A judge has delayed a sentencing hearing for a nun and two other protesters for breaking into a nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee.
07/28/2012 – 07/31/2013, John Huotari
Extended coverage of the Transform Now Plowshares news from an Oak Ridge, Tennessee community website.
5/8/2013, Tricia Escobedo
When an elderly nun and two fellow peace activists walked undetected onto one of the nation’s most secure nuclear facilities last year, they wanted to call attention to the dangers of nuclear weapons.
4/30/2013, Matt Powell, Host: Audie Cornish
Jury selection begins next week in the trial of three nuclear protestors who broke into the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., last summer. The Department of Energy facility houses the nation’s stockpile of highly-enriched uranium. The break-in was significant in some unexpected ways.
4/29/2013, Brook Silva-Braga
Washington Post interview with Sr. Megan Rice, shcj.
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4/29/2013, Dan Zack, Photography: Linda Davidson, Illustration: Jeffrey Smith
Last summer, in the dead of night, three peace activists penetrated the exterior of Y-12 in Tennessee, supposedly one of the most secure nuclear-weapons facilities in the United States. A drifter, an 82-year-old nun and a house painter. They face trial next week on charges that fall under the sabotage section of the U.S. criminal code. And if they had been terrorists armed with explosives, intent on mass destruction? That nightmare scenario underlies the government’s response to the intrusion. This is the story of two competing worldviews, of conscience vs. court, of fantasy vs. reality, of history vs. the future.
8/25/2012, Frank Munger
A security police officer said he was fired because he apparently wasn’t rough enough with protesters during the July 28 predawn break-in at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.
8/18/2012, Erik Schelzig
Anti-war protesters have rallied at the gates of Y-12 for decades around the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Some deliberately trespass or block traffic to provoke arrest and call more attention to their cause. Some years, authorities have tried to deprive them of the notoriety by refusing to prosecute. Sometimes they go to federal court, but the stiffest sentence ever meted out was less than a year in prison.
This time, federal prosecutors have thrown the book at the three protesters, charging them with offenses that could carry cumulative prison sentences of 16 years for Sister Megan Rice of Las Vegas, Michael Walli of Washington and Greg Boertje-Obed of Duluth, Minn.
“That’s the reaction to the embarrassment,” said Ralph Hutchison, of the loose-knit Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.
8/15/2012, Scott Harris
While the media coverage of the non-violent civil disobedience protest focused almost solely on the security breach at the top secret weapons facility, the activists – part of the religiously-based Plowshares movement launched in 1980 by the Berrigan Brothers and other Catholic activists, were determined to draw attention instead to what they see as the “illegality and immorality of these horrific weapons and our nation’s continuing pursuit of them.”
Rice said she hopes to return to Nevada next month to take part in NDE’s upcoming interfaith celebration of non-violence. You can meet her in person, where you’ll find that she’s more like Mahatma Gandhi than James Bond.