Twelve Twin Cities Activists, Including Four Sisters of St. Joseph,
Arrested by Eden Prairie Police at Minnesota’s Largest War Merchant ATK.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
At 8 AM on September 28, over 30 members of the weekly AlliantACTION vigil walked across Alliant Techsystems (ATK) parking lot to their corporate front door where they were greeted by company security. The group had come to serve a “civil arrest warrant” on ATK President and CEO Mark DeYoung. The warrant charged DeYoung with crimes against International and Humanitarian Law for the manufacture, sale and distribution of Depleted Uranium weapons.

The group was told: Mr. DeYoung was not available; the police were coming; and to leave the property. All vigilers remained at the front door. Upon arriving, Eden Prairie Police advised all those on ATK’s property they would be arrested if they did not leave. Those who choose not to be arrested were escorted off the property. Several members of the arrest group then sat down in front of the building’s only primary entrance and blocked the door while employees were diverted to a underground parking garage entry.

Eden Prairie Police eventually, slowly and respectfully arrested the activists two at a time, issued them a citation and released them. The group was at the front door for over an hour.

The 12 human rights activists arrested include: Bill Barnett, Charlie Bloss, Tom Bottolene, Steve Clemens, Marguerite Corcoran, CSJ, Roger Cuthbertson, David Harris, MD, Jeanne Hynes, Brigid McDonald, CSJ, Kate McDonald, CSJ, Rita McDonald, CSJ, and John Schmid.

The arrests brought the total of nonviolent acts of civil disobediance to 733 at ATK's corporate headquarters since 1996.
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