Bill Ofenloch

Video interview with Martha Hennessy in Vermont, edited by Anne Macksoud, Dec. 2019

December 21, 2019

Martha Hennessy reflects on her life and why she was led to a plowshares action. Watch:https://vimeo.com/380845421

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Trials of Nonviolence Episode 3: Community by Jesse Remedios, NCR Podcast, Dec. 16, 2019

December 16, 2019

In some ways, breaking onto a nuclear submarine base was just the beginning of their witness. After their arrest, the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 faced another formidable challenge: the United States justice system. In this third and final episode, we hear the Plowshares activists explain why trial and sacrifice have always been essential to their…

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Trials of Nonviolence Episode 2: The Holy Spirit by Jesse Remedios, NCR podcast, December 9,2019

December 16, 2019

When seven Catholics broke onto a naval submarine base to protest nuclear weapons, they did so on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. They then hung banners with King’s image and read quotes from his speeches. What does Martin Luther King Jr. have to do with nuclear weapons?…

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Did Pope Francis Just Elevate These Anti-Nuclear Activists to Religious Prisoners of Conscience? by Rose Berger, Sojourners, Nov. 30, 2019

December 2, 2019

Pope Francis announced this week that “the use of nuclear weapons is immoral, which is why it must be added to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.” Two years after the Vatican State signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (currently ratified by 34 countries), he declared during an in-flight press briefing from Japan…

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The Insanity of Punishing the Good by Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear International, Dec. 1, 2019

December 2, 2019

Why aren’t we exalting peace heroes and abolishing nuclear weapons? You’re liable to run into trouble if you try to suggest there is a greater threat to planetary survival than climate change. But there is. It’s called nuclear war. Granted — and thank goodness — climate change is finally all the rage now. Rage has…

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Trials of Nonviolence Episode 1: ‘We come in peace’ by Jesse Remedios, NCR podcast, Dec.2. 2019

December 2, 2019

On the night of Apr. 4, 2018, seven Catholics successfully broke onto Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in St. Marys, Georgia — the east coast home to U.S. nuclear armed submarines — undetected by base security. The youngest member of the group was 55; the oldest, 78. Who are they? What drove them to choose…

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The Trial of the “Kings Bay Plowshares 7” in Brunswick, GA, Oct. 21-24, Was Less a Search for Truth Than a Perpetuation of a Deadly Cover-Up by Mary T. Yelenick, Pax Christi USA, Nov. 27, 2019

November 27, 2019

  The contortions of the American legal system – functioning to conceal not only the horrific dangers posed by nuclear weapons, but the very fact of their placement in our communities  – were on full display at the recent Kings Bay Plowshares jury trial, which took place in federal court in Brunswick, Georgia from October…

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NYC Vigils Held to Support Pope’s Disarmament Call, Nov. 25, 2019

November 27, 2019

  For Immediate Release Monday, Nov. 25th, 2019 Contact: Bill Ofenloch 212-369-1590 Mary Anne Grady Flores 607-280-8797 NYC –   This weekend, in solidarity with Pope Francis’ historic journey to Japan where he spoke in Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the abolition of nuclear weapons, three NYC vigils took place. Two vigils were held at St.…

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KBP7 Echo Pope’s Message in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in NYC Vigils, Nov. 22, 2019

November 27, 2019

Dear Supporters,       This weekend, in solidarity with Pope Francis’ historic journey to Japan where he is expected to speak in Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the abolition of nuclear weapons, three NYC vigils will take place in conjunction with his Nov. 23 – 26 trip. The Japanese Consulate vigil took place on Friday.…

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Left in Andover: Martha’s life of faith and family by Susan Leader, The Chester Telegraph, Nov. 25, 2019

November 27, 2019

Eight-year-old Martha Hennessy learned of the assassination of JFK standing in line at Perkinsville Elementary School. Fifty-seven years later, the Vermont native and grandmother of eight recalls: “That same year, 1963, we were still having duck-and-cover air raid drills because of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the perceived threat of nuclear annihilation. I was aware…

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