Four Fined & One Jailed Due to Outstanding Warrant
The court hearing for the August 6 peace witness at the Pentagon took place today in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA before U.S. Magistrate Judge Buchanan. Andrea Eiland had her charge dismissed as did Luke Hansen, who was not present. Both were first time arrestees. Beth Brockman, popular educator and peace activist from Raleigh, NC, Bill Frankel-Streit, Little Flower Catholic Worker in Virginia, Rosemary Thompson, Executive Director, Murphy Initiative for Peace and Justice, Baltimore, MD and Art Laffin, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker pled “no contest” to the charge of “failure to obey a lawful order.” They were each found guilty and allowed to make brief sentencing statements. (Below is a poem from Daniel Berrigan which Art quoted in his sentencing statement). Several of the defendants also extended an invitation to Judge Buchanan to join them in the work of creating a nonviolent world free of nuclear weapons, weapons of mass destruction and war. They were then given an $85 fine.
After the court proceedings were over, Beth Brockman was surprisingly approached by U.S. Marshalls and taken into custody for having an outstanding warrant from Tennessee. It appears that a “detainer” was placed on Beth for her refusal to pay a fee for her court ordered incarceration following a 2010 protest at the Y-12 nuclear weapons complex in Oak Ridge, TN. Beth spent the weekend in jail and had a hearing today , Monday Oct 22 before a Magistrate Judge from the General District Court of Alexandria. Beth is hoping to be released this evening and is thankful for all the work, prayers, love and support her family and friends on the outside has shown her.
Let us pray for each other as we seek to proclaim God’s reign of justice and peace and strive to create the Beloved Community.
Shadow on the Rock by Daniel Berrigan, S.J.
At Hiroshima there’s a museum and outside that museum there’s a rock, and on that rock there’s a shadow. That shadow is all that remains of the human being who stood there on August 6, 1945 when the nuclear age began. In the most real sense of the word, that is the choice before us. We shall either end war and the nuclear arms race now in this generation, or we will become Shadows On the rock.