On May 12, 2018, Mother’s Day, members of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action blocked the road leading into the Trident Nuclear Submarine base at Bangor in Kitsap County WA. (They were on the county’s side of the line, not on the federal side.) On Friday July 27 the defendants had their mitigation hearings. Larry Kerschner, a Vietnam veteran who is now a pacifist living in Centralia WA presented his statement to Judge Jeffrey J. Jahns. Larry was pleased and surprised when the judge responded to Larry’s statement by reducing his $68 fine to zero. The judge reduced all the other fines to between zero and $10.
Larry invites us to read and share the statement he presented to the court. If find it informative and powerful. We need this kind of powerful peace witness to occur everywhere until we abolish all nuclear weapons everywhere.
Here is Larry Kerschner’s statement to the court:
Larry Kerschner’s Court Statement 7-27-2018