Prince of Peace Plowshares

Before dawn on Ash Wed., Feb 12, six people calling themselves the Prince of Peace Plowshares boarded USS The Sullivans at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Maine. USS The Sullivans is an Aegis destroyer carrying enough nuclear missiles to destroy half a continent.

The activists were observed by security upon boarding the destroyer, but before they could be intercepted, they fanned out to the Pilot House, the Bridge, the Helicopter Pad, and the Missile Hatch Covers. On each they hammered and poured their own blood. On the deck, their banner was unfurled...

Prince of Peace Plowshares
They shall beat their swords into Plowshares
and their Spears into Pruning Hooks

They were able to read their statement together before security -- both BIW and Navy police -- leveled guns (including shotguns) at them and forceably threw them to the deck.

The six plowshare activists are now in custody at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, ME. At first charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief, they now await sentencing on federal conviction of conspiracy and the destruction of government property.

Local supporters gather in front of Bath Iron Works in Portland to protest the deployment of nuclear armaments and to support the six activists. Here are some pictures from a recent vigil...

Protesters in front of Bath Iron Works in Portland

Passing motorists view the protestors' signs

Raising consciousness

Protestor holds up picture of convicted activists

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