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Sept. 10 - Nuclear Weapons Protest Walk Cut Short Due to Threat of Hurricane

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report
 
September 10, 2018 - The “Disarm Trident Peace Walk” is shortening its protest because of the threat of hurricane Florence. In a press release, the group said it will walk through 
Brunswick today and the length of the Kings Bay Naval base tomorrow. The walk, originally intended to last 11 days, began last Tuesday in Savannah in Forsyth Park and will conclude at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.  
 
Named “Disarm Trident: Savannah to Kings Bay Peace Walk,” the group said the walk is a call to abolish nuclear weapons globally. It is inspired by and in support of the dramatic political action at the Kings Bay base on April 4 that led to the arrest of seven Catholic activists. Walkers carry placards and banners as they process single file, heading toward Brunswick and beyond along Highway 17.
 
The activists facing trial conducted the latest in over a hundred so-called Plowshares actions undertaken worldwide since 1980, named after the call in the book of Isaiah to “beat swords into plowshares.” They hung banners, hammered on a Trident missile monument, poured blood on the base logo, delivered an indictment, and used crime scene tape at three sites on base. This was all meant as a symbolic statement of moral resistance to the nuclear weapons on the Tridents which have the power to end all life on this planet.
 
Ken Jones, one of the organizers, said they have around 20 people participating including Kathy Kelly, a peace activist who heads up Voices for Creative Nonviolence; Steve Baggarly, with the Norfolk Catholic Workers House and former Plowshares activist himself; Ellen Barfield, long time activist with Veterans for Peace and Patrick O'Neill, one of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 who is out on bail.
 
The Kings Bay naval base is home to six of the fourteen nuclear-armed Trident submarines in the U.S. arsenal. The protest group said it threatens the habitat and calving grounds for endangered right whales.
 
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