Monday, May 16, 2011

Y-12 Prisoner Update

Felice & Jack Cohen-Joppa <>

Sun, May 15, 2011




Eight of the twelve Y-12 nuclear resisters convicted of federal

trespass on May 11 in Knoxville, Tennessee will remain in custody in

local lockups until their sentencing, after the seven not already in

custody declared they would no longer accept supervised release. They

were arrested last summer on the federal side of the fence at the Y-12

nuclear weapons complex in Oak Ridge, at the conclusion of the

Resistance for a Nuclear Free Future gathering:


Bonnie Urfer, Sr. Jackie Hudson, Sr. Carol Gilbert, Sr. Ardeth Platte,

Jean Gump, Michael Walli and Steve Baggarly are all being held at the

Blount County Adult Detention Center in Maryville.  The men are

reported to be together in one small unit, while the women have been

split between two separate units. Fr. Bill Bichsel, who was already

serving a three month prison sentence for the Disarm Now Plowshares

action, remains at the Knox

County Sheriff's Detention Facility, where federal marshals had

delivered him before trial from a prison in Washington state.


Members of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance and other

supporters have begun visiting the prisoners during the one hour per

week they are permitted to have visitors, and commissary accounts have

been established for all of the defendants. Contributions for that

purpose should be sent by check payable to Sue Ablao and note it is

for the Y-12 Resisters. Sue¹s address is: Ground Zero Center For

Nonviolent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370.


The complete postal addresses for the peace prisoners are listed below

and can also be found at

Individually addressed letters to the activists held in Blount County

may not contain photos, cards, or any enclosures in addition to your

letter.  Your letter should be written on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.


To write individually to Bonnie Urfer, Jackie Hudson, Carol Gilbert,

Ardeth Platte, Jean Gump, Michael Walli and Steve Baggarly:


(Inmate's Name)

Blount County Adult Detention Center

920 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway

Maryville, TN 37804-5002


To write to Bill (Bix) Bichsel:

William Bichsel, IDN 1155703

Unit 2B

Knox County Sheriff's Detention Facility

5001 Maloneyville Rd

Knoxville, TN 37918




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