Activists got busy in North Dakota this week, knocking a nuclear weapon offline with their hammering and spraypainting. Then they strung a banner proclaiming weapons of mass destruction – here. The protestors included a Roman Catholic priest and two war vets. From their statement:
We have chosen to start the process of transformation and disarmament by hammering on and pouring our blood on components of the Minuteman III nuclear missile system. We believe that the concrete that goes into making missile silos would be better used for building homes. We know that total disarmament of our first-strike system of nuclear weapons will require national repentance with a change in the hearts and minds of the people of the U.S. The pouring of our blood is meant to make visible the bloodshed resulting from the production, testing, and use of nuclear weapons. We believe the message in the Bible that after Cain killed his brother Abel that Abel's blood “cried out from the ground.” We hear our sisters' and brothers' blood crying out from the ground. We believe that God hears these cries and grieves deeply over every person whose blood is shed.
We call ourselves the “Weapon of Mass Destruction Here Plowshares” to highlight that our nation has thousands of horrific weapons of mass destruction. U.S. leaders speak about the dangers of other nations acquiring nuclear weapons, but they fail to act in accordance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which commits the U.S. to take steps to disarm its weapons of mass destruction. We act in order to bring attention to people's responsibility for disarming weapons of state terrorism. We can begin the process of exposing U.S. weapons of mass destruction, naming them as abominations that cause desolation, and transforming them to objects that promote life.
I also found an interesting notice at the Coalition of Women for Peace site last night.
23-24.6.06 in Park Hayarkon in Tel-Aviv
I remember Starhawk writing about her work in Israel and Palestine a few years ago. It's good to see feminists connecting. May they lead the way to a lasting peace. I'll watch for a report and post what I find.