Transform Now Plowshares Disarmament Action Targets Oak Ridge Nuclear ...
Transform Now Plowshares Disarmament Action Targets Oak Ridge Nuclear Weapons Facility
Posted Aug. 15, 2012
Interview with Leonard Eiger, media and outreach coordinator with Disarm Now Plowshares, conducted by Scott Harris
On July 28, three activists with the anti-nuclear weapons Plowshares movement entered the U.S. government’s Y-12 Oak Ridge, Tenn. National Security Complex where weapons grade uranium is stored for America’s nuclear weapons arsenal – the same facility that provided the uranium used to make the first atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945.
After entering the security zone, Megan Rice, an 82-year-old Roman Catholic nun, Michael Walli, 63, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, hung banners, spray painted anti-nuclear slogans on buildings and symbolically poured their own blood on the structures housing the uranium. The three members of the protest action that they dubbed “Transform Now Plowshares,” were arrested and now face up to 16 years in jail and $600,000 in fines.