The members of Disarm Now Plowshares were presented the Legacy Award by The University of Washington Tacoma for their commitment "to public service. As a group, they have a proven record of community activism and community engagement. The Trident submarine base at Bangor, just 20 miles from Seattle, is home to the largest single stockpile of nuclear warheads in the U.S. arsenal, housing more than 2000 nuclear warheads. Fr. Bichsel and his colleagues entered Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in the early morning hours of November 2, 2009, All Souls Day, to call attention to the illegality and immorality of the existence of the first strike Trident weapons system. With this award, we salute them for their courageous acts and continued efforts to keep Dr. King's Dream alive!"
At the university's annual Unity Breakfast The University of Tacoma recognized "UW Tacoma citizens and organizations that consistently address diversity, social justice and civil rights." They also honored "external persons who have made significant contributions to the UW Tacoma community" in these areas.
Bill Bichsel, Susan Crane, Lynne Greenwald and Anne Montgomery were present to receive the award on behalf of the entire Disarm Now Plowshares group. I will have more details and a photo or two shortly in a post at the Disarm Now Plowshares Blog.
The Disarm Now Plowshares will appear for sentencing at the U.S. District Court, Tacoma, Washington on March 28th, 2011.