Movie: The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs

Director of Friends Education Barbara von Salis invites people to join her in viewing and discussing this thought-provoking film:

Feb. 11, 5:30 p.m.

Brown University, Friedman Auditorium

190 Thayer St., Providence

The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs

Nuclear disarmament activists challenge the security and legality of America’s nuclear weapons when they break into two top-secret facilities: The “Fort Knox of Uranium” and a U.S. Navy Trident nuclear submarine base.  Are they criminals or prophets sending a wake-up call to the world?

Follows several activists, including an 82-year-old Catholic nun, who risk long jail terms in their efforts to move the world away from the nuclear brink.

Since 1980 activists in lay and religious life have undertaken dramatic Plowshares protests, derived from the biblical injunction, “They shall beat their swords into Plowshares,” risking long prison sentences in an ongoing campaign to move the world away from the nuclear brink.  This film follows two cases: the July 2012 break-in at the site known as America’s “Fort Knox of Uranium” where the intruders were an 82-year old Catholic nun and two fellow peace activists and the 2009 Plowshares action at a US naval base near Seattle, WA. It follows the activists’ legal efforts to justify their actions under international law and highlights the power of their moral conviction.

Director: Helen Young
Panel to follow: Helen Young, Frida Berrigan, Alex Nunes Host: Brown War Watch

Sponsored by: Brown University Religious Studies, Middle East Studies