Global Petition to Drop the Charges

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Sign Global Petition to Dismiss Charges Against Anti-Nuclear Plowshares Activists Facing 25 Years


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 25 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.)

This petition is also a plea for us all to be involved in rebuilding the anti-nuclear weapons movement that helped disarm the world’s nuclear arsenals from 90,000 down to 15,000 weapons in the 1980s. The KBP7 trial is expected to begin this summer in GA. Time is short. Please sign the petition and visit Help KBP7 by forwarding their petition to your friends, to lists, and post it on social media.

The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 have offered us their prophetic witness. Now it’s up to us!

In peace and solidarity,

The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Support Committee



The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 (KBP7) are facing a federal trial and a 25-year prison term for having confronted a system in which nuclear weapons that can destroy all creation are accepted as a normal, even inevitable, part of life.

This threat, and the lack of public outrage over it, compelled seven principled activists (Elizabeth McAlister, Stephen Kelly S.J., Martha Hennessy, Clare Grady, Patrick O’Neill, Mark Colville, and Carmen Trotta) to enter Naval Station Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia on the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Kings Bay is homeport to six U.S. nuclear ballistic missile submarines carrying hundreds of nuclear weapons, many of which have up to 30 times the explosive power of the bomb that destroyed the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945. Following the Prophet Isaiah’s Biblical command to “beat swords into plowshares” (Is. 2:4), the seven were also acting legally to uphold anti-nuclear treaties as the supreme law of the land according to the U.S. Constitution, international law manifested in the U.N. Charter and the Nuremberg principles. By their actions at Kings Bay, they sought to draw attention to the urgency of withdrawing consent and dismantling what Dr. King called the “triple evils” of racism, excessive materialism, and militarism. The KBP7’s action statement reads: “Nuclear weapons eviscerate the rule of law, enforce white supremacy, perpetuate endless war and environmental destruction, and ensure impunity for all manner of crimes against humanity. Dr. King said, ‘The ultimate logic of racism is genocide.’ We say, ‘The ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide. A just and peaceful world is possible when we join prayers with action. Swords into Plowshares!’”

We who share the moral vision of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 proclaim our support for their courage and sustained sacrifice and call for the immediate dismissal of all charges against them. The defendants invite us to act creatively. They invite us to join global coalitions working to promote governments’ adherence to, and full implementation of, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. They also invite us to participate in campaigns for divestment from nuclear weapons as complementary efforts towards the realization of a world free of nuclear weapons.


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Notable Signers from Around the World

Ray AchesonDirector, Reaching Critical Will, Woman’s International League of Peace and Freedom’s Disarmament Program (WILPF)

Christine AhnFounder, Exec. Dir., Women Cross DMZ

Robert AldridgeFormer design engineer, Lockheed. Editor of the Trident Resisters’ Handbook

Anthony ArnoveAuthor, The People Speaks

Huwaida ArrafFounder,International Solidarity Organization (ISO) in Palestine

Dr. Hanan AshrawiPalestinian legislator, activist, and scholar, Exec. Dir. of MIFTAH, first woman elected to the Palestinian National Council, awarded the Sydney Peace Prize, 2003

Harold W. AttridgeSterling Professor of Divinity; Dean of the Yale Divinity School, 2002-2012

John BachQuaker Chaplain, Harvard University

Rev. Dr. William BarberPoor Peoples Campaign Co-Leader

Medea BenjaminCode Pink Co-founder

Ruth BennCo-Founder, NYC War Tax Resistance

Phyllis BennisFellow, Institute for Policy Studies

Most Reverend John Michael BoteanBishop, Romanian Catholic Diocese, Canton, Ohio

Prof. Francis BoyleAuthor, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law

Dr. Helen CaldicottAustralian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate, Internaational Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, JDExecutive Director, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Noam ChomskyAuthor, Linguist, Historian, Social & Political Commentator

Jeremiah CoffeyProfessor of Philosophy and Religion, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven

Fr. Robert A CushingPastor, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Waycross, GA

Ben CohenCo-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Gerry CondonPresident, Veterans For Peace

Miriam Dean-OttingDonald L. Rogan Professor of Religious Studies, Kenyon College

James W. DouglassMary’s House, Birmingham Alabama; co-founder of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, Author

Shelley M. DouglassMary’s House, Birmingham Alabama; co-founder of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Gwen Dubois, M.D.Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Baltimore

Leonard EigerGround Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Daniel EllsbergWhistleblower, released the Pentagon Papers and authored the book The Doomsday Machine; Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Robert EllsbergPublisher, Orbis Books

Jodie EvansCode Pink Co-founder

Beatrice FihnExecutive Director of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Terry Fitzgerald, M.D.Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Baltimore

Jim ForestAuthor of books on Thomas Merton and Daniel Berrigan

Jeff FurmanPresident of Ben & Jerry’s

Carol Gilbert OPSacred Earth and Space Plowshares

Caroline GilbertCo-Chair, Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, (CND) United Kingdom

Commander Robert D. GreenRoyal Navy (Ret’d), Author of Security Without Nuclear Deterrence, Co-Director of Disarmament & Security Centre, New Zealand.

Ismael GuadalupeLeader of the Vieques, P.R. Peace Movement

Bishop Thomas GumbletonArchdiocese of Detroit

William D. HartungDirector of the Arms & Security Project at Center for International Policy

Stanley HauerwasDuke Divinity School, Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law

Dr. Ira HelfandTwo time Nobel Peace Laureate on behalf of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and ICAN

Chris HedgesPulitzer Prize Winning Author & Professor

Tito Kayak (aka Alberto DeJesus)Puerto Rican Activist, Actions at Statue of Liberty and Israeli Surveillance Tower, Palestine

Kathy Kelly – Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

Paul KennedyJ. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, Yale University

Bill KiddMSP, Member of Scottish Parliament, Co-President of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), Scotland

David KriegerPresident, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Bishop Joseph KopaczDiocese of Jackson, Mississippi

Sharon M.K. Kugler, Yale University Chaplain

Peter KuznikDirector, Nuclear Studies Institute, American University

Brian LarkinEdinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, Scotland

Annie LeonardExecutive Director of Greenpeace, USA

Robert J. LiftonPsychiatrist & Author, with a focus on psychological effects of wars and political violence

Betty LyonsPresident, American Indian Law Alliance

Mairead MaguireNobel Peace Laureate, Northern Ireland, Co-Founder, Women for Peace

Fr. James MartinEditor-at-large, America magazine, Consultant to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications

George E. McCarthyNEH Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology, Kenyon College

Louise McDonaldMohawk from Akwesasne, Condoled Bear Clan Mother of the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs

Ray McGovernCIA analyst for 27 years

Michael McPhearsonExecutive Director Veterans For Peace

Ched MeyersBartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, Author

Anuradha MittalFounder and Executive Director, The Oakland Institute

Michael MooreFilmmaker/ Actor / Activist

Rosemarie Pace, EdDDirector, Pax Christi Metro New York

Bishop Richard PatesDiocese of Des Moines

Ardeth Platte OPSacred Earth and Space Plowshares

Lord Martin ReesRoyal Society, leading astrophysicist. Senior figure in UK science

Royal RhodesDonald L. Rogan Professor Emeritus, Kenyon College

Sr. Megan Rice – Transform Now Plowshares

Oscar Lopez RiveraPuerto Rican Ex-Political Prisoner, freed after 32 yrs

Arturo RodriguezPast President, United Farm Workers Union

Bishop Peter A. RosazzaBloomfield, CT

Dr. Janet K. Ruffing, RSMProfessor in the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership, Yale Divinity School

Elaine ScarryWalter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Harvard University, author of Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom

Monsignor Gerard G. SchmitzChaplain, St. Thomas More Catholic Center, Yale University

Susan M. SchnallPresident, NYC Chapter, Veterans For Peace

Martin SheenActor / Peace Activist

Seth Shelden, Esq.United Nations Liaison, ICAN

Alice SlaterUN Representative for Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Paul StookeyMusician and activist, member of Peter, Paul, & Mary

Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M. Conv.Bishop of Lexington, Episcopal President of Pax Christi USA

Rev. Dr. Frederick J Streets Senior Pastor, Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ, New Haven, CT; former Yale University Chaplain and Senior Pastor of the Church of Christ in Yale

Rev. Dr. Liz TheoharisPoor Peoples Campaign Co-Leader

Mary Evelyn TuckerSenior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar in Religion and Ecology, Yale University

Archbishop Desmond TutuNobel Peace Prize Recipient, Outspoken Critic Of Apartheid, & The First Black Anglican Archbishop Of South Africa.

Frank VelgaraNYC -Vieques Solidarity, ProLibertad, Jericho Project, Al Awda

Timmon WallisExecutive Director,, Author of Disarming the Nuclear Argument

Rabbi Brian WaltFounder of Rabbis for Human Rights

Tomiko Morimoto WestHibakusha (Hiroshima survivor)

Agnes Williams LMSCCoordinator of Indigenous Women’s Initiatives, Seneca Nation

Jody WilliamsNobel Peace Laureate, Founder of Int’l Campaign to Ban Landmines

Kayeneshenh Paul Williams, Esq.Onondaga Nation at Six Nations Territory, member of the Haudenosaunee External Relations Committee, Author, Kayanerenkó:wa: The Great Law of Peace

Col. Ann WrightUS Army Colonel (Ret) Peace Activist, VFP, Code Pink