Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Megan Gillespie Rice

The Awesome Woman of the Day for Wednesday, August 15, 2012, is Megan Gillespie Rice, born January 31, 1930, in the news recently for breaking into one of the USA’s highest security plants – a nuclear weapons facility – and vandalized the crap out of it.

She grew up in Manhattan, NY, USA, went to Catholic Schools, and joined the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus when she turned 18.

Rice then studied biology and received degrees in biology from Villanova and Boston College. From 1962 to 2004, with occasional breaks, she served her order as a teacher in Nigeria and Ghana.

In the 1980s she joined the anti-war movement, and since then has engaged in protests against a variety of American military actions, military sites, and nuclear installations. Rice has been arrested more than three dozen times in acts of civil disobedience, including her anti-nuclear activism and protests against the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia. She has served two six-month prison sentences resulting from trespasses during protests against the School of the Americas in 1997-99. [Wikipedia, supra.]

On July, 28, 2012, Sister Megan and two other protesters, Michael Walli, 63, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, cut through perimeter fences to reach the outer wall of a building where highly enriched uranium, a key nuclear bomb component, is stored.

The activists painted slogans and threw what they said was human blood on the wall of the facility before they were arrested shortly before 4.30am last Saturday.