Transform Now Plowshares photos

The attached pdf file includes photos and expository captions released today, October 22, by the Transform Now Plowshares.

Transform Now Plowshares photos

Following is the press release which accompanied the photos’ release







The Transform Now Plowshares resisters, Michael Walli, Megan Rice and Greg Boertje-Obed, today release to the public photographs from their July 28, 2012, entry into the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The Transform Now Plowshares action focuses attention on the ongoing production of nuclear weapons of mass destruction in Oak Ridge and the plans for a new $7.5 billion weapon production facility, the Uranium Processing Facility, at Y12.


“These photographs carry with them our message,” the three Plowshares activists affirm. “We came to Y12 in a spirit of hope, not fear. We were authorized”even required”to act by the responsibilities placed on us as citizens. The Nuremberg principles, codified by the United Nations after World War 2, require citizens to refuse cooperation with unlawful government acts insofar as it is morally possible. We also felt called, as children of God, to act on behalf of all God’s children, including and especially those who are threatened daily by the machines of war and the power of empire.”


“In one sense, the pictures speak for themselves,” said the three. “But they don’t tell the whole story. The whole story is about more than the fact we got through the ultra high security “˜deadly force authorized’ zone. The whole story includes why we went there and the message we took. We carried with us a Bible, hammers, candles, bread, white roses and blood. We attempted to embody the prophecy God gave to Isaiah, to beat swords into plowshares. We tried to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, who calls us to find our true security in love and compassion.”


The Transform Now Plowshares resisters are scheduled for trial in federal court in Knoxville, TN on February 26, 2013 on charges of trespass, destruction and depredation of federal property. The charges carry a combined penalty of up to sixteen years imprisonment.


The Transform Now Plowshares resisters can be reached at:

Greg Boertje-Obed 218 728 3771

Sr. Megan Rice 610 525 9900 ext 649

Michael Walli 202 882 9649


All pictures provided by US government sources in discovery stage of trial preparation.


For more information about the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex, contact:

Ralph Hutchison 865 776 5050 |

Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance


Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

The OREPA Board has now decided that we are prepared to do a limited re-opening of the Sunday vigil to allow for slightly more participation.  We are asking anyone who wants to attend a Sunday vigil to sign up in advance—by the Thursday before. There are two ways to sign up. You can email Ralph at or you can call him at 865 776 5050. If the five slots are already taken, we’ll ask you to wait until next week. All vigilers are expected to wear masks. Bring your own chair. Avoid physical contact and maintain an appropriate social distance in the circle of chairs. Of course, if for any reason you feel you may have been exposed to the virus or to someone with the virus, you should not attend the vigil. At this point, we are not resuming our monthly potlucks.

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