Jail Reflections

Patrick O’Neill Reflection, Humility, March 25, 2021

March 26, 2021

“Humility” Prison Reflections from Patrick O’Neill (transcribed and edited by J. Mark Davidson) March 25, 2021 Winter into Spring “March has been an indicator of spring. The winter snow and ice has been gone for two weeks, and the “Rec yard” track is almost dry. The sub-30 temps have been gone for a while. Some…

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Martha Hennessy’s Prison Reflection, March 10

March 24, 2021

March 10th Third Wednesday of Lent Matthew 5: 17 – 19. “I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” The new law is the completion of the old, not its destruction. The spirit of the law should adhere to moral duty and meet human needs. “A faith cannot renounce its roots, yet it cannot…

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My Prison Cell View of the COVID-19 Pandemic by Patrick O’Neill, NCR, March 16, 2021

March 16, 2021

My prison cell view of the COVID-19 pandemic Mar 16, 2021 by Patrick O’Neill Lisbon, Ohio — While the difficulties associated with COVID-19 are omnipresent, the hardships are even greater for those of us in prison. Matthew’s Gospel notes the work of mercy: “I was in prison and you visited me.” The problem for the…

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Martha Hennessy – Summary of First Ten Weeks in Prison

March 11, 2021

March, 2021 This week marks my tenth at the Danbury Federal Prison Camp for women in Western Connecticut, where I’ve been sentenced for my part in the King’s Bay Plowshares disarmament action. A group of five, including my husband and two co-defendants dropped me off at the door on December 14th. I spent the next…

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Martha’s March 4 Prison Reflection

March 10, 2021

March 4th, 2021 Albert Woodfox, in his book, Solitary, published in 2019, documents how the state of Louisiana was especially brutal in the treatment of prisoners at the infamous Angola prison. Mr. Woodfox and two companions were particularly targeted in their struggle for justice, carrying out the values and principles of the Black Panther Party.…

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Patrick’s March 1 Reflections, “Hard Time”

March 3, 2021

“Hard Time” Prison Reflections from Patrick O’Neill (transcribed and edited by J. Mark Davidson) March 1, 2021 In this most recent reflection, Patrick shares his conversations with fellow prisoners – mostly sex offenders who are facing long prison sentences – and how they deal with time behind bars. “A lot of guys in here have…

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Martha’s Feb. 17 Reflection, Ash Wednesday

March 3, 2021

February 17th, 2021 Ash Wednesday Women’s Federal Prison Camp Father Iwaji came to the camp this morning for Mass. The crucifix, chalice, and candlesticks were a sight for sore eyes. Seeing the white altar cloth and purple vestments after weeks of institutional grey and beige, along with unpainted concrete and razor wire, was a rich…

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Martha’s Jan. 30 Reflection

March 3, 2021

January 30th 2021 Today is Gandhi’s death day and I dipped into Robert Ellsberg’s All Saints, of which there are two copies in the Chapel library here. Gandhi brought nonviolence as political struggle to the modern world–just in case we missed the message as presented to us by Jesus! Clearly Christianity has not brought us…

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Different Rules Apply, Feb. 24, 2021 Reflection from Patrick O’Neill

February 26, 2021

“Different Rules Apply” February 24, 2021 Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Support for Patrick O’Neill and Family (transcribed and edited from Patrick’s letters by J. Mark Davidson) We are with Patrick in Spirit and in prayer, now in month 2 of his 14-month sentence. From his tightly scrawled letters, we know that he is currently being…

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Martha Hennessy Prison Reflection, Feb. 11

February 17, 2021

Martha Prison Reflection Feb. 11, 2021 Robert Ellsberg inspired me today with his writing of A. J. Muste in All Saints and “Blessed Among Us” in Give Us This Day. “Nonconformity, Holy Disobedience, becomes a virtue…to go along is used as an instrument to subject men to totalitarian rule and involved them in permanent war.”…

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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.)