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Catholics must act on Francis’ mandate to abolish nuclear weapons by Art Laffin, NCR, August 6, 2021

August 10, 2021

During his historic visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2019, Pope Francis declared that “the use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral, just as the possessing of nuclear weapons is immoral.” The pontiff said the world “must never grow weary of working to support the principal international legal instruments of nuclear disarmament…

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Jesuit Steve Kelly has done jail time for protesting nuclear weapons. He’s willing to do it again. By Kevin Clarke, America, August 6, 2021

August 9, 2021

Steve Kelly, S.J., is trying to remain “discreet” about his precise whereabouts just now—it seems there is a warrant out for his arrest. He had already explained to the judge who freed him in April after nearly three years behind bars: He had—and has—no intention of cooperating with any of the stipulations of his supervised…

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Vermont Pacifist Leaves Manchester, NH Halfway House by Arnie Albert, InDepthNH, July 30, 2021

July 30, 2021

MANCHESTER—When Martha Hennessy was released from a federal prison and transferred to an “adult residential re-entry” program in Manchester, it wasn’t her first trip to the Queen City or her first entanglement with the criminal legal system. Hennessy says her first arrest came in 1979, when she and a group of apple-pickers were arrested for…

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Podcast Interview: What Anti-Nuclear Activist Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ, Sacrifices For His Faith, ADMG, A Jesuit podcast, July 22, 2021

July 27, 2021

What are you willing to risk for what you believe? Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ, is a peace activist and a member of the Plowshares movement, a largely Catholic movement of pacifists that protests nuclear weapons by damaging weapons and military property. He has spent at least a decade of his life behind bars for his…

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Beating Nuclear Arms Into Plowshares by Eileen Markey, Jacobin, July 17, 2021

July 18, 2021

Mark Colville knew he would go to prison. When he and six others took wire cutters to the fence at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia, home to a Trident nuclear submarine, the night of April 4, 2018, they weren’t trying to evade the law. They intended to break it. It was the…

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Podcast interview with Carmen Trotta and Martha Hennessy, Bar Crawl Radio, with Alan Winson, June 22, 2021

June 24, 2021

This is a podcast interview conducted by Alan Winson and Rebecca McKean where Carmen Trotta speaks of his time in Otisville and now under strict home confinement in NYC. Martha tells of her time in Danbury and now the conditions in the halfway house in Manchester, NH where she is currently being held. Mark Colville…

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Podcast: Martha Hennessy Interview by David Goodman in Vermont Digger, June 9, 2021

June 15, 2021

Vermont Conversation: Dorothy Day’s granddaughter continues her radical work for peace and the poor By David Goodman, Jun 9 2021 Martha Hennessy is a grandmother of eight, a retired occupational therapist, and a federal prisoner. The 65-year-old resident of Weathersfield is in jail, along with six other pacifists, for breaking into a Georgia submarine base…

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Kings Bay Plowshares activists keep focus on continuing witness for peace by Dennis Sadowski , Crux, Jun 10, 2021

June 13, 2021

CLEVELAND — The days are long for Martha Hennessy as she waits in a Manchester, New Hampshire, halfway house to hear from federal prison authorities about how soon freedom will come. Corresponding with friends via cellphone, continuing a daily cycle of prayer and Mass readings, writing in her journal and practicing “Lectio Divina” allows her…

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Mars Perseverance and the King’s Bay Plowshares: A Study in Priorities by Mike McQuillan in History News Network, April 25, 2021

April 28, 2021

I won, I thought, often. Bobby Allan and I in Ms. Cooke’s fifth grade “show and tell” vied for attention with our astronaut scrapbooks. New York in 1962 had six daily newspapers plus Life and Look magazines, all with color spreads after space flights and available at the nearby newsstand of Manny’s Candy Store. Scissors…

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Seventh and final Plowshares member sentenced to prison for nuclear base break-in by Jonat Shimron, RNS, April 9, 2021

April 15, 2021

(RNS) — The seventh and final Catholic peace activist, who three years ago broke into the King’s Bay Naval Base in Georgia to symbolically disarm its stockpile of nuclear weapons, was sentenced Friday (April 9) to 21 months in prison. Mark Colville, who runs Amistad Catholic Worker in New Haven, Connecticut, was part of the…

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Sign the Global Petition

(The petition has been delivered to the Department of Justice before the trial in October 2019 where the seven were convicted of all four counts. They are now being sentenced. You can still sign to show support, and you'll be added to the mailing list.)

This is a request that you join distinguished citizens of the world including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, other Nobel laureates and many others by signing our global petition to dismiss all charges against the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.

They face years in prison for exposing illegal and immoral nuclear weapons that threaten all life on Earth. The seven nonviolently and symbolically disarmed the Trident nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay, GA on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (View KBP7 reading their statement here.)