Jordan Schiele, after being released from probation, thanks supporters for going to court with him.--Photos by Jane Stoever

‘I’m pressing the point of the evil of nuclear weapon production,’ Schiele tells judge

Jordan Schiele walked out of court on July 26 free from the probation he’d been under since November 2019. He’d crossed the property line at KC’s Nuclear Security Campus, where parts for nuclear weapons are made, on May 27, 2019. He was sentenced to community service, which--on principle--he refused to do.

Jordan Schiele, left; his wife, Jessie, right, and children Nate and Jubilee.

Nuke-plant protester champions civil resistance

Jordan Schiele is at odds with his judge. She has found Schiele guilty of trespass. Schiele considers his action justified as civil resistance. The judge sentenced Schiele, and 14 co-defendants, to community service and a fine for what she calls trespass at the National Security Campus, KC’s new facility (since 2014) for making parts for nuclear weapons. The defendants, on Memorial Day in 2019, crossed the property line at the NSC, opposing the weapons manufacturing and the deaths of hundreds of employees at Bannister Federal Complex—deaths caused by contaminants there from the old nuke-parts facility.