The 2020 Pacific Life Community (PLC) retreat is coming up this weekend. Even if you are not attending the gathering, our Sunday morning screening of “The Arms Race Within” — the story of Ground Zero and its roots within the Pacific Life Community — is open to the public, so please join us and bring some friends! The film starts at 10:30 AM and is approximately one hour long. The film will be shown at Pilgrim Firs Camp & Conference Center, 3318 Lake Flora Rd, Port Orchard, WA 98367.
Here are some highlights of what’s coming to this major gathering of peacemakers:
A panel of those who attended the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 trial earlier this year will convene to share their witness of the court proceedings and discuss the implications for activists inherent in these developments.
In order to help chart the way forward for nuclear activism while applying the lessons of Gandhian satyagraha (Truth-force) philosophy that helped form the basis of the early Pacific Life/Ground Zero Communities (and which eventually made possible the revival of a Peace Pagoda now being constructed on the GZ grounds!) PLC 2020 will screen the “The Arms Race Within,” a film that explores the foundational beginnings of these enduring communities built by Robert and Janet Aldridge as well as James and Shelley Douglass. PLC organizers anticipate the film will spark meaningful discussion ahead of the planned Monday morning action at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
Steve Dear of Eugene, Oregon will be our keynote speaker. Steve will discuss the struggle against nuclear weapons, militarism and climate change, as well as important linkages that can strengthen and unite these resistance movements.
To help broaden PLC solidarity networks with fellow Earth Protectors, Abby Brockway (of the ‘Delta 5’ — see https://www.pcusa.org/news/2016/2/8/pcusa-ruling-elder-abby-brockway-continue-battle-a/) and Larry Morrell, executive director of the Sound Defense Alliance on Whidbey Island (https://sounddefensealliance.org/] will form a panel to educate participants on the environmental threats posed by Growler jets and oil trains.
The Irthlingz Duo of Orcas Island will be providing musical accompaniment to our PLC weekend with their uplifting, inspiring and environmentally-socially aware music. Please see their website at https://www.irthlingz.com/
PLC 2020 PROGRAM AGENDA
Friday, February 28th
3:30-5:30 PM WELCOME & REGISTRATION, CABIN ASSIGNMENTS
6:00- 7:00 PM – DINNER
7:30 PM – Greetings and welcome to PLC 2020 (George R.)
7:45- 8:45 PM – Icebreaker exercise (moderated by Clancy): Participants pair off (preferably with someone they don’t know well); each shares a favorite quote . Take turns explaining (briefly) why the quote is meaningful. All regroup; individuals volunteer to share highlights of activity parter’s quotes.
8:45-9 PM – Break
9 – 9:45 pm Reception, informal social mingling; getting RE-acquainted with your PLC brothers and sisters! Storytelling – and telling the PLC story
10 PM – LIGHTS OUT – Goodnight all!
Saturday, February 29th
7:00 AM – Informal gathering for prayer circle/quiet meditation (optional)
8:00 AM – Breakfast
8:45 AM – Morning musical interlude: introducing The Irthlingz Duo of Orcas Island (Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz)
9:15 AM – PLC Regional Reports (Each PLC region selects representative to deliver 5-10 min. report on past year’s highlights)
10:15 AM – Reflections on the Kings Bay Plowshares trial — by PLCers who attended: (Steve Dear, Dennis A., Felice & Jack, Betsy & Ann, Sue A., etc)
11:30 AM-11:45 AM – Q & A / discussion
11:45 AM – Noon – Break
Noon-1 PM – Lunch
1 PM-2:00 – “Broadening Our Circle of Solidarity” — Panel with fellow Earth protectors: Abby Brockway from the Delta 5; Larry Morrell from Sound Defense Alliance, Coupeville ( https://sounddefensealliance.org) ; moderated by Steve Dear, Extinction Rebellion-Eugene OR activist and PLC keynoter
2:00-2:30 – Q&A, discussion of solidarity links and networking between nuclear resisters and climate/environmental activists
2:30 – 2:45 – break
2:45 – 3:25 PM – Afternoon music break: The Irthlingz Duo
3:30-4:30 PM – Video presentation by Susan Crane on Anti-Nuclear Peace Actions in Germany (per her recent experience there this summer)
4:30-4:45 PM – Q & A: Are there examples of “best practices” strategies and tactics from Susan’s experiences that can be applied to future PLC actions/activities?
4:45-5 PM – Break
5-5:45 PM – Workshop with Larry Morrell of Sound Defense Alliance, Coupeville ( https://sounddefensealliance.org)
5:45-6 PM – break
6 – 6:55 PM dinner
7-7:25 PM– Music set with “The Irthlingz Duo”
7:30 – 8:20 PM — PLC Keynote Speech with peace & justice activist Steve Dear: “Love Transcends the Abyss: Building Communities of Resistance and Resilience at 100 Seconds to Midnight”
8:20 – 8:40 PM — Q & A; post-speech discussion suggested topic: How can we leverage our solidarity links with other pro-Earth movements to bring new people fully on board for the next generation of nuclear disarmament activism?
8:r0-8:45 PM — quick break
8:45-9 PM — Concluding evening thoughts – inspiring readings from Jim and Shelley Douglass (Elizabeth Murray)
9:00 – Remembering our Cloud of Witnesses; thoughts, prayers and meditations (Larry Purcell)
10 PM – LIGHTS OUT!
Sunday, March 1st
7 AM – morning prayer or meditation for peace (optional)
8-9:00 AM – Breakfast
9:15-9:30 Morning Musical Interlude – The Irthlingz Duo
9:30-10:20 Trident/Bangor presentation on nuclear weapons (presented by Ground Zero Stewardship Council member Mack Johnson; created by WPSR/GZ Stewardship Council member Dave Hall; )
10:20-10:30 Q & A (or break as needed)
10:30-11:30 film screening: “The Arms Race Within” on the early days of the Pacific Life Community, the predecessor to the Ground Zero Center; and the ground-breaking resistance work of Robert Aldridge, Jim and Shelley Douglass and other early Pacific Northwest nuclear resisters (presented by Elizabeth Murray)
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Tacoma Plowshares attorney Blake Kremer – legal advice for activists
2:15 – 4:15 Planning and discernment exercise for Monday morning base action
4:15 – 5:00 Preparation for nuclear resistance action (sign-making, etc) Fill out contact information and legal forms for those prepared to risk arrest. Arrange jail support, select banners, videographers, photographers for action. Also: opportunity for writing postcards to Kings Bay Plowshares prisoner-activist Steve Kelly; or postcards to Congressman Derek Kilmer and others on urgency of nuclear disarmament.
5:00 – 6:00 Dinner
6:30-7:30 — Reading of Steve Kelly epistle for PLC
Evening sharing and discussion: “What has called each of us to resist nuclear weapons?” “How does the legacy of nuclear resistance and the PLC history relate to our current situation facing deployment of W-76 “low-yield” nuclear weapons?” “How are we inspired by Bob Aldridge, Steve Kelly, Jim & Shelley Douglass, and others today?”
7:30-8:30 – Free time
8:30-9:30 Screening of film about Bix by Lucas Dambergs (introduced by George Rodkey; optional activity)
10:00 LIGHTS OUT!
Monday, March 2nd
7:00 – Morning prayer/meditation (optional)
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30-9:00 AM — Packout; ALL LUGGAGE MUST BE OUT OF CABINS BEFORE DEPARTING FOR GROUND ZERO CENTER; ALL THOSE NEEDING CARPOOL RIDES WILL BE RETURNING TO PILGRIM FIRS AFTER THE BASE ACTION. LUGGAGE CAN BE BROUGHT TO THE MAIN LODGE AND WILL BE STORED SECURELY THERE UNTIL YOUR RETURN.
9:00 – 9:45 Carpools depart for Ground Zero Center (16159 Clear Creek Rd NW, Poulsbo WA 98370)
10:00 – Arrive at GZ; quick coffee / restroom break
10: 15 – Safety briefing for Peacekeepers; Gathering circle; recitation of GZ’s Pledge of Nonviolence; sendoff blessing by Father Matt Holland, St. Leo’s Parish, Tacoma
10:30 – 12 noon Walk or drive to Main Gate for nonviolent nuclear weapons resistance action at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor; musical accompaniment by The Irthlingz Duo
Noon – Gather back at GZ for closing circle; reflections on the action at the base.
12:30 PM – Carpools return to Pilgrim Firs to collect luggage
THANK YOU AND GOODBYE — SEE YOU NEXT YEAR AT PLC 2021!!!