Statement for Aldermaston

Our Invitation

On the 60th anniversary of the bombings of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we come to the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, UK, to plant vines and fig trees.

“They shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Instead, everyone shall sit underneath their vine and fig tree and none shall make them afraid.” (Micah 4:3)

Disarmament, economic conversion and nonviolence are vital ingredients for creating a just world in which everyone enjoys the earth’s abundance.In these fearful, suspicious times, we invite people all around the world to transform military bases into gardens of peace in which beauty and life shall flourish.

The Vine and Fig Tree Planters

Sr Susan Clarkson (England), Orla Cunningham (Ireland), Les Gibbons (England), Stephen Hancock (England), Thomas Helgeson (Sweden), Per Herngren (Sweden), Mike Hutchinson (England), Lizzie Jones (England), Treena Lenthall (Australia), Barbara Smedema (Netherlands), Martin Smedjeback (Sweden), Oxford, 2015.

Four weeks prison, suspended six month, and £201 in restitution, for the Vine & Fig Tree Planters, 2006.

Henry David Thoreau and postprotest

“Henry David Thoreau believed the obstacles for change would not be governments but the ones who protest but still obey (1849). He initiated civil disobedience as something built on another logic than protesting: expressing discontent, mainly being against. Some years later, Mahatma Gandhi introduced nonviolence where the aim and the means were interchangeable. The aim is the mean.”Per Herngren

Vine & Fig Tree links

Home garden
Hiroshima planting 2007
Easter planting at Ericsson 2006
Ulla Røder on proactive resistance
Figs on trial and in prison
Statement for Aldermaston
To Go Beyond Protest-Resistance
Vine & Fig Tree Disarmory
Les’ reflection from prison
Beyond Protest
Proactive Resistance
Martin’s reflection on planting
Manual for civil disobedience
Theory of Resistance
Photos Hiroshima 2007 planting
Liz’s art exhibition
Photos from police evidence
Arrest photos Aldermaston 2005
Photos of Aldermaston planting 2005
Figs at Aldermaston photos
Queer trans-forms community
Planting at Ericsson
Bofors Easter 2006
…………………………more resistance
Vine & Fig Tree in the Netherlands
Vine and Fig Tree song

Four weeks prison, suspended six month, and £201 in restitution, for the Vine & Fig Tree Planters.


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