Interview and Project By Lucas Dambergs; blog post written by Erika Wigren
Born and raised in Tacoma, Father Bill Bichsel, best known by his nickname “Father Bix,” was a Jesuit priest and non-violent activist who committed his life to community service and anti-war efforts. With friends, Father Bichsel co-founded the Tacoma Catholic Worker, a community service center for the homeless and hungry.
Father Bichsel may be most well known for his involvement in the Disarm Now Plowshares Movement, an anti-nuclear weapons and anti-war movement.
On Nov. 2, 2009, as a part of the Disarm Now Plowshares movement, Father Bichsel and 4 others cut through fences to break into Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, where nuclear weapons were stored, in order to protest and pray for disarmament.
Not only did he lead and take part in various anti-nuclear movements throughout his life, but he also made news headlines when he challenged the Reagan administration and United States’ involvement in Central America.
Father Bichsel was arrested over 45 times, but remained committed to nonviolent protesting and the civil resistance against nuclear weapons. He died on February 28, 2015.
Read the full interview and view the project: “Father Bill “Bix” Bichsel and Disarm Now Plowshares” by UW alumn Lucas Dambergs.