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Catholic worker who broke into naval base to protest nuclear weapons sentenced by Yonat Shimron, RNS, Oct. 16, 2020

October 17, 2020

Patrick O’Neill, who together with the Rev. Stephen Kelly, cut a padlock to Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia to protest its stockpile of hundreds of Trident nuclear weapons two years ago, was sentenced Friday (Oct. 16) to 14 months in federal prison. O’Neill, a 64-year-old North Carolinian who runs a Catholic Worker House that…

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Catholic priest is sentenced to time served after 2018 break-in at nuclear naval base by Yonat Shimron, RNS, Oct. 15, 2020

October 16, 2020

A U.S. District Court judge sentenced the Rev. Stephen Kelly to 33 months in jail and three years’ probation, plus restitution fees for trespassing onto the Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia. Read.

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11 years in prison: A Catholic priest serves time for crimes of conscience by Patrick O’Neill, Religion News Service, September 24, 2020

September 25, 2020

RNS) — For more than 850 days, the Rev. Stephen Kelly, a Jesuit priest, has hunkered down in a south Georgia jail in relative obscurity. On April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s assassination, Kelly and I cut a padlock on a perimeter fence gate at Naval Submarine Base Kings…

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No Shelter from the Storm by Sean Howard, Cape Breton Spectator, August 5,2020

September 25, 2020

The New Yorker’s ‘Talk of the Town’ recently reported how, in the depths of the Big Apple’s COVID-19 lockdown, musician David Mansfield discovered a rusted hatch in his overgrown backyard. Prizing it open, he descended a ladder to a nuclear fall-out shelter, a claustrophobic capsule – or “David Bowie tin can” – assembled as “a…

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6 Kings Bay Plowshares Anti-Nuclear Weapons Activists Face Up to 20 Years in Prison by Melinda Tuhus in Between the Lines, June 17, 2020

June 21, 2020

Interview with Mark Colville, one of seven Kings Bay Plowshares defendants, conducted by Melinda Tuhus On June 8, 80-year-old peace activist Liz McAllister was sentenced for her part in the Kings Bay Plowshares action on April 4, 2018, in which 7 Catholic activists poured their own blood and hammered on equipment after breaking into the…

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A Different Kind of Catholic – Martin Gugino’s Witness to Nonviolence by Paul Moses, Commonweal, June 16, 2020

June 21, 2020

When the Jericho Road Community Health Center asked Martin Gugino to explain why he was a donor, he responded with a passage from the New Testament. “Jesus said to clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty,” he wrote in the Buffalo nonprofit’s newsletter last fall, praising its…

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Judge sentences 80-year-old Catholic activist for breaking into nuclear submarine base by Yonat Shimron, RNS, June 8, 2020

June 12, 2020

(RNS) — A U.S. District Court judge has sentenced an 80-year-old Catholic peace activist to time already served for trespassing onto the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Marys, Georgia, more than two years ago as part of a symbolic nuclear disarmament action. Elizabeth McAlister, a former nun with the Religious of the Sacred…

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Activist ordered to pay restitution for naval base damage during protest by Dennis Sadowski, CNS in NCR, June 8, 2020

June 12, 2020

One of the seven Catholic peace activists convicted on charges related to entering a naval base in southeastern Georgia and symbolically damaging weapons systems will not return to prison for her role in the protest. Liz McAlister, 80, of New London, Connecticut, was sentenced however, to three years of probation and ordered her to pay…

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First ‘Kings Bay Plowshares’ activist sentenced by Liz Dodd , Ellen Teague, The Tablet, June 8, 2020

June 12, 2020

As sentencing began in the cases of seven Catholic peace activists who were convicted for acts of civil disobedience during a protest against nuclear weapons in the USA, more Religious communities in England and Wales have pledged to consider divesting from companies that produce nuclear weapons. On Monday Elizabeth McAlister, a Catholic peace activist, was…

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Plowshares woman, 80, sentenced to time served in Kings Bay incident, by Larry Hobbs, Brunswick News, June 9, 2020

June 12, 2020

An 80-year-old Connecticut woman was sentenced to time served for her role in the April 2018 incident in which a group known as the Plowshares broke into and vandalized Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Camden County, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Elizabeth McAlister had served 17 months since her arrest along with six…

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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.)