|Police handcuff resisters at the July 2010 action in Tennessee.|
Thursday, January 6, 2012 marked the end of eight long months of imprisonment for Steve Baggarly, Mike Walli and Bonnie Urfer who have been released from prisons in Lisbon, Ohio; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Lexington, Kentucky.
Each received maximum sentences for their faithful witness against the destructive power of thermonuclear weapons at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, July 5, 2010, resistance action. For each of them, the Y12 action was one of many compelling actions in which these resisters have stood to speak truth to power. Their odyssey through the legal system took them to jails and prisons in Knoxville, TN; Maryville, TN; Ocilla, GA; and Oklahoma City, OK in addition to the facilities from which they are released today.
Still in custody is Bill “Bix” Bichsel. He entered SeaTac prison to serve three months for his Y12 action in November. (See related story.)
The last remaining Y12 resister from the July 2010 action to be sentenced is Dave Corcoran, who entered a plea of guilty in late December and will be sentenced on March 21, 2012.
Ed. Note: Bonnie Urfer and Steve Baggarly wrote eloquent sentencing statements. These may be read below.
Bonnie Urfer's Sentencing Statement
Steve Baggarly's Sentencing Statement