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TNP 30? Thapar ?

The Transform Now Plowshares support group is calling for letters to help lower prison sentences for Megan Rice (83), Michael Walli (64) and Greg Boertje-Obed (57).

The peace activists are facing 30-year sentences for breaking into a US nuclear bomb-making factory in Oak Ridge, California in July 2012, and ‘transforming’ it with blood, spraypaint and hammers.

The support group asks for letters touching on three points: 

  • This was an act of nonviolent civil disobedience intended to awaken the conscience of the nation, not an act of terrorism meant to harm anyone.
  • It was the intent of the defendants to uphold higher laws.
  • Encourage the judge to consider a ‘downward departure’ from the pre-sentencing report’s guidelines.

Sentencing is expected on 28 January 2014.

Send letters to: US district judge Amul R Thapar, c/o professor Bill Quigley, Loyola law clinic and centre for social justice, 7214 St. Charles Avenue,Campus Box 902, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA. More info: www.tinyurl.com/peacenews965