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Monday, October 10, 2011

October 9th Prayer Action: CatholicWorker arrests: 59 at the Nuclear Test Site (NNSS) and 18 at Creech Air Force Base

(photos: Mary Lou)

From: the CatholicWorker:
October 9th CW arrests: 59 @ the Nuclear Test Site (NNSS) & 18 @ Creech Air Force Base
NEVADA NATIONAL SECURITY SITE PRAYER-ACTION
The NNSS (formerly the NTS & NPG) has been unlawfully occupying Shoshone land for over 60 years, conducting nuclear bomb tests and other international criminal violence. It's a place needing much prayer and radioactive remediation. The people working there need our prayers too. This week is also Keep Space for Peace Week, so today's actions at the NNSS and Creech are supporting a peace-zone around the planet, including in the outer space currently occupied by US weapons satellites.


Therefore, Catholic Workers have come here for decades on special dates, so that the violence may stop, and national resources may be used for the common good, especially for poverty relief for those among the 99% of the people affected by the 1% who are making bad decisions.
CREECH AFB PRAYER-ACTION

Creech Air Force Base is the headquarters of the USAF's 432nd Air Wing of Predator and Reaper drones which operates armed remotely piloted aircraft in various foreign countries. The NNSS continues to support the country's nuclear weapons programs, has a mandate to restart full-scale nuclear bomb tests within two years if so ordered by the President, and receives and stores radioactive waste on land that legally belongs to the Western Shoshone Nation.

Therefore, Catholic Workers have decided to help halt these offenses, so that the violence may stop, and national resources may be used for the common good, especially for poverty relief for those among the 99% of the people affected by the 1% who are making bad decisions. This week is also Keep Space for Peace Week, so today's actions at the NNSS and Creech are supporting a peace-zone around the planet, including in the outer space currently occupied by US weapons satellites.
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List of arrestees at Creech still awaiting charges:

Matt Campbell (24) from Arizona
Huntley Hoffman (25) from Arizona
Nancy Mancias (41) from Arizona
Betsy Lamb (72) from Arizona
Fr. Jerry Zawada, (74) ofm from Arizona
John Heid (56) from Arizona
Toby Blome (56) from California
Mike Wisniewski (62) from California
Fr. Louis Vitale, ofm (79) from California
Mary Moody (47) from Iowa
Brian Terrell (56) from Iowa
Rosalie Riegle (74) from Michigan
Rebecca Lambert (28) Minnesota
Theo Kayser (21) from Missouri
Robert Majors (24) from Las Vegas, Nevada
Jim Haber (49) from Las Vegas, Nevada
Rachel Winch (27) from Wisconsin
Christine Nelson (64) from (North America)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Stopping drone warfare at Creech AFB right now!



Code Pink Toby explains what is happening this weekend at Creech Airforce Base where hundreds of Catholic Workers and Code Pinkers are gathering to protest the use of Drone warfare and the research that makes possible robot weaponry. They will be present each morning up to October 13th, so join them!
Creech AFB, Indian Springs, Nevada, "home of the drones."

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Unoccupy Creech

Catholic Worker-Led Protests Against Nukes & Drones in Nevada
WHAT: Demonstration/Protest
WHEN: Sunday October, 9, 2011
WHERE: 9:00 a.m. Gate of Nevada National Security Site, Mercury, NV
1:00 p.m. Gates of Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, NV
***VISUALS: Signs, Banners, Puppets and Props, Civil-Resistance***

(Las Vegas) The largest anti-war demonstration ever at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada, and the largest anti-nuclear civil resistance action in at least six years at the Nevada Test Site (now officially called the Nevada National Security Site or NNSS) will take place on Sunday, October 9. Over 200 radical pacifists from across the globe will swell the ranks of local activists because of the International Catholic Worker (CW)gathering in Las Vegas October 7 and 8. The CW gathering culminates with the antinuclear, anti-drone demonstrations which also mark the 10th tragic anniversary of the US
invasion of Afghanistan.

Creech Air Force Base is the headquarters of the USAF's 432nd Air Wing of Predator and Reaper drones which operates armed remotely piloted aircraft in various foreign countries.
The NNSS continues to support the country's nuclear weapons programs, has a mandate to restart full-scale nuclear bomb tests within two years if so ordered by the President,and receives and stores radioactive waste on land that legally belongs to the Western Shoshone Nation.

Jim Haber, Coordinator of Nevada Desert Experience which has a long history of peace activism in Nevada commented, “We are making connections to the Occupy Everywhere movement as well, but our prime focus is against war and killing as epitomized first by nuclear weapons and now drone assassins. Both rely on anti-democratic, secretive sites like these, the militarization of space, the desecration of ecosystems, and the swallowing of money that could otherwise be used to solve, rather than create social problems.”

“We are at an important milestone with 10 years of occupation in Afghanistan (and 8 in Iraq), expending millions of our tax dollars on unmanned aerial vehicles which are responsible for thousands of civilian deaths. The wars have bankrupted our country. It's time to stop the deadly drone strikes,” states Nancy Mancias, CODEPINK Ground the Drones campaigner.

The protests are also part of the Keep Space for Peace Week: International Week of
Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space taking place between October 1-8. Keep Space for Peace Week is co-sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace &
Freedom, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (UK), Swedish Peace Council, Drone
Campaign Network (UK), and United Against Drones (U.S.). A complete list of global
protests can be found here.

Information contact:
Jim Haber, Nevada Desert Experience, 702-646-4814 (office), 415-828-2506 (mobile)
Brian Terrell, Catholic Worker, 773-853-1886 (mobile)

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