Earth Abides Catholic Worker Farm
10 August 2016
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Faith-Based Activists Arrested with others at
Nuclear Weapons Lab on Nagasaki Day

Two Catholic Worker Farm members joined five Pacific Life Community demonstrators and two CODE-PINK activists at the southern gate of Livermore's nuclear weapons laboratory to help shut down the entrance to all traffic. This semi-spontaneous blockade helped support the simultaneous ritual die-in and blockade at the main entrance seven blocks north on Vasco Rd at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). These nine nonviolent demonstrators were arrested along with several dozen other peaceful folks who were involved with the main entrance blockade between 9:30am and 11:30am to honor the victims of the Nagasaki nuclear blast of 1945. A total of 180 people attended the demonstration, and only 45 were arrested. One of the Jesuit priests arrested will be in court for his arraignment tomorrow. The remaining 44 other people arrested, including Franciscan priest Louis Vitale and whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, will be arraigned on Sept. 6, 2016.

TriValleyCares and others hosted the August 9th (Nagasaki Day) demonstration, and the Catholic Worker Farm will again host the September 26th vigil. The Catholic Worker Farm hopes to call attention to and peacefully stop Livermore's nuclear boondoggle through spiritual power. As part of the repeated public demonstrations during these two months, at least four Californians were fasting for peace (either on-site at LLNL or in other locations). Other prayer-activists in Europe and Africa simultaneously conducted their public events from Hiroshima Day to Nagasaki Day at this time of early August.

The peaceful demonstrations at the two western entrances to LLNL were assisted by LLNL security personnel and Livermore police, so that no injuries would be likely. Traffic was diverted to two other LLNL gates on the East side of the lab (a two-mile drive) while LLNL security locked the gates behind the prayer activists at the south-western entrance who sang, "Peace, Salaam, Shalom". Next month's prayer-action at the East Gate on September 26 is an opportunity for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) workers to dialog with prayer-activists. September's nonviolent demonstration for justice near the Visitor Center on Greenville Rd will be a small group of less than twelve participants.

September's monthly picket against California's nuclear weapons program is held on the UN-designated date to abolish nuclear weapons. The nuclear bomb explosions conducted by the USA on that date are listed below. All of the Catholic Worker vigils at LLNL aim for the peaceful end of LLNL's plutonium experiments within the National Ignition Facility (NIF). Marcus Page-Collonge, one of the peace-fasters this past week is a farmer from Calaveras County, who said, "Our region was hit hard 11 months ago by wildfire. That kind of unthinkable destruction of organisms, community life and psyche is overwhelmingly dwarfed by Livermore's intend to make weapons of mass destruction usable. Prayer and fasting will help bring peace & justice to the USA through stopping this insanely violent institution."

Prayer-activists gather at LLNL this Summer on July 16th, August 6th, 7th, 9th, and September 26th because of historical significance, moral imperative, and because ongoing radioactive pollution has been documented throughout Livermore in the past 3 decades. The first nuclear bomb was code-named Trinity (exploded July 16, 1945), the second and third were Little Boy and Fat Man (used in actual nuclear warfare against Japan in August 1945). September 26th is the anniversary date for subsequent nuclear detonations, code-named Valencia, Delphinium, Stanyan, Trumbull & Sheepshead, attacking the environment with radiation in 1958, 1972, 1974, and 1979 respectively.

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 the greatest purveyor of "nuclear weapons terrorism in California", according to Catholic Workers in Calaveras County, CA.


Two Catholic Worker Farmers praying and fasting at LLNL's nuclear weapons East Gate. . Margaret Lowry's photograph on Nagasaki Day at Livermore Lab of a dozen folks laying down in the road before being arrested.
On the left is August 6th at the East Gate on Greenville Rd and on the right is August 9th at the main gate on Vasco Rd.

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