Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sacred Earth and Space Plowshares Nuns - Sixth Anniversary at Missile Silo N-8

On Oct. 6, 2002, Sisters Carol Gilbert, Jackie Hudson, and Ardeth Platte donned "Citizens' Weapons Inspection Team" jumpsuits and went into the missile silo restricted area of Minuteman III silo N-8 near Rayner, Colo. where they prayed and spilled blood. After their arrest, the Justice Department made the unusual decision to charge them with a felony, which had almost never been done in 25 years of Plowshares actions. The trial only served to raise the publicity level, culminating in the documentary film Conviction. The sisters finished prison sentences two years ago.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, Carol and Ardeth went to the N-8 silo with a small group of Denver and Colorado Springs supporters to hold a brief vigil. They even got to meet and swap stories with a sheriff's deputy involved in their arrest. Carol's speech about her activities in Michigan and Colorado is below:

More videos (sound affected by prairie wind) include Ardeth's introduction to everyone, an overview of the silo site, placing police tape across the gate, Bill Sulzman's description of a missile launch, and the nuns concluding with their "Sacred the Earth" song. They swear they'll keep plugging away until strategic nuclear weapons are obsolete. There's sure a lot of them left in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska!

1 comment:

Loring Wirbel said...

Oops, now they're terrorists!

Is this going to create an Obama/Ayers moment in my future?