Do you know about 82-year-old Sr. Megan Rice, her bold actions on behalf of peace (with two courageous companions, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed), and their criminal conviction for them yesterday? You need to. The New York Times reports:
She has been arrested 40 or 50 times for acts of civil disobedience and once served six months in prison. In the Nevada desert, she and other peace activists knelt down to block a truck rumbling across the government’s nuclear test site, prompting the authorities to take her into custody.
She gained so much attention that the Energy Department, which maintains the nation’s nuclear arsenal, helped pay for an oral history in which she described her upbringing and the development of her antinuclear views.
Now, Sister Megan Rice, 82, a Roman Catholic nun of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, and two male accomplices have carried out what nuclear experts call the biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex, making their way to the inner sanctum of the site where the United States keeps crucial nuclear bomb parts and fuel.
In addition to the Times article, here are some helpful links:
- Catholic News Agency: Elderly nun found guilty over nuclear site break-in
- The Assocatied Press: Elderly nun, 2 other protestors found guilty of sabotaging nuclear weapons facility
- The Washington Post video: The nun who broke into a US nuclear-weapons facility
I expect we’ll be hearing more about her in the weeks and months ahead.