Press Releases

Elizabeth McAlister Released – NYC, NC & GA Events Prior to October Trial

September 25, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 CONTACTS:  Mary Anne Grady Flores, 607-280-8797, gradyflores08@gmail.com  Bill Ofenloch, 212-369-1590, billcpf@aol.com Elizabeth McAlister Released NYC, NC & GA Events Prior to October Trial BRUNSWICK, GA – Long-time peace activist Elizabeth McAlister is out of jail for the first time since April 2018. She was able to convince the authorities…

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Plowshares Trial Set for October 21

August 28, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUGUST 27, 2019 CONTACTS: Mary Anne Grady Flores, 607-280-8797, gradyflores08@gmail.com Bill Ofenloch, 212-369-1590, billcpf@aol.com BRUNSWICK, GA – A day after denying their motions for dismissal, a federal judge has set the date for a trial by jury of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. Jury selection will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019…

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Federal Judge Rules Against Kings Bay Plowshares’ Motion to Dismiss Charges Under RFRA

August 28, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 27, 2019 CONTACTS:   Mary Anne Grady Flores, Ithaca, NY, 607-280-8797, gradyflores08@gmail.com   Bill Ofenloch, NYC, 212-369-1590, billcpf@aol.com Federal Judge Rules Against Kings Bay Plowshares’ Motion to Dismiss Charges Under RFRA BRUNSWICK, GA – A federal judge yesterday denied all the pre-trial motions of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. The activists…

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August 7, 2019 Press Release

August 7, 2019

Federal Judge Hears Kings Bay Plowshares’ Motion to Dismiss Charges Under RFRA BRUNSWICK, GA – The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 in federal court today made oral arguments concerning the denial of the pre-trial motions to dismiss the charges against them. Appearing for the first time before Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, who will be the trial…

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Anti Nuclear Activists, Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Respond to U.S. Magistrate Cheesbro’s recommendation that our Motions to Dismiss be denied

April 28, 2019

The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 defendants received word Friday evening that Magistrate Cheesbro of the Southern District Court of Georgia, recommended that their motions to dismiss the charges including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act argument be denied.  The seven defendants, all Catholics, had testified with expert witnesses during their November 2018 evidentiary hearings and waited fourteen weeks for the final decision.  There is still no trial date set. Their statement follows.

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On Anniversary of Anti-Nuclear Weapons Protest, Plowshares Activists Call for Renewal of Movement, Dismissal of Charges

April 3, 2019

APRIL 4, 2019 — On the first anniversary of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 (KBP7) anti-nuclear protest, supporters have launched a global petition calling for the charges against the seven activists to be dismissed and for a renewal of the anti-nuclear weapons movement. Distinguished signers of the petition include Archbishop Desmond Tutu and several other Nobel peace laureates.

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After U.S. INF Withdrawal, Plowshares Activists, Facing Years in Prison, Warn of Nuclear Peril 

February 4, 2019

The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 released the following statement on Monday: “On Friday, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the landmark Intermediate Range Nuclear Missile Treaty (INF). ‘There is a real and present danger that this action will provoke a renewed nuclear arms race and brings us closer to nuclear war,’ says Martha Hennessy, granddaughter of Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day and co-defendant of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7.”

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Anti-Nuclear Plowshares Activists Await Decision After Court Hearing in Georgia

November 26, 2018

BRUNSWICK, GA – The Kings Bay Plowshares evidentiary hearing regarding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has concluded after a second full day of testimony November 19. Five of the seven defendants testified at the federal court hearing. The activists are facing three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge with a possible 25-year sentence.  They were arrested April 5 at Naval Station Kings Bay on the Florida border after their nonviolent symbolic disarmament action of Trident submarines and the D5 missiles they carry.

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KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES 7 RFRA MOTIONS HEARING CONTINUED

November 10, 2018

Brunswick, GA –   The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Catholic anti-nuclear weapons activists and around 35 supporters spent nearly 9 1/2 hours in court yesterday in Brunswick, GA. This was the first day of a motions hearing to argue through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

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KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES 7 RFRA MOTIONS HEARING CONTINUED

November 8, 2018

Brunswick, GA   The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Catholic anti-nuclear weapons activists and around 35 supporters spent nearly 9 1/2 hours in court yesterday in Brunswick, GA. This was the first day of a motions hearing to argue through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). They contend that the three felony and one misdemeanor charges the seven face for their trespass into the Kings Bay Trident nuclear submarine base on April 4th are an unfairly excessive burden on their religious practice. They ask that the charges be dismissed or reduced. After 7pm Judge Benjamin Cheesbro adjourned the hearing to a future date.

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Sign the Global Petition

(The petition has been delivered to the Department of Justice, but you can still sign to show support, and you'll be added to the mailing list.)

This is an urgent 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 (KBP7).

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.)