Plowshares Nuns Are Here, and Will Speak Thursday Evening, March 5 at 7 p.m.
SIsters Ardeth Platte (left) and Carol Gilbert, shown here at a vigil at Peterson AFB, are here in Southern Colorado, participating in a series of talks and actions all week. PPJPC will sponsor a forum TOMORROW (Thursday, March 5) at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). The two sisters, along with Jackie Hudson, participated in an act of civil disobedience at a Colorado missile silo in 2002. (Hudson passed away in 2011 due to myeloma complocations). Platte and Gilbert will speak on “A Yes for Humanity: One Step Closer to Nuclear Disarmament,” reflecting their recent work with ICAN (see below). Prior to their Thursday evening talk, the sisters will visit RAWtools at 11:30 a.m. to see peace forging in action, followed by an afternoon environment class at Colorado College, and the evening discussion at All Souls.
The three sisters, affiliated with the peace-oriented Jonah House in Washington, DC, entered a Minuteman missile silo restricted area on October 6, 2002, in a symbolic action to pour blood and hammer plowshares on the silo lid. Their arrest and subsequent federal trial generated significant publicity in Colorado Springs and Denver. The sisters also were involved in nonviolent actions at Peterson Air Force Base here, and at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge, Tenn. During federal prison sentences, Platte’s work in prison reform formed the basis for a character in the book and TV show “Orange is the New Black.”
In recent years, the sisters have worked with ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the Nobel Prize in 2017. In Washington, their “Fire Drill Fridays” protests have worked with protest campaigns organized by Jane Fonda and Greta Thunberg. Their 2020 speaking campaign will encourage state and municipal governments around the nation to sign on to the UN Treaty to abolish nuclear weapons. The Loretto Peace Committee in Denver is sponsoring their visit to Colorado from March 2 to 12 to speak to city councils on the Front Range about the UN treaty.
The Colorado Springs Gazette carried an online story Wednesday covering the sisters. Although it is premium content, we expect it will be in the print edition Thursday. Link is here: