Published on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 by the Associated Press
Guy Chichester, Clamshell
RYE, N.H. - Guy Chichester, one of the founding members of New Hampshire's anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance, has died.
Guy Chichester, anti-nuclear leader, died Sunday at his home in Rye, New Hampshire.(Deb Cram file photo)
Guy B. Chichester
RYE -- Guy B. Chichester, 73, died Feb. 8, 2009, at his home surrounded by family and friends.
He was born Feb. 11, 1935, in
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.
A carpenter by trade, he made his home in
A longtime political and social activist, he was a founding member of the Clamshell Alliance and over the years was consistently involved in working for social change, donating his energies to a wide variety of civic and community organizations, most recently as president of the Seacoast Anti Pollution League.
He shared 51 years of marriage with his wife, Madeline L. (Meyer)
Other family members include five children, Blake Chichester, Dru Chichester, Ben Chichester, Jennifer Chichester, and Noelle Chichester; a sister, Eileen Beck; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
SERVICES: The family will receive relatives and close friends Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at the home of Jane Holway,
Memorial donations may be made to New Hampshire Peace Action ,
© 2009 Associated Press
Published on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 by CommonDreams.org
How Do People Keep Going?
People have asked me, since I returned from
And the children want to help their parents. In Rafah, the morning of January 18th, when it appeared there would be at least a lull in the bombing, I watched children heap pieces of wood on plastic tarps and then haul their piles toward their homes. The little ones seemed proud to be helping their parents recover from the bombing. I'd seen just this happy resilience among Iraqi children, after the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing, as they found bricks for their parents to use for a makeshift shelter in a bombed military base.
Children who survive bombing are eager to rebuild. They don't know how jeopardized their lives are, how ready adults are to bomb them again.
In Rafah, that morning, an older man stood next to me, watching the children at work. "You see," he said, looking upward as an Israeli military surveillance drone flew past, "if I pick up a piece of wood, if they see me carrying just a piece of wood, they might mistake it for a weapon, and I will be a target. So these children collect the wood."
While the high-tech drone collected information,-- "intelligence" that helps determine targets for more bombing, --toddlers collected wood. Their parents, whose homes were partially destroyed, needed the wood for warmth at night and for cooking. Because of the Israeli blockade against
With the border crossing at Rafah now sealed again, people who want to obtain food, fuel, water, construction supplies and goods needed for everyday life will have to rely, increasingly, on the damaged tunnel industry to import these items from the Egyptian side of the border. Israel's government says that Hamas could use the tunnels to import weapons, and weapons could kill innocent civilians, so the Israeli military has no choice but to bomb the neighborhood built up along the border, as they have been doing.
Suppose that the
Think of what would have to come through.
Imagine Boeing's shipments to
In September of last year, the
Raytheon, one of the largest U.S. arms manufacturers, with annual revenues of around $20 billion, is one of
Lockheed Martin is the world's largest defense contractor by revenue, with reported sales, in 2008, of $42.7 billion. Lockheed Martin's products include the Hellfire precision-guided missile system, which has reportedly been used in the recent
Think of them coming through the largest tunnel in the world.
Maybe Caterpillar Inc. could help build such a tunnel. Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of construction (and destruction) equipment, with more than $30 billion in assets, holds
In truth, there's no actual tunnel bringing
So many Americans can't even see this flood of weapons, and what it means, for us, for
And so, people in
But, standing over the tunnels in Rafah, that morning, under a sunny Gazan sky, hearing the constant droning buzz of mechanical spies waiting to call in an aerial bombardment, no one asked me, an American, those hard questions. The man standing next to me pointed to a small shed where he and others had built a fire in an ash can. They wanted me to come inside, warm up, and receive a cup of tea.
Kathy Kelly, a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence , is writing from Arish, a town near the Rafah border between
Donations can be sent to the
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs