On the night of December 27, 2015, four Catholic peace activists went to the Northrop-Grumman building in Bellevue, Nebraska, where one of them, former Des Moines Catholic Worker, Jessica Reznicek, began a direct disarmament action by taking a sledgehammer and a baseball bat to two huge front windows and glass door of the building. Northrop Grumman is one of STRATCOM’s (U.S. Strategic Command – Offutt AFB, Omaha, NE) primary weapons contractors. Her intent was to get to the computers inside. Jess was arrested by Bellevue Police and taken to Sarpy County Jail, where she remains until trial—unable and unwilling to post $100,000 bond. The other three, Frank Cordaro, Michele Naar-Obed, and Mauro Heck, were there for support and to take photos. They were arrested later while driving from the site after Jess began her action. The three were later released on $20,000 bond; all four were charged with felony criminal mischief and burglary charges. The charges were dropped at a January 26 court appearance for the three supporters. Jess is representing herself for her “Hammer of Justice” nonviolent direct action. See this LINK for more info and this LINK for Jessica’s statement.
An excerpt: “Some folks, even personal friends of mine, are questioning my property destruction tactics at Northrup Grumman as one of a nonviolent nature. I refuse to delve too deeply into this conversation, for I believe the focus should rest primarily on Northrup Grumman and STRATCOM’s countless crimes against humanity. However, I will address a few small details of the events which occurred on the evening of December 27.
Yes, glass did shatter. It shattered like the illusion that Northrup Grumman holds human life in any way in its best interest. It shattered like the illusion Iraq ever possessed weapons of mass destruction. It shattered like the illusion Iraqis were involved in 9/11. It shattered like the lie that perpetual war will ever bring peace. Glass shattered in the name of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives taken when Northrup Grumman/STRATCOM’s direct bombs from space rained down upon them. I destroyed two windows and a door, yes! STRATCOM with its corporate partner Northrup Grumman destroys life in the tens of thousands.
I did not swing my hammer blindly. Actually, quite the opposite. I swung only at windows whose blinds were pulled up, to ensure I would injure no one. Nor did I break either of the windows or door threatening a human being.”