WISCONSIN: PEACE WORKERS CITED FOR TRESPASSING AT ELF FACILITYWISCONSIN: PEACE WORKERS CITED FOR TRESPASSING AT ELF FACILITYWISC

CPTnet
January 28, 2000
WISCONSIN: PEACE WORKERS CITED FOR TRESPASSING AT ELF FACILITY
by Dorothy Goertz

      On Sunday, January 22, seven members of CPT's January peacemaker
training were cited for trespassing as they gathered to spread ashes, pray,
and sing at the Navy's Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) transmitter site,
located on U.S. Forest Service land in northern Wisconsin. The witness was
the culmination of weekend activities at Northland College, Ashland, WI,
commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ELF is the
US Navy's transmitter that sends messages to submerged missile-firing
Trident submarines around the world.

Twelve CPTers joined with approximately 50 students and long-time anti- ELF
activists in the Sunday witness, which began with participants voicing
dreams and hopes for the closure of the facility. Participants wrote
thoughts and meditations on pieces of paper, burned them to ash, and spread
the ashes along the roadway leading to the compound, to symbolize the ending
of the destructiveness of the first strike nuclear capability of ELF, as
well as the elements from which new life can spring.

Six CPTers and four local participants climbed the chain-link and
barbed-wire fence into the compound, making statements of declaration as
they crossed, and then prayed and sang alone and in solidarity with
approximately 15 supporters on the other side of the fence. Nine-year-old
Korissa Chupp, daughter of CPT Training Coordinator Kryss Chupp, also
climbed the fence but was not cited.

      A total of 15 citations for trespassing were given to those
witnessing on both sides of the fence, bringing the number to more than 500
arrests and citations given at the ELF facility during environmental and
peace actions. Witnesses have been held at the ELF facility since the
mid-80's in response to nuclear warfare, environmental, and health
concerns. ELF has continued to operate despite widespread public and
congressional opposition.

      Those cited for trespassing in the January 22 witness were assessed a
$212 fine and were given a court date of February 15 in Ashland County
Circuit Court. The CPTers cited were Matt Schaff (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Amy
Babcock-Sellers (Richmond, Indiana), Anita Fast (Vancouver, British
Columbia), Scott Kerr (Downers Grove, Illinois), Carleta Baker (Newberg,
Oregon), Rick Carter (Newton, Kansas), and Dorothy Goertz (Goessel,
Kansas). Other members of the CPT group who participated in the witness
were Grace Boyer (Danville, KY), Judith Bustany (Los Angeles, CA), Bob
Holmes (Toronto, Ont), Erin Kindy (North Manchester, IN) and Tracy Hughes
(Tiffin, OH).