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Whereas, the International Court of Justice found that the destructive power of nuclear weapons cannot be contained in either space or time, and that the potential to destroy all civilization and the entire ecosystem of the planet,

Whereas, citizens have both rights and duties we the people of conscience must ensure future generations their right to life,

Whereas, under the principals of democracy we the people of conscience demand this government to fulfill its promise and responsibilities to pursue and achieve nuclear disarmament,

We the people of conscience therefore exercise the right of every citizen of this republic and this planet to peacefully resist the nuclear threat; attacking as it does every core concept of human rights.

Whereas it is a basic human right to be free of threat or violence, and it is our duty to protect children and future generations we call on this government to use our tax dollars that are now being used to wage permanent war unequivocally demand they be used to pursue a nuclear free world and clean up all chemical and radioactive contamination.


Jean and Mr. Gump a few hours prior to her arrest and incarceration on July 5, 2010.


Jean Gump was the first of the Y12 nonviolent nuclear resisters to be sentenced in federal court in Knoxville by Judge Bruce Guyton. He sentenced Jean to time served and ordered her to pay a fine of $500. The Federal Prosecutor asked the judge to sentence Jean to four more months in prison and five years of supervised release. The judge declined the probation and noted that Jean had served nearly a month in custody when she then signed bond papers and was released on recognizance.

When Father Bill Bichsel (Bix) was sentenced to three months in prison he said, "Judge, I come here with grave misgivings about the way we as a nation are headed."

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He also spoke about a sermon he heard preached on September 11, 2011, "about the power of intention. An intention to destroy or damage can reverberate throughout the country in a devastating way. So we have to think, personally and nationally, about where we are going.

"It's important to live intentionally throughout life, apologizing if necessary. It makes a difference in this life what we do.

"I have an abiding faith in America [Martin Luther King, Jr. said] and an audacious faith in the future of humankind. Unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

"When we threaten other nations with nuclear weapons, we can hardly say we are bent on peace, sisterhood and brotherhood. Nagasaki and Hiroshima have shown us the terrible destructive power of these bombs. We can do something as a nation instead of using our power to show Afghans around, we can share with one another, enter into a dialogue.

"Myself, in this court of justice, I want today to recommit myself to justice, to nonviolence, to the love of Jesus, to work with others of different beliefs. I recommit myself in the spirit of Gandhi, of Martin Luther King, Jr, of Oscar Romero." [1]

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At the conference and celebration of 30 years of The Nuke Resister and Nukewatch on 3 July 2010, Kathy Kelly addressed the crowd in front of the Funeral Banner made from the cloth cut from the clothes of PLOWSHARES 8, Father Philip Francis Berrigan as he lay dying in his bed.

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Father Berrigan also said: "If enough Christians followed the gospel, they could bring any state to its knees."

Reverend Ralph Hutchison is the Executive Director of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance. On 14 September he reported:

" After denouncing Bonnie Urfer as a "prolific criminal" Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton handed down the maximum sentence allowed under federal sentencing guidelines--eight months in prison--in federal court in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Eileen Fleming,is a Citizen of CONSCIENCE for US House of Representatives 2012 Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org Staff Member of Salem-news.com, A Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com Producer "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu" (more...)
 

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