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Jack Gilroy: 607-321-8537

Mary Anne Grady Flores: 607-280-8797

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Hancock Drone Resister Jack Gilroy Sentencing October 1 in DeWitt, NY

DEWITT, NY -

Jack Gilroy, 79, member of the Upstate Drone Coalition, will be sentenced by Judge Robert Jokl on Wednesday, October 1st at 4:30 PM at the DeWitt Court House, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY. Gilroy was convicted of trespass and obstructing government administration. The maximum penalty is one year and 15 days in Jamesville Penitentiary.

Gilroy’s trial was based on participation in a solemn funeral procession and die-in to illustrate the death and destruction of innocent people by drone missiles and bombs fired out of MQ9 Reaper drones piloted from Hancock Air Force Base. near Syracuse, NY. Hancock is one of many drone bases around the United States doing assassinations of Muslim suspects in foreign nations.

Gilroy had an opportunity to plead guilty without penalty but noted that “the guilty are not those who carry the message to stop the killing.” Gilroy and the scores of  others arrested at the gates of the 174th Attack Wing all take oaths of non-violence.

The Gandhian Wave of nonviolent resisters to drone warfare by the 174th Air National Guard has been ongoing for the past four years. On Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1 pm, the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars  will be hosting a permitted street theatre including bicyclists against drone warfare , artists, teachers, medical people, union activists and all others against drone warfare will be protesting at Hancock Airbase as part of  the world wide protests of the Global Days of Action.

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The Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars is made up of antiwar organizations and formed around resistance to the MQ-9 Reaper Drone program at Hancock Field Air Force Base.

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