OREPA members honored for leadership and commitment

Marcus and Glenda Struss-Keyes were honored with the Bishop Walter Sullivan Award by the Catholic Committee of Appalachia at the annual gathering of CCA in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The Sullivan Award recognizes the work of individuals whose commitment to Appalachia extends beyond peace and justice for the people to embrace justice for all creation. Ann Marie Quinn presented the award to Marcus and Glenda on behalf of CCA.

Marcus and Glenda have been stalwart members of OREPA since their arrival in East Tennessee twenty-five years ago, serving stints on the Board of Directors and various committees. Their work provided bridges between OREPA and many other religious and community groups, including CCA; their dedication to ending weapons production in Oak Ridge has found them both serving time in Anderson County Jail for nonviolent civil disobedience at the Y12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge. Marcus and Glenda were the first recipients of OREPA’s Peacemaker Award in 1999.

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Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

OREPA has held Sunday vigils every week for more than 22 years at the main entrance to the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex (intersection of Scarboro Rd and East Bear Creek Road) at 5:00pm ET. We are outdoors and space our chairs; when covid numbers are up, we encourage people to wear masks. Bring your own chair, we have some umbrellas for sun shade or rain.

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