GZ Hiroshima/Nagasaki Weekend

Ground Zero Center’s weekend of events commemorating the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki takes place from August 7th through August 9th this year.

The weekend officially begins on the morning of Sunday, August 7th and will include a demonstration at one of the entrance gates to the Bangor Trident base on August 8th, and a peace flotilla on Hood Canal adjacent to the Bangor base on August 9th. The peace flotilla will be accompanied by the historic boat The Golden Rule.

See the full schedule below.

Email your questions to info@gzcenter.org.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 6    

-Set up at GZ grounds

6:00-9:00 PM  Hiroshima to Hope, Green Lake Park, Seattle

SUNDAY, AUG. 7 

8:30 Those who will participate in the 9:00 AM Eucharist will gather and walk to the Bangor Main Gate.

9:00  Eucharist at Bangor Main Gate, led by Steve Kelly, SJ (ALL are welcome)

9:00  Gather at Ground Zero Center, and light breakfast

10:00  Welcome, weekend schedule, chore sign-up and pass the hat news and updates from David, Glen, and committees; also updates on Peace Pagoda and Golden Rule

11:30-12:30  Nonviolence Training

12:30-1:30  Lunch

1:30-3:30  Sidewalk vigil at Target (Kitsap Mall); Letter and email contacts to decision-makers

4:00-5:00  Planning 8/8 morning action

5:30-6:30  Dinner

7:00  Music by Tom Rawson and Ellen Van der Hoeven

8:00-9:00  Discussion and social time—early bed  (Possible overnight vigil at gate)

MONDAY, AUG. 8

5:00  Wake-up and quick breakfast

6:00  Gathering Circle, Nonviolence pledge

6:30-8:30  Arrive at gate; vigil and actions

9:00  Return to GZ, circle and debrief

930-11:00  Rest & relaxation  -Meet with Bangor security folks

11:00  Brunch

12:30  Helen Jaccard and Gerry Condon, The Golden Rule

1:30  Planning for 8/9 Boats By Bangor

3:30  Move kayaks, set up on King Spit beach for Tuesday “Boats By Bangor”

5:00  Dinner

7:00  Music by Hank ‘n’ Claire

8:30  Movie or discussion of book, The Voyage of the Golden Rule

TUESDAY, AUG. 9  (Actual times dependent on tides)

9:00  Breakfast

9:30  Carpool to King Spit

10:30-3:30  BOATS BY BANGOR

3:30  Barbecue on beach

5:30  Return to Ground Zero, depart

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The Golden Rule at Ground Zero: A Meditation Interrupted

Essay by Gerry Condon*

I am sitting in the middle of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action on the Hood Canal near Poulsbo, Washington. It is a large and beautiful piece of property, partly forested. There is a beautiful, ample house, with a sprawling lawn and garden space, protected by tall pine and cedar trees. At the far end of the lawn is a large stone marker engraved with a Buddhist prayer for peace. As I scan this idyllic scene, small bunny rabbits come into focus on the lawn. Enjoying this space all by myself for a few hours restores a sense of inner peace.IMG_2052-min

But any utopian fantasies are interrupted regularly by the sound of high powered rifles from the nearby rifle range. While breaking my peaceful spell, the rifle shots also remind me where I am. It is one thing that some people are spending time practicing their killing skills at the rifle range. On the other side of the fence, however, is a much more disturbing reality – the largest concentration of nuclear weapons in the United States.

The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action is located, by design, right next to the Bangor Trident Submarine Base, one of only two such bases operated by the U.S. Navy (the other is at Kings Bay, Georgia). Nearby is Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC), where missiles are stored and maintained.

One Trident ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) at Bangor is estimated to carry about 108 nuclear warheads. The W76 and W88 warheads at Bangor are equal respectively to 100 kilotons and 455 kilotons of TNT in destructive force. One submarine deployed at Bangor is equal to about 1,400 Hiroshima sized nuclear bombs. 8 of the Navy’s 14 Trident submarines are based here.

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At the far end of this peaceful lawn with the grazing bunnies and the Buddhist prayer memorial, I can see a cyclone fence topped with barbed wire. On the other side of that fence is enough nuclear firepower to destroy all life on earth. That thought is just too much for me to comprehend. The booming rifle shots have jolted me back to the real world.

Don’t get me wrong. This peaceful space called “Ground Zero” is also the real world. It is all about taking responsibility for the future of our world. It is about breaking through denial, bearing moral witness, educating the community about alternatives to violence, and putting our lives on the line. Ground Zero activists are regularly arrested at the gates of the Bangor base. They are dedicated to nonviolent resistance to nuclear weapons and war.

This is also the mission of the historic Golden Rule peace boat, now a national project of Veterans For Peace. We are sailing for a nuclear-free world, and a peaceful, sustainable future. The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action is one of main sponsors of the Golden Rule’s 4-1/2 month voyage throughout the Pacific Northwest. We are making stops at over 30 ports in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. We are networking with peace and climate justice activists, while educating the public about the continuing threat of nuclear war.

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On Tuesday, August 9, Nagasaki Day, the Golden Rule and Ground Zero will lead a “peace flotilla,” to sail on Hood Canal near the perimeter of the Bangor Trident Submarine Base. We will point out to the world that these weapons of truly mass destruction are here, and that they are holding the entire world hostage to nuclear terror. This obscene cache of nuclear weapons poses an existential threat to all life on earth. It is therefore immoral and must be resisted by all people of conscience. As Veterans For Peace says in its mission statement, war itself must be abolished.

I am again gazing at this beautiful green space of contemplation and resistance. Why is it that such idyllic spots are so often occupied by those who are preparing for war? What will it take to put an end to militarism once and for all? Activists working together, as are Veterans For Peace and the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action. When many peoples and many struggles come together as one, we will begin to achieve real peace and real justice.

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*Gerry Condon is Vice President, Board of Directors of Veterans for Peace; and has been promoting the continuing voyages and mission of the Golden Rule.

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August Resisters’ Arraignment in US District Court

UPDATED Monday, November 2nd at 7:00PM

Eight activists who were arrested by US Navy security personnel at the Bangor Trident base in August have received notices to appear for arraignment in US District Court, Tacoma on Wednesday, November 4th at 8:30AM. NOTE: It is possible that (as has happened on some previous arraignments) the government could cancel the arraignments at the last moment (literally the day before). If that happens, we will post an update to this calendar listing and send out an email announcement as well. AS of Monday, Nov. 2 the arraignment is still on!

We invite supporters to come out in support. We will hold a pre-arraignment vigil earlier in the morning in front of the Union Station Courthouse on Pacific Avenue, beginning at 7:30AM.

Supporters can also observe the proceedings in the courtroom. Anyone entering the courthouse must carry government issued identification, and must go through a security checkpoint (like airport security). Note: No photography is allowed in any area beyond the security checkpoint.

During the August vigil at the Bangor base, the eight protesters walked onto the base, blocking the roadway, and staged a die-in. While three activists dropped down on the roadway, the others poured ashes around them representing the ashes of those incinerated in the atomic bombings. Naval security personnel arrested them, cited them for trespassing, and released them a short time later.

Two of those who entered the base attempted to deliver a letter to the commanding officer urging him to use every power available to him to call for an immediate halt to the updating and expansion of the Trident fleet under his command. The two were among those arrested.

Those arrested (and who have received arraignment notices) are Mary Gleysteen, Kingston, WA; Anne Hall, Lopez Island, WA; Ann Kittredge, Quilcene, WA; Betsy Lamb, Bend, OR; Peggy Love, East Wenatchee, WA; Emilie Marlinghaus, Bend, OR; Elizabeth Murray, Poulsbo, WA; and Michael Siptroth, Belfair, WA.

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Judge reduces fines for activists who blocked Bangor gate in August

Editor’s Note: Thanks to the Port Townsend Leader for the following story on yesterday’s hearings in Kitsap District Court where resisters, who were cited by the State Patrol at Ground Zero’s August vigil and nonviolent direct action, had mitigation hearings before a judge. Although not mentioned in this article, Mack Johnson and Michael Siptroth also appeared in court on October 28th and had their fines reduced.

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Kitsap judge reduces fines for PT residents who blocked Naval Base-Kitsap Bangor gate in August

By Nicholas Johnson, Port Townsend Leader, October 28, 2015

Two Port Townsend residents who were cited in August after blocking an entrance to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor during a demonstration against nuclear weapons proliferation say a Kitsap County judge was “very sympathetic” upon reducing their fines.

Douglas Milholland, 66, and Brenda McMillan, 81, both of Port Townsend, said they appeared Oct. 27 in Kitsap County District Court where Judge Stephen Olsen reduced each of their $63 fines to $25.

photo by Glen Milner, Ground Zero Center

photo by Glen Milner, Ground Zero Center

Milholland and McMillan were among some 11 demonstrators cited and released Aug. 10 during a demonstration organized by the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action of Poulsbo, Washington.

Also, Ann Kittredge, 57, of Quilcene was cited that day with trespassing on military property by Navy security personnel after she and seven others walked onto the base to stage a die-in while blocking the roadway.

Photo by Glen Milner, Ground Zero Center

Photo by Glen Milner, Ground Zero Center

The demonstration was intended to draw attention to the continued deployment and modernization of the U.S. Navy’s Trident nuclear weapons system, according to organizers. It also commemorated the 70th anniversary of the United States’ atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, which led to the end of World War II.

Source URL:  http://www.ptleader.com/news/kitsap-judge-reduces-fines-for-pt-residents-who-blocked-naval/article_7b8a9490-7dc0-11e5-8a47-3f2b6adab1b1.html  

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