Six Arrested at Vanderberg AFB

LOMPOC, CA--On August 6, forty Catholic Workers and friends gathered at the front gate of Vandenberg Air Force Base to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.   (Vandenberg AFB is a Department of Defense space and missile testing base, with a mission of placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast, using expendable boosters.)  Near the end of the one and one-half vigil, six people, including L.A. Catholic Workers Theo Kayser, David Omondi, Jeff Dietrich, and Jesse Lewis, along with Guadalupe Catholic Worker Mariah Klusmire, and Franciscan priest, Fr. Louie Vitale OFM, crossed the line and knelt down to pray for peace and a disarmed U.S. Empire. All six were immediately arrested, taken to a building on the base, cited and released at Pioneer Park in Lompoc an hour and one-half later. All have pending court dates.

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