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ANDERSON & COMPANY’ COFFEE TEA SPICES TWO JEFFERSON SQUARE AUSTIN,TEXAS 7S131 512 453-1533 Send me your list. Name Street City Zip for the poor; her former husband, who, she said, “did so involuntarily, and the third, of course, was Pinochet.” Frances Farenthold, representing the Women’s Peace Initiative and now chair of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington \(and the first woman to hold women who spoke. Farenthold spoke of the “near-miracle of the House vote” on August 8, which would ban underground testing for a year beginning in January 1987. She said the production of nuclear weapons violates every tenet of the Nuremburg Principles and international law, which forbid the use of weapons that will cause “unnecessary . . . suffering or devastation, weapons that cause harm to noncombatants, military attacks on civilian targets, or attacks that harm countries not at war.” Gertrud Kauderer from West Germany said: “I’m here because I’m concerned that another war might be starting from my country . . . and my country’s constitution strictly forbids another war from German soil . . . but we have 10 percent of all the nuclear warheads, 5,000 deployed in my country, which is only about the size of Oregon. Two-thirds of them are shortrange, which means they would explode on Germans. It is ridiculous to defend us by killing us.” The new generation of weapons, she said, are “even more destabilizing. The Cruise missile can sneak under radar, and the Pershing is so fast that warnings are based on computers which have only minutes to determine if an attack is real or an error. “We have come to the brink of destruction and we must make changes, radical changes. We are connected to all living things, and we must feel the connectedness. “I used to ask my relatives how they could have passively gone along with Hitler and the murder of their Jewish neighbors. They said, ‘We didn’t know. That’s all over now. It will never happen again.’ But they did know. And it is happening again, and women must, because they can, make the difference.” Jean Hutchinson came as a representative of the women who have camped for five years outside the U.S. airbase at Greenham Common in England. They are trying to stop the deployment of 96 Cruise missiles scheduled for deployment there. \(Sixteen have already arwomen have been subjected to, including what many experts who have visited the site believe are low-level radio beams from inside the base aimed at the women’s bodies. Many have suffered headaches, nausea, disorientation, and two have had miscarriages, Hutchinson said, in the past year. Sister Rosalie Bertell, a research biologist who has studied the health effects of low-level radiation for years, has told the women that they could suffer a condition similar to leukemia from prolonged exposure to “We have come to the brink of destruction and we must make changes, radical changes.” the electronic beams. “We are very angry,” Hutchinson said, “and now we can no longer bring the children to the camp. “But we still continue to breach the base’s security almost daily,” she said, telling of cutting down about six miles of the base’s nine miles of fence, of liberating a flock of geese the commander brought in to “honk” if the women climbed the fence, and of sneaking inside on one memorable night a few years ago, climbing to the top of one of the silos which house the missiles and dancing in a circle on top until 44 of the group were arrested. “You have the power,” Hutchinson said to the assembled group, “you have the power to keep the bombs inside Pantex for at least 36 hours. For you have done just that. [No trains or trucks had left the plant since the peace camp had been set up.] Do not think that the people in control of Pantex and the bombs do not recognize that power and fear it.” According to the Nuke Watchers of Oklahoma City, at least seven convoys of trucks left before the first campers began to arrive, but none had left during the four-day pilgrimage. The Oklahoma City group, which has been monitoring the gates of Pantex for over five years and reporting to a nationwide network when trains or trucks leave with nuclear cargo, is concerned because some of the trucks now only go as far as the airport and unload their unmarked cargo into unmarked airplanes. Some Nuke Watchers have been following the trucks for a couple of years and have logged as many as 2,000 miles in trips to Bangor, Washington, and Los Alamos. Ann Murray of Oklahoma City said that it is hard to put into words what you feel when you follow those trucks and know that it could be World War III you are following. The trucks are made by the Marmon Truck Company and look no different than any other 18-wheeler on the road, except for the fact that they are not marked in any way. They come under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense and, because of their deadly cargo, do not come under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation, which has responsibility for safety and inspections of all other interstate truck traffic, including the transportation of nuclear waste. ON THE LAST day of the pilgrimage, after seven people had been arrested for non-violent resistance by blocking the road to the plant’s east gate, John Stockwell warned of the deadly connections between the arms race and our rush to war in Nicaragua. “We have a President with an Armageddon fixation, an old man with a defective mind who feels no kinship with the young, he said. Stockwell warned of rulings and laws which were not in place during the Vietnam years that could allow the government to take action against peace activists. They include censorship rulings and the establishment of martial law powers. “We are here, Stockwell said, “but we have not turned back the tide., We must do everything we can, every day of our lives. We cannot wait. For tomorrow there may not be a world.” And on the hot, dusty, High Plains of Texas, the peace camp was struck, but the work outside the Pantex gates did not end. The Amarillo Catholic Diocese, under the leadership of Bishop Leroy Matthiesen, is helping Red River organizers Les Breeding and Cindy Evans set up a Peace Center across the highway from Pantex and near the railroad tracks which carry the White Train, the nuclear weapons train, from Pantex to its destination. Evans and Breeding have purchased 20 acres, where they hope to live and work with other peace activists, locally and from across the country, year-round. 10 SEPTEMBER 12, 1986