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Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Activists Sentenced for 2018 Anti-Nuclear Protest at Georgia Naval Base, by Brett Wilkins, Commondreams, Oct. 16, 2020

October 27, 2020

A federal court on Thursday sentenced a Catholic priest to nearly three years in prison for trespassing on a Georgia naval base to protest U.S. nuclear weapons policy, but he could be imminently released due to time served—while on Friday another activist was sentenced in connection with the same demonstration. National Catholic Reporter reports Rev.…

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Another Kings Bay sub base vandal sentenced to federal prison, News4 Jax, Oct. 17, 2020

October 27, 2020

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – A North Carolina man convicted of the April 2018 illegal entry and vandalism of Submarine Base Kings Bay has been sentenced to federal prison. Patrick O’Neill, 63, of Garner, N.C., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 14 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $33,503.51 in…

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Priest at peace with sentence for Georgia anti-nuke sentence, by Joshua Sharpe, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Oct. 16. 2020

October 20, 2020

Before his sentencing Thursday, Father Steve Kelly, a Jesuit priest and prolific anti-nuclear weapons activist who has been arrested numerous times, told the court he would refuse to pay any restitution or follow any probation rules. Instead, he asked the judge to give him extra prison time. Kelly was one of seven Catholic activists from…

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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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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.)