August 6-9 Faith and Resistance Retreat

Courtesy of  Jonah House

Pentagon Witness
Liz McAlister, George Veasey arrested holding banner.

Early in the morning on August 6, we processed to the Pentagon wearing death masks and black robes. We walked from Army Navy Blvd. to the pedestrian tunnel, across the parking lot and onto the grassy area in front of the metro entrance to the Pentagon. Buddhist Nun, Sister Itchi led the procession with her drumming and chanting.
Because the Pentagon police knew we were coming, there was an extra ID check point and people ended up standing in a slow moving line right in front of us. We stood in silence for about an hour holding two banners: HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI. ‘…a butchery of untold magnitude.” (Pope Paul VI) and the retreat theme banner: “Remember the Pain, Repent the Sin, Reclaim the Future.”

Liz McAlister walks with mourners to the Pentagon on August 6, 2009.
Pope Paul VI called America’s use of the atomic bomb “a butchery of untold magnitude.” Pope John Paul II called it “a self-destruction of mankind” and named Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Auschwitz as places marked by human injustice that should now be places of pilgrimage.
George Veasey, Liz McAlister hold banner they will hold while standing in front of the Pentagon entrance.
George Veasey and Liz McAlister hold banner: Remember the Pain, Repent the Sin, Reclaim the Future. Here, they are preparing to walk to the Pentagon. At the end of the walk, both George and Liz were arrested in front of a Pentagon entrance as they held this banner so that people going to work could see it. They are charged with disobeying a lawful order, and have a court date in the Alexandria Federal Court on October 23.

August 6, 2009. At the Japanese Embassy delivering apology for our country's use of atomic weapons on the people of Japan, and resoloution to disarm nuclear weapons in our country..

August 6, 2009. At the Japanese Embassy delivering apology for our country’s use of atomic weapons on the people of Japan, and resoloution to disarm nuclear weapons in our country..

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