Megan Rice

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Megan Gillespie Rice
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Born(1930-01-31)January 31, 1930
DiedOctober 10, 2021(2021-10-10) (aged 91)
OccupationNun, activist
Known forIllegally entering in 2012 at Y-12 National Nuclear Weapons Complex Y-12 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Megan Gillespie Rice S.H.C.J. (Society of the Holy Child Jesus) (January 31, 1930 – October 10, 2021) was an American anti-nuclear activist, Catholic nun, and former missionary.[1] She was known for illegally entering the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, at the age of 82, with two fellow activists of the Transform Now Plowshares group.[2]

Rice was sentenced to almost three years in prison. In May 2015, the conviction for sabotage was removed by a federal appeals court.[3][4] Rice was released within a week.

References[change | change source]

  1. William J. Broad, "Behind Nuclear Breach, a Nun's Bold Fervor" Archived March 15, 2017, at the Wayback Machine, The New York Times, August 11, 2012.
  2. Wittner, Lawrence S. (May 12, 2009). Confronting the bomb : a short history of the world nuclear disarmament movement. Stanford, Calif. ISBN 9780804771245. OCLC 469186910.
  3. "Democracy Now!". Democracy Now!. Archived from the original on March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  4. "Sabotage conviction overturned for nun, activists". The Tennessean. May 8, 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2016.