September 5,2018

The Cape Breton Spectator

Profiles in (Non-Violent) Courage

By Sean Howard

“No policies in human history have more deserved to be recognized as immoral. Or insane. … Whether Americans, Russians, and other humans can rise to the challenge of reversing these policies and eliminating the danger of near-term extinction caused by their own inventions and proclivities remains to be seen. I choose to join with others in acting as if that is still possible.” — Daniel Ellsberg, The Doomsday Machine

 On April 4 this year – the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – seven veteran Catholic Plowshares protesters cut open a padlocked perimeter gate separating the American public from the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Camden County, Georgia, home to weapons capable of killing – in ‘defense’ of freedom, democracy and the Republic – millions of civilians in minutes.

The Plowshares group has engaged in over 100 acts of anti-nuclear civil disobedience since a 1980 trespass at a GE Plant making warhead cones in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, led by legendary Catholic anti-war activists Daniel and Philip Berrigan.

Brought to Georgia by Democratic President Jimmy Carter (the state’s former governor) in 1979, Kings Bay – the largest nuclear sub base on Earth – is home port to six Ohio class vessels, each carrying up to 24 Lockheed Martin Trident D5 missiles, each carrying up to eight warheads of between 100 to 455 kilotons (5-25 ‘Hiroshimas’) in explosive yield. As National Interest article in September 2017, the “Ohio class boats” – known in subtle Navy parlance as ‘boomers’ – “may be the most destructive weapon system known to mankind.”

“A full salvo – which can be launched in less than one minute – could unleash up to 192 warheads to wipe twenty-four cities off the map. This is a nightmarish weapon of the apocalypse.” (The nightmare recurs in Britain, which uses the same D5 missiles for its so-called ‘independent’ nuclear force.)…

Read more- https://capebretonspectator.com/2018/09/05/kings-bay-plowshares-7-howard/?fbclid=IwAR1uLMCnsq03VZbcE7NKQ066GN3iiEi9bHc6f4dqRMtJ34gdBqUoL1K_uLI


September 4, 2018

National Catholic Reporter

Justice Action Bulletin: Peacemakers on 11-day walk; Poor People's Campaign

by Maria Benevento

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA — On the morning of Sept. 4, approximately 20 peacemakers began a "Disarm Trident Peace Walk" from Savannah to the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Marys, Georgia. According to a Sept. 3 press release from the walk's organizers, the 110-mile journey is in support of seven Catholic activists who were arrested for entering the submarine base to protest nuclear weapons April 4; the walk will take 11 days.

The seven activists facing trial, known as the Kings Bay Plowshares group, entered the base with hammers and baby bottles of their own blood. The press release says they "hung banners, hammered on a Trident missile monument, poured blood on the base logo, delivered an indictment, and used crime scene tape at three sites on base" in order to symbolically resist "the nuclear weapons on the Tridents which have the power to end all life on this planet."


September 4, 2018

WSAV

"Disarm Trident: Savannah to Kings Bay Peace Walk"


August 21, 2018

US Catholic

The Catholic peace movement is at a critical stage

By Judith Valente

Seated in a circle on sofas and easy chairs at a church rectory in a largely Hispanic section of South Bend, Indiana, a group of students from Notre Dame University and Holy Cross College train their eyes on a whiteboard. Scribbled in blue marker are the headings “Corporal Works of Mercy” and “Spiritual Works of Mercy,” along with quotes from Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day and Trappist monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton.

It is part of a student retreat sponsored by Holy Cross College Campus Ministry and the Catholic Peace Fellowship, an organization that dates back to the early 1960s and that is deeply influenced by Day’s and Merton’s writings on peace and nonviolence.

“The beginning of all peace work is prayer,” says Shawn Storer, director of the Catholic Peace Fellowship. He’s a bearded man with a shock of wavy hair, and he’s dressed in a denim shirt and green sweater vest. At 40 he looks barely older than the college students he is addressing. 

The discussion centers on the hunger for meaning, engagement with people on the margins of society, and what the gospels teach about nonviolence. At the retreat’s end some of the students head to a Spanish-language Mass. Then it’s on to do some painting and repair work at Our Lady of the Road, a Catholic Worker-run facility that offers food and fellowship to South Bend’s homeless population.

About a month after this Peace Fellowship retreat, on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, seven peace activists clipped a lock and broke into the Kings Bay Trident nuclear missile submarine base in St. Mary’s, Georgia. The seven, all members of the Plowshares peace group, carried hammers, banners, crime scene tape, and baby bottles of their own blood, which they splashed on a Navy insignia.  

“We come in peace. We are unarmed and wish you no harm,” one of the protesters called out. 

All seven were swiftly caught. Among those arrested were Elizabeth McAlister, the 81-year-old widow of the famous peace activist Philip Berrigan, and Dorothy Day’s granddaughter, Martha 

Hennessy, a 62-year-old grandmother of eight. Each protester was charged with trespassing and defacing government property and spent months in jail on $50,000 bonds.

Hennessy called the event “an act of atonement” for the U.S. stockpiling of nuclear weapons. Patrick O’Neill, 61, another of the Plowshares protesters, described it as “putting prayer into action.” 

The Catholic Peace Fellowship and Plowshares (the name refers to Isaiah’s command to hammer swords into plowshares) represent different points on a spectrum of Catholic peace activism. Acts of civil disobedience, like the break-in at Kings Bay, the world’s largest nuclear submarine base, were once common during the Vietnam War and the arms race. 

While nonviolence remains at the heart of gospel teaching, peace advocates today are debating what the church’s future direction should be. Should there be more widespread public actions, or do protests and demonstrations merely reinforce divisions? Should the focus be on education and personal transformation? Some activists even question if there is still a “Catholic” peace movement…

Read more- https://www.uscatholic.org/print/31475


August 3, 2018

The Brunswick News

Religious argument may create new path for Kings Bay break-in defendants

By Wes Wolf

Assistant U.S. Attorney Karl Knoche said the Kings Bay Plowshares defendants and others in their cause created a “cottage industry” of breaking into and vandalizing nuclear U.S. military installations over the past 38 years, and then trying to use the subsequent prosecutions to get the United States to denuclearize.

Indeed, two of the Plowshares defendants were involved in federal appellate court decisions referred to by both the prosecution and the defense during Thursday’s motions hearing in U.S. District Court in Brunswick. But the defendants had not before used the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a defense, creating the possibility of the case to plow new ground on the extent of protections afforded by the federal government for religious exercise.

Bill Quigley, who represents defendant Elizabeth McAlister and is a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans, said the two standards RFRA sets up are the government’s compelling interest and to carry out that interest in the least-restrictive way possible...

https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/religious-argument-may-create-new-path-for-kings-bay-break/article_61cf1083-dec2-56da-b2a7-f1bba3feccf9.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share


July 23, 2018

Democracy Now

Kings Bay Plowshares: Meet Two of the Seven Activists Who Secretly Entered a Nuclear Submarine Base

We look at the resistance against nuclear weapons here in the United States. On April 4, 2018—the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination—seven Catholic Plowshares activists secretly entered Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia, one of the largest nuclear submarine bases in the world. They were armed with just hammers, crime scene tape, baby bottles containing their own blood, and an indictment charging the U.S. government for crimes against peace. Their goal was to symbolically disarm the nuclear weapons at the base, which is home to at least six nuclear ballistic missile submarines. Each submarine carries 20 Trident thermonuclear weapons. The activists said they were following the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares.” It was the latest of 100 similar anti-nuclear Plowshares actions around the world beginning in 1980 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The first Plowshares action in 1980 was led by the late Daniel Berrigan and Phil Berrigan. Phil’s wife, Liz McAlister, was one of seven arrested at the April 4 action. McAlister and two other activists, Jesuit priest Stephen Kelly and Mark Colville, remain locked up in pretrial confinement in Brunswick, Georgia. Four others—Patrick O’Neill, Carmen Trotta, Martha Hennessy and Clare Grady—are under house arrest. All seven could face years in prison, if convicted. We speak with Martha Hennessy and Carmen Trotta. Hennessy is the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker movement. Carmen Trotta helps run the St. Joseph Catholic Worker House in New York.


July 13, 2018

WRFI

Clare Grady, Kings Bay Plowshares Activist, talks to WRFI right after being released from jail (AUDIO)

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem

Clare Grady is an anti-war activist and Ithaca resident. Most recently, she was arrested along with six other activists from the Catholic Plowshares movement, a Christian pacifist group, on the morning of April 5. On the evening of April 4, they had broken into the Kings Bay Naval Base, a nuclear submarine base, in St. Mary’s, Georgia. They did this to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and protest nuclear weapons. Grady was put in jail in Georgia afterwards.

The group states that both international law and domestic law clearly outline the necessity of citizens acting to prevent greater crimes by their government.

On July 12, Grady was released from Glynn County jail in Brunswick, Georgia. She and six other activists are awaiting trial.

The morning after, on July 13, Grady spoke with WRFI’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem on Your Morning about her experiences in jail and why she took part in this protest.


July 7, 2018

Valley News

Jim Kenyon: Despite House Arrest, Vt. Activist’s Faith, Beliefs Remain Unshakeable

With the Upper Valley in the grips of an extended heat wave, Martha Hennessy stayed home while her husband and grandchildren cooled off a couple of miles away at Stoughton Pond in Perkinsville on a recent afternoon.

Missing out on the family fun wasn’t her choice.

Hennessy, 62, has been under “house arrest” since late May when the federal government tethered an electronic monitoring bracelet to her left ankle. Under bail conditions set by a U.S District Court judge in Georgia, Hennessy can’t leave her property on Cady Hill Road in Weathersfield without the government’s permission. She’s not even allowed outdoors between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Once a day — at 3:15 p.m. — she’s allowed to walk to the end of her driveway to the mailbox across the road. Twice a week, she can attend services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, Vt. — providing she wears her “federal jewelry.”

On the bright side, with all the time Hennessy is spending around the house this summer, her vegetable and flower gardens have never looked better...

https://www.vnews.com/Weathersfield-Nuclear-War-Protester-Under-House-Arrest-18581468


July 4, 2018

WYPR

Reflections on a Revolutionary Among Us

By Tom Hall

On this holiday in which we celebrate independence and the courage of our revolutionary heroes, a word about a different kind of revolutionary, and her exercise of the free speech and religious practice the founders fought for.

Elizabeth McAlister has lived at Jonah House, on the West Side of Baltimore, for most of the last 50 years. She and her husband, the anti-war activist Philip Berrigan, founded Jonah House as part of a network of Catholic Worker Houses across the country. Philip was one of the Catonsville Nine, who burned draft records in 1968, setting-off a series of similar actions across the country. He died in 2002, but McAlister has continued to protest against violence and war, in particular, nuclear weapons.

In April, on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, McAlister and six others cut through a fence and entered the King’s Bay Naval Submarine Base in Camden County, GA, which is home to a fleet of Trident Submarines, which carry nuclear war heads...

http://www.wypr.org/post/reflections-revolutionary-among-us


July 3, 2018

KPFA

7 Catholics Arrested For Trespassing As Part of Symbolic Anti Nuke Protest

Today on Flashpoints, we look at the federal court case against 7 Catholics accused of trespassing and damaging US property as part of a symbolic protest against nuclear weapons in Georgia, then we discuss the role of NATO and it relationship to US foreign policy, next we look at the NSA’s purging of millions of records and whether this represents a cover up or failure, finally we continue our coverage of the outcome and ramifications of recent presidential elections in Mexico.

https://kpfa.org/episode/flashpoints-july-3-2018/


 

June 26,2018

Pressenza  

Interview With Martha Hennessy and Carmen Trotta

Both Martha Hennessy and Carmen Trotta are under strict house arrest until their trial, hence they were not allowed to go to the Pressenza studio, the interview was done at Mary House, The Catholic Worker on June 21st 2018.

Their plowshares action where seven activists (4 remain in prison) entered the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia. The world’s biggest naval submarine base, home to Trident nuclear powered submarines, the Atlantic Fleet’s Ballistic and Guided Missile Submarines.

The seven activists are Mark Colville of New Haven, Connecticut; Clare Grady of Ithaca, New York; Martha Hennessy of Springfield, Vermont – granddaughter of Dorothy Day, co founder of the Catholic Worker in 1931; Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ of Oakland, California; Liz McAlister of Baltimore, Maryland – 78 years old, wife of the late Phil Berrigan, remains in prison; Patrick O’Neill of Garner, North Carolina and Carmen Trotta of the New York, New York.


 

June 25, 2018

Counter Punch

Kings Bay Plowshares Action Names the Trident with Blood

By John LaForge

Seven Plowshares activists snuck into the Kings Bay Trident Submarine Base in Georgia on April 4th, the 50thanniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Once inside, they put up banners and poured blood on the base, and have been charged with four federal felonies each. In a statement announcing their daring action, the seven anti-nuclear activists said that “The ultimate logic of Trident is Omnicide.”

The reference is to the US Navy’s unimaginably destructive Trident submarines, each of which can carry up to 192 separately targeted nuclear warheads – that is, up to eight nuclear warheads on each of 24 missiles. Each warhead, at 475 kilotons, is 31 times the explosive force of the Hiroshima bomb. As 140,000 people at Hiroshima were killed by that 15-kiloton US atomic bomb, the incineration factor of today’s Trident submarines is potentially “omnicidal.

Each warhead can theoretically destroy 4,340,000 people (31 times the 140,000 killed at Hiroshima). Each missile with its eight warheads can potentially destroy 34,720,000 people (8 times 4,340,000). With 24 missiles on a sub, one Trident can possibly destroy 833 million people, give or take (24 times 34,720,000).

Not satisfied with threatening over 833 million people in 192 different places, the US government has 14 Trident submarines. Fourteen times 833 million is around 11.6 billion people that can be incinerated by the Navy. With only 7.6 billion people on Earth, it’s no exaggeration to call the Trident system “omnicidal.”...

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/25/kings-bay-plowshares-action-names-the-trident-with-blood/ 


June 24,2018

 Crux  

Plowshares activists motivated to witness to God’s call for peace

By Dennis Sadowski for Catholic News Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Entering a military base without authorization in the dark of night to symbolically dismantle nuclear warheads is not an act most people ever consider.

Yet seven Catholics who said they were motivated by the Gospel’s call to nonviolence took the extraordinary step to cut their way into Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in St. Marys, Georgia, the night of April 4-5. They poured their own blood on base property, hammered on equipment and issued an “indictment” saying the United States was violating international agreements that limit nuclear weapon proliferation.

The base is the East Coast home of the Navy’s Trident submarine, each of which can carry up to 24 ballistic missiles that each have up to eight independently targetable re-entry vehicles.

The seven, who call themselves the Kings Bay Plowshares, said the capacity of just one Trident submarine to destroy the world is beyond comprehension.

The fleet includes 14 such submarines outfitted to carry nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

“The Trident is essentially the end of the world. There’s no other words to describe it but diabolical,” said Patrick O’Neill, a Catholic Worker from Garner, North Carolina, one of the seven....

https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2018/06/24/plowshares-activists-motivated-to-witness-to-gods-call-for-peace/


 May 22, 2018

The Nuclear Resister

Kings Bay Plowshares in court for arraignment, bond hearing

By Patrick O'Neill

"At a May 17 bond hearing in United States District Court in Brunswick, Georgia, U.S. Attorney Karl Knoche told U.S. Magistrate Stan Baker that the government recommended that the seven Kings Bay Plowshares activists be held without bond pending their federal trial for conspiracy, destruction of property on a Naval Station, depredation of government property and trespass.  

Calling the action “serious criminal activity” carried out by defendants with “long criminal histories” who were a threat to the safety of the community, Knoche asked Baker to withhold bond.

The seven Kings Bay Plowshares were already a bit rattled as we faced a group of southeast Georgia federal and state judiciary and police folks who likely can make no sense of the actions of seven older adults breaking into a perfectly wonderful submarine base for the purposes of smashing idols and beating swords into plowshares.

In more than a quarter century since the Kings Bay Trident naval base was proposed by President Jimmy Carter, there has been little public opposition from the St. Marys, Georgia community that has reaped enormous economic benefits from the Trident’s weapons of mass destruction..."

http://www.nukeresister.org/2018/05/21/kings-bay-plowshares-in-court-for-arraignment-bond-hearing/


May 18, 2018

America

Protesting our country’s nuclear weapons is (still) worth going to jail for

By Nathan Scheider

"On Mother’s Day a year ago, I was staying in a house whose usual residents had gone to visit their mothers, leaving me alone to somehow cook a worthy breakfast for four extraordinary mothers—my own mother, my wife, a Venezuelan professor in exile and Elizabeth McAlister, the nun-turned-war-resister, an architect of the Plowshares movement with her husband, Philip Berrigan. This past Mother’s Day, Liz was in jail again.

Her offense was hardly surprising. On April 4 she was part of a small group that, much like the first Plowshares action in 1980, broke into a nuclear-armed military facility with hammers and bottles of their own blood in order to make literal the prophecy of Isaiah, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares.” The ritual was an evolution of the Berrigan brothers’ famous draft-card burning in Catonsville, Md., which took place 50 years ago this week.

“Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order,” Philip’s brother Daniel Berrigan, S.J., testified in court about that day in Maryland. “We could not, so help us God, do otherwise.” Such rituals have resulted in many collective years of jail time since.

The Berrigan brothers were on the cover of Time magazine after Catonsville. Some Plowshares actions have likewise garnered national attention, like the 2012 break-in at Tennessee’s Y-12 nuclear facility led by 82-year-old Sister Megan Rice. But this latest Kings Bay Plowsharesbreak-in, at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, has been less widely observed outside the several hundred people awaiting news on a Facebook group. But I know some of the seven who participated, including Dorothy Day’s granddaughter Martha Hennessy, and I do not expect that they are worried about whether they are trending on Twitter. As Father Berrigan said, “We could not, so help us God, do otherwise.”..."

https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2018/05/18/protesting-our-countrys-nuclear-weapons-still-worth-going-jail


May 17, 2018

Democracy Now

50 Years Ago Today: Catonsville 9 Burned Draft Papers with Homemade Napalm to Protest Vietnam War

"Fifty years ago today, on May 17, 1968, in the Baltimore suburb of Catonsville, Maryland, a group of Catholic priests and activists stood around a small fire, praying and singing. They had gone into the local draft board office and taken 378 draft records, for the young men in the 1-A category who were most likely to get drafted to go to war in Vietnam. They set fire to the draft records using homemade napalm, made from gasoline and laundry soap, to symbolize the U.S. military’s use of napalm on Vietnamese civilians. Video of the act of civil disobedience was seen around the world. They became known as the Catonsville Nine, and in 1970 they were given prison sentences of up to three years behind bars. We feature interviews with Fathers Phil and Daniel Berrigan, who helped organize the protest, and speak to Margarita Melville, one of the last surviving members of the Catonsville Nine, during a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a new historical marker to commemorate the action..."

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/5/17/50_years_ago_today_catonsville_9


May 16, 2018

Waging Nonviolence

50 years later, the spirit of the Catonsville Nine lives on

By Frida Berrigan

"It was a big moment. More than a hundred people watched as a college professor held one end of a heavy vinyl cover, helping an 88-year-old woman, pull it from the top of a tall metal sign. Together, they unveiled a familiar looking historic marker — the kind that draws attention to battlefields drenched in centuries-old blood and the birth places of famous men all over the country.

This one, however, was different.

It read: “On May 17, 1968, nine Catholic activists raided the selective service office in Catonsville and burned hundreds of draft files to protest the Vietnam war.” It now stands on Frederick Road in Catonsville, Maryland — about a block from the building that housed the young men’s draft files.

The 88-year-old woman was Marjorie Melville — one of those nine Catholic activists and, along with George Mische, one of only two still living..."

https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/catonsville-nine-50-years-later/


May 15, 2018

Pressenza

7 Anti-Nuke Activists Indicted in Southern District of Georgia Federal Court

"Early on the morning of April 5, 2018, seven nuclear abolitionists were arrested inside the Kings Bay Naval Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia.

Kings Bay is the Atlantic homeport for six Trident nuclear ballistic missile submarines and also provides critical support services for the fleet of four British Trident nuclear missile submarines.

The seven Catholic activists entered the high-security base on the night of April 4, choosing to act on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world (today) is my own government.” King has devoted his life to addressing the triple evils of militarism, racism, and materialism.

The intent of the Kings Bay Plowshares was to begin fulfilling the prophet Isaiah’s command to” beat swords into plowshares.” Carrying hammers and baby bottles of their own blood, the seven attempted to convert weapons of mass destruction. They marked areas with crime scene tape and hung banners reading: “The ultimate logic of racism is genocide, Dr. Martin Luther King”, “ The ultimate logic of tridents is omnicide” and “Nuclear weapons: Illegal – immoral.” They also brought an indictment of the U.S. government for crimes against peace, and, as part of their evidence, a copy of Daniel Ellsberg’s book The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner...."

https://www.pressenza.com/2018/05/7-anti-nuke-activists-indicted-southern-district-georgia-federal-court/


May 4, 2018

Democracy Now

Plowshares Activists Indicted over Protest at Kings Bay Naval Base

And in Georgia, a federal court has filed an indictment against seven Catholic Plowshares activists who were arrested for protesting last month at Kings Bay Naval Base—the largest nuclear submarine base in the world. The activists entered the base on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, April 4. They were armed with just hammers, crime tape and baby bottles containing their own blood. The activists said they were following the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares.” In a statement from Georgia’s Camden County Jail, Plowshares activist Clare Grady wrote, “We say, 'the ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide,' and yet, the explosive power of this weapon is only part of what we want to make visible. We see that nuclear weapons kill every day by their mere existence. We see the billions of dollars it takes to build and maintain the Trident system as stolen resources, which are desperately needed for human needs.“

Read more- / https://www.democracynow.org/2018/5/4/headlines/catholic_plowshares_indicted_over_protest_at_kings_bay_naval_base


May 3, 2018

Newsweek

DANIEL ELLSBERG WARNS OF ‘NO SURVIVORS' IF U.S. GOES TO WAR WITH ‘CRIMINALLY INSANE’ NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Nina Burleigh

"Daniel Ellsberg is best known as the defense analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers and exposed Defense Department lies about American involvement in the Vietnam War. But in 1971, when he took those top secret documents out of his office safe at the Rand Corp., he also took a cache of materials related to his job as one architect of America’s mutually assured destruction nuclear strategy, or MAD.

He hid the top-secret nuclear papers in plastic bags on his brother’s farm in upstate New York, intending to reveal them after the furor over the Pentagon Papers died down. But Tropical Storm Doria in 1971 eroded the hiding place, and he never saw his papers again.

Now a hale and vigorous 87, he is stumping the country giving talks about his latest book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. It recounts his participation in what he calls America’s “criminally insane” nuclear program. Newsweek caught up with him in Washington, D.C., where he was addressing a gathering of progressive lobbyists on the day President Donald Trump decided to bomb Syria, a country where five nuclear-armed nations have been involved during its civil war. Ellsberg, who wants the United States to abandon its willingness to use nuclear weapons offensively (the so-called first-use policy), said the weapons system he and his compatriots invented in the Dr. Strangelove years remains as hair-trigger as ever, and that a mere technical glitch or political clash with Russia could end with major American cities reduced to smoking ash with just 30 minutes’ notice..."

Read more- http://www.newsweek.com/2018/05/11/daniel-ellsberg-criminally-insane-us-nuclear-program-and-war-north-korea-908779.html


April 30,2018

Pax Christi USA

Daniel Berrigan’s Ethic of Resurrection and the Kings Bay Plowshares

By Art Laffin

“The No to state uttered by the unarmed Christ is vindicated in His resurrection.  Of this, the world can never be a witness…This is our glory. From Peter and Paul to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Romero. Christians have known something which the “nations” as such can never know or teach—how to live and how to die. We are witnesses to the resurrection. We practice resurrection. We risk resurrection.”  Daniel Berrigan (Testimony: The Word Made Fresh, p. 222-223)

April 30th marks the second anniversary of the death of Daniel Berrigan, SJ,  the renowned prophetic priest, peacemaker, writer and poet. Dan was an important friend and mentor to me and countless others. His spirit lives on in the hearts of all he touched throughout his 94 years. And his writings and poems continue to instruct and challenge.

During this Holy Season of Easter, I have been pondering Dan’s words in his profound and deeply challenging essay, “An Ethic  of Resurrection,” from Testimony. How do we understand resurrection in a time of pervasive systemic racism, violence, oppression, inequality, perpetual war, rampant political instability and corporate domination, and the ever present threats of nuclear extinction and climate chaos?..."

Read more- https://paxchristiusa.org/2018/04/30/daniel-berrigans-ethic-of-resurrection-and-the-kings-bay-plowshares/


April 11, 2018

The Tablet

Catholic Peace Activists Arrested at Submarine Base

By Dennis Sadowski

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Seven Catholic peace activists, including the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, were denied bail during a court appearance April 6, a day after they were detained after entering Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia to protest nuclear weapons.

Calling themselves the Kings Bay Plowshares, the seven faced charges of possession of tools for the commission of a crime and interference with government property, both felonies, and criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.

Chief Magistrate Jennifer E. Lewis of the Camden County Magistrate Court said in court she was denying bond, claiming that they posed a threat to the community because she believed they could return to the base.

The Navy’s fleet of Trident submarines carries about half of the U.S. active strategic nuclear warheads, according to military observers.

The activists said they chose the date of April 4 to undertake their action to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to “repent of the sin of white supremacy that oppresses and take the lives of people of color here in the United States and throughout the world.”

The seven people detained include longtime peace activists and several Catholic Workers. They are: Elizabeth McAlister, 78, of Jonah House in Baltimore, Md., and Jesuit Father Steve Kelly, 69, of the Bay Area in California; and Catholic Workers Carmen Trotta, 55, of New York City; Clare Grady, 50, of Ithaca, N.Y.; Martha Hennessy, 62, of New York, granddaughter of Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day; Mark Colville, 55, of New Haven, Conn.; and Patrick O’Neill, 61 of Garner, N.C.

Scott Bassett, public affairs officer at the base, confirmed that seven “unauthorized individuals were caught trespassing on the base” shortly after 1 a.m.

He said they were turned over to the Camden County, Ga., law enforcement authorities and that they faced charges of trespassing and defacing federal government property.

“At no time were any military personnel or military assets threatened with their presence,” Bassett said.

Jessica Stewart, a supporter of the group and a Catholic Worker in Bass Harbor, Maine, said the seven arrived at the base in southeast Georgia about 10:30 p.m., April 4 and entered shortly thereafter.

Bassett declined to say why it took base personnel more than two hours to find the activists, who had split into three groups.

Stewart said the group placed crime scene tape and spilled blood at different locales on the base while posting an “indictment” charging the military with crimes against peace, citing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Letters to the Editor in response to the above article:

https://thetablet.org/questions-plowshares-story/

https://thetablet.org/debating-plowshares-tactics/

https://thetablet.org/taken-to-task-for-plowshares/

https://thetablet.org/weapons-of-destruction/


April 11,2018

New Haven Register

New Haven activist among 7 protesters detained in Georgia for trespassing at nuclear sub base

"ST. MARY’S, GA. — A New Haven peace activist is among a group of seven protesters being detained in jail after they were arrested at a nuclear submarine base in Georgia.

Mark Colville, 55, of the Amistad Catholic Worker group, was charged with possession of tools for the commission of a crime and interference with government property (both felonies) as well as criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor.

The seven members of the Catholic Plowshares movement broke into the Kings Bay Naval Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia, on the night of April 4, acting on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

According to a news release from the Kings Bay Plowshares, the seven timed it to the anniversary of King’s death because he “devoted his life to addressing the triplets of militarism, racism and materialism.”

The group carried into the base a statement quoting King: “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world (today) is my own government...."

https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/New-Haven-activist-among-7-protesters-detained-in-12826683.php


April 6, 2018

FirstCoast

How did 7 protesters break into Kings Bay Submarine base?


April 6, 2018

Waging Nonviolence

How do you tell the kids that Grandma is in jail for resisting nuclear weapons?

by Frida Berrigan

“Our grandma is in jail,” Madeline tells a woman wrestling a shopping cart at Target.

“She went over a war fence and tried to make peace,” Seamus adds helpfully. “They arrested her, and she is in jail now.”

“Where?” the woman asks, looking from them to me in disbelief and maybe pity.

“We don’t remember,” the kids say, suddenly done with their story and ready to make passionate pleas for the colorful items in the dollar section over the woman’s shoulder.

“Georgia,” I say, but I don’t have a lot of energy to add detail to my kids’ story. They hit all the high points.

“There’s a lot going on these days,” she says. I agree, and we move on into the store and our separate errands.

I was happy not to say more at that moment, happy to avoid a sobbing breakdown at Target, happy to wrestle one little bit of normal out of a very abnormal day...

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April 6,2018

CatholicPhilly.com

Catholic peace activists face charges after detention at submarine base

By Dennis Sadowski

Catholic News Services

UPDATED – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Seven Catholic peace activists were denied bail during a court appearance April 6, a day after they were detained after entering Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia to protest nuclear weapons.

Calling themselves the Kings Bay Plowshares, the seven faced charges of possession of tools for the commission of a crime and interference with government property, both felonies, and criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.

Chief Magistrate Jennifer E. Lewis of the Camden County Magistrate Court said in court she was denying bond, claiming that they posed a threat to the community because she believed they could return to the base.

The Navy’s fleet of Trident submarines carries about half of the U.S. active strategic nuclear warheads, according to military observers.

The activists said they chose the date of April 4 to undertake their action to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to “repent of the sin of white supremacy that oppresses and take the lives of people of color here in the United States and throughout the world.”

The seven people detained include longtime peace activists and several Catholic Workers.

They are Elizabeth McAlister, 78, of Jonah House in Baltimore and Jesuit Father Steve Kelly, 69, of the Bay Area in California; and Catholic Workers Carmen Trotta, 55, of New York City; Clare Grady, 50, of Ithaca, New York; Martha Hennessy, 62, of New York, granddaughter of Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day; Mark Colville, 55, of New Haven, Connecticut; and Patrick O’Neill, 61 of Garner, North Carolina.

Scott Bassett, public affairs officer at the base, confirmed to Catholic News Service that seven “unauthorized individuals were caught trespassing on the base” shortly after 1 a.m.

He said they were turned over to the Camden County, Georgia, law enforcement authorities and that they faced charges of trespassing and defacing federal government property.

“At no time were any military personnel or military assets threatened with their presence,” Bassett said.

Jessica Stewart, a supporter of the group and a Catholic Worker in Bass Harbor, Maine, told CNS the seven arrived at the base in southeast Georgia about 10:30 p.m., April 4 and entered shortly thereafter.

Bassett declined to say why it took base personnel more than two hours to find the activists, who had split into three groups.

Stewart said the group place crime scene tape and spilled blood at different locales on the base while posting an “indictment” charging the military with crimes against peace, citing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

A news release from supporters said McAlister, Kelly and Trotta were discovered at nuclear weapons storage bunkers; Grady and Hennessy were detained at the base administration building; and Colville and O’Neill were at monuments commemorating the submarines.


April 5, 2018

Firstcoastnews.com

7 PROTESTERS DETAINED AT NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE IN KINGS BAY

According to the Public Affairs Officer, Scott Bassett, protesters made their way onto the base property of Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, Georgia.

Officials report the protesters were able to make their way onto the base but were not near any compromising areas. The protesters pained signs on the base, officials report...

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April 5, 2018

National Catholic Reporter

Plowshares activists arrested for action at Georgia naval base

By James Dearie

ST. MARY'S, GA. — Seven activists from the Catholic Plowshares movement were arrested the morning of April 5 after breaking into a nuclear submarine base.

Elizabeth McAlister, Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, Jesuit Fr. Stephen Kelly, Patrick O'Neill, and Carmen Trotta were all taken into custody after illegally entering the Kings Bay Naval Base in St. Mary's, Georgia.

According to a press release by Kings Bay Plowshares, the activists entered the base the night of April 4, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Once on the base, the activists split into three groups, with some going to an administration building, some to a D5 Missile monument, and others to the weapons bunkers.

The base hosts several submarines capable of launching Trident missiles, which are armed with nuclear warheads.

"Nuclear weapons kill every day through our mining, production, testing, storage, and dumping, primarily on Indigenous Native land," the activists said in a statement read at the time of the arrest. "This weapons system is a cocked gun being held to the head of the planet."

In addition to banners reading "The ultimate logic of racism is genocide," a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, "The ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide," and "Nuclear weapons: illegal — immoral," the activists also carried with them an "indictment" of "the United States government, President Donald Trump, Kings Bay Base Commander Brian Lepine, the nuclear triad, and specifically the Trident nuclear program" for war crimes…

Read more- https://www.ncronline.org/news/justice/plowshares-activists-arrested-action-georgia-naval-base


April 5,2018

The Nuclear Resister

Seven Kings Bay Plowshares activists arrested inside Trident nuclear submarine base

Seven Catholic plowshares activists were detained early Thursday morning, April 5 at the Kings Bay Naval Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia. 

They entered on Wednesday night, April 4.  Calling themselves Kings Bay Plowshares, they went to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command: “beat swords into plowshares”. 

The seven chose to act on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  who devoted his life to addressing the triplets of militarism, racism and materialism. In a statement they carried with them the group quoted King, who said: “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world (today) is my own government.”

Carrying hammers and baby bottles of their own blood, the seven attempted to convert weapons of mass destruction…

Read more- http://www.nukeresister.org/2018/04/05/seven-kings-bay-plowshares-activists-arrested-inside-trident-nuclear-submarine-base/


April 5, 2018

Washington Post

Activists raid nuclear submarine base with hammers and ‘baby bottles of their own blood’

by Lindsey Bever

Seven Catholic peace activists were detained early Thursday at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia after entering the installation to protest nuclear weapons.

The protesters were “carrying hammers and baby bottles of their own blood” when they entered the base, according to a statement from fellow activists. “They also brought an indictment charging the U.S. government for crimes against peace,” it said.

A Kings Bay spokesman said the anti-nuke group entered without authorization and smeared what appeared to be red paint on buildings and signs around the base...

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April 5, 2018

News4JAX

7 anti-war activists detained after vandalism on Kings Bay sub base

ST. MARYS, Ga. - Seven members of a group called Kings Bay Plowshares were arrested Thursday after they slipped onto the Kings Bay Submarine Base and vandalized some signs, according to a base spokesman.

A news release on the Kings Bay Plowshares Facebook page said the seven Catholic activists got onto the St. Marys base Wednesday night, carrying hammers and "baby bottles of their own blood."

The base's gates are staffed with security at all times, so it’s uncertain how the protesters gained access to the base, but Kings Bay public affairs office spokesman Scott Bassett said no personnel or facilities were ever threatened.

It's possible the seven activists were there for hours before they were caught, and Bassett confirmed security measures at the base are being reviewed.

"I believe they walked on," Plowshares supporter Jessica Stewart said. "They went through a fence and walked on. Surprisingly, considering it’s a nuclear installation, I don’t think it was difficult for them to gain access."...

Read more- https://www.news4jax.com/news/georgia/7-protesters-detained-after-vandalism-at-kings-bay-sub-base