Earth Abides Catholic Worker Farm
7 August 2015
Contact Phone: 505.379.6942
Farmers Pray For Justice
With other Peace Fasters
Catholic Workers from Calaveras County are spending a few hours per day at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. This is a practice of ongoing spiritual work to stop pro-nuclear weapons work at LLNL. The nuclear abolitionists will resume monthly vigils at 3:30pm on September 3rd. Yesterday (August 6th) hundreds of demonstrators held vigil at the West Gate of LLNL, followed by the day-long vigil at the East Gate. Two picketers today came from a Catholic Worker Farm to request that employees of LLNL will stop contributing to pain, destruction, and nuclear violence. The prayer-activists continue today (August 7th) holding vigil and available to speak with LLNL employees at the West Gate entrance of LLNL, until about 12:30pm.
Today's demonstration commemorates the US nuclear bombing of Japan and other regions on earth during the past 70 years. About 100 people in several countries (France, England, Germany, the USA) are fasting one hour for every year (a total of 70 hours) since the nuclear attacks on Japan. The 70-hour fast this year goes from Thursday through Sunday, with about eight people in California including four doing so publicly in Livermore.
Catholic Workers in California recognize that the environmental injustice of LLNL is a problem affecting farmers and many other kinds of laborers far from and near to Livermore. The peace activists of one of California's Catholic Worker Farms (111 miles from Livermore) hope LLNL workers will work for social, environmental and economic justice in opposition to the violence and spiritual terrorism which are central to LLNL's mission. The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is particularly offensive to abolitionists, as a significant weapons development tool, because LLNL is now ready to throw in the towel on their alleged hope for the "peaceful atom". Catholic Workers who hold these prayer-actions at LLNL are explicitly nuclear abolitionist, in that they desire ALL countries and all peoples to disarm their hearts from addiction to mega-violent tactics of "keeping the peace".
California's Catholic Worker Farm is regionally located between LLNL and the NNSS (Nevada's nuclear testing grounds), so the farmers organize monthly vigils for environmental justice and love for enemies in Livermore, CA, a place which actively threatens the environment of Nevada and other earthly locations. The international Catholic Worker movement has consistently stood in opposition to nuclearism since that -ism was formulated in 1945 and 1946. LLNL is apparently the greatest purveyor of "nuclear weapons terrorism in California", according to Catholic Worker Farmers in Calaveras County, CA.
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