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Beating swords into plowshares October 21, 2003

Posted by worldspectacle in Uncategorized.

On October 6, 2002, three Dominican nuns dressed in white chemical weapons suits cut through the perimeter fence surrounding a Minuteman III missile silo in northeastern Colorado. They entered the site, poured their own blood on the silo walls, and, in a gesture meant to symbolize disarmament, pounded on the silo cover and surrounding railroad tracks with hammers.

The nuns, Jacqueline Hudson, 68, Ardeth Platte, 66, and Carol Gilbert, 55, were protesting “America’s Weapons of Mass Destruction.”

In April 2003 the nuns were convicted of two felonies — damaging government property and obstructing national defense. The prosecution, citing their criminal records of civil disobedience, requested that they receive five- to eight-year prison terms. The lengthy sentences were sought to deter the sisters and others from similar acts in the future.

In July 2003 they each received a sentence of between 2-1/2 and 3-1/2 years in prison, and an additional three years of supervised probation.

You can read more about the sisters at the Grand Rapids Dominican website. The Dominicans encourage you to write the sisters at these addresses.



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