Tag Archives: Nuclear weapons

How to stop the Empire–the Government Shutdown edition

Yesterday the Republicrats managed to shut down the government. While I’d agree with many of my friends that this piece of political theatre is largely the province of the GOP and the Tea Party, there’s more than a bit of blame going for the Dems. Some thoughts: 1. I tour a play about a priest […]

Tonight on Sex and Politics: Father Carl Kabat

Tonight on Sex and Politics radio, I’ll be speaking to Father Carl Kabat. Kabat is a longtime Plowshares activist –the Plowshares take literally the admonition in Isaiah to ‘turn swords into plowshares’. He was part of the first Plowshares action in King of Prussia Pennsylvania in 1980. We’ll be talking to Kabat about his lifetime […]

Monday is War Tax Day!

It’s that time of year again–I’ve gotten a bunch of e-mails from my peacenik friends asking me to join them on the steps of the Post Office (or wherever things are happening) to remind hapless individuals paying the IRS on Monday exactly what their money is going for. The go-to source for me is the […]

Update on the Transform Now Plowshares

So for those of you who missed my original post back in August, these three peace activists broke into the Y12 nuclear weapons production plant in Oak Ridge Tennessee last July and put up signs for peace and poured blood in front of the factory. There’s a whole Website devoted to them here. These three […]

Greenham Common: The first Occupy?

In honor of Women’s History Month, I thought I’d give you some women’s history from a few decades back. It was 1983 and the world was closer to nuclear confrontation between the US and the Soviets than it had been since the Cuban Missile Crisis. More than a few of my writer friends have become […]

The Transform Now Plowshares

Quoted from The Nuclear Resister, a journal that’s been tracking civil disobedience against nuclear weapons since 1980: Before dawn on July 28, 2012, Michael R. Walli (63), Megan Rice shcj (82), and Greg Boertje-Obed (57) carried out a disarmament action at the Oak Ridge Y-12 nuclear facility.  Calling themselves Transform Now Plowshares, they hammered on […]