Stand up to war
On Aug. 5, I knowingly and purposefully became a pedestrian in the roadway at Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor in a peaceful and nonviolent protest to the presence of nuclear weapons there because when I was 4 years old, unbeknownst to me at that age the government of my country unleashed a horrific weapon of war – an atomic bomb – on the citizens of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and 3 days later on the citizens of Nagasaki.
After receiving a ticket for that offense, I then reentered the roadway and was cited for failure to disperse.
I will be making a statement at the hearings for my offenses as a conscientious objector, in honor of Desmond T. Doss of Newport News, Va., who survived World War II and received a Medal of Honor, as well as Tom Bennett of Morgantown, W. Va., and Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr. of Dayton, Ohio, both of whom were killed in combat in Vietnam and received the Medal of Honor posthumously. All three were conscientious objectors in the service of our country.
Now is the time for all men and women of conscience around the world to unite in our common humanity by standing up to our governments and demanding a universal, unequivocal and insoluble treaty preventing nuclear war and all other forms of armed conflict.
War is never a solution; it always creates horrific consequences.
To quote my favorite World Beyond War T-shirt: “The first casualty of war is truth. The rest are mostly civilians.”