Tacoma Action Figure: Father Bill "Bix" Bichsel

posted Jan 31, 2012
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The Jesuit priest known by many simply as "Bix" is likely in the top 5 greatest TACOMANIANS whose ever lived on this planet.  When was the last time you personally have spoken out against the obscene, illegal and immoral waste these weapons of  instantaneous mass murder represent?  Planet Earth needs nuclear bombs like politician XYZ needs a hole in the head. Seriously, we can't afford to keep paying for these pieces of toxic crap. No good will ever come from them! EVER! Bix may have ended his hunger-strike, but he hasn't surrendered in his quixotic endeavor to make the world a better place.  

To learn how you can get involved to help destroy Nuclear Weapons checkout the folks at Disarm Now Plowshares. I never met them, but they are friends of mine.  

I nominate Father Bix for a greater Tacoma peace prize, and you should too. 

Amusing TNT tidbits about Bix here and here


by NineInchNachos on 1/31/2012 @ 12:26am
You can exterminate multiple families of innocent Iraqis and get less time than Bix. We have messed up priorities in this country.

by cisserosmiley on 1/31/2012 @ 6:44am
I thought 'merica would be more hippie like when I was a kid, but the promise of forever life from the almighty dog has convinced folks to not care so much about this existence.

by fredo on 1/31/2012 @ 7:16am
  Barack Obama=commander in chief
If you don't like him you can vote for a replacement in just 10 months.

by cisserosmiley on 1/31/2012 @ 7:41am
Mormon, bigot, Christian, libertarian...who cares who is prez. I implore EVERYONE to be a good person and always take responsibility for your own actions.

by NineInchNachos on 1/31/2012 @ 8:10am
Ask yourself "What has a nuclear bomb done for me lately?" 

by NineInchNachos on 1/31/2012 @ 2:17pm
in the spirit of BIX and community empowerment, I am happy to announce the Tacomic Book Vol. 001 is available for at the Tacoma Public Library!

she is in good company

by JesseHillFan on 1/31/2012 @ 6:45pm
Then again a global thermonuclear exchange might mitigate global warming by eradicating many of the 1 billion fossil fuel vehicle users and make a temporary global winter for a few years. 

by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2012 @ 9:19am
kinda like melting your nose to spite your face?  Seems a bit drastic to me.  



by NineInchNachos on 2/1/2012 @ 10:07am
forgot That the above tacomic is the second time I drew Bix... 

RR's Father Bix Fixed.

by NineInchNachos on 2/2/2012 @ 10:02am
From: Leonard Eiger
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 8:46 AM
To: Disarm Now Plowshares Outreach
Subject: Finally - A NONVIOLENT (Tacoma) Action Figure!!! Good morning Disarm Now Plowshares Devotees of Nonviolence, Resisters of The Ultimate Nuclear Madness, etc... Yesterday I discovered what might very well be the first Nonviolent Action Figure...well, at least Tacoma Action Figure.  If you guessed our beloved Fr. Bix, you guessed right!!! This is no ordinary action figure.  As Tacomic cartoonist and inventor R.R. Anderson says it, Bix is a "Real Ultimate American Hero."  He's got that right.  He also got Bix's "Epic Beard", "Greek Fisherman of Men [and Women] Hat", and other accoutrments down! This is an action figure I can definitely get behind, or beside for that matter.  Check it out.  This is surely destined to eclipse the Ichiro bauble head doll by an order of magnitude.  Here's the link: And, in other news (besides all the news of Bix, including the article in The Sunday Seattle Times), there is an article just published in GEEZ magazine about Ground Zero.  Check it out here:  They got one rather important fact wrong, but still great coverage (in the big picture); they quote Betsy Lamb and Tom Rogers. Back to Bix - Don't you think it's about time we start celebrating the PEACEMAKERS as well as all the athletes, entertainers and corporate titans??? This is certainly a great start.  And - THANKS to R.R. Anderson!!!  Of course, we know this isn't about Bix - It's about his walk and his work, which is our walk and work as well. Okay, I know!  Those are mighty big shoes to fill, but we can still give it a shot. Please continue to hold Bix in your thoughts and prayers as his days in his monastary (solitary) at SeaTac Federal Detention Center wind down.  He is due OUT on Friday, February 10th.  Watch the Disarm Now Plowshares Blog for updates as we approach his release: Peace, Leonard

--Leonard EigerPuget Sound Nuclear Weapon Free Zone  (Coordinator) Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action (Media & Outreach) www.gzcenter.orgDisarm Now Plowshares (Media & Outreach)     

by NineInchNachos on 2/9/2012 @ 11:38am
bix is free!

by JesseHillFan on 2/9/2012 @ 1:30pm
Glad that the guy is out but he should take care of his health and recuperate from his experience.Not a good thing to be incarcerated at such an old age (well unless one is absolutely destitute and has no health care).

by NineInchNachos on 2/10/2012 @ 9:15am
Bix on peace patrol in the Bixmobile

by NineInchNachos on 2/14/2012 @ 1:00pm
Bix an oral history (written down)

by JesseHillFan on 2/15/2012 @ 2:43am
Here is a story that the disarmplowshares and Bix would 

An 80% reduction would be substantial.

by NineInchNachos on 2/15/2012 @ 7:50am
Good news! Thanks JHF!

by NineInchNachos on 2/16/2012 @ 2:02pm
Go Bix!

by NineInchNachos on 4/30/2012 @ 3:19pm
well Father Bix didn't march in the Daffodil Parade, but this is way more awesome.


by NineInchNachos on 4/30/2012 @ 9:23pm

FATHER WILLIAM BICHSEL, S.J. NAMED GREATER TACOMA PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE FOR 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Saturday, April 28, 2012—TACOMA, WA) The Rev. William Bichsel, S.J. doesn’t just talk about what’s wrong with the world. Now in his eighties, he still dedicates his life to the causes of peace and justice, even when taking a stand means going to jail. Bichsel’s lifelong activism led to his selection as the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Laureate for 2012. The GTPP honors individuals in our community who work for peace and made this announcement on Saturday, April 28, during the Norwegian Heritage Festival at Pacific Lutheran University. The prize will be awarded on Saturday evening, June 2nd, at the annual Spring Banquet in the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University. For reservations and further information write to or Scan Center phone: (253) 535-7532Potential laureates are nominated by local residents, with the winner selected by unanimous agreement of GTPP committee members. Dennis Flannigan nominated Bichsel, who was also endorsed by Bill Baarsma, Bruce Foreman, Lyle Quasim, Sen. Debbie Regala, and Colleen Webster. Flannigan has known him for many years. Bichsel was ordained in 1959. Then he began to work with the homeless and downtrodden, and became well-known as a non-violent protestor and demonstrator against nuclear weapons and the military training facility called the U.S. Army School of the Americas. These actions resulted in arrest and incarceration on numerous occasions, including detention in the federal penitentiary system. In his nomination essay, Flannigan wrote, “If you ask those who love Tacoma who best represents the peace movement here, most would respond, ‘Father Bichsel.’ How appropriate and just plain right to honor him while he still lives, acts, and defies conventions that need defying.”Each year, the GTPP gives the recipient a trip for two to Oslo, Norway, to participate in the events surrounding the Nobel Peace Prize. The laureate also receives recognition on the GTPP perpetual plaque, a specially designed medallion, a Certificate of Commendation, and a unique piece of glass artwork created especially for the GTPP by Tacoma’s Hilltop Artists.Contact: Candace Brown. Phone: (253) 752-6525. E-mail:

by NineInchNachos on 4/30/2012 @ 9:36pm
well it's about god damn time.  :)

by NineInchNachos on 6/4/2012 @ 8:30am
update! Bix receives Greater Tacoma Peace Prize

by NineInchNachos on 10/8/2012 @ 2:37pm
father bix brand sunflower seed kits available now at the Central Tacoma Free Radical Media Exchange! 

by NineInchNachos on 3/14/2013 @ 4:41pm
another batch available now