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April 5, 2018 National Catholic Reporter Plowshares activists arrested for action at Georgia naval base By James Dearie ST. MARY’S, GA. — Seven activists from the Catholic Plowshares movement were arrested the morning of April 5 after breaking into a nuclear submarine base. Elizabeth McAlister, Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, Jesuit Fr. Stephen Kelly, Patrick O’Neill, and…Read More
April 5, 2018 Firstcoastnews.com 7 PROTESTERS DETAINED AT NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE IN KINGS BAY According to the Public Affairs Officer, Scott Bassett, protesters made their way onto the base property of Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, Georgia. Officials report the protesters were able to make their way onto the base but were not near…Read More
February 18, 2018 The Nation 25 Years Jail-time for Protecting the Planet? by Frida Berrigan The Kings Bay 7 were trying to put an end to the threat of nuclear war. Now they face a quarter-century behind bars. 25 years in prison. That is the possible fate of seven Catholic anti-nuclear activists awaiting trial for their action…Read More
Background – About the Kings Bay Plowshares 7
Seven Catholic plowshares activists entered Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia on April 4th, 2018. They went to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares”.
The seven chose to act on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who devoted his life to addressing what he called the “triple evils of militarism, racism, and materialism.” Carrying hammers and baby bottles of their own blood, the seven attempted to convert weapons of mass destruction. They hoped to call attention to the ways in which nuclear weapons kill every day, by their mere existence and maintenance.
Kings Bay Naval base opened in 1979 as the Navy’s Atlantic Ocean Trident port. It is the largest nuclear submarine base in the world. There are six ballistic missile subs and two guided missile subs based at Kings Bay.
The activists went to three sites on the base: The SWFLANT administration building, the D5 Missile monument installation and the nuclear weapons storage bunkers. The activists used crime scene tape, hammers and hung banners reading: “The ultimate logic of racism is genocide - Dr. Martin Luther King”, “The ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide” and “Nuclear weapons: illegal / immoral.” They also brought an indictment charging the U.S. government for crimes against peace.
The activists at the nuclear weapons storage bunkers were Elizabeth McAlister, 78, of Jonah House, Baltimore; Fr. Steve Kelly SJ, 69, of the Bay Area, California; and Carmen Trotta, 55, of the New York Catholic Worker.
At the Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic Administration building were Clare Grady, 59, of the Ithaca Catholic Worker; and Martha Hennessy, 62, of the New York Catholic Worker.
At the Trident D5 monuments were Mark Colville, 55, of the Amistad Catholic Worker, New Haven, Connecticut; and Patrick O’Neill, 61, of the Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker, Garner, North Carolina.
This is the latest of 100 similar actions around the world beginning in 1980 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.