The Kings Bay Plowshares 7. By Bill Ofenloch | August 28, 2020 The six remaining Kings Bay Plowshares defendants have had their sentencing dates moved from September to October 15 and 16. The activists at the nuclear weapons storage bunkers were Elizabeth McAlister, 78, of Jonah House, Baltimore; Fr. “People were very much aware at that time of the danger of nuclear weapons,” Grady said. In May, Trump administration officials signalled their interest in breaking the 28-year moratorium on nuclear testing to get China and Russia to agree to arms limitations under the New START treaty, which expires in 2021. In fact, she is the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, who was one of the principal driving forces behind the creation of the Catholic Worker movement in the 1930s. Copyright FDL Media Group ©, All Rights Reserved. Seven Catholic plowshare activists disarmed weapons at the Kings Bay Naval Base, Georgia. As reported in America, the “Kings Bay Plowshares 7” defendants, arrested for acts of civil disobedience intended to protest the nation’s continuing nuclear weapons program, were … He may receive an earlier release because of…, Martha Hennessy, the sixth of the Kings Bay Plowshares defendants to be sentenced, was ordered to serve 10 months incarceration as well as three years supervised probation and restitution. On top of that, the activists are grappling with an establishment media blackout that they fear could be reflective of Americans’ apathy towards nuclear abolition at a moment when the threat of a nuclear holocaust is at its highest point in decades. The 2018 infiltration of the Kings Bay naval base was her first Plowshares action, which makes her an anomaly among the other activists. Shadowproof publishes independent journalism on grassroots movements for justice. The 2018 infiltration of the Kings Bay naval base was her first Plowshares action, which makes her an anomaly among the other activists. In the absence of sustained grassroots mobilization aimed at keeping the issue of nuclear abolition in the spotlight, O’Neill imagines news editors and journalists view the Plowshares activists as if they are political outliers or relics of a bygone era, with little incentive to cover them. Carmen Trotta and Martha Hennessy will be reporting to two different Federal Correctional Institutions on December 14 by 2 pm. My simple request is that any decision you hand down will … Staring up at a replica of a Trident D5 intercontinental ballistic missile, O’Neill’s mind turned to the book of Exodus in the Bible: the shrine offered proof that nuclear weapons were modern-day idols more powerful than a golden calf. The six remaining Kings Bay Plowshares defendants have had their sentencing dates moved from September to October 15 and 16. Hennessy is the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, … McAlister acknowledged her concern that fewer people are willing to join the Plowshares movement than they were 40 years ago at the height of anti-nuclearism. Catholic peace activists like the ones who infiltrated the naval base at Kings Bay in 2018 have attempted to topple the formidable idol of nuclearism for 40 years, and they have paid a heavy price. In 2001, Republican President George W. Bush withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, an arms control agreement dating back to the 1970s. Carmen Trotta and Clare Grady will serve more than a year in prison, while Martha Hennessy expects to be incarcerated for 10 months. The 2018 infiltration of the Kings Bay naval base was her first Plowshares action, which makes her an anomaly among the other activists. The facility was at the center of a COVID-19 outbreak that was so bad with one in four prisoners infected that it drew legal action from the ACLU. At the Trident D5 monuments were Mark Colville, 55, of the Amistad Catholic Worker, New Haven, Connecticut; and Patrick O’Neill, 61, of the Fr. Bill Ofenloch, Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Support Team at Trident Nuclear Sub Base Gate, GA, Aug 9, 201 - Duration: 2 minutes, 25 seconds. They understand it as rooted in the powerful nonviolent vision of Martin Luther King Jr., … Patrick O'Neill and Martha Hennessy reading the group statement before their plowshares action on April 4, 2018. Carrying only hammers and pints of their own blood to symbolize the human cost of nuclear war, the activists pounded on nose cones that covered Mark 12A nuclear warheads and poured the blood over engineering blueprints and other documents. They had requested a continuance because they want to appear in open court in Georgia and the virus situation there is still too out of control to safely allow it. President Obama, a Democrat, secured passage of the New START treaty limiting the number of nuclear weapons but only after he struck a deal with Congress to spend $100 billion to refit American nuclear facilities and labs. Seven Catholic plowshares activists entered Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia on April 4th, 2018. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker, Garner, North Carolina. Martha relates her story of the “crimes”, charges, and sentences that […] Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Guilty on All Counts October 24, 2019 This is a breaking news update for our supporters. Though he has not publicly commented on the legal fate of the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven, Pope Francis has embraced the Catholic peace activists’ once radical demand for the abolishment of nuclear weapons. The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 face years in prison for exposing nuclear weapons, which are immoral as well as illegal under international law, and that threaten all life on Earth. The seven nonviolently and symbolically disarmed the Trident nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay, GA on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (View KBP7 reading their statement here. A fuller update will be forthcoming. Growing up, Hennessy witnessed firsthand the evolution of the Plowshares movement under the guidance of Catholic peace activists like McAlister and the Berrigan brothers who dared to take a stand against the threat of nuclear armageddon even in the face of assured retribution from the federal government. They were risky. Add to Calendar 8-11-2020 16:00:00 8-11-2020 17:00:00 America/New_York Disarm, Disarm, Disarm, Kings Bay Plowshares Seven Sentencing Webinar Celebration of Hope Please join us Sunday, November 8th at 4 PM for a Zoom Festival of Hope for Kings Bay Plowshares members, Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, and Carmen Trotta, as they prepare to be sentenced by … They hoped to call attention to the ways in which nuclear weapons kill every day, by their mere existence and maintenance. They face years in prison for exposing illegal and immoral nuclear weapons that threaten all life on Earth. “It’s a train that’s in motion and it’s going to be very hard to slow it down or redirect it,” Matthews warned. They understand it as rooted in the powerful nonviolent vision of Martin Luther King Jr., who decried the triple evils of racism, militarism and capitalism. Indigenous People's Day open mic at the State House. “And [the federal government was] consistent about seeing to it that we did that time.”. Anti-Nuclear Pacifists Sent to Federal Prison! 173 talking about this. In fact, she is the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, who was one of the principal driving forces behind the creation of the Catholic Worker movement in the 1930s. Conducting the sentencing virtually from the Brunswick, GA…. More people at Butner have died from COVID-19–26 prisoners and one staff member–than at any other federal federal correctional institution. “There are people in the world working to change the direction of the world, to move the world away from nuclearism and the development of more nuclear weapons and we’re very much in the minority right now,” O’Neill said. October 24, 2019. Steve Kelly – were convicted by a jury … “It was a formidable idol,” recalled O’Neill. Matthews is the former president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “If there were a confluence of events…if the [Trump] administration decided to test [nuclear weapons] and then if Korea got hot, and if several things happened at once, I can imagine it. Jonathan Michels is a freelance journalist based in North Carolina. But I’ve done it a number of times and so have some of my friends and my husband.”. 142 personas están hablando de esto. It is reasonable to think that at nearly 81 years old, McAlister’s 17-month stretch for breaking into the naval submarine base at Kings Bay will be her last time behind bars for nonviolent civil disobedience. This new nuclear arms race is a reminder of how even in an era marked by entrenched partisan divisiveness, Democratic and Republican lawmakers remain united on maintaining America’s nuclear supremacy regardless of the financial, environmental or human costs. The integrity of the Plowshares movement gave Hennessy the strength to take part in the Kings Bay action, a cohort that she believes will help her survive her 10-month prison sentence. Sentencing date for Kings Bay Plowshares moved to October 15 and 16. He has already served 7 weeks pre-trial so should be getting out in less than a year with good time. Steve Kelly, S.J., Martha Hennessy, Mark Colville and Carmen Trotta (CNS photo/Kings Bay Plowshares) On October 21, the trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 began in Brunswick, Georgia. CLEVELAND — Two of the seven Kings Bay Plowshares peace activists received prison sentences Nov. 12 for entering a Georgia naval base and symbolically damaging weapons systems in 2018. They’re doing it themselves.”. But I just don’t think this is an issue whose time has come for public attention.”. DON'T BANK ON THE BOMB: A CITY GUIDE TO DIVESTMENT, Cities and municipalities can send a strong signal that no activity related to nuclear weapons is acceptable, Two Sentenced in Oct., Fr. Seven Catholic plowshares activists entered Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia on April 4th, 2018. The King of Prussia action captured the attention of the nation–the New York Times to call it “one of the best-known antiwar incidents in this country since the Vietnam War”–and announced to the world the beginning of a bold new faction within the broader anti-war movement in the U.S. that fused religion with non-violent direct action against nuclear weapons. Only one reporter from a local newspaper showed up to document Sheen’s public show of support. Steve Kelly’s Presentence Declaration, Letters to Judge Wood – No prison in time of Covid-19, Send Op-Eds to Local Papers – Four Templates Available, Dec. 11 Update – Carmen and Martha to Report to Prison Dec. 14, Prison Begins for Carmen and Martha Dec. 14, Nov. 13 Update – Martha Hennessy Sentenced to 10 Months with 3 Years Probation and Restitution. After some consideration, Grady realized, “Oh, our friends are not asking the U.S. government to do anything. Mainstream outlets, including those in Atlanta and nearby Jacksonville, Florida, have steered clear of the Plowshares activists. There is a great risk of contracting the COVID-19…, Carmen Trotta has been ordered to report to the Otisville federal prison camp near Middletown in NYS to begin serving his 14 month sentence on December 14. Above photo: From left, Kings Bay Plowshares defendants Martha Hennessey, a friend standing in for Steve Kelly, Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Carmen Trotta, Patrick O’Neill, and Elizabeth McAlister, stand outside the Glynn County Courthouse in Georgia on October 24 … McAlister served another two and a half years, including jail time for the Kings Bay action, since Berrigan died in 2002. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been Ratified. This is a request that you join distinguished citizens of the world including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, other Nobel laureates and many others by signing our global petition to dismiss all charges against the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. The seven nonviolently and symbolically disarmed the Trident nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay, GA on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The deadly coronavirus pandemic compounds what is sure to be an already arduous prison sentence, posing an additional threat for members of the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven, all of whom are more susceptible to COVID-19 since they are over the age of 60. Community & Arts. When asked about whether the Kings Bay action was worth losing his life over, O’Neill echoed the words of past Plowshares activists who saw a greater danger–in this case, the death of all living things–in not speaking out. And not unlike the nuclear submarines that pass innocuously through the waters of Kings Bay in Georgia, it is happening right under the noses of the American public. Rather than a concerted effort by the media to suppress the activists, O’Neill fears that the lack of press coverage is instead a reflection of how complacent Americans have become after 75 years of living on hair-trigger alert. It is the largest nuclear submarine base in the world. Published. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who devoted his life to addressing what he called the “triple evils of militarism, racism, and materialism.”  Carrying hammers and baby bottles of their own blood, the seven attempted to convert weapons of mass destruction. 134 talking about this. Jan Miyasaki touches base with Martha Hennessey, one of four members of the “Kings Bay Plowshares 7” Catholic protestors who are to be sentenced this week for their part in anti-nuclear, anti-war protests at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4th, 2018. The Kings Bay Plowshares, from the outset of their 2018 action, placed it in the context of nonviolent resistance compelled by conscience, as all the Plowshares actions are. Liz McAlister has already served 17 months behind bars and Father Steve Kelley continues to languish in a jail in Georgia. Since 2011, he has reported on issues of national importance such as the struggle to remove white supremacist memorials and forced sterilization. O’Neill and the other Catholic peace activists knew they possessed neither the tools nor the numbers to physically disarm the nuclear naval base at Kings Bay. Media coverage, meanwhile, has failed to keep pace. The Kings Bay Plowshares are seen April 4, 2018, before they entered the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia to protest nuclear weapons. “And, you know, if we lived in a just society, the Kings Bay Plowshares activists’ trial would have been reported on as one of the most brave confrontations of the most dangerous aspect of this government, and particularly this administration.”. Seven Catholic plowshares activists were detained early on the morning of April 5, 2018 at the Kings Bay Naval Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia. Anti-war activist Carmen Trotta, a member of the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven, photographed at Mary House in New York City on Nov. 14, 2020. The activists went to three sites on the base: The SWFLANT administration building, the D5 Missile monument installation and the nuclear weapons storage bunkers. Some of the activists strung up crime scene tape and hung protest banners that read “The Ultimate Logic of Trident is Omnicide.” Others poured baby bottles of their own blood around the base. Steve Kelly has now… Seven Catholic peace activists are going on trial in Georgia today for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4, 2018. After a year of waiting since being convicted after trial in October 2019, two of the seven KBP activists begin their sentences on Monday, December 14. Rather, the goal of the Kings Bay action, like every Plowshares action dating back to the movement’s inception, was to call attention to the omnicidal threat that nuclear weapons continue to pose for humanity. They went to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares." Seven Catholic plowshare activists disarmed weapons at the Kings Bay Naval Base, Georgia. She firmly believes that it was God performing “minor miracles” that facilitated the entry of dozens of Plowshares activists into highly secured nuclear facilities and enabled them to put their hands directly onto the doomsday machine. O’Neill pointed to a 2019 hearing for the Kings Bay Plowshares Seven attended by the actor and Catholic activist Martin Sheen. This is an urgent request that you join distinguished citizens of the world including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, other Nobel laureates, and many others by signing our global petition to dismiss all charges against the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 (KBP7). The lack of coverage has prompted some Plowshares supporters to conclude the seven activists have become the victims of a media blackout. Will become International Law January 22. The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 (KBP7) are facing a federal trial and years in prison for having confronted a system in which nuclear weapons that can destroy all creation are … Content published prior to August 1, 2015, under the “Community” tag is the opinion of the author alone, and should not be attributed to Shadowproof. They went to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares”. Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Guilty on All Counts. Join the Facebook Group for conversation and daily updates, Prison Sentences Beginning, Mark's Sentencing Feb. 19, for Trident Disarmament Action Against Nuclear Weapons, May 9 Webinar: Disarm and Divest During Covid-19, Background – About the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. Started by former Firedoglake staff in 2015. “And please, God, others will continue to do it,” she said. For him, it was the same as worshipping death. A former nun, McAlister says she never would have dared to undertake the risks that Plowshares activists must take if it weren’t for her faith in God. “In 1983, when we hammered on the B-52 bomber and related parts, that plane was actually frozen for evidence for five months,” Grady said. To the best of my knowledge the Kings Bay Plowshares like Socrates have not asked for leniency for their principled action but prison in the time of COVID-19 should I believe not be an option (659 new deaths today). Her decision to infiltrate the Kings Bay naval base in a defiant act of civil disobedience against the world’s most powerful military came only after months of prayerful discernment, a kind of internal examination about what risks she was willing to take on behalf of her religious beliefs and moral convictions. Bill Ofenloch, Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Support Team at Trident Nuclear Sub Base Gate, GA, Aug 9, 201 - Duration: 2 minutes, 25 seconds. The Kings Bay Plowshares receive a blessing at the Festival of Hope on the eve of their trial A JURY FOUND THEM GUILTY, BUT TRIDENT IS THE CRIME. on. “But the power of such an act can speak for itself and we had to bring the body of Christ there to the base.”. The 2018 infiltration of the naval base at Kings Bay is estimated to be the 100th Plowshares action. Seven Catholic plowshare activists disarmed weapons at the Kings Bay Naval Base, Georgia. Community & Arts. Kings Bay Plowshares Activists Pay Heavy Price For Resisting Nuclear Warfare. The Kings Bay Plowshares, from the outset of their 2018 action, placed it in the context of nonviolent resistance compelled by conscience, as all the Plowshares actions are. Since 1980, dozens of Plowshares activists have repeatedly penetrated sites across the country ranging from military installations to missile silos and in the process laid waste to the idea that nuclear weapons could ever be stored safely. They went to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares." Martha Hennessy, fifth from left, holds a banner that reads: "The Ultimate Logic of Racism is Genocide." Kings Bay Naval base opened in 1979 as the Navy’s Atlantic Ocean Trident port. They understand it as rooted in the powerful nonviolent vision of Martin Luther King Jr., who decried the triple evils of racism, militarism and capitalism. “Nowadays, very few people know about it and very few people are organizing around it.”. Buzz - 11 - 11 - 20 - Martha - Hennessey Jan Miyasaki touches base with Martha Hennessey, one of four members of the “ Kings Bay Plowshares 7 ” Catholic protestors who are to be sentenced this week for their part in anti-nuclear, anti-war protests at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base on April 4th, 2018. Using Google Maps, O’Neill and Mark Colville discovered a macabre shrine to nuclearism consisting of a half dozen statues of nuclear missiles that looked as if they were suspended in motion just seconds after launch. That plan has now turned into an across-the-board modernization of the country’s nuclear apparatus, including the Trident II D5 nuclear missiles that are housed at the Kings Bay naval base, currently priced at $1.7 trillion, Matthews said. “They (the jurors) heard a lot. Base security did not appear until an hour after the activists started beating on the hanger doors, which incidentally were unlocked. The dearth of activism against nuclear weapons in the U.S. coincides with a new nuclear arms race as measures designed to mitigate nuclear proliferation that took decades to stitch together are being dismantled piece-by-piece. So far, nine prisoners have died from the coronavirus. Her second reaction was skepticism that their actions, though brave, would lead to any concessions on the part of the American military-industrial complex. A 71-year-old Catholic priest was sentenced this week to 33 months in federal prison for his role in breaking into and vandalizing Submarine Base Kings Bay, according to U.S. Attorney Time was running short. This is the latest of 100 similar actions around the world beginning in 1980 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. 1 year ago. The seven nonviolently and symbolically disarmed the Trident nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay, GA on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information, read full disclaimer here. Friday, October 25, 2019, was the end of a week-long trial in Brunswick, Georgia for the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 (KBP7) for breaking into the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base where each Trident submarines is capable of carrying 20 D5 first-strike nuclear weapons with enough explosive power to destroy the human race many times over is housed. Legal trials and prison sentences that were sure to follow their acts of civil disobedience were viewed as opportunities for the activists to draw more attention to their cause and often revealed the extraordinary lengths the government took to suppress dissent among those who dared to confront the American war machine. This was a downward departure from the guidelines of 18 to 24 months recommended by the probation department. Journalist Jeremy Scahill recently gave voice to that concern following the recent sentencing of Kelley and O’Neill. So hard that barring any unforeseen conflicts that might actually bring us closer to the brink of nuclear war, Matthews is dubious that Plowshares actions and other grassroots organizing will be enough on their own to force the issue into the national discourse. Oh right – it was on Democracy Now! O’Neill and six other Catholic peace activists had infiltrated the Kings Bay Naval Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia, with the goal of symbolically disarming the base’s six Trident submarines armed with first-strike missiles capable of holding 200 nuclear warheads. “You could count on serious time as a consequence,” McAlister said. It wouldn't be possible without your input and support. “ They shall beat their swords in plowshares… and train for war no more.” Isaiah 2:4 On April 4, 2018, the 50 th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, seven Catholic plo w shares activists entered the Kings Bay Trident submarine base in St. Mary’s, Georgia to symbolically disarm nuclear weapons. “These are the most deadly weapons in the world,” said McAlister. The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Support Committee. — Kings Bay Plowshares 7 (@kingsbayplow7) October 16, 2020 As for the other five activists, none except McAlister—who in June was sentenced to time served plus $25 a month in fines—has been sentenced, mostly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There are six ballistic missile subs and two guided missile subs based at Kings Bay. Late on the night of April 4, 2018, the seven Plowshares members cut through a padlocked gate to a perimeter fence at Kings Bay. Read more about the action at the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 web site. Recent events have made the existence, threat or use of those weapons of mass destruction like the Kings Bay Tridents even more horrific and the possibility of nuclear war even more likely. Community & Arts. Kings Bay Naval base opened in 1979 as the Navy’s Atlantic Ocean Trident port. Washington, DC In the wake of gun violence, a march for peace on Smith Hill. Growing up in the era of above-ground nuclear testing all the time. BRUNSWICK, GA – More than 18 months after they snuck onto the site of one of the largest known collections of nuclear weaponry in the world, a jury found the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 guilty of all four of the charges brought against them. Steve Kelly SJ, 69, of the Bay Area, California; and Carmen Trotta, 55, of the New York Catholic Worker. I wonder how I even heard about this Kings Bay Plowshares 7 story in the first place. They had requested a continuance because they want to appear in open court in Georgia and the virus situation there is still too out of control to safely allow it. This was a downward departure from the guidelines of 18 to 24 months recommended by the probation department. Bernadette Naro is … The Kings Bay Plowshares, from the outset of their 2018 action, placed it in the context of nonviolent resistance compelled by conscience, as all the Plowshares actions are. Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Guilty on All Counts. The police would soon surround him. In fact, she is the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, who was one of the principal driving forces behind the creation of the Catholic Worker movement in the 1930s. When Grady first heard about the King of Prussia action, her initial reaction was alarm at the personal risks that the activists undertook to broadcast their message out to the public. PO Box 3087 One person who answered the call was Martha Hennessy. They went to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares”. Hennessy, though, is no stranger to the movement. I think people now have to sort of think about things in a different light.”. After spending more than 28 months under house arrest, O’Neill was slapped with a 14-month prison sentence in October. The Kings Bay protest builds on a history of similar anti-nuclear Plowshares actions around the world, beginning in 1980 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. “I think it’s a really hard time for that to happen,” Matthews said. The Kings Bay Plowshares, from the outset of their 2018 action, placed it in the context of nonviolent resistance compelled by conscience, as all the Plowshares actions are. To keep pace it would n't be possible without your input and support Berrigan were excommunicated from the church... U.S. government to do anything the shadow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace nine prisoners died. 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