From Prison to a Nation-Wide Campaign

The petite and white-haired Sister Megan Rice, 88, spent two years in prison for a dramatic protest against nuclear weapons. Now, her action is the subject of a new documentary and she is touring the country to continue her campaign.

In July 2012, Sister Rice and two companions broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. where bomb-making material is stored; cutting through fences, splashing blood on the walls and spray-painting messages condemning the weapons. Her action caught the attention of filmmaker Helen Young who was already following the anti-nuclear movement known as “Plowshares” for a new documentary. Now the documentary, called “The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bombs,” has been screened at the United Nations, the Carnegie Institution, George Washington University and the University of Notre Dame. Watch a trailer, and check for upcoming screenings at

Video created by Thing in a Pot producer Katie Rutter for Catholic News Service. You can read the full story here.

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