Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Saturday, May 8, at 10 am., Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action  hosts a Zoom presentation by Timmon Wallis and Vicki Elson from NuclearBan.us based on the book, Warheads to Windmills: How to Pay for a Green New Deal.  The Zoom link will be posted on the Ground Zero website: gzcenter.org on Friday, May 7.  Please join us for this virtual presentation, or at Ground Zero for a COVID conscious screening and program. For questions, email info@gzcenter.org. Thanks!

From the Civil War to Warheads to Windmills

Ground Zero Center Mother’s Day Event ~ Saturday, May 8, 2021

by Mack Johnson

Julia Ward Howe’s original 1870 Mother’s Day proclamation, exhorting the world to oppose the evils of war, still has meaning today.  For war has continued, and today the threats of militarism, nuclear war, and environmental collapse are intertwined.  Fortunately, so are the solutions.  That is one of the messages of NuclearBan.us.  Co-founders Timmon Wallis and Vicki Elson, will make a Zoom presentation at 10 am on how diverting military spending to green jobs is possible.  This keynote address is part of this year’s Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action’s Mother’s Day weekend event.

Plowshares activist and nuclear resister Father Steve Kelly,  S.J., – a Jesuit priest who last year completed a 30-month prison term in Georgia for the ‘Plowshares 7’ nuclear resistance action at the Kings Bay, Georgia Trident missile naval  base – may be able to speak via Zoom. The day’s events also include a march to the Bangor main gate, vigil, and possible nonviolent direct action against nuclear weapons.

We look forward to another combined in-person and virtual gathering.  We are optimistic that many attendees will be double-vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to come in person.  To protect everyone’s health, we will require that guidelines for masks/face coverings, distancing and washing be followed, and that attendees bring their own food. Use of the house will be limited
Here is a general schedule, subject to change based on “weather and whether”:

9:00  House open, folks 2 weeks past their final vaccinations may gather inside via Zoom; social hour and informal check-in with appropriate safety precautions
9:30  Update on recent GZ activities OR a visit by Steve Kelly
10:00  Zoom presentation by nuclearban.us speakers Tim Wallis and Vicki Elson, with questions, discussion, the current situation, etc
11:00-1:00 Bring Your Own Bag Lunch, discernment, action planning
1:30 Gathering circle for march to gate
2:00 Vigil, witness,  possible action
3:00 return to GZ grounds, debrief, clean up.

More information and Zoom link available at:  Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (gzcenter.org)