For Immediate Release
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
Legal Escalation Against Catholic Activists Facing 25 Years for Anti-Nuclear Weapons Action
WASHINGTON - Seven Catholic peace activists are facing 25 years in jail for entering the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia last April to protest U.S. nuclear weapons policy.
On Friday, a magistrate moved to hinder their motion that the charges against them be dismissed under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. See the group's statement: "Anti Nuclear Activists, Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Respond to U.S. Magistrate Cheesbro’s recommendation that our Motions to Dismiss be denied." They are appealing this decision in the next 30 days.
See recent a episode of "Intercepted" podcast with Jeremy Scahill: "Catholic Workers Carmen Trotta and Martha Hennessy Discuss Their Protest at Kings Bay and the History of the Plowshares Movement."
The defendants are Elizabeth McAlister (the widow of Phil Berrigan), Martha Hennessy, granddaughter of Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day, Stephen Kelly S.J., Clare Grady, Patrick O’Neill, Mark Colville, and Carmen Trotta.
Mary Anne Grady Flores, Ithaca, NY, (607) 280-8797, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Ofenloch, NYC, (212) 369-1590, email@example.com
Attorney Bill Quigley, (504) 861-5591, firstname.lastname@example.org, @kingsbayplow7
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