One of the final questions related to the point that many critics of the action have made. Mike asked, "Why didn't you try proper measures", like going to lawmakers in Washington, D.C? Susan said, "I have spent half my life trying these other ways." The problem is that not enough people have done so. We MUST engage (and educate) other citizens to get involved. When given pennies to put into cups labeled War, Schools, Healthcare, etc., - an exercise that Susan has used to educate and build awareness) - "people don't put half their pennies into war making." They put them into schools and other positive endeavors that build up society and the world! But alas; in the real world, roughly half of U.S. taxpayer dollars go to war, while we struggle to fund even the most basic services. You certainly won't be hearing about bond issues to fund war and nuclear weapons.
So what should listeners to this morning's program get from this? That we must each do all we can to create a nuclear weapons-free world, and nuclear disarmament starts at home. Here are a few of the steps Susan mentioned at the end of the interview.
- Tell President Obama to take nuclear weapons off hair trigger alert.
- Adopt a No First Use policy. China has done so; why can't we?
- A formal refusal to attack non-nuclear weapons nations with nuclear weapons.
- Remove all remaining nuclear weapons from Europe.
- Work towards disarmament - START, CTBT, NPT, etc. The president must make good on his promises made in his speech in Prague earlier this year.
While the Disarm Now Plowhares five don't yet know what is going to happen to them as a result of their plowshares action, we all CAN do something to help abolish nuclear weapons. We don't have to be senior citizens to know that nuclear weapons present an unacceptable danger to humanity (mind you, these plowshares activists began their work decades before becoming "senior citizens." Here's to bonds and bake sales to fund nuclear weapons; I certainly don't want stale baked goods.
Hear the entire interview with Lynne and Susan by clicking here. Then enter the time (7:31am) and choose your bandwidth.
You can read all earlier posts about Disarm Now Plowshares by clicking here.
Lynne Greenwald is a member of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.
Susan Crane is from Jonah House. Note: The beautiful sunflower photo is courtesy of Jonah House.
The bronze statue (in the top photo), representing the beating of a sword into a plowshare, was donated by the Soviet Union to the United Nations in 1959.
Other members of the Disarm Now Plowshares action are Father Bill "Bix" Bischel, Anne Montgomery, and Steve Kelly.