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Carmen Trotta’s Statement For Enactment of Treaty For the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Jan. 22, 2021

January 26, 2021

Carmen Trotta’s statement from prison on the TPNW becoming international law We certainly owe a debt of gratitude to those who conceived and advocated for this international obligation. An obligation, one would think for human beings, for human dignity and our actualization, our destiny. For Americans, the timing of the treaty’s adoption into international law…

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Facing prison amid a pandemic, a protester fears for himself and all inmates, by Ned Barnett , News and Observer,January 14, 2021

January 21, 2021

Patrick O’Neill, a longtime Catholic activist, has often demonstrated against the death penalty outside of Central Prison in Raleigh. But this week when he stood at the prison’s entrance what he was opposing had become personal – his own risk of dying behind bars. The 64-year-old Garner resident is about to start serving a prison…

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On his way to prison, Catholic activist advocates for COVID-19 prisoner release by Yonat Shimron, RNS, Jan. 12, 2021

January 16, 2021

(RNS) — On Thursday (Jan. 14), Patrick O’Neill will report to the Federal Correctional Institution near Elkton, Ohio, to serve a 14-month sentence for breaking into a nuclear submarine base as part of a symbolic nuclear disarmament action he took up with six other Catholic pacifists more than two years ago. But on his way…

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Local Garner Activist Patrick O’Neill Reports to Federal Prison, by Margaret Damghani, The Garner News, Jan.13, 2021

January 15, 2021

During his most recent stint in jail in Woodbine, Georgia, the result of actions he will soon report to prison for, longtime Garner resident Patrick O’Neill threw parties for the men on his cell block. He remembers saving up peanut butter, tuna packets, jelly, crackers and powdered drink mix, and enlisting the help of two…

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Jan. 14, 2021 Update – Patrick O’Neill Enters Prison with Hope

January 15, 2021

“I’m Going in there with Hope” – Patrick O’Neill Driving through Ohio, about to begin a 14-month sentence for his part in the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 disarmament action Patrick O’Neill didn’t sound like someone about to enter federal prison within minutes. “I’m going in there with hope. There’s cause for optimism right now.” At…

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Martha Hennessy – Dec.31,2020 First report from Danbury

January 10, 2021

December 31, 2020 The last day of the year is relatively quiet behind razor wire and chain link fencing surrounding these metal buildings on top of a lovely hill. Three oranges sit on the table as we pass the 17th day of a quarantine here at Danbury Federal Prison. Thank God for some fresh fruit…

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Jan. 10, 7pm EST, Festival of Hope for Patrick O’Neill – NEW LINK

January 5, 2021

We have had to change the Zoom link for the virtual Festival of Hope on Sunday at 7 pm (Eastern) for Patrick O’Neill. He is now beginning a prison sentence for the disarmament action at the Kings Bay Trident base in Georgia more than two years ago. He is scheduled to report to the federal…

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Longtime Anti-Nuclear Activists Face Prison, Again, After Breaking Into Naval Base by Emma Peasley, NPR Morning Edition, Dec. 28, 2020

December 28, 2020

Dressed in black, the seven intruders cut through a fence and stole along the perimeter of the naval base, trying to avoid detection from the guard towers, as a loudspeaker overhead blared: “Deadly force is authorized!” Patrick O’Neill, who had a Go-Pro strapped to his head, tried to reassure himself by remembering a scene in…

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East Village pacifist starts sentence for ’18 nuke-sub protest action, December 16, 2020 BY MARY REINHOLZ, The Village Sun

December 25, 2020

Prominent East Village pacifist Carmen Trotta, a Catholic Worker volunteer who opposed the war in Iraq and led a march on Washington, D.C., against the war on terror in 2002, was scheduled to report to a federal prison camp Monday for his actions during a 2018 anti-nuke protest in Georgia, according to one of his…

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1 in 5 prisoners in the US has had COVID-19, 1,700 have died by Nexstar Media and the AP, Dec. 18, 2020

December 20, 2020

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One in every five state and federal prisoners in the United States has tested positive for the coronavirus, a rate more than four times higher than the general population. In some states, more than half of prisoners have been infected, according to data collected by The Associated Press and The…

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