2018: US Peace Activists in Büchel

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Ann Suellentrop is a board member and past president of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, project director for Physicians for Social Responsibility/Kansas City metro area chapter, a board member of PeaceWorks/Kansas City, and works with Coalition Against Contamination.

 

She is an active member of the Catholic Worker Movement, with a Masters in Nursing, and works at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in the Mother-Baby unit. As a certified medical Spanish interpreter, she has been on many medical mission trips throughout Mexico, Central and South America. As a lover of art and music, she holds a degree in Photo-Video, Computer and Performance Arts, plays the piano & saxophone, and sings in the choir at Guardian Angels Catholic Church.

 

Amy Hilton (25) was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and currently lives in Boise, Idaho. She finished her undergraduate education in Environmental Engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and completed her Master’s degree specializing in Energy Policy at Boise State University. Amy has worked for a number of organizations like the Sierra Club, Global Zero, Beyond the Bomb, and Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. She currently works as the Assistant Director of Communications for the Snake River Alliance.

Susan Crane is a war tax resister and an anti-war campaigner. She now lives and works at the Redwood City Catholic Worker in California. She has been part of several plowshares disarmament actions, and has been in prison for over 6 years. In 2017 Susan joined the US delegation to International Week at the peace camp and she participated in several nonviolent “go-in” actions at the Büchel Air Base.

 

 

Bonnie Urfer spent 28 years working for Nukewatch, a peace and justice group in Wisconsin, USA. As a result, she has organized everything from peace camps, to anti-nuclear walks, to H-bomb truck and train watches, disinvestment campaigns, and resistance actions for peace, justice and disarmament. She has been a writer, an artist, and graphic designer. In the course of working with Nukewatch, Bonnie engaged in a lot of civil resistance, resulting in approximately 6 and 1/2 of prison and jail time. Bonnie said: "My longest sentence, for trespassing, resulted in 19 months in federal custody, with the shortest jail stay, just hours. I currently live in at the Plowshares Land Trust, rural community, and am happily retired as of a few years ago. I spend my time reading, playing, doing art, gardening and being with my dog, Camper".

 

Antony Donavan is a hospice RN and a documentarian. He was born in a US military hospital in Wurzburg in 1952 during the Cold War. He’s been jailed 3 times for nonviolent civil disobedience actions against the Vietnam War (1971) and for 11 years, managed the medical clinic for New York City’s largest homeless shelter. He later formed Home Health Care companies that responded to and served the HIV crisis (primarily) from 1981 to 1990. He is the author of “World Peace?” in 1983, a book based on interviews with 50 nations diplomats at UN and focused on disarmament, terrorism, and a rounding of world challenges and their solutions. In 2015, he won several international documentary awards for “Good Thinking: Those Who’ve Tried To Halt Nuclear Weapons” (for which Nukewatch provided invaluable resources and assistance). In November 2016, Good Thinking received “Official Selection,” from and was screened at the WIPE Film Festival in Berlin. In 2017, he participated with civil society groups and sponsored/moderated side panels throughout the UN treaty negotiations which on July 7^th resulted in the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Vic White

 

Diane Burkholder, Kansas City MO

Cee’Cee’ Anderson works as a licensed funeral director and cemeterian, grief counselor and healthcare manager. She is a member of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, a grass roots coalition of watchdog organizations that monitor nuclear weapons facilities around the United States. Cee'Cee' is a board member of Georgia WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions) a grassroots, woman-led, community-based organization that seeks to empower women (and men) to act politically to reduce militarism and violence and to redirect excessive military spending towards unmet human and environmental needs.

 

John LaForge, is the senior staff member at Nukewatch, in Wisconsin, where he edits its Quarterly newsletter, and is a regular contributor to PeaceVoice.org and CounterPunch.org. In 2008 and 2009 respectively, he joined other panelists in speaking to British and Dutch Parliamentarians about the outlawed nature of depleted uranium weapons used widely by the United States.

In 2003 John was Co-Organizer of the Hamburg World Uraniumweapons Conference in Germany. In 2004, John and several other defendants were found not-guilty of trespassing in a Minnesota protest case, after showing that the trespass was excused in view of the international illegality of producing depleted uranium weapons.

 

After 15 years of coalition-building and nonviolent actions against a Navy-run antenna system for first-strike nuclear war -- Project E.L.F. in Wisconsin -- the project was closed. John has spent over 4 and 1/2 years in jail and prison for antiwar actions, and is a co-recipient of the 1985 War Resisters League Peace Award, and the 2004 US Peace & Justice Studies Association Social Courage Award. He’s lived at the Plowshares Land Trust since 1989. He plays the trumpet.

 

Plowshare Action by John:

Sperry Software Pair, August 10, 1984 – Barb Katt and John snuck into a Sperry Univac building in St. Paul, Minnesota and hammered and poured blood on missile-guidance computers being made for nuclear-armed D-5 missiles for Trident ballistic missile submarines. Convicted of $36,000 damage and facing a possible 10 years in prison, US District Judge Miles Lord chose not jail them, but sentenced them to only “unsupervised probation.” The judge said in part, “They have made a plausible argument that international law forbids what our country is doing by way of manufacturing weapons of mass destruction,” and, “It is the allegation of these young people that they committed the acts here complained of as a desperate plea to the American people and its Government to stop the military madness which they sincerely believe will destroy us all, friend and enemy alike.”