Elizabeth McAlister Released
NYC, NC & GA Events Prior to October Trial
BRUNSWICK, GA – Long-time peace activist Elizabeth McAlister is out of jail for the first time since April 2018. She was able to convince the authorities that she did not need an ankle monitor. McAlister, 79, is also allowed to travel to visit her family and to prepare for trial October 21. She, like four of the other Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activists, remains out on bond until after the trial.
“I was released without notice or communication regarding conditions from Glynn County jail on Friday 9/13/19,” McAlister wrote her supporters. “The judge has now agreed to allow me to travel to see my kids and their families as well as to meet with the other co-defendants who have been out, as long as I am back in Brunswick, GA the week before trial. I am prayerful and hopeful about the process of preparing for trial, and very much looking forward to being with loved ones.”
McAlister will attend the Festival of Hope celebration in Manhattan on Sunday along with four of the other Kings Bay Plowshares 7 and two via telephone. The seven were arrested in the early morning hours of April 5, 2018.
FESTIVALS OF HOPE, OTHER EVENTS SCHEDULED IN THREE STATES
“Festivals of hope” are celebrations of anti-nuclear activists facing trial. The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 defendants are facing more than two decades in prison for nonviolently, symbolically disarming Trident nuclear weapons at Naval Base Kings Bay in Georgia on April 4, 2018.
NEW YORK CITY
SPECIAL GUESTS: Journalists Amy Goodman and Jeremy Scahill. The KBP7 defendants will speak and the two remaining jailed defendants in GA will speak by telephone. Padre Luis Barrios, activist and pastor of Holyrood Episcopal Church, will welcome the special guests and lead an interfaith blessing. Music by Nueva Canción Latin band Umigrante and singers Tom Chapin & the Chapin Sisters. Bocaditas/finger food will be served.
A flyer for the NYC Festival of Hope is available at www.kingsbayplowshares7.org.
Pastor Doug Long, host. Speaker: Theologian Stanley Hauerwas of Duke Divinity School and named “America’s best theologian” by Time magazine. KBP7 member Patrick O’Neill will speak. Poets and musicians will also perform.
Scores of supporters are expected in Brunswick, GA around the time of the October 21 trial of the KBP7. Supporters planning to participate in the 2 p.m. Sat. vigil leading up to the trial on Monday, Oct. 21 are asked to arrive on Friday or Saturday morning, October 18 or 19.
Georgia Contacts: Robert Randall: (912) 399-4862 and Roxane George (928) 607-7369.
Supporters are asked to place a reservation for Georgia events, housing and transportation here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQbQXguQgaqD64KHB0H6hpbQs5FxJpDL4K3eCaU1bDSMpSng/viewform
Vigil at Kings Bay Nuclear Submarine Base, St. Mary’s, GA
Additional details to be announced.
Trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7
Jury selection begins. End date is uncertain but the trial may be one week or more.
For information on rules at this courthouse visit https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/event/trial/.
Additional Brunswick events the week of the trial will be announced. The Brunswick Art Show will showcase peace and hopeful actions, a tribunal, and community meals.
Jury selection will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 9 a.m. at the federal courthouse in Brunswick, GA. However long the trial lasts, supporters will witness in the courtroom, hold vigils to keep nuclear weapons on trial, and host peace community gatherings.