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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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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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Explainer: Who are the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, the Catholics convicted of protesting nuclear weapons? by Ellen K. Boegel, America, Nov. 20, 2019

November 20, 2019

As reported in America, the “Kings Bay Plowshares 7” defendants, arrested for acts of civil disobedience intended to protest the nation’s continuing nuclear weapons program, were found guilty on Oct. 24 of four separate federal crimes. The activists are grandparents, parents and caregivers. Several of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, including Dorothy Day’s granddaughter, Martha…

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The Pope and Catholic Radicals Come Together Against Nuclear Weapons by Paul Elie, New Yorker, Nov. 19, 2019

November 19, 2019

“When something difficult is attempted,” Daniel Berrigan said, “it is like trying to break a rock with an egg.” Berrigan, a Jesuit priest and social radical, who died in 2016, at the age of ninety-four, spent the last third of his life doing something difficult: trying, through protest, civil disobedience, and a steady stream of…

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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.)