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Transform Now Plowshares Three Freed!

Free!  Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed have been released from prison for their Transform Now Plowshares action on July 28, 2012. 

They have served two years for their action.  Although the charge of "depredation of government property" stands (writing "Woe to the empire of blood; The fruit of justice is peace, Work for peace not for war" in blood) the sentence guidelines for that charge is less than the time they have already served and any resentencing is likely to take that into account. 
 
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered their immediate release May 15th on their own recognizance, saying that the government failed to prove that the three intended to "injure the national defense," a requirement for convinction under the sabotage act.
 
Inspired by prophets Michah and Isaiah, Jesus and Gandhi, the three anti-nuclear weapons activists enacted a symbolic conversion of the Y-12 Highly-Enriched Uranium Manufacturing Facilty in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 
 
They were protesting plans to build a new, multibillion nuclear bomb plant - part of the one trillion plus, 30 year plan to modernize our nuclear weapons arsenals.  This plan is spurring a new nuclear arms race and is (of course) in violation of the nuclear nations treaty obligations to abolish these illegal and immoral weapons. 
 
"Everyone of us is equally responsible to end that escalation," said Sr. Rice on Democracy Now! "Everyone of us is called to do what is right for humanity."
 
More information about the action is at transformnowplowshares.wordpress.com
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