Saturday, April 21, 2007

CPT Forming Stop-DU May Delegation in TN

Christian Peacemaker Teams' Campaign to Stop Depleted Uranium is in the
midst of completing arrangements for a delegation to Jonesborough, TN, site
of a major DU weapons producer -- AeroJet Ordnance -- from May 18-27.
The delegation is part of a campaign to the production of depleted uranium
munitions. Participants will meet with people impacted by these weapons,
including veterans, hospital administrators and plant employees. They will
also organize and carry out a nonviolent public witness challenging the
production of DU munitions.


Most in the delegation assembled thus far are over age 60, with a number in
their 70s, a host of youthful geriatric very-active activists. Below is the
tentative list of co-participants -- many from Colorado, Ontario and
Wisconsin, who will be traveling to Tennessee for the action. Participants
will be housed in a Church of the Brethren near Jonesborough during the
delegation.

Media updates from the delegation will be available during its time in
Jonesborough at
www.wildclearing.com/du.html . According to Claire Evans, delegation
coordinator for Christian Peacemaker Teams, the tentative list of
participants thus far includes:

Leader: Murray Lumley, 1854-A Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4C 1J4;
416-423-5406; murraylumley@ca.inter.net. Age 66. He has been active locally
in protesting against militarization and nuclear weapons. A CPT reservist
since 2000, he has most recently spent time with CPT''s U.S.-Mexico
Borderlands project and participated in last November's DU delegation.

Co-Leader: Cliff Kindy, 4874 E. 1400 N, North Manchester, IN 46962;
260-982-2971 (h); kindy@cpt.org. Age 57. An organic farmer, he served as a
full-time member of the Christian Peacemaker Corps in Hebron, West Bank;
Chiapas, Mexico; Colombia; native communities in North America; and Iraq. He
is currently spearheading the Stop DU Campaign, a project of CPT's Northern
Indiana regional group.

Russell Attoe, 1620 N. Golf Glen, Madison, WI 53704; 608-241-5537 (h),
608-265-4331 (w); rdattoe@wisc.edu. Age 60. An electronics technician at the
University of Wisconsin, he has long been active in peace and justice
issues. He participated in a delegation to the U.S./Mexico border, and has
vigilled against the School of the Americas several times. With his wife,
Judy Leurquin, he produces a weekly table TV program on Third World
concerns.

Bill Durland, 516 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80905;
719-635-8686; durlandwe@msn.com. Age 76. He has experience as an attorney
and college professor with long-time involvement with nonviolent action. He
is active in a local peace and justice group, Friends of Sabeel, and
CPT-Colorado. A CPT reservist, he has been on CPT delegations to Iraq,
Israel/Palestine and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.

Genie Durland, 516 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80905;
719-635-8686; durlandwe@msn.com. Age 71. She taught at Pendle Hill and has
spent extended time in the Middle East. She is active in a local peace and
justice group, Friends of Sabeel, and CPT-Colorado. A CPT reservist, she
been on CPT delegations to Iraq, Israel/Palestine and the U.S.-Mexico
Borderlands.

Ron Forthofer, 3912 Divet Ct., Longmont, CO 80503; 303-786-8921;
rforthofer@comcast.net. Age 63. Formerly a professor of biometry, he is
involved in local peace groups and has served as a peacekeeper at actions in
the Denver/Boulder area. He participated in two CPT delegations to the
Middle East and spent time on the Pierre, South Dakota project as a CPT
reservist.

Ron Friesen, 1267 Butte Rd., Loveland, CO 80537; 970-667-7852;
rmfriesen@mesanetworks.net. Age 74. He is involved in CPT-Colorado and local
peace groups and has participated as a peacekeeper at several local actions.
He was part of a CPT delegation to Chiapas and served on teams in South
Dakota and the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Kirsten Romaine Jones, 401-10 Fontenay Ct., Toronto, ON M9A 4W3;
416-243-9405; krj_ghd@pathcom.com. Age 69. Inspired by Quaker ideals, she
has been involved in nonviolent actions since 1955 in Canada, the USA,
Belgium and the U.K. She has been a nonviolence trainer in prisons, schools
and other organizations and volunteers with a local mediation center.

Judy Leurquin, 1620 N. Golf Glen, Madison, WI 53704; 608-241-5537;
rdattoe@wisc.edu. Age 66. A retired psycho nurse, she has a long-standing
interest in DU. She has been active in peace and justice issues for many
years. She participated in several delegations to Central America and to
Cuba, and vigilled against the School of the Americas several times. With
her husband , Rus Attoe, she produces a weekly table TV program on Third
World concerns.

Jane MacKay Wright, 111 McNevin St., Providence Bay, ON P0P 1T0;
705-377-6074 (h), 519-379-8730 ( c); janemw@amtelecom.net. Age 63. She
taught media arts at the college level for 18 years, including three months
in China. She was involved with the Cruise Missile Conversion Project in
Toronto in the early 1980s, and is active in her Quaker meeting. A CPT
Reservist, she served with teams in Iraq, New Brunswick and Kenora, Ontario.

Wes Rehberg, 303 Shady Crest Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37415; 423-774-3311;
wes.rehberg@wildclearing.com. Age 70. He spent more than 20 years as an
investigative journalist and produces documentary videos on social justice
themes. He is also a retired United Methodist pastor. He has been involved
in a range of peace and justice issues locally and internationally.

Dick Williams, 3003 Valmont Rd. #78, Boulder, CO 80301; 303-245-0015;
rwillskier@earthlink.net. Age 67. He is an ordained Methodist minister with
experience as a college professor and research consultant. He is involved in
the Colorado CPT group, has been on delegations to Haiti, Chiapas and
Vieques, Puerto Rico, and served with CPT in Chiapas as a reservist.

Gretchen Williams, 3003 Valmont Rd. #78, Boulder, CO 80301; 303-245-0015;
gretchenwilliams@earthlink.net. Age 75. She has experience as a bio-feedback
therapist and has been involved in anti-nuclear and other peace actions. She
participates in CPT-Colorado; has been on delegations to South Carolina, the
Middle East, Vieques and Chiapas, and has served with CPT in Chiapas as a
reservist. She also regularly volunteers at CPT's Chicago office.

______________

For more information about the delegation, contact:

Claire Evans

Delegation Coordinator Christian Peacemaker Teams

PO Box 6508

Chicago, IL 60680-6508

Phone: 773-277-0253, Fax: 773-277-0291

Website: www.cpt.org

Christian Peacemaker Teams is an initiative of the historic peace churches
(Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, and Quakers) with support and
membership from a range of Catholic and Protestant denominations.

Wes Rehberg
www.wildclearing.com
www.nonviolentways.org
from the clearing blog
social justice blog

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