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Schweden: Antimilitaristisches Aktions-Camp gegen NEAT im Juli 2011

Freitag, April 15th, 2011

“INTERNATIONAL ACTION CAMP AGAINST MILITARY EXERCISE AREA NEAT IN NORTHERN SWEDEN

LULEÅ, SWEDEN, JULY 22nd-29th, 2011

SEMINAR: JULY 23rd – 24th
DAY OF ACTION: JULY 26th

NORTHERN SWEDEN AS A TRAINING GROUND FOR WAR
Europe’s largest overland military test range is called North European Aerospace Testrange (NEAT) and is situated in the north of Sweden. The area, that covers 24 000 square kilometers, is used for testing missiles, combat aircrafts and unmanned aerial vehicles. This summer the U.S. Air Forces in Europe used it to practice bomb dropping, and last year Nato Response Force used the area for Nato’s largest air exercise that year.

WAR STARTS HERE
That war is unavoidable or necessary is a pure lie, and that war is something that happens far away is also a lie. Wars that are being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq are trained and prepared for right here. Today’s advanced technology is used to maximize the damage on the ground while at the same time minimizing the risk of the attacker.

LET’S STOP IT HERE!
Whenever and wherever wars are being prepared and trained for, we need to stop them. Wars start here, and therefore we can stop them from here. We invite you, your grandmother, your summer flirt and everyone else you can think of, to an international camp against militarism taking place in Luleå (Northern Sweden) and it’s surroundings from July 22nd to July 29th 2011. The camp will include a seminar about resisting war July 23rd-24th, and a day of action against NEAT July 26th.

Read more here: http://warstartshere.com

About Ofog

Ofog is an antimilitaristic network working with nonviolent direct action against the arms trade, NATO, military exercises and other parts of militarism in Sweden and abroad.

Ofog has organised direct action camps in Karlskoga, where the weapons factories of BAE Systems Bofors and Saab Bofors Systems are situated. In 2008, a group within Ofog disarmed Carl Gustaf grenade launchers and parts of Haubits canons.

Ofog has participated in international actions such as blockades and mass actions at Faslane, Coulport, Aldermaston and Menwith Hill in UK, as well as in Shape and Kleine Brogel in Belgium.

About the name ”Ofog”

”Ofog” literally translates into ”mischief”. But ofog is also a play with words. “Foga” is a Swedish verb meaning to conform, to obey. But in Swedish, if you put an O before a word, you turn it into its opposite.

“Foga” also means, roughly, fixating things together in a decided and unchangeable form, so in this meaning of the word, when we put the O before, this is an allusion to our function as a flexible, dynamic network.

Here follows an attempt at a timeline of actions that Ofog has participated in:

2008.
October 16-19. Avrusta disarmament actions. Karlskoga and Eskilstuna, Sweden.
www.avrusta.se
September. Dissent, Disturb, Disrupt. European Peace Action. Malmö, Sweden.
www.europeanpeaceaction.org
June 12-19. Disarm’08. Karlskoga, Sweden.
http://www.ofog.org/disarm08
May 15. Rebel Dia. Göteborg, Sweden.
Spring. Ofog on tour. Meetings in different cities.
March. Nato Game Over.
www.ofog.org/nato-game-over
February. Shamepoint. Malmö, Sweden.
www.ofog.org/shamepoint

2007.
September-October. Faslane 365. Faslane/Coulport, Scotland.
www.ofog.org/faslane-365-2007
June. Disarm´07. Karlskoga, Sweden.
http://www.ofog.org/disarm07/
May. Rebel Mariner vs Nato. Göteborg, Sweden.
http://www.ofog.org/rebel-mariner

2006.
November. Protest. Brussels, Belgium.
http://www.ofog.org/nato-aktion-i-bryssel-2007
October. Faslane 365. Faslane, Scotland.
http://www.ofog.org/faslane-365-2006
September. Non au missile M51. Bordeaux, France.
http://www.ofog.org/non-au-missile-m51-2006

2005.
June. Spy camp inspections. Fauske, Norway.
May. Nato. Göteborg, Sweden.
April. Bomspotting XL. Belgium.

2004.
August. Nuke base inspections. Coulport, Scotland.
http://www.ofog.org/coulport-2004
June. Spy radar inspections. Vardö, Norway.

2003.
October. Get in Shape. Belgium.
August. Coulport, Scotland.
April. The Really Big Blockade. Faslane, Scotland.

2002.
November. Nuclear sub inspection. Devonport, England.
October. Bomspotting.
February. Block´n Roll. Faslane, Scotland.

Info for journalists

Ofog is an antimilitaristic network working with nonviolent direct action against the weapons industry, nuclear weapons, NATO and other kinds of militarism.

Ofog has organised peace camps with direct actions against the weapons industry in the town of Karlskoga. During the autumn of 2008 the first disarmament actions by Ofog activists took place. Right now our focus is on the military exercise area NEAT in Northern Sweden, where NATO, US and others exercise bomb droppning among other things. Ofog also participates in international protests and actions against nuclear bases and NATO headquarters an summits.

Journalists can reach Ofog at +46(0)733815361. During actions and camps we try to answer your calls directly. In between we may not answer right away but leave a message on the answering machine and we call you back as soon as possible.
You can also e-mail us at info[at]ofog.org.

Contact

e-mail: info[at]ofog.org.
Or you can phone us at +46 733 81 53 61 to leave a message.

Ofog Göteborg: goteborg(a)ofog.org
Ofog Stockholm: stockholm(a)ofog.org
Ofog Malmö: malmo(a)ofog.org

(Quelle: Ofog.)

USA: Helen Woodson braucht Hilfe

Freitag, Januar 28th, 2011

Longest Jailed Nuclear Resister Helen Woodson Needs Support

January, 2011

Dear friends,

Over the years we have spent time in prison and/or supported other activists who have been in prison for acts of conscience. We write to you now with a special request on behalf of Helen Woodson.

Back in November of 1984, Helen was part of the Silo Pruning Hooks action. She went to a Missouri nuclear missile silo along with Larry Cloud-Morgan, Fr. Carl Kabat OMI and Fr. Paul Kabat OMI. With sledgehammer and jackhammer, the group followed the biblical mandate of Isaiah to turn swords into plowshares. They were convicted and received a varied number of years of prison time for their action.

With the exception of a few days, Helen has been in prison ever since. (A couple of times in past years when released, she immediately engaged in an action that resulted in arrest and being returned directly to prison for violating parole.)

She is scheduled to be released in September of 2011 after 27 years behind bars.

Helen is looking forward to getting out, and at the age of 67 and with health issues, has decided to now retire from activities that might return her to prison.

It’s been a long time since she’s lived on the outside. She’ll leave prison with a sweatsuit, plus books that she’s accumulated. That’s it.

Since she will leave prison with no source of income or health coverage, she plans to apply for government assistance, but it can take six or so months for someone to find out if they are eligible to receive benefits. In the meantime, in addition to things like food and clothes, she’ll need to purchase medications for multiple health problems, at quite a significant cost. So she has asked friends to raise funds on her behalf (not money to be used while she is in prison, but for the things she’ll need once she’s released).

Her living situation once she’s released is still uncertain. It has been challenging for her to develop a plan that the Bureau of Prisons and Department of Justice find suitable since Helen will be subjected to many conditions and restrictions after her release. The couple who have invited her to live with them are still waiting to be contacted to answer the questions and receive the home visit needed to determine if Helen will be allowed to live there. Helen is very much hoping that they and their home will be approved. If not, she is not sure where she will be able to live, and it’s possible additional money will need to be raised to enable her to rent a small place to live.

In the meantime, until this becomes more clear, it will ease her mind significantly if she can at least know that she’ll be able to pay for the medicines she needs, and things like a winter coat. Can you help?

Since the beginning of the nuclear age, many thousands of people in the U.S. and around the world have been arrested for anti-nuclear civil disobedience, and hundreds have spent time in prison for these actions. None of these people (not even long-imprisoned Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu) have spent more time in prison than Helen Woodson. We ask that you join us now in providing her with needed support as she embarks on this huge transition after her many years in prison.
Please be as generous as you are able! Any amount, from $1 to $1000, will be gratefully received. Checks and money orders can be made payable to the Nuclear Resister (with “for Helen” written on the memo line) and sent to the Nuclear Resister, PO Box 43383, Tucson, AZ 85733. Secure online donations can be made via paypal at the Nuclear Resister website at www.nukeresister.org/donate (on the final screen please click on ³add special instructions to the seller² and note that the donation is for Helen).

Thank you.

Peace,

Jacqueline Allen-Doucot
Hartford Catholic Worker

Elizabeth McAlister
Jonah House

Felice Cohen-Joppa
The Nuclear Resister

Anna Brown
Kairos Community

(Quelle: The Nuclear Resister).

 

Siehe auch:

Serious Resistance is Serious Business–The story of Helen Woodson

USA: 10 Jahre Haft für FriedensaktivistInnen ?

Dienstag, Dezember 14th, 2010

“Jury reaches verdict in Disarm Now Plowshares trial

Tacoma, Washington, Monday, December 13, 2010: The federal criminal trial of five veteran peace activists that began December 7 ended today after the jury found them guilty on all counts. The five defendants, called the Disarm Now Plowshares, challenged the legality and morality of the US storage and use of thermonuclear missiles by Trident nuclear submarines at the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base outside Bremerton Washington.

In their defense the peace activists argued three points: the nuclear missiles at Bangor are weapons of mass destruction; those weapons are both illegal and immoral; and that all citizens have the right and duty to try to stop international war crimes from being committed by these weapons of mass destruction.

The five were charged with trespass, felony damage to federal property, felony injury to property and felony conspiracy to damage property. Each defendant faces possible sentences of up to ten years in prison.

On trial were: Anne Montgomery, 83, a Sacred Heart sister from New York; Bill Bischel, SJ, 81, a Jesuit priest from Tacoma Washington; Susan Crane, 67, a member of the Jonah House community in Baltimore, Maryland; Lynne Greenwald, 60, a nurse from Bremerton Washington; and Steve Kelly, SJ, 60, a Jesuit priest from Oakland California. Bill Bischel and Lynne Greenwald are active members of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, a community resisting Trident nuclear weapons since 1977.

The five admitted from the start that they cut through the chain link fence surrounding the Navy base during the night of the Feast of All Souls, November 2, 2009. They then walked undetected for hours nearly four miles inside the base to the Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific (SWFPAC). This top security area is where the Plowshares activists say hundreds of nuclear missiles are stored in bunkers. There they cut through two more barbed wire fences and went inside. They put up two big banners which said “Disarm Now Plowshares: Trident Illegal and Immoral,” scattered sunflower seeds, and prayed until they were arrested at dawn. Once arrested, the five were cuffed and hooded with sand bags because the marine in charge testified “when we secure prisoners anywhere in Iraq or Afghanistan we hood them…so we did it to them.”

The eight Trident nuclear submarines home ported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor each carry 24 Trident D-5 nuclear missiles. Each missile carries up to eight warheads, each one having an explosive yield of up to 475 kilotons, over 30 times the destructive force of the weapon dropped on Hiroshima.

Additionally, Bangor is home to SWFPAC where nuclear warheads are stored ready for deployment. Located just 20 miles west of Seattle, it is home to the largest single stockpile of nuclear warheads in the U.S. arsenal, housing more than 2000 nuclear warheads.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the 2,364 nuclear warheads at Bangor are approximately 24 percent of the entire U.S. arsenal, more than the combined nuclear warheads than China, France, Israel, India, North Korea and Pakistan.

The jury heard testimony from peace activists who came from around the world to challenge the use of Trident nuclear weapons by the U.S. Angie Zelter, internationally known author and Trident Ploughshares activist from the UK, testified about the resistance to Trident weapons in Europe.

Stephen Leeper, Chair of the Peace Culture Foundation in Hiroshima, told the jury, “the world is facing a critical moment” because of the existence and proliferation of nuclear weapons. Though prohibited from testifying about the details of the death, destruction, and genetic damage to civilians from the US nuclear attack on Hiroshima, he testified defendants “have a tremendous amount of support in Hiroshima.” When asked if he had encouraged the Disarm Now Plowshares defendants in any way he said, “Yes, I told them, ‘Yes, do anything you possibly can to bring this to the consciousness of the world, because Americans more than any other people in the world are unconscious of what’s going on.’ ”

Retired US Navy Captain Thomas Rogers, 31 years in the Navy, including several years as Commander of a nuclear submarine during the Cold War, said of Trident, “strategic nuclear weapons on submarines… are kept on alert, deployed, and if ever used, they are released with a coded message that’s authenticated on board the ship, and the commander of the ship shoots the missiles, delivers the weapons. Which, in my opinion, in my knowledge, is contrary to the law of armed conflict which says a commander is responsible for – – is responsible for following the rules and principles of humanitarian law, and for not indiscriminately hurting noncombatants and for not causing undue suffering or environmental damage, and that commanding officer is powerless, and it’s an awful feeling.

The peace activists represented themselves with lawyers as stand by counsel. Attorneys Anabel Dwyer and Bill Quigley also assisted the defendants. Dwyer is a Michigan attorney and Board Member of The Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP), and an expert in humanitarian law and nuclear weapons. Quigley is the Legal Director for the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York and Professor at Loyola New Orleans.

Prosecutors said the government would neither confirm nor deny the existence of nuclear weapons at the base, and argued that “whether of not there are nuclear weapons there or not is irrelevant.” Prosecutors successfully objected to and excluded most of the defense evidence about the horrific effects of nuclear weapons, the illegality of nuclear weapons under U.S. treaty agreements and humanitarian law, and the right of citizens to try to stop war crimes by their government.

The Disarm Now Plowshares defendants tried to present evidence about the presence of nuclear weapons at Bangor despite repeated objections. At one point, Sr. Anne Montgomery challenged the prosecutors and the court, “Why are we so afraid to discuss the fact that there are nuclear weapons?”

There were many indications that the jury found it difficult to convict the Disarm Now Plowshares defendants. Jury questions,facial expressions, body language and post-trial conversations all gave this impression. One of the jurors said that from what he could tell, no one was ready to convict right away.

After the verdict was read and the Judge Settle was about to dismiss the jury, Steve Kelly stood and announced that the defendants would like to bless the jury. Steve and all of his co-defendants stood with their hands raised in blessing as he said, “May you go in peace and have a safe, happy holiday.”

Sentencing is scheduled for March 28, 2011 at 9:00 am.

For more information on the trial and the Plowshares peace activists please see the site for Disarm Now Plowshares http://disarmnowplowshares.wordpress.com or Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action http://www.gzcenter.org/index.html

Contact: Leonard Eiger (425) 445-2190
Media & Outreach Coordinator
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
subversivepeacemaking@comcast.net

 

(Quelle: The Nuclear Resister.)