The three protesters who broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex three years ago and vandalized the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility will discuss their Oak Ridge action in their first public reunion since they were released from prison in May.
Greg Boertje-Obed, Megan Rice, and Michael Walli will speak at the Church of the Savior (UCC) in Knoxville at 7 p.m. today (Friday, August 7).
Their sabotage conviction from the July 28, 2012, incident was overturned earlier this year. Since their release from prison in May, the three protesters, who are described as nonviolent peace activists, have appeared on national and international news programs, organizers said.
Boertje-Obed, Rice, and Walli will also address ongoing nuclear weapons production at Y-12, the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance said in a press release. Y-12 was chosen as the site of the protesters’ action three years ago “because of plans to build the multi-billion dollar Uranium Processing Facility bomb plant there,” the press release said.
The presentation is one of a series of events sponsored by OREPA marking the 70th observance of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, near the end of World War II, the release said.
The Friday night program is titled “Unfinished Business.” The press release said it will include an opportunity for conversation with Boertje-Obed, Rice, and Walli. It follows a Nonviolence Workshop sponsored by OREPA from 1-5 p.m. at the church in preparation for an August 8 peace rally, march, and action at Y-12.
Church of the Savior is located at 934 North Weisgarber Road in Knoxville.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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