Press Release April 6, 2018
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Jessica Stewart 207-266-0919
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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.
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