I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones
-Albert Einstein (contemplating nuclear devastation)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mothers calling to Disarm! Disarm!

Dear Friends,

Yesterday was a great day to be outdoors (not a cloud to be seen), and people gathered at the Main entrance gate to the Bangor Trident submarine base to demonstrate our resistance to the most horrific weapon (system) of mass destruction ever devised - TRIDENT! Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action held its annual Mothers Day Weekend action - this year's theme was Moms Against Bombs.

There were participants from around the Sound (and way beyond), and the Tacoma Catholic Worker was well represented. Pax Christi Tahoma's message was a lesson in getting one's message across clearly and succinctly: Pray - Study - Act!!!

This day was about action, and four resisters entered the roadway, unfurling a banner with their message.

(from left): Bert Sacks, Carlo Voli, Elaine Hickman and Tom Rogers
Of course, no Ground Zero Center action honoring nurturing women would be complete with a reading of Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation.
Lynn from Catholic Worker in Austin, Texas reading her part in the group reading.
When all was said AND done some of us gathered back at the GZ Center house and took a group photo greeting for Steve Kelly, who is winding down the last days of his sentence for the 2009 Disarm Now Plowshares action. By the way - the Bureau of Punishment's Inmate Locator now shows Steve's release date as June 21, 2012.

All in all, a great way (I think) to prepare for Mother's Day. Best wishes to all nurturing women on this Mother's Day. May we all (women and men) rise up together to shout out (and live out) Julia Ward Howe's adomition to:

"Disarm! Disarm!"

In Thanks and in Peace,


P.S. - Hope to have a full slide show and video up soon at both www.psnukefree.org and www.gzcenter.org

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