Website: www.gzcenter.org, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leonard Eiger, 425-445-2190, email@example.com
Tom Shea, 425-831-0033, firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUST 10, 2009--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 people arrested at Trident nuclear submarine base at
the 64th Anniversary of
87 people participated in a vigil and nonviolent direct action against
the Trident nuclear weapons system at the
Joy Goldstein, 74, 0f Vashon, WA, and her passenger, Swaneagle (Mary
Tremblay), 59, of Vashon, WA, drove onto the base and were arrested by
Naval security, processed and released.
Jessica Artiega, 24, of
WA, and Tom Shea, 80, of Snoqualmie, WA crossed the blue line onto the
submarine base and attempted to block traffic entering the base while
holding a large banner with a sunflower and broken Trident missile
saying, "Abolish Nuclear Weapons: Resist Trident", and a peace flag.
All three were arrested by Naval security, processed and released.
Tom Shea offered the Naval security personnel copies of an article by
Larry Kerschner, titled "August 9, 1945: Ruminations on
While vigilers held a variety of banners, flags and signs calling for
peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons a second group broke the
yellow "caution" tape designating the "free speech zone", and strung
it across the County roadway, blocking traffic entering the base. One
member of this group walked among the vehicles waiting to enter the
base, offering drivers sunflowers, a symbol of nuclear disarmament.
Anne Hall, 64, of
Brenda McMillan, 75, of Port
Seattle, WA, and Alice Zillah, 36, of Olympia, WA, were arrested by
Following the release of the three Federal arrestees, Jessica Artiega
and Lynne Greenwald, who had already been processed and released by
Naval authorities, re-entered the roadway on the County side carrying
the same banner as before, and were arrested by the State Patrol.
All those arrested by the State Patrol were taken to Kitsap County
Veterans For Peace, Squadron 13, who brought their Peace Bus to Ground
Zero Center for the weekend, which marked the anniversaries of the
their release and returned them to
Besides welcoming the Interfaith Peace Walk (from
of the Journey of Repentance who were in
included Charlie Meconis speaking on Energy, Environment & Nuclear
Weapons, and an engaging panel discussion with
Peace Activist, Brian Willson, and Ground Zero founders, Jim and
The Trident submarine base at
home to the largest single stockpile of nuclear warheads in the
arsenal. In November 2006, the Natural Resources Defense Council
declared that the 2,364 nuclear warheads at
24 percent of the entire
Nonviolence resists Trident, and offers education, training, and
action for a world free of nuclear weapons.