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Monday, March 21, 2011

Support Disarm Now Plowshares

Disarm Now Plowshares Sentencing Events
On November 2, 2010, Fr. Bill “Bix”
Bichsel, S.J., of Tacoma; Susan
Crane, of Baltimore; Lynne
Greenwald, of Bremerton; Fr. Steve
Kelly, S.J., of Oakland; and Sr. Anne
Montgomery, RSCJ, of New York;
trespassed onto the Naval Base in Bangor, Washington, to
protest the nuclear weapons stored there.  They were tried
and found guilty on December 13, 2010, of trespass,
felony damage to federal property, felony injury to
property, and felony conspiracy to damage property. In
their defense the activists argued three points: 1) the
nuclear missiles at Bangor are weapons of mass
destruction, 2) those weapons are both illegal and
immoral, and 3) that all citizens have the right and duty to
try to stop international war crimes from being committed
by such weapons. Each defendant faces possible sentences
of up to ten years in prison. The five will be sentenced on
Monday, March 28, 2011.

The following is a schedule of events for the coming days.
Everyone is welcome to attend one or all of the events:

Saturday, March 26, 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM - Listen to Fr.
Bix interviewed by Mike McCormick on KEXP, 90.3 FM.

Sunday, March 27,  10:30 AM - Mass at St. Leo Church,
710 South 13th St., Tacoma, Fr. Pat Lee, SJ, Oregon
Provincial.  5:30  PM - Festival of Hope  Potluck Dinner,
Speakers include Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton.

Monday, March 28, 9:00  AM - Sentencing for all five
Disarm Now Plowshares co-defendants begins at the U.S.
District Courthouse, Tacoma.  (There will be an 8:00 AM
Vigil in front of the Union Station Courthouse in support
of Disarm Now Plowshares).

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