Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sentencing of Sr. Megan Rice, Greg Obed and Mike Walli Delayed Until Feb. 18th- A Report from the Courthouse by Janice Sevre-Duszynska, ARCWP

Peace activists from both coasts and across the US gathered to support Megan, Greg and Mike. Plenty of media also .
From right to left: Women Priests Diane Dougherty, Janice Sevre Duszynska and Max Obuszewski  at Festival of Hope,
a interfaith prayer vigil where activists who came from as far away as both east and west coast to support
Sr. Megan, Michael and Greg for their

witness to peace. 
Peace activists hold banner in support of Sr. Megan, Michael and Greg in Knoxville, TN at sentencing hearing

Four character witnesses spoke including friends Kathy Boylan from Dorothy Day CW in DC and John LaForge from NukeWatch. Mary Evelyn Tucker, a professor of religion at Yale, spike eloquently about Megan and her work for peace. 
Earlier a spokesperson for the company that runs the y-12 plant at Oak Ridge told the courtroom that the government was billed $53,000 for damages caused by the Plowshares  We found those fees outrageous.
We sang "Hold On "and waved to Megan, Greg and Mike and they smiled  as they wer e taken out.
Unexpected snow Tuesday in East Tennessee delayed the sentencing. 
The federal courthouse in Knoxville closed early Tuesday and the trio's sentencing hearing will continue Feb. 18, said Sharry Dedman-Beard, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney William Killian. 
Janice Sevre Duszynska, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org

Bridget Mary's Response:
Our country should be giving Sister Megan, Michael and Greg, a peace award for their prophetic witness to the importance of ridding our world of weapons of mass destruction through work for justice and peace for all.  Why do we have thousands of nuclear weapons to destroy the world how many times? It is insanity and money can be spent better on the needs of the poor and on education and jobs for a decent living. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP

Take ACTION Now- You Can Help! Write letters for justice!
On 28 July 2012, peace activists Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli, and Greg Boertje-Obed echoed Guevara's sentiments through the means that each activist must strive to do throughout their lifetime - put their political philosophy into practice.

They peacefully engaged the U.S. Military and Nuclear Industrial Complex with a measure of fortitude 
that many tout, but only few actually exercise. With the intent to take symbolic action against the mere existence of nuclear facilities built to exemplify our country's commitment to pronouncing, maintaining, and expanding its military nuclear warfare capability these individuals proceeded uninhibited through maximum security Oak Ridge Y-12 Nuclear Facility in Oak Ridge, TN only to be confronted once they reached the core of the newly built half-billion dollar Highly-Enriched Uranium Manufacturing Facility (HEUMF)...
Write to them.  The addresses are listed below:
Gregory Boertje-Obed 22090
Irwin County Detention Center
132 Cotton Drive
Ocilla GA  31774
Michael Walli 4444
Irwin County Detention Center
132 Cotton Drive
Ocilla GA  31774
Megan Rice  22100
Irwin County Detention Center
132 Cotton Drive
Ocilla GA  31774
You must make sure to include your entire return address on the outside of the envelope. No staples or 
paperclips can be included in your mail; no oversized envelopes. Magazines and books must be sent directly
 from the publisher or bookstore/Amazon. Photocopies of brief articles are likely to be permitted (based on our past experience). If you include inappropriate material or fail to comply with these rules, your mail will not get through—it will be returned to you.
Write to Judge Thapar. 
US District Judge Amul R Thapar
c/o Professor Bill Quigley
Loyola Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice
7214 St. Charles Avenue
Campus Box 902
New Orleans, LA 70118
 If you care to send a copy to OREPA that would also be appreciated: orep@earthlink.net
From the Transform Now Plowshares website: "Our purpose with these letters is not to reargue the case, nor is it to condemn nuclear weapons production—the judge is not engaging those issues at this time. Our purpose is to address the legal system’s distortion of the nonviolent action of the TNP resisters and to provide support to the judge for a sentencing decision that takes into account the nature of their action and their nonviolent behavior throughout their action."
Learn more about the case - http://transformnowplowshares.wordpress.com/

1 comment:

Jack Cohen-Joppa said...

Bridget Mary,
The jail addressed listed here are in error - the three were moved to jails in Tennessee prior to the Tuesday sentencing hearing, and are expected to remain there through the new date of February 18 (but no promises!).
Their addresses currently are
Gregory Boertje-Obed
Blount County Adult Detention Center
920 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804-5002

Michael Walli
Blount County Adult Detention Center
920 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804-5002

Megan Rice 1226166
Knox County Detention Facility
5001 Maloneyville Road
Knoxville, TN 37918

POSTCARDS ONLY at these jails.

Jack Cohen-Joppa