On December 19, Philip Berrigan and a group of activists calling themselves Plowshares Vs. Depleted Uranium (Susan Crane of Baltimore’s Jonah House, the Rev. Stephen Kelley from New York City, and Elizabeth Walz, a Catholic worker from Philadelphia) disarmed two A-10 Warthog (Fairchild Thunderbolt II) aircraft. The aircraft were located at the Maryland National Guard base in Middle River, Maryland. The activists hammered and poured blood on A-10s because the Warthog, used against Iraq and Yugoslavia, has a gun which fires depleted uranium ammunition.
The four activists appeared in court on Monday, and now face three charges, including malicious destruction of property, conspiracy to maliciously destroy property, and trespassing. Supporters of the Plowshares Vs. Depleted Uranium will be arriving in Baltimore to participate in a demonstration and attend the legal proceedings.
- Philip Berrigan, longtime anti-war activist and one of the founders of the Plowshares Movement and of Jonah House. He was a member of the “Catonsville Nine” who burned draft records during the Vietnam War, and has spent over 10 years in prison for his anti-war activities. From prison in Maryland. Call Jonah House: 410.233.6238.