United States of America

Plowshares sentencing shows U.S. government afraid of peace activists

Jim Haber

Outside the courthouse in Knoxville, Tenn., where three anti-nuclear activists were severely sentenced on February 18, Michelle Boertje-Obed, the wife of one of the three Transform Now Plowshares members, encouraged everyone to see Judge Amul Thapar’s ruling in a positive light. Despite her husband Greg having just received over 5 years in prison for infiltrating the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility on July 28, 2012 and damaging federal property — along with Michael Walli and 84-year-old Catholic nun Megan Rice – Michelle pointed out that the judge could have easily given them much longer sentences, as recommended by the prosecution.

USA: CO Kimberly Rivera gives birth in custody

Activist:
País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Alert:

Kimberly Rivera and her husband MarioKimberly Rivera and her husband MarioKim Rivera, a conscientious objector who deserted between deployments in Iraq, has just given birth to a child in prison. Unless she is given clemency now, she will be immediately separated from her son and be returned to Fort Carson to serve the rest of her sentence for desertion.

Write to the President demanding her release here: http://www.wri-irg.org/node/22733

Background

Clemency for Kimberly Rivera

Activist:
País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Not sent after:
  • 20 Dec 2013
  • Use this form to send the letter below to the relevant authority (President Barack Obama). You can add your own notes in a separate box after the standard text, if you wish. You must include a name, address, and email address; a copy will be sent to you with a cc to the WRI office (so we have a record of how many email letters have been sent out for this particular case).

Clemency for Kimberly Rivera

Dear President Obama,

Conscientious objector Kimberley Rivera has just given birth to a baby. Even after 495 letters from around the world, Fort Carson Senior Commander Brigadier General Michael A. Bills denied requests for clemency for Kimberly.

If you do not intervene, she will be forced to immediately relinquish custody of her son while she continues to serve the remainder of her sentence.

Kimberly Rivera was sentenced to 14 months in military prison after publicly expressing her conscientious objection to the Iraq War while in Canada.

Michael Walli (92108-20)

Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 5 Aug 2013
End of detention:
  • 29 Oct 2017
País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Descripción:
  • Transform Now Plowshares action group convicted of sabotage and depredation of government property at Y-12 nuclear weapons complex, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 7/28/2012.

    Action alongside Gregory Boertje-Obed and Megan Rice.

    Sentenced to 62 months imprisonment on 18 February 2014.

Gerald Ebner

Activist:
Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 2 Sep 2013
End of detention:
  • 1 Mar 2014
País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Descripción:
  • Six months for trespass at nuclear command centre at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska during a December 28, 2012 Feast of the Holy Innocents witness action.

Kimberly Rivera

Activist:
Start of detention:
  • 29 Apr 2013
End of detention:
  • 13 Dec 2013
País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Descripción:
  • Pled guilty to two counts of desertion, sentenced to 10 months imprisonment.

Gerald Ebner

País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Tipo de activista:
  • Nonviolent activist


Gregory Boertje-Obed

Detention centre:
Start of detention:
  • 5 Aug 2013
End of detention:
  • 20 Sep 2017
País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Descripción:
  • Transform Now Plowshares action group convicted of sabotage and depredation of government property at Y-12 nuclear weapons complex, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 7/28/2012.

    Action alongside Michael Walli and Megan Rice.

    Sentenced to 62 months imprisonment on 18 February 2014.

Irwin County Detention Center

País: 
Estados Unidos de América
Detention centre address: 

Irwin County Detention Center, 132 Cotton Drive, Ocilla, GA 31774.

Gregory Boertje-Obed (08052-016)

  • Gregory Boertje-ObedGregory Boertje-Obed

País:
  • Estados Unidos de América
Tipo de activista:
  • Nonviolent activist


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