Paul’s Perambulations

August 6, 2013

Arrested at Lockheed Martin today (Hiroshima Day, 2013).

Filed under: Peace,Politics,Religion,Work — admin @ 3:41 pm

Today I walked onto the grounds of Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer, in order to ask employees to reconsider their working on nuclear-related systems, including drones that could deliver weapons that, instead of obliterating whole cities and killing 100,000 people at a time as in August 1945, could potentially obliterate the whole world and kill billions.

 

Arrest is not a goal in itself. I told the arresting officer and the booking officer that my intent was to provide Lockheed Martin employees with information (I am a educator, after all) about the nature of their work – information that their employer and our government does not provide them.

I now experience arrest at Lockheed Martin as an expression of Faithfulness to the cause of peace and as an expression of living outside of mindless control by our government. I do this in the spirit of the original Plowshares Eight (including Dan and Phil Berrigan), who were arrested at this same facility in 1980.

2 Comments »

  1. There were fourteen at the demonstration and six of us were arrested. I counted twenty-two security and police. Maybe the good news is that the few of us are seen as such a significant threat to “law and order.”

    Comment by admin — August 6, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

  2. “The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians. But that attack is only a warning of things to come…We thank God that it (atomic bomb) has come to us, instead of to our enemies; and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes.” (President Truman, August 9, 1945) http://www.trumanlibrary.org/publicpapers/index.php?pid=104

    Gross ignorance and blasphemy, all in one statement. Such are the fruits of war

    Comment by admin — August 6, 2013 @ 11:31 pm

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