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Sister Megan Rice, Nun Who Broke into Nuclear Weapons Facility, Dies at 91

HeadlineOct 12, 2021

The longtime peace activist Sister Megan Rice has died at the age of 91. In 2012, at the age of 81, Rice and two other peace activists broke into the Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where the United States processes uranium for hydrogen bombs. The activists, known as the Transform Now Plowshares, cut holes in the fence to paint peace slogans and throw blood on the wall. One message read: “The Fruit of Justice Is Peace.” In 2015, Sister Megan Rice appeared on Democracy Now! after being released from prison. She talked about the dangers of nuclear weapons.

Sister Megan Rice: “Why have we spent $10 trillion in 70 years, when that could have been used to transform not just the United States, but the world, into life-enhancing alternatives? Instead, we make something that can never be used, should never be used, probably will never be used, unless we want to destroy the planet.”

Sister Megan Rice, speaking to Democracy Now! in 2015. She died on Sunday at the age of 91.

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