She sailed to the Marshall islands in 1958 to protest nuclear tests there. This summer she sails up the US West Coast for a number of anti-nuclear events.
In 1958, the Golden Rule sailed from San Pedro toward Eniwetok atoll in the Marshall Islands, to protest against U.S. nuclear tests there. She was twice boarded by the U.S. Coast Guard at Hawaii, and the crew were arrested, tried, and jailed in Honolulu. Their example helped to ignite a storm of world-wide public outrage against nuclear weapons that resulted in the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963, and which has continued down to the present in the many organizations still working to abolish weapons of mass destruction.
Six years ago the Golden Rule was retrieved from the bottom of Humboldt Bay on the northern California Coast. After five years of renovation by Veterans for Peace, the 34-foot wooden ketch has started sailing again for a nuclear-weapon-free world.
‘Nuclear war remains a real danger‘ says Gerry Condon, Vice-President of Veterans for Peace. ‘Nuclear weapons continue to threaten all life on earth, as does catastrophic climate change. The Golden Rule is calling on us all to take action for peace and sustainability before it is too late.’
This summer the Golden Rule will be sailing up and down the West Coast of the United States participating in numerous events along the way. These include:
- August 2. Elliot Bay, Seattle. Peace Fleet 2016. Peace Fleet meets the Navy’s Parade of (WAR) Ships in a water-based nonviolent protest against the glorification of weapons of war at the Seattle Seafair festival.
- August 6. Seattle. Hiroshima Day lantern floating ceremony at Green Lake.
- August 8 and 9. Bangor nuclear submarine base, Washington State. Ground Zero Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day non-violent vigils on the water and at the gates to the base.
Cool video by Clint Weimeister: Golden Rule arrives in Port Townsend. 3 videos by Clint Weimeister of the Golden Rule and 3 other boats sailing past the Indian Island Munitions Transfer area near Port Townsend – where big war ships load weapons to take to wars all over the world.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gerry Condon at +1 202 499 1220.
For more on Hiroshima and Nagasaki actions around the world see Global actions for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days, Aug 6 and 9