Monday, May 11, 2009

Betty Schroeder presente!/Ten Arrested at Mother's Day Weekend Action at Bangor WA Sub Base



We have lost a great peacemaker.  I will never forget the day that Betty Schroeder climbed up on a roof at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to protest its nuclear weapons research.  And the trial was a treat as well.


Pat Bitnie shared this news: “On March 6 Betty was diagnosed with cancer in the abdominal area that had already traveled to bone tissue.  So she immediately requested hospice care...choosing not to go the route of radiation or chemo therapy.  She was at home, and received excellent hospice care...really fine staff to meet most of her needs.


“After a steep decline this past week, Betty passed away early Friday morning.  I am relieved that she is at  peace, and not suffereing any more.  She contributed a lot to the peace movement, was strong in her beliefs, and left no doubt about her convictions.  I honored her wishes that her body be used for medical research and teaching.


“I am doing fine in the wake of my daughter's visit last weekend, and son's two weeks before that, and am feeling very much supported by our local peace community and a few good neighbors.”


Kagiso, Max


News Release  5/10/09


Ten Arrested at Mother’s Day Weekend Action at Sub Base


For Immediate Release


Leonard Eiger, 425-445-2190,



Tom Shea, 425-289-9033

Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

16159 Clear Creek Road NW Poulsbo, WA 98370



Members of the Seattle Raging Grannies entered the crosswalk at NW

Trigger Avenue & Old Frontier Rd NW, blocking the entrance to Naval

Base Kitsap-Bangor, Washington on Saturday, May 9, 2009.  Using

walkers and canes, and carrying signs calling for an end to nuclear

weapons, they were arrested by Kitsap County Sherriff’s officers.

Another group subsequently entered the roadway closer to the base

entrance holding a banner reading, “Abolish Nuclear Weapons”, and was

also arrested.  All were charged with “attempted disorderly conduct”.


Supporters lined NW Trigger Ave holding a variety of signs and banners

calling for an end to nuclear weapons.  Members of Women in Black held

signs saying, “We Stand for Peace”.   The approximately 50

participants, were part of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action’s

(GZ) Mother’s Day vigil and action honoring the intent of Julia Ward

Howe’s 1870 Mother’s Day Proclamation, a passionate call for

disarmament and peace; the theme of GZ’s action was “Mom Says, Use

Words Not Weapons”.


The ten people arrested were Shirley Morrison, 86, of Seattle WA, Joy

Goldstein, 73, of Vashon WA, Susan Kay, 63, of Seattle WA, Laurie

Rostholder, 64, Seattle WA, Anne Hall, 63, of Seattle WA, Rosy

Betz-Zall, 58, of Seattle WA,  Jackie Hudson, 74, of Bremerton WA,

Jessica Arteaga, 23, of Tacoma WA, Larry Kerschner, 62, Centralia WA,

and Denny Moore, 64, of Bainbridge WA.


On the Clear Creek Rd NW overcrossing (at NW Trigger Ave) a group of

Ground Zero Supporters held a banner: "Mom says, Use words, not

weapons. Abolish Trident".


GZ’s next scheduled event will be August 8th -10th, commemorating the

anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor is home to the U.S. Navy's West Coast Trident

nuclear submarine fleet.  "The warheads assigned to the ballistic

missile submarines stationed at Bangor and at Kings Bay, Ga., now

constitute more than half of the U.S. strategic weapons force" -

source: Seattle Times


Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action is committed to nonviolent

resistance to Trident and the abolition of all nuclear weapons.




Photos from the May 9th action attached to this release. Captions: Photo “GZ 5-9-09 Banner in Roadway” shows Ground Zero members blocking the NW Trigger Ave entrance to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor on May 9, 2009. 


Photo “GZ 5-9-09 Shirley Morrison” shows 86 year old Shirley Morrison, of the Raging Grannies, being

arrested by Kitsap County Sherriff deputy.  Photos by Leonard Eiger, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.  Permission granted to use photos for commercial purposes if credit given to Ground Zero Center

for Nonviolent Action.



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