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Webinar: Disarm & Divest During COVID-19 – Pt. 2
May 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Kings Bay Plowshares defendants will hold their final webinar before sentencing, Disarm & Divest During COVID19 – Part-2, this Saturday, May 16, 12-1 pm ET.
Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of the Intercept, will host the webinar. Lead attorney Bill Quigley will also join the webinar followed by Q & A.If you missed last Saturday’s fantastic Webinar (5/9) of the KBP7 defendants with guests, Dr. Cornel West, Medea Benjamin, and Jeremy Scahill, and moderated by Norman Solomon you can watch on YouTube link below. More than 3,000 have viewed the webinar.
You are invited to the next Zoom webinar.
When: May 16, 2020 12-1pm ET
Topic: Disarm & Divest During COVID-19 – Part 2,
Kings Bay Plowshares Pre-Sentencing Gathering
(Check kingsbayplowshares7.org for YouTube and Facebook viewing options)
Please click the link below to join the webinar on Zoom:
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The panel will continue and expand their discussion of the need for civil resistance disarmament actions such as the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, the continued build-up of militarism, and the destitute condition of our world before and during the pandemic. They will also speak on divesting military funding to serve human needs during COVID-19 and beyond.
Defendants: Carmen Trotta of NYC St. Joseph House Catholic Worker; Mark Colville of New Haven, CT Amistad C.W.; Clare Grady of Ithaca C.W.; Fr. Steve Kelly, S.J. (held for the last two years in GA county jails); Martha Hennessy of NYC Maryhouse C.W. and a granddaughter of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement; Elizabeth (Liz) McAlister of Baltimore’s Jonah House and widow of Phil Berrigan, and Patrick O’Neill of Fr. Charlie Mulholland C.W. in Garner, N.C. The sentencing recommendations call for 18 months for Liz McAlister (already served 17 months), up to 47 months for Steve Kelly (served 2-yrs), and up to 27 months for the others. We do not know at this time if the sentencing will take place in person on May 28 and 29 in the Brunswick, GA courtroom or remotely by video conferencing.
The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 are scheduled for sentencing for their nonviolent symbolic disarmament action at the largest nuclear sub-base in the world, on April 4th, 2018. Kings Bay is the Atlantic home port to a fleet of Trident submarines that contain one-quarter of the U.S. deployed nuclear weapons. Their action occurred on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s time to wash our hands of Trident, to demand that money should be directed towards health care for all, particularly during the COVID-19, for all future pandemics, for all human needs, and to cut funding for the military. The next generation of Trident submarines will cost $1.2 Trillion over the next ten years. The Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has pointed out that the U.S. spent $35.1 billion on nuclear weapons in 2019. This could have provided: 300,000 intensive care beds, 35,000 ventilators, and the salaries for 150,000 nurses and 75,000 doctors. Furthermore, if only a small portion of conventional weapons spending were redirected many more resources could be available to provide for the rest of the world’s survival needs rather than the endless wars our government pursues now. Our world would discover its real security lies in shared humanity, not in nationalist arrogance or domination.
Call Congress to redirect funding from the military, particularly Trident, towards human needs. More info here.
Beyond Trident of South Coastal, GA is the successor of the plowshares support effort. Its mission is to abolish nuclear weapons and power by focusing on the intersections between racism, militarism, and excessive materialism. On Facebook: Beyond Trident . Email: [email protected]
We understand that so much has changed and many are without income at this time. We ask for donations only if you are able and doing well. Thank you for all the support you have given through these past two years. Your support for the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 will help cover the ongoing costs surrounding the seven co-defendants while in prison and their families and communities. Checks can be sent to Plowshares, PO Box 3087, Washington, DC 20010. Or donate online here at this new link: Isaiah project. Thank you.