We have lost a great peacemaker. I will never forget the day that Betty Schroeder climbed up on a roof at
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.”
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
Members of the Seattle Raging Grannies entered the crosswalk at NW
Trigger Avenue & Old Frontier Rd NW, blocking the entrance to Naval
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”.
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
(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
Betz-Zall, 58, of
Jessica Arteaga, 23, 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
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
constitute more than half of the
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
Photo “GZ 5-9-09 Shirley Morrison” shows 86 year old Shirley Morrison, of the Raging Grannies, being
for Nonviolent Action.