Guilty of Many Discourtesies...And Now a Couple of Felonies
Luke Hill May 9, 2013 - 10:39am
The Transform Now Plowshares--- Greg Boertje-Obed, Sr. Megan Rice and Michael Walli---were found guilty Wednesday on two felony charges for their July 28, 2012 break-in at and protest at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, the nation's storehouse for bomb-grade uranium.Embarrassingly for the Dept. of Energy, the three cut through four security fences, scaled a heavily wooded ridge, and held vigil for some time at the "fortresslike Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility" before guards finally noticed and arrested them."Sister Rice said her only misgiving was that she had waited so long to stage a protest. 'My regret was I waited 70 years,' she said. 'It is manufacturing that which can only cause death.'She was asked why she hadnt felt obligated to inform the Catholic bishop in her area of her intentions. Rice responded: 'Ive been guilty of many discourtesies in my life.'"In Sister Rice's statement one can hear echoes of the humble audacity in Dan Berrigan's statement written 45 years ago this month on behalf of the Catonsville Nine: "Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, for the burning of paper instead of children, the angering of the orderlies in the front parlor of the charnel house. We could not, so help us God, do otherwise."
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Luke Hill is a writer and community organizer in Boston. He blogs at dotCommonweal and MassCommons.