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Join us in King of Prussia, PA…Celebrate Plowshares 8 Anniversary in a “War Merchants Exposure”
September 10, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
PLOWSHARES 8 42nd ANNIVERSARY – “WAR MERCHANTS EXPOSURE DAY”
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1P.M., Lockheed Martin, King of Prussia, PA
BEFORE READING ON, LISTEN to “The Hammer Has To Fall” by Charlie King, HERE…
Join us in King of Prussia, PA, on Sat., September 10, 1P.M, Lockheed Martin,King of Prussia, PA at the main intersection of Mall & Goddard Boulevards, behind the King of Prussia Mall.…as we celebrate the anniversary of the Plowshares 8 (pictured below) and stand before Lockheed Martin in a “WAR MERCHANTS EXPOSURE DAY,” New York – Pennsylvania
Plowshares 8 PRESENTE’
Watch “IN THE KING OF PRUSSIA: THE TRIAL OF THE PLOWSHARES 8”
IN THE KING OF PRUSSIA: THE TRIAL OF THE PLOWSHARES 8 takes us back to 1982 with Emile de Antonio’s portrayal of the Plowshares 8 civic disobedience at General Electric’s nuclear weapons plant in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
PLOWSHARES 8, front row: Rev. Carl Kabat, Elmer Maas, Molly Rush, Sr. Anne Montgomery, Dean Hammer; back row: Revs. Philip and Daniel Berrigan, and John Schuchardt. All but Molly Rush, Dean Hammer, and John Schuchardt have passed.
Beginning in 1977, in the wake of the Vietnam War, the Brandywine Peace Community began vigils and protest, as well as times of nonviolent civil disobedience, at General Electric plants producing nuclear warhead delivery systems in Philadelphia, PA, and, just outside of Philadelphia, King of Prussia, PA. On the morning of September 9, 1980, eight war resisters and religious peace activists entered one such site in King of Prussia, hammered on Mark 12A unarmed nuclear warhead casings, and poured their own blood on engineering blueprints. The eight were arrested and in February of 1981 were tried and convicted of trespass and other charges in the county seat, Norristown, PA. The Brandywine Peace Community organized walks of conscience, protests at the GE site (stating “the crime is HERE), and support vigils at the County Courthouse.
The action and trial of the Plowshares 8 was a watershed moment in the mass anti-nuclear weapons peace movement of the 1980s., and spawned a network of repeated Plowshares disarmament actions around the country and world. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00963402.2016.1145904
In 1992, with the end of the Cold War, GE sold its massive Aerospace/weapons division to Martin Marietta. Martin Marietta doubled in size and merged, the following year, with Lockheed to become the world’s largest war profiteer and the U.S.’ leading nuclear weapons contractor, Lockheed Martin. The Brandywine Peace Community has continued with its campaigns of protest and nonviolent resistance, repeated arrests, at the Lockheed Martin (formerly GE) complex in King of Prussia, located behind the King of Prussia Mall, the largest commercial shopping mall on the east coast.
Fri., September 9
Endicott, NY & Owego, NY, 11AM & 12 noon
Brandywine Peace Community, a member of the WAR INDUSTRY RESISTER NETWORK, joins the WAR MERCHANTS EXPOSURE DAY, organized by Veterans for Peace of Broome County, NY, Broome County Peace Action, Upstate Drone Action, New York State Peace Action, Code Pink, Pax Christi NY, and multiple other groups to stand before war industries around the USA to expose their bloody profits.
Letter to James D Taiclet, CEO
Lockheed Martin Corporation
6801 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20817
…Today, September 9, 2022, we are outside of just one of your multiple venues devoted to death and destruction. We urge you to accept economic conversion that you have resisted for decades. Please do what you know in your heart and soul is the right thing to do–help save our people and good earth by producing products that improve the lives of our brothers and sisters, our children, grandchildren, our descendants, and all animate and inanimate of our good earth now under destruction by industries that thrive on violence…
Fri., Sept 9
Endicott, NY & Owego, NY, 11 AM & 12 noon WAR MERCHANTS EXPOSURE DAY