When it comes to confronting hypocrites in high places and the injustices
they commit, I am a royal PIA.
I also was an eyewitness to that day when thirteen persistent nonviolent nuclear resisters were arrested at the Y-12 Oak Ridge, nuclear weapons site in Tennessee.
Just prior to the arrests The Declaration of Independence from
Nuclear Weapons at Y-12, was
The Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 indicted a government that engaged in barbaric conduct contrary to the laws of Humanity that included "works of death, destruction and tyranny unparalleled in the most barbaric ages" until the Age of Now!
Current Law requires an end to all planning, preparation, production, threat, or use of nuclear weapons and we the people have gathered here today, July 4, 2010 at Y-12 to demand this Government adhere to the fundamental rules and principles of Humanitarian Law.
These rules and principles require that civilians never be the object of attack. Consequently we must never use weapons that are incapable of distinguishing between civilians and military targets.
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."