Update: Liz out, Mark getting out, Festivals of Hope Planned before October Trial


Elizabeth McAlister Released from Jail Sept. 13, Mark Colville Oct. 1

NYC, NC & GA Festivals of Hope Prior to October 21 Trial

September 26, 2019

Dear Supporters,

There is much to tell you about our friends, the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.

Their trial in Georgia begins Monday, October 21. Elizabeth McAlister has been released on her own recognizance! Mark Colville will be released next Tuesday! This Sunday in Manhattan the first of three festivals of hope will ring out with nueva canción vibes of community and celebration. Journalists Amy Goodman and Jeremy Scahill will be our special guests. Then in North Carolina renowned theologian Stanley Hauerwas will join the festival. Finally, we expect hundreds of people, including Martin Sheen, to join our friends in support at a series of events around their trial in Georgia.

Come to these events! Come to Georgia! We are ready for you.


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. Liz, 79, is also allowed to travel to visit her family and to prepare for trial which begins October 21. She, like four of the other Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activists, remains out until after the trial.

“I was released without notice or communication regarding conditions from Glynn County jail on Friday 9/13/19,” Liz wrote some of 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.”

Liz 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 or message. The seven were arrested in the early morning hours of April 5, 2018.

Mark Colville will be released on bond on October 1 and will return to his Connecticut home, the Amistad Catholic Worker, the next day. He is not expecting to have to wear the ankle monitor.

Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ, will remain in jail at least until the end of the trial because of a prior warrant related to another Trident disarmament action in Washington state and his decision to not cooperate with the jail system.  (You can write Fr. Steve on official US Postal Service postcards only at: Stephen Kelly #015634, Glynn County Detention Center, 100 Sulphur Springs Road, Brunswick, GA 31520. Click and follow  these instructions exactly or the jail will likely return your postcard.)


“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.


Festival of Hope / Fiesta por la Esperanza
Sunday, September 29, 3 – 5 p.m.
Holyrood Episcopal Church ~ Iglesia Santa Cruz
715 West 179 St., NY, NY
One block from the George Washington Bridge & the A Train.
Contact: Bill Ofenloch (212) 369-1590 / Mary Anne Grady Flores (607) 280-8797

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 (Mark) and written statement (Fr. Steve). Brendan Fay will report on the campaign to have NYC divest from nuclear weapons. 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. We expect to offer a livestream on our Facebook page during this and other events.

A flyer for the NYC Festival of Hope is available here.


Raleigh, NC Festival of Hope
Friday, October 11, 5 – 8 p.m.
Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Dr, Raleigh, NC

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. Contact: Patrick O’Neill, (919) 624-5245.


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. vigil on Saturday 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.


1. Place a reservation for Georgia events, housing and transportation here: CLICK HERE TO RSVP


(Be sure to click on that RSVP link at #1 above.)

Vigil at Kings Bay Nuclear Submarine Base, St. Mary’s, GA

Saturday, October 19, 2 – 5 p.m.
Brunswick, GA
Kings Bay Stimson Gate at the intersection of Kings Bay RD/USS Henry L Stimson Dr. & Charlie Smith Sr. Hwy./Spur 40. Parking is available at McIntosh Sugar Mill Park, just north of the gate on Charlie Smith Sr. Hwy.
GA Festival of Hope – Sunday, October 20
Sunday, October 20 (afternoon)
Brunswick, GA
Six defendants will speak along with music and poetry.

Additional details to be announced.

Trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7

Brunswick, GA Monday, October 21, 9 am

Jury selection begins. End date is uncertain but the trial may be one week or more.

Location: Federal District Courthouse, 801 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA

For information on important-to-know rules and strict dress code at this courthouse CLICK HERE.

Additional Brunswick events the week of the trial will be announced. The Brunswick Art Show will showcase peace and hopeful actions. We are also planning 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.

Join us!
However long it lasts, we will witness in the courtroom, hold vigils to keep nuclear weapons on trial, and host peace community gatherings.
Please help spread the word! These seven heroic activists are continuing a long tradition of actions to beat swords into plowshares – a tradition we are all part of as we stand with them in love and hope for a peaceful world.
This work is led by volunteers. You can give online at https://www.gofundme.com/xaajdf-kings-bay-plowshares-support-fund or mail checks payable to Plowshares at PO Box 3087, Washington, DC 20010. We need your support!
IT’S NOT TOO LATE: Encourage everyone you know to sign our global petition.
In blessing and gratitude,

The KBP7 Support Committee

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