See “The Coming War On China” at PLC 2017

At this year’s Pacific Life Community gathering there will be a screening of an important new documentary by the Australian filmmaker journalist John Pilger, “The Coming War on China” — a free film event that is open to the public.

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The film will be shown on the evening of Monday, March 6th (exact time to be determined) at Pilgrim Firs retreat facility in Port Orchard, WA. Pilgrim Firs is located at 3318 SW Lake Flora Rd Port Orchard, WA 98367.

The Coming War on China is John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV. Pilger reveals what the news doesn’t – that the world’s greatest military power, the United States, and the world’s second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, are on the road to war. Pilger’s film is a warning and an inspiring story of resistance.

Click here to watch the trailer for the documentary. You can learn all about the documentary at http://thecomingwarmovie.com.

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PLC 2017 DAILY SCHEDULE

Here’s a quick rundown of the program for this year’s Pacific Life Community retreat! We hope to see many of you there and anticipate a rich and enlightening experience that should re-energize us in our quest for nuclear abolition!

Sunday, March 5 – We will gather Sunday afternoon with registration from 2 to 4 followed by dinner, introductions, and an icebreaker. The informal evening ends with music/singing featuring local musician Peter Gallagher, who hails from Portland by way of Tacoma.

Monday, March 6 – Monday is a full day! After breakfast, we’ll hear regional reports from our PLC Community members (please be prepared to offer a brief [3-5 min] rundown on highlights from the past year from your organization).

For the keynote address, Seattle Archdiocese Sisters Kathleen Pruitt and Chauncey Boyle will present an interactive retrospective on the life and work of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen. Archbishop Hunthausen played an important role in the early days of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action during the struggle to halt the arrival of nuclear weapons and materials at the Kitsap-Bangor Trident submarine base, which he famously called “the Auschwitz of Puget Sound.” While Archbishop Hunthausen will not be able to join us personally for this event, we will have the opportunity to send him our greetings and love.

In the afternoon, there will be an interactive panel discussing the discernment process, experience and consequences of nonviolent direct action against nuclear weapons with peacemakers Dennis Apel, Susan Crane and Steve Kelly. Later we’ll have updates from our members who have been to Jeju, Standing Rock, Peace Walks and the recent anti-nuclear conference in Astana, Kazakhstan.

For those wishing to take part in the Tuesday morning action at Bangor Naval Base, we’ll discuss a plan of nonviolent direct action, putting into practice what we learn from Dennis, Susan and Steve earlier in the day. There will be time set aside for letter-writing, poster- and banner-making.

To cap off Monday evening, musician James Morgan will lead us in songs of resistance and the evening will wrap up with an important new documentary by the Australian filmmaker journalist John Pilger, “The Coming War on China” — a free film event that is open to the public. See the trailer for the documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3hbtM_NJ0s

Tuesday, March 7 – Tuesday morning after breakfast, we’ll head to the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo (approx. 30 minutes’ drive north) and gather to recite the Pledge of Nonviolence before marching (weather permitting) to the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base for a vigil, holy Mass and action. Then we’ll regroup at the Ground Zero Center to learn about its history; we may want to tie peace some cranes to the border fence as a symbolic reminder that peace is always possible as an alternative to nuclear war. We’ll enjoy a light lunch before a closing prayer and say goodbye.

A more detailed, hour-by-hour agenda will be available in your welcome packet at check-in on Sunday afternoon (2-3 pm).

We would like to encourage everyone to read “A Still and Quiet Conscience – The Archbishop who Challenged a Pope, a President and a Church” by John McCoy before your arrival at PLC. It is available at most independent booksellers, online and (hopefully) in libraries everywhere.

For any questions about registration or the PLC event, contact Sue Ablao at (360) 286-9157 or sablao1@yahoo.com; or Elizabeth Murray at emurray404@aol.com  

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Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, a benevolent leader before Pope Francis

As we prepare to honor the legacy of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen at this year’s PLC gathering, here is a 2015 article from a Montana newspaper for your consideration.

Click here to read Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, a benevolent leader before Pope Francis.

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Archbishop Hunthausen in 2012

 

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PLC 2017 to honor Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen

The Pacific Life Community (PLC) will hold its annual retreat March 5-7, 2017 at the Pilgrim Firs retreat facility in Port Orchard, WA [ website at  http://pilgrim-firs.org/facilities/ ].

This year’s theme is “The Passion of Resistance” — encompassing both the joy and pain that comes from struggling against the status quo — and will feature a retrospective on the remarkable life work of Raymond G. Hunthausen, archbishop of Seattle from 1975-1981.  A principled peacemaker of profound integrity, Archbishop Hunthausen gained national attention when he became the first US bishop to urge tax resistance as a way to oppose the nuclear weapons buildup.  Archbishop Hunthausen participated in numerous nuclear resistance activities at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in the early eighties, sometimes turning up in ordinary clothing and identifying himself simply as “Ray.”

Raymond G. "Dutch" Hunthausen, GZ co-founder Jim Douglass; Hunthausen's sister Edna; GZ co-founder Shelley Douglass; and brother Jack Hunthausen in Helena, Montana, November 20160

Raymond G. “Dutch” Hunthausen, GZ co-founder Jim Douglass; Hunthausen’s sister Edna; GZ co-founder Shelley Douglass; and brother Jack Hunthausen in Helena, Montana, November 20160

Sisters Chauncey Boyle and Kathleen Pruitt, of the Seattle Archdiocese — both of whom were longtime associates of Archbishop Hunthausen — will co-deliver the keynote address on Archbishop Hunthausen’s remarkable contributions to his community and to a peaceful, nuclear-free world.  An interactive discussion will follow with the aim of helping activists and peacemakers draw important lessons from the life example set by Archbishop Hunthausen.

In preparation for the discussion PLC attendees are asked to read “A Still and Quiet Conscience:  The Archbishop who Challenged a Pope, a President, and a Church” by John A. McCoy, available either at libraries or for purchase online.  Archbishop Hunthausen, who currently lives at a retirement home in Helena, Montana, will not be able to join us, but there will be an opportunity to send him a message of greetings and gratitude.

An action and Mass/vigil is planned at the Bangor Naval Base – home to eight Trident nuclear submarines – during the retreat weekend.  Further details including a full agenda will be provided upon receipt of an RSVP (please send to both Sue Ablao at sablao1@yahoo.com and Elizabeth Murray at emurray404@aol.com).

The per-person fee is $135, which includes 2 nights’ lodging at Pilgrim Firs and all meals starting with dinner on Sunday, March 5th, through breakfast on Tuesday, March 7th.  Checks should be made out to retreat co-organizer Sue Ablao and mailed to her at:  4040 Dyes Inlet NW  Bremerton, WA  98312.  Any further inquiries may be directed to Sue at sablao1@yahoo.com or Elizabeth at emurray404@aol.com.

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NOTES:

Pilgirm Firs is a 120-acre camp/conference center nestled amid old-growth pines with hiking trails, a lake, cozy cabins, and an in-house kitchen staff that accommodates vegetarians and omnivores alike.  Please check the website for more information:  http://pilgrim-firs.org/facilities/

Travel planning:  Please plan to arrive at Pilgrim Firs sometime between 2PM and 4PM on Sunday, March 5th (Dinner will be served at 6 PM that evening).  We are required to be checked out of the Pilgrim Firs facility by noon on Tuesday, March 7th.  For those planning on flying in to SeaTac, one option is to take the Kitsap-Bremerton airport shuttle to Port Orchard ($22 one-way; takes about an hour from the airport – no advance reservation needed).  The Port Orchard shuttle stop is only about a mile from the Pilgrim Firs facility.  We expect to have volunteer drivers for those needing a ride to & from the retreat facility.  More information on the shuttle service here:  https://www.kitsapairporter.com/index.php/Reservations/KitsapSeaTac#

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Photos from PLC 2016 at Vandenberg

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Thanks to John Amidon and Felice Cohen-Joppa for sharing their photos of the 2016 Pacific Life Community nonviolent direct action at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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Remember Rongelap; Remember the Lucky Dragon; Remember Bikini

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“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”
– Omar Bradley, Late US General
My friend Dress does the cryptoquip,Rivers_anti_Nuke_sign_jh and sometimes they’re very interesting, even spot on, like this one. Today is World Nuclear Disarmament Day, March 1.
March 1 is the anniversary of one of many crimes against humanity executed by my own United States of America. On this date in 1954, the US conducted its largest hydrogen bomb test (about 20 Megatons, 1000 times bigger than the bomb that incinerated Nagasaki). Look up nuclear test Bravo (or Castle-Bravo) in your search engine.
It was from this test that the Bikini bathing suit got its name, after the magnificent Marshall Island atoll that was blown up in the process, the bright light rivaling the sun’s. The…

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TWELVE NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT ACTIVISTS ARRESTED AT LOCKHEED MARTIN IN CALIFORNIA

To conclude the 2015 gathering of the Pacific Life Community, 80 activists held a colorful and lively demonstration on Monday, March 2 at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California, protesting nuclear weapons work and other weapons for war.

After sharing poetry, litany, dancing and songs, twelve of the protesters spread across the entrance roadway with a 50 foot banner that read “Lockheed Weapons Terrorize the World” to stop traffic going into the weapons plant.

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They carried a letter with them that read:

“To All of Us Who Pay Taxes or Work at Lockheed Martin,

“Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest weapons producer. The nuclear missiles that Lockheed Martin designs and builds are a threat to all life on earth. We ask you to evaluate the morality of profit from world-wide death and suffering.

“This is the time to transform Lockheed Martin’s reliance on weapons production into new technologies that help the earth and benefit the common good.”

The group was arrested and charged with blocking traffic. Four of the protesters were released that afternoon, and one later that evening. Seven who refused to sign papers for their release are in jail until they can be seen by a judge.

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Those arrested are: Peggy Coleman, Betsy Lamb, Ann Havill, Fr. Jerry Zawada, OFM, John Yevtich, Katie Kelso, Susan Crane, Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ, Larry Purcell, Elizabeth Murray, Ed Ehmke and Mary Jane Parrine.

Many of the activists wore a photo of Fr. Bill “Bix” Bichsel, in remembrance of the long-time nuclear resister, Jesuit priest, Catholic Worker and member of the Pacific Life Community (PLC) from Tacoma, Washington who died at home on February 28.

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The Pacific Life Community is a network of spiritually motivated U.S. activists from the Pacific Coast and other western states committed to nonviolent action for a nuclear-free future.

Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest military contractor. They make the Trident D-5 nuclear missile, a first strike weapon.

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Since last summer’s Israeli devastation of the Gaza Strip, California PLC activists have also been educating themselves and the public about Lockheed Martin’s role in supplying Hellfire missiles, Apache Longbow helicopter parts and F-16 jets to Israel, all of which have caused immense civilian casualties and war crimes against the Palestinian people, according to numerous international and Israeli organizations (including the United Nations and B’Tselem).

For more information, visit the Pacific Life Community blog at https://pacificlifecommunity.wordpress.com/

This report is posted here: http://www.nukeresister.org/2015/03/03/twelve-nuclear-disarmament-activists-arrested-at-lockheed-martin-in-california/

Photos will be added later to The Nuclear Resister and Pacific Life Community Facebook pages.

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