This page will be updated with logistical and other information building for the PLC gathering and action commemorating the nuclear devastation of the March 1, 1954 Castle-Bravo hydrogen bomb test in the Bikini Atoll in the Marchall Islands by the United States. The fallout of this test continues to harm the people of Rongelap to this day. The Japanese fishing boat, the Lucky Dragon, was caught in the fallout cloud as well, and the ensuing sickness of its crew sparked the nuclear abolition movement in Japan which was not allowed to exist earlier, during the official occupation of Japan by US forces following World War II.
The Pacific Life Community is a faith-based network of activists from the Pacific coast and other western states committed to active, nonviolent social change as we organize, demonstrate and pray for a nuclear-free future.
Nuclear weapons are immoral and illegal. We believe that these weapons threaten all life on the planet even if they are not used because their production, deployment, and testing contaminates everything in our world and steals monies from life giving priorities like clear air, housing, education, transportation.
The 2015 PLC retreat will focus on the Lockheed Martin plant in Sunnyvale, California. The Trident D-5 missile is produced there, one of the most threatening weapons of mass destruction ever built. Other weapons systems manufactured by Lockheed in Sunnyvale include parts for Apache helicopter gunships which are a major tool of repressive regimes worldwide. Some version of the Hellfire missile are also produced by Lockheed Sunnyvale. These are used on several “platforms” including Predator and Reaper drones, also terrorizing local communities from Somalia to Gaza to Pakistan.
The retreat begins Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 and will end on Monday evening after a morning DIRECT ACTION. Folks should arrive at Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park by 3pm, Friday, Feb. 27, and be prepared to help support an action on Monday, March 2, that might not possibly end until 5pm (including the evaluation).
The retreat will be at the Vallombrosa Retreat Center, 250 Oak Grove Ave. Menlo Park, CA 94025
Retreat costs in the Bay Area are extremely high. Local organizers are raising about $14,000 so that each participant will only be charged $100 for room and board for the weekend including speaker costs.
We need to know in advance how many will attend. Please register early. Registration is $100 (non-refundable). Even if you cannot attend, any contribution will be helpful and appreciated.
TO REGISTER or contribute
SEND A $100 CHECK MADE OUT TO THE REDWOOD CITY CATHOLIC WORKER AND EARMARK IT FOR PLC.
The address of the Catholic Worker in Redwood City is:
Redwood City Catholic Worker (att. Larry Purcell)
P.O. Box 513
545 Cassia St.
Redwood City, CA 94064
Please include your full name, address, phone, and email address with your check. Let us know if you need to be picked up at either San Jose, or San Francisco airport and the time of your arrival. They are both about 25 minutes from Menlo Park.
Indicate if you need a special diet.
If you are open to nonviolent civil disobedience on Monday, then you should contact Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ about nonviolence (firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-499-8917) or call Larry Purcell or Susan Crane at 650-366-4415. General inquiries about the retreat or the PLC may also be addressed to Steve.