While the world’s attention is focused on Kofi Annan and the United Nations for receiving this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, The Swedish Parliament recently announced the recipients of the “Alternative Nobel Prizes,” The Right Livelihood Award.
This year the award was given to liberation theologian Leonardo Boff of Brazil, Gus Shalom, the Israeli peace group, and the Trident Ploughshares of Britain. Trident Ploughshares is a disarmament group whose members have pledged themselves to disarming the British Trident nuclear weapons system through open, non-violent direct action. As British planes and submarines participate in the US attack on Afghanistan, the award could not come at a more appropriate time.
The Right Livelihood Award called the Trident Ploughshares campaign “a model of principled, transparent and non-violent direct action dedicated to rid the world of nuclear weapons, adding that “Their imaginative campaign highlights the illegality of these weapons.”
Receiving the award for Trident Ploughshares were the Trident Three: Angie Zelter, Ellen Moxley and Ulla Roder, who were acquitted in October 1999 in a Scottish court after disarming a Trident-related research barge. Angie and Ulla are still in prison for other actions, but we are joined by Ellen Moxley.
- Ellen Moxley, (63 years young), Trident Ploughshares Activist acquitted in 1999. A zoologist by profession she has been active on peace issues since 1958. She was one of the first to join Trident Ploughshares.