Earth Abides Catholic Worker Farm
6 February 2017
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Ash Wednesday Prayers Offered at Nuclear Weapons Lab

Catholic Workers from Calaveras County will hold their monthly demonstration for justice at Livermore's nuclear weapons institution (LLNL) on Wednesday March 1st for one hour beginning at 7:30am. The location at LLNL is near the Visitor Center on Greenville Rd, at the East Gate entrance closest to the National Ignition Facility (NIF). This monthly peaceful picket against California's nuclear weapons program is in memory of the world's victims of nuclearism. The date is Ash Wednesday, known as the beginning of Lent for Christians. The demonstrators recognize the danger LLNL poses to civilians in 17 counties immediately surrounding LLNL.

Marcus Page-Collonge, one of the Catholic Worker farmers said, "We live 111 miles from here, BUT that geography does NOT protect us from the violence of Livermore. Not only is the day our Ash Wednesday, but it's the anniversary date of four nuclear bomb explosions from 1955 through 1984, code-named Tesla, Pampas, Jerboa, and Tortugas, respectively. We pray that the ongoing work for planetary destruction will cease immediately. It's time to stop the spiritual terror and environmental threat here." All of the Catholic Worker vigils at LLNL aim for the peaceful end of LLNL's plutonium experiments within the National Ignition Facility (NIF).

The international Catholic Worker movement has consistently stood in opposition to nuclearism since the late 1940s. LLNL is the greatest purveyor of "nuclear weapons terrorism in California", according to Catholic Workers in Calaveras County, CA.


Carl, Xels & Pegasus vigil in February 2017

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