The three resisters who were arrested and charged with trespassing by the Navy during during last May’s Mother’s Day vigil will soon have their day in court. They have been notified to appear for arraignment – trial will be at a later date – at the US District Court in Tacoma, Washington. Although the Navy is not seeking jail time – the statute specifies 6 months imprisonment, a $500 fine, or both – this could change as it is likely the defendants will challenge the charge. Click here to read more about the Mother’s Day action. 
***Please note that there is a possibility (based on some previous cases) that the government could drop the charges at the midnight hour. If you plan to join us in court on the 7th, please be sure to check our Facebook page or this calendar event listing the night before or morning of arraignment for any updates.
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Confronting Nuclear Weapons in an Age of Indifference

Please join us at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Rd NW, Poulsbo, WA on Saturday, May 7th to celebrate Mother’s Day. Plans include an early morning Memorial to Fr Dan Berrigan at the Bangor Gate led by Bernie Meyer, a presentation by our own Elizabeth Murray entitled “Confronting Nuclear Weapons in the Age of Indifference”, and a vigil and nonviolent direct action later in the day at the Bangor base.

May is a beautiful time to visit Ground Zero. We can promise lush green grass in the meadow and lots of flowers and trees in full spring majesty. We can’t exactly promise sun, but we’ll settle for sunny dispositions. In the spirit of less-is-more, our schedule will allow ample time for reflection, fellowship, connecting with old friends, making new ones, and enjoying the grounds and trails.

Note that this action is purposely scheduled for Saturday in order to not compete with family Mother’s Day celebrations, not just for us, but for the military, security and law enforcement folks who seem to enjoy attending our direct actions.

We’ll provide coffee, tea, bagels, and cream cheese in the morning. Bring a bag lunch and something to share for a mid-day break.


  • 9:00   Registration, light breakfast, social time
  • 9:15    Memorial to Dan Berrigan at Bangor Main Gate (Bernie Meyer)
  • 10:15  Welcome to Ground Zero Action (Tom Rogers)
  • 10:30 Update on Current GZ Initiatives (5 minutes each):

1) EHW #2 Lawsuit (Glen Milner)
2) Peace Pagoda (Mira Leslie)
3) Bus Ad Campaign (Rodney Brunelle)
4) SV Golden Rule (Tom Rogers)
5) August Action (Michael Siptroth)
6) PSR Update (Dave Hall)

  • 11:15    Keynote – “Confronting Nuclear Weapons in an Age of Indifference” (Elizabeth Murray)
  • 12:00  Lunch. Bring a bag lunch and something to share.
  • 1:00    Action planning. Letter writing to Congress, President, Presidential Candidates, editors & others and/or emailing/phoning (Bring your laptop or other device; wireless available). Fellowship, reflection, fun!
  • 2:00   Reading Pledge of Nonviolence and Procession to Bangor
  • 2:30   Action at Bangor Sub Base Gate
  • 4:00   Return to Ground Zero, closing circle, appreciations
  • 4:30   Clean-up, farewells

Click here for directions to Ground Zero Center.

Did you ever wonder where the apostrophe, if any, goes in Mothers Day or Mother’s Day, or Mothers’ Day? If you have a few more minutes read on:

A short history of Mother’s Day: At Ground Zero we most often attribute this day to Julia Ward Howe, who led a “Mother’s Day for Peace” anti-war observance on June 2, 1872, which was accompanied by an “Appeal to womanhood throughout the world” (nowadays known as Mother’s Day Proclamation). The observance continued in Boston for about 10 years under Howe’s personal sponsorship, then died out.

In its present form, Mother’s Day was established by Anna Jarvis following the death of her mother, a Civil War era social activist, in 1905. Jarvis never mentioned Howe, always claiming that the creation of Mother’s Day was hers alone.

Anna Jarvis explicitly wanted an apostrophe, and she wanted it to be before the “s”: … it was to be a singular possessive, for each family to honor their mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.

Still more, at Ground Zero we often celebrate the day as a tribute to Mother Earth. On this day we act out our obligation to protect our mother from the ravages of nuclear weapons.

(Thanks to Tom Rogers, Co-Chair of this year’s Mother’s Day event, for this announcement.)

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