News Release April 1, 2014
World's Largest Peace Group Celebrates 100 Years of NON-VIOLENCE
For release 4/1/2014
The Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) joined with kitsap County's Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action and other allies to permanently close the Bangor Nuclear Submarine Base and open the Northwest Regional Center for Nonviolence Training.
Rear Admiral Smith, the current commander at Bangor, said, "Thank you FOR and GZ. We couldn't do this because we're under the command of our civilian leaders."
President Obama, now in his second term, along with the newly appointed Secretary of Peace, Rachel Maddow, attended the ceremony. "I hope that we, as peace-loving Americans, can use this center as a model for transforming other defunct military bases in the U.S. and around the world," said the president.
While nearly all base personnel have found other jobs, all interested citizens are encouraged to call the Green Jobs Hotline with ideas for repurposing Bangor's subs and missiles.
The Fine Print: My Friends, As you can see by the date, this press release represents a vision, the deepest wish of all who yearn for the abolition of Trident and all nuclear weapons, and the creation of a just, peaceful and sustainable world. This wonderful bit of crystal ball gazing was created during last weekend's Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation's (WWFOR) Fall Retreat. It is a vision of hope for the future by people deeply engaged in getting there. I am grateful for such people. Thanks to Joy Goldstein (and FOR) for allowing me to share this with you. Peace, Leonard