Nuclear Weapons and Security
The Peace Farm, outside Amarillo, TX, began 33 years ago as a place where people could gather to prepare activities in regard to the ongoing witness against the world annihilating work of the Pantex Plant nearby. That is where all the nuclear weapons of the US are assembled. People also lived on the 20-acre farm for about 25 years as a continual witness to the death plant nearby. I’m sure huge numbers of people would witness against a place that was built only for abortions. Yet here is an assembly plant that only exists to abort the whole world and few notice or care. It is the most anti-life place possible.
We sold all but one acre, and now the “Peace Farm” consists of 5 people on a Board that continues the witness as possibilities arise. We are part of the ANA (Alliance for Nuclear Accountability—look at the website if you want to know more), which consists of about 35 organizations throughout the country, most grouped around other nuclear plants of various kinds, having to do with bombs or power. The ANA meets 2 times a year, once in the fall and once in the spring in Washington, DC, to lobby Congress about nuclear weapons and the various programs and money involved. The ANA has been working on the whole nuclear issue for over 25 years, and many are experts in various fields and also experienced in nuclear issues, who therefore know more than many government people who come and go more often.
I came to Amarillo in 1987, to be involved with the Peace Farm and ANA as much as I could. From the selling of most of our land, our Board has enough money to send someone to the DC spring lobbying days, so I’m going this year for the first time. Please pray for me and all of us as we try to make government people aware of the great dangers of building new nukes and having them on hair-triggers for a long period of time. There have been many mistakes made, some almost starting a nuclear war. I think this our greatest security problem, much greater than terrorism, but I seem to be in a small minority. If you have any ideas about any of this that might help me/us, please let me know.
[The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) will be gathering in Washington DC from May 19-26. Associate Jerry Stein, who has been active in Peace and Justice events for many years, says: “I’m going for the ANA spring meeting and lobbying against nuclear weapons. It’s going to be even more important this year, as you can imagine.” Please keep Jerry and the Alliance in your prayers.]