For Immediate Release
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
16159 Clear Creek Road NW Poulsbo, WA 98370
The activists were part of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action's peaceful vigil at the main gate to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, Washington on August 6, 2012 in protest of the U.S. government’s continued deployment and upgrading of the Trident nuclear weapons system. The vigil also commemorated the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
During the early morning vigil on August 6th four groups of protestors successively stretched banners across the roadway of the base entrance, stopping traffic entering the base during the rush hour. The banners contained messages including “Abolish Nuclear Weapons” and “Give Peace a Chance. No, Seriously.”
Each group of protestors complied with Washington State Patrol officers’ orders to leave the roadway, and all were escorted to the median where they were processed. A total of 16 persons were issued citations at the scene for “Walking on roadway where prohibited” and released.
Eight of the activists have requested mitigation hearings in order to be able to state, on the record, their reasons for engaging in the resistance action. The two other members or the action have chosen to contest their charges.