Now is the time to write letters to Judge Wood regarding the sentencing of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 defendants. We are collecting letters, especially from those who know the defendants, testifying to their character and the good work that they are doing in their communities which will not be done if they are serving long terms in prison. These letters are not the forum to criticize the law, the legal process or government policies. Rather it is the time to point out positive things about the defendants that should mitigate a harsh sentence.Letters can be sent to Bill Quigley at the address below who will compile them and distribute to various defendants’ attorneys for delivery to Judge Wood. The attorneys suggest it would be helpful to get these done soon in order to get processed and delivered. Sentencing may be in February.
The suggested format is as follows:DateSender’s NameSender’s AddressJudge Lisa Godbey Woodc/o Bill QuigleyLoyola University New Orleans Law ClinicCampus Box 902Regarding Sentencing of:Mark Colville [or] Clare Grady [or] Martha Hennessy [or] Fr. Steve Kelly SJ [or] Elizabeth McAlister [or] Patrick O’Neill [or] Carmen Trotta (or all seven of the Kings Bay Plowshares).Dear Judge Wood:[the best letters are simple, polite, and tell good things about the person you are writing in support of]Suggested outline for the letter:– explain who you are– explain who you are writing about, how you know them, and what good they do for their community– explain why the Judge should not give them harsh sentences– thank the Judge for reading your letterSign the letter with your name and address
For more ideas and details for your letters of support, you can see the defendants’ biographies here. There are also a number of excellent recent media stories, listed by publication, on the defendants and the trial available on the front page Media Coverage box and on the “In the Media” page on the website.
If you are writing for the defendants individually you should know that they don’t want to ask for leniency. They see their time in prison as part of the witness but your letters can still attest to their good character.
Stay tuned for the sentencing date. Also, look for next steps on our website, Get Involved Page. Support ICAN’s Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and divestment from nuclear weapons manufacturers’ campaigns, and other important issues.
Thank you for your attentiveness to the trial, your support for the defendants and their families, and your focus on the issue of the abolition of nuclear weapons. As Fr. Steve Kelly says, “The nuclear weapons won’t go away by themselves.” We do this work together.
The Kings Bay Plowshares Support Team