Back in June five members of Put Down the Sword were arrested “willful obstruction of the highway” while blockading one of the entrances to AWE Burghfield, where the UK’s nuclear weapons are assembled. Two other affinity groups (from the Catholic Workers and Quakers) blockaded the other entrances meaning the whole site was shut to vehicles for a morning.
Put Down the Sword are in Reading Magistrates Court on 23rd, 25th and 26th January. We welcome supporters on any day, but are focussing on 25th January as the main day, and we’re putting on a series of seminars for those unable to get into the public gallery. The schedule for the day is as follows (although it will be flexible!)
11.30-12.30 How to bring change: exploring how to use direct action: Andrew Metheven, War Resisters International9am: Meet outside the court. Bring banners etc
1-2pm: Communal lunch with defendants
2-3pm: Jesus and non-violence: Woody Woodhouse, Methodist Minister
3-4pm: What next? Stop DSEI! Sarah Robinson, CAAT
We also have a solidarity fund to help with travel expenses etc for the defendants. Cash donations are welcome, or transfers to 08-92-86 17488437.