Their protest of leaving human blood and simple words of truth at a wall of death resulted in their arrests for “injuring national defense premises,” which carries a maximum prison term of 20 years.
Their trial for speaking truth to power is scheduled for May.
“So much blood has been shed or would be shed by any of the (nuclear) weapons. ... I had prepared myself, if I was called upon, to die for this truth. I would certainly be willing to die for such a message,” Rice says.
Rice bristles when the events of last July are called an act of civil disobedience. She believes America’s nuclear weapons program is at cross purposes with providence’s plan for humanity and peace on earth.
“I can’t accept the expression of civil disobedience when we were obeying the stated laws of this country and of international laws and treaties. When a citizen knows of a crime being committed, that person has an obligation to oppose it and to reveal it. I would call it civil resistance, or civil obedience, clearly.”
Rice says Tennesseans should “wake up” and demand a halt to creating and stockpiling more fissionable material.
“It’s not too late to rise up and invite the appropriations given to maintain Oak Ridge National Laboratory to transform their use into projects, into buildings, into industries we all need ... that are fulfilling real needs of real people. That can be done. Let us transform this facility and (produce) creative new projects that are important, that will produce far more jobs and a far more sustainable economy.”
Swords into plowshares.
All things are possible, the sister says.
“Woe to the empire of blood.” More
All I can say is thanks to these folks of conviction and may their trial be a forum for peace that may somehow help to prevent the hellbent chaos of nuclear war, the road to which we are steadily heading down.