Bisbee's "Walking Mary," a 62-year-old grandmother, went to jail this week in the cause of peace.

Mary Elinor Adams, Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate number 30148-074, was sentenced to serve two months in the Midway Rehabilitation Center in Knoxville, Tenn., beginning Monday.

Adams and two others, including a Roman Catholic nun, were convicted of trespassing at the U.S. Department of Energy's Y-12 nuclear weapons complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., last April.

It is the first time protesters who crossed a metal barricade at the complex were jailed rather than receiving light sentences, which probably owes to it being the first protest at Oak Ridge after 9/11.

Mary Adams once lived a normal suburban life, but now is more likely to be found carrying a protest sign at the U.S. Army's School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Ga., where some of our Latin American allies have used their training to commit some of the worst human rights abuses on record.

Adams believes work at Y-12 threatens "imminent harm" to the world's people and violates a 1970 international nuclear nonproliferation treaty signed by the United States.

As the United States prepares for war with Iraq, the peace movement continues. The next "Stop the Bombs" demonstration in Oak Ridge is set for March 29-30.

Walking Mary will be out of jail just in time to be there.

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