapons and nuclear war plans that he had once studied and revised as a 30-year-old analyst at the Defense Department in 1961.  “I felt at the time that I’ll never do anything as important as this,” he says, “and that hasn’t been eclipsed.”

But Ellsberg’s perspective on the threat that nuclear weapons pose would change so greatly that, 20 years later, he would be arrested in protests at nuclear weapons facilities in Colorado and California.  And it would bring him to Kitsap County, where he takes the stand in support of the 19 White Train protesters.

Wearing a gray business suit, his silver hair clipped short, the 54-year-old Ellsberg speaks calmly about why he considered Trident to be the greatest threat ever to world peace.  It is, he says, a “first strike” weapon that tips the precarious balance of nuclear terror between the United States and the Soviet Union.

“That’s why we are all now placed in the position of the parents at Jonestown when they were rehearsing suicide with their children,” Ellsberg testifies.  “They should have mutinied, they should have told Jim Jones, ‘We will not do that!’”

Later, over lunch, Ellsberg empathizes with the White Train protesters.  He talks of the loneliness of protesters who find, as he did, that friends vanish from their lives without a trace.  Compensation does come from the sense of community with fellow protesters, he says, and there is some satisfaction, too, in taking action.

But always, Ellsberg says, there’s the constant inner battle with feelings of hopelessness and despair: that nuclear war is just too great a threat and protests against it are just too few and too feeble.

“But God knows,” Ellsberg says, “I don’t think we’ll survive without this.”

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