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VA Catholic Worker Sentenced to 2 Months in Jail

On August 7th of this year, Brian Buckley, a Catholic Worker from Lousia County, VA, walked into the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum’s hanger in Chantilly, VA with a group of approximately 20 others. This hanger is home to, among many other items, the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These bombs resulted in the deaths of over 200,000 people by the end of 1945. Brian and the others approached the plane and six of the group proceeded to die-in. Brian then poured ashes over himself and the others to symbolize the ashes of those who were incinerated by the bomb. Other members of the group unfurled a banner and passed out flyers explaining the action, calling the Enola Gay a weapon of mass destruction and a killing machine. The group also chanted and sang songs of peace. Brian and another man were arrested and the rest of the group was escorted from the building.

Brian was found guilty of disorderly conduct earlier this year in a bench trial, and appealed the decision. Monday, Dec. 6, he returned to Fairfax County to make his case in front of Judge Keith, and was sentenced to 2 months in jail and a $2000 fine.


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