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Press Release May 4, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Steve Baggarly
757-469-6239

On June 18, 2018, peace activists will begin a “Hunger for Nuclear Disarmament” fast at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, at 10:00 a.m. at the Stimson Gate, in Kings Bay, GA, seeking abolition of all nuclear weapons and justice for fellow activists who await trial for an April 4th action of civil resistance at the base.

St. Marys, GA—On June 18th at 10:00 a.m. four peace activists in support of the Kings Bay Plowshares action will begin a five day fast and public witness at and near the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, calling for immediate abolition of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and public support for seven people, now awaiting trial, who acted to convert “swords into plowshares” through a plowshares action at the base. Kings Bay is home port to six nuclear armed Trident ballistic missile submarines with the combined explosive power of over 9000 Hiroshima bombs.

On June 19th the fasters will hold a public presence in front of the Glynn County Detention Center, 100 Sulphur Springs Road, in Brunswick, GA. They will be at the U.S. District Court at 801 Gloucester Street in Brunswick, GA on June 20th and 21st, and they will finish on June 22nd with a peaceful presence at the Kings Bay sub base. For more information, please call Steve Baggarly at 757-469-6239. The public is invited to join them.

At each site, beginning June 18, participants in the liquids only fast will distribute fliers and hold banners, one of which says, “Disarm Trident…Love One Another.” They will also hand out copies of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, negotiated by 122 nations in July of 2017. The Kings Bay Plowshares action was the latest of 100 similar actions taken around the world since 1980 and the first plowshares action to take place since the global treaty banning nuclear weapons was signed.

Steve Baggarly, a former plowshares activist who will participate in the fast, said, “Most of the world is tired of being held hostage by omnicidal weapons and wants nuclear disarmament. The US and the 8 other nuclear powers who boycotted the Treaty negotiations are the outliers.” Baggarly added that, “Our true national security lies in achieving the long overdue objective of nuclear disarmament.” Fast participant Beth Brockman added, “Nuclear weapons are a theft from the poor. People here in Georgia and across the South are in desperate need of the resources squandered on the war economy.”

On April 4th, 2018, seven Catholic plowshares activists aimed to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares.” Carrying hammers and baby bottles of their own blood, they hung banners, delivered an indictment and used crime scene tape at three sites on the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Their call to “beat swords into plowshares” aims to eliminate all nuclear weapons and instead devote equivalent resources to meet human needs, end white supremacy, and alleviate environmental degradation.

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 what he called the “triple evils of militarism, racism and materialism.”

 

For more information contact:

Jessica Stewart 207-266-0919
Paul Magno: 202-321-6650

Kings Bay Plowshares Indicted in Southern District of Georgia Federal Court

On April 4, 2018, the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Liz McAlister, 78, Stephen Kelly S.J., 70, Martha Hennessy, 62, Clare Grady, 58, Patrick O’Neill, 62, Mark Colville, 55, and Carmen Trotta, 55, entered the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.  Carrying hammers and bottles of their own blood, the seven sought to enact and embody the prophet Isaiah's command to: “Beat swords into plowshares.”  In so doing, they were upholding the US Constitution through its requirement to respect treaties, international law through the UN Charter and Nuremburg principles, and higher moral law regarding the sacredness of all creation. They hoped to draw attention to and begin to dismantle what Dr. King called, “the triple evils” of racism, militarism, and extreme materialism.

In an indictment filed this week in the Southern District of Georgia, Brunswick division, the seven were charged with four counts: Conspiracy, Destruction of Property on a Naval Station, Depredation of Government Property, and Trespass. They will appear before a magistrate in Brunswick on May 10th.  Although currently being held at the Camden County jail in Woodbine, Georgia, they expect to be acquitted of all charges. Attorney William P. Quigley, Professor of Law at Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, noted, “These peace activists acted in accordance with the 1996 declaration of the International Court of Justice that any threat or use of nuclear weapons is illegal.” Martha Hennessy, the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, responded from Camden County jail with the observation that, “the real conspiracy lies with those create unparalleled onmicidal weapons that violate national and international law.”

Kings Bay Naval base opened in 1979 as the Navy's Atlantic Ocean Trident port.  It is the largest nuclear submarine base in the world.  The Kings Bay Plowshares hope to draw attention not only to the threat of nuclear annihilation posed by the weapons aboard the submarines whose homeport is Kings Bay, but to emphasize how the weapons kill every day. Clare Grady wrote from Camden Country jail, “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.” In response to news of the indictment, Mark Colville, of New Haven, Connecticut, wrote from the Camden County Jail, “Once again the federal criminal justice system has plainly identified itself as another arm of the Pentagon by turning a blind eye to the criminal and murderous course from which it has repeatedly refused to desist for the past 70 years.”

For more information visit their website at kingsbayplowshares7.org or their Facebook page: Kings Bay Plowshares.


Press Release April 6, 2018

For more information contact:

Jessica Stewart 207-266-0919
Paul Magno: 202-321-6650

Bond Denied for Kings Bay Plowshares

Seven Catholic plowshares activists were arrested early Thursday morning at the Kings Bay Naval Base St. Mary's Georgia.

They entered the base late in the evening of April 4, 2018 in an attempt to nonviolently transform weapons of mass destruction and inspire Americans to reject racism, militarism, and economic injustice. They are being held at the Camden County Public Safety Complex in Woodbine, Georgia. 

On April 6 at 9:30 am the seven had a first appearance in Camden County court before Chief Magistrate Judge Jennifer E. Lewis. They were charged with two felonies, Possession of Tools for the Commission of a Crime and Interference with Government Property, and a misdemeanor, Criminal Trespass. Despite their well-established commitment to nonviolence and integrity and a clear promise to reappear, the seven were denied bond for the felony charges. Magistrate Lewis acknowledged the seven posed no flight risk, but claimed they were a threat to the community because she believed they might return to the base. 

Their bond denial comes at a time when community organizations and attorneys across the country are challenging the widespread practice of pretrial detention and excessive cash bail. The Kings Bay Plowshares stand in solidarity with innocent people, disproportionately Black and Latino, across the United States who languish in jails awaiting due process. 

The seven being held are Clare Grady, 59, of the Ithaca Catholic Worker; Elizabeth McAlister, 78, Jonah House, Baltimore; Steve Kelly, S. J., 69, Bay Area, CA; Carmen Trotta, 55, NY Catholic Worker; Martha Hennessy, 62, NY Catholic Worker; Mark Colville, 55, Amistad Catholic Worker, New Haven, CT; and Patrick O'Neill, 61, Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker, Garner, NC.

The Kings Bay Plowshares is the latest of 100 similar actions around the world beginning in 1980 in King of Prussia PA.

Facebook: Kings Bay Plowshares


PRess Release April 5, 2018

For more information Contact:

Paul Magno, 202-321-6650
Jessica Stewart 207-266-0919
Brian Hynes 718-838-2636

Seven Catholic plowshares activists were detained early Thursday morning at the Kings Bay Naval Base 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 their statement, which 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.

Kings Bay Naval base opened in 1979 as the Navy's Atlantic Ocean Trident port. It is the largest nuclear submarine base in the world. There are six ballistic missile subs and two guided missile subs based at Kings Bay.

The activists went to three sites on the base: The administration building, the D5 Missile monument installation and the nuclear weapons storage bunkers. The activists used crime scene tape, hammers and banners reading: The ultimate logic of racism is genocide, Dr. Martin Luther King; The ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide; Nuclear weapons: illegal - immoral. They also brought an indictment charging the U.S. government for crimes against peace.

The activists at the nuclear weapons storage bunkers were Elizabeth McAlister, 78, Jonah House, Baltimore; Steve Kelly, S. J., 69 Bay Area, CA; and Carmen Trotta, 55, NY Catholic Worker.

The activists at the Administration building were Clare Grady, 59, Ithaca Catholic Worker; and Martha Hennessy, 62, NY Catholic Worker.

The activists at the Trident D5 monuments were Mark Colville 55, Amistad Catholic Worker, New Haven, CT; and Patrick O'Neill, 61, Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker, Garner, NC.

All activists are being detained. No one was injured.

This is the latest of 100 similar actions around the world beginning in 1980 in King of Prussia PA.