In recognition of Women’s History Month
Sisters in Protest
Activist Nuns Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert on Tour
to Highlight Nuclear Treaty and Climate Disruption
Thursday, March 12, 6:30-8:00pm
Foothills UU, 1815 Yorktown Ave.
Complimentary soup and salad served 5:30-6:30; to rsvp:
In 2002, Dominican Sisters Ardeth Platte, Carol Gilbert, and Jackie Hudson protested at the Minuteman III missile silo in Weld County, CO, pouring vials of their own blood on the rails leading to the silo and drawing crosses on the silo’s door. Following arrest, they were sentenced to 31-41 months in federal prison for trespassing, and fined $3,000 in restitution by the US Air Force for what they called ‘a symbolic act of disarmament against a weapon of mass extinction.’
In 2017, Platte, 81, and Gilbert, 70, returned to the N8 silo site in Colorado to deliver copies of the United Nations’ newly adopted Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. (Jackie Hudson died in 2006.) Both Sisters had worked as advisors to Geneva-based ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for its decade of advocacy for the treaty, which currently has 80 signatories. The US has not signed.
The Sisters will be introduced by local FC activist, Chester McQueary. In 1969 Chester was one of several protesters in Rulison, CO, seeking to stop detonation of a nuclear bomb being tested for a US program to use nuclear explosives for construction purposes. Chester and his partner, Dan, attended the Sisters’ trial in Denver in 2003 and have followed their speaking tours in subsequent years.
Program sponsored by Partners for Peace