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September 11 Twentieth Anniversary

With the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, along with the highly deceptive 9/11 Commission Report, we believe that as Christians, as Catholic Workers, we have an obligation to do our own investigation into what really transpired on that fateful day that brought U.S. imperialism to unconscionable depths of depravity with two decades of torture, death, and destruction that has only benefited the military-industrial complex and the oligarchs behind them.

Photo by David Marks – Pixabay

We are aware of the challenges associated with so-called “conspiracy theories,” however when legitimate questions go unanswered, and factual inconsistencies with the official report are ignored, the citizenry is obliged to hold their government accountable. We do not have to develop our own theory, but we must discard theories that are clearly flawed.

Therefore, we encourage and challenge you and your communities to obtain and study the documented and indispensable works of David Ray Griffin, who has written extensively on 9/11, and also has videos available on YouTube to examine. We must know the truth before we can expose the imperial lies and speak truth to power.

In peace and solidarity,

Kathy Boylan – DC Catholic Worker

Dennis Apel – Guadalupe (CA) Catholic Worker

Mike Wisniewski – Los Angeles Catholic Worker

U.S. Drone Strikes in Afghanistan Are Morally Unacceptable, And Only Further the Cycle of Violence

Media statement from Pax Christi USA, in response to the U.S. drone strike in Kabul on Sunday, August 29:


“As The Washington Post and other media outlets report on the deaths of at least ten Afghan civilians — including young children — as a result of a second U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Pax Christi USA calls on the Biden Administration to cease the use of lethal drones. The death of civilians is not an unfortunate aberration; it is part and parcel of the normalized use of lethal weapons and morally unacceptable,” stated Johnny Zokovitch, Executive Director of Pax Christi USA.


“Such indiscriminate killing just furthers the cycle of violence, undermines real human security, and traumatizes survivors. What we are seeing now after twenty years of military occupation in Afghanistan should, at the very least, cause our leaders to pause and question to what end more arms, more bombs, and more death will lead.”


> Click here to read the media statement on our website.


> Click here to read more about the situation in Afghanistan and resources for prayer, study, and action.


For interviews or more information, contact Johnny Zokovitch at 352-219-8419 or [email protected].

Photo from Pax Christi USA website that accompanied the statement.

Commemorating the 76th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

On Friday, August 6, 20 people gathered at the front gate of the newly-named Vandenberg Space Force Base (formerly Vandenberg Air Force Base) to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the criminal and immoral U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We vigiled for nearly two hours, then closed with a prayer service led by Dennis Apel from our sister house in Guadalupe, CA. There were no arrests. Below are photos of the event.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE ILLEGAL

Dear friends,

As you may know, Nuclear Weapons officially become illegal under International Law on January 22, 2021.  We are planning a vigil at Vandenberg AFB at 2:00 pm on that date to bring awareness.  Details of the event will be coming shortly including a march to the Base for anyone interested.  This is an initial notice, so you can save the date and order a T-shirt at the link below if you would like to…

https://www.bonfire.com/nuclear-ban-eif/

Shirts would be sent directly to your home but must be ordered by January 3 to arrive by the 22nd. Please forward this to folks you think might be interested and e-mail me ([email protected]) with any questions.

Blessings,

Dennis

KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES 7 SENTENCING UPDATE

Carmen Trotta (far right), of the New York City Catholic Worker, was sentenced on November 12, to 14 months in prison, with credit for time served (approximately 40 days) in two Georgia county jails following the action in April 2018, plus three years supervised probation, and $33,503 restitution. He will self-surrender at a yet to be determined federal prison on December 12.

Clare Grady (third from left), from the Ithaca, NY Catholic Worker, was sentenced on November 12, to 12 months and one day in prison, with credit for three months time served in two Georgia county jails following the action in April 2018, plus three years supervised probation, and $33,503 restitution. She will self-surrender in 30 days.

Martha Hennessy (second from left), from the New York City Catholic Worker, was sentenced on November 13, to 10 months in prison, with credit for time served in two Georgia county jails following the action in April 2018, 3 years supervised probation, and $33,503 restitution. She will self-surrender in 30 days.

Mark Colville (far laft), of the Amistad Catholic Worker, in New Haven Connecticut, will be sentenced on December 18, 2020.

KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES 7 UPDATE

Kings Bay Plowshares activists – Elizabeth McAlister, Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ, Carmen Trotta, Mark Colville, Matha Hennessy, Clare Grady, Patrick O’Niell
Patrick O’Neill

October 16, 2020, Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activist Patrick O’Neill was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison to run concurrently with another six-month sentence for a misdemeanor charge. He also, like his two other co-defendants, has restitution of $33,603.51 that must be made in payments, no interest or fines, along with a $310. special court assessment due immediately. Plus three years supervised probation upon release, including DNA samples. 

Patrick immediately appealed the decision and will self-surrender to a prison near where he lives in North Carolina in 90 days. With time served, he should be released in 10 months. His sentencing statement (available on their website), though very long, was absolutely profound and prophetic. Simply GREAT! As were two of his children’s character statements and his uncle/godfather’s statement (also available on their website).

However, even though Judge Lisa Goodbey Wood went under the recommended minimum of 18-24 months, like Steve Kelly in yesterday’s proceedings, this is a travesty of justice. Nuclear weapons, specifically Trident, is the real crime. Pure idolatry, blasphemous, and a crime against God and humanity.

The remaining co-defendants, Mark Colville, Martha Hennessy, Clare Grady, and Carmen Trotta, will appear before Wood for sentencing on November 12 and 13. FOR MORE INFO VISIT https://kingsbayplowshares7.org

KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES 7 UPDATE

Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activists
Clare Grady, Elizabeth McAlister, Patrick O’Neill, Carmen Trotta, Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ, Martha Hennessy, Mark Colville

On October 15, 2020 Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ, received a sentence of 33 months in federal prison, minus the two and a half year’s already served in Glynn County Jail, which equates to approximately another three months more.

However, it is unclear if he will receive credit for good behavior while in the county jail. If he does, then it should be time served. Plus he is ordered to pay $33,503.51 restitution for damage done, payable in monthly payments of no less than $25 per month. No interest and no fines imposed. Plus a $310. special court assessment due immediately. Plus three years supervised probation upon release from prison, including monthly DNA samples.

Fr. Steve Kelly, SJ

It is fairly certain Steve will refuse to pay any restitution or special court assessment as he never cooperates with this unjust, illegitimate, corrupt, and immoral system.

Indeed, he refused to stand and approach the bench while sentencing was pronounced. He had to be escorted by U.S. marshals and a chair placed in front of the bench for him to be seated.

This is in no way just. Rather, it is a subversion and mockery of justice. A miscarriage of justice. The real and abominable crime is U.S. nuclear weapons and U.S. imperial policy to use them in a pre-emptive strike, destroying all life on the planet. As became clear in court, the certain use of the most diabolical weapons ever made in human history will be carried out legally by U.S. imperial laws. May God have mercy on US.

BELOW IS THE STATEMENT DENNIS APEL READ TO THE COURT AS CHARACTER WITNESS FOR FR. STEVE KELLY.

Dennis arrested at Lockheed Martin in 2016

I was asked by Fr. Steve Kelly to be a character witness at his sentencing. While I am more than honored to do so, I want to be clear regarding my intent. I am not trying to affect the sentencing. My fantasy would be to have Fr. Steve’s character precipitate a conversion among those present in the courtroom. As anyone who has been involved in this case is aware, if you believe that Steve Kelly is operating from deeply held convictions and a radical faith in the gospels, he is a prophet. If you don’t believe him, he is just an opinionated criminal. As someone who knows Steve well, I assure you that the first assessment is the truth and the second is false.

I am no stranger to the typical U.S. courtroom where the “law” is treated as God while justice takes a back seat; where even the most fundamental morals are ignored for the sake of upholding the system designed to maintain idolatry to the Pentagon; where witnesses are sworn in with the admonition “to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God” and then essentially gagged in front of a jury of their peers through motions In Limine, denied the ability to speak the truth about why they did what they did, the horrors they are confronting and the spirituality behind their actions.

Prosecutors assume the role of protecting the military as if the most powerful military in the history of humankind were not able to protect itself. Prosecutors assume the role of establishing the motives and character of those they designate as criminals and of whom they haven’t the slightest clue regarding their true character or motivations. Nor do they care to learn because, in our system, character and motives are irrelevant. The character of the accused is no more relevant to the purpose of the law than is the will of God. Entire careers and livelihoods are based solely on convictions and sentences. In what kind of system could a person with the spirituality, conviction, and love of God’s children that Fr. Steve Kelly has, be dismissed as a criminal and left to languish for two and a half years in county jail, while his basic message is expunged in the courtroom; the message that the most horrific and abominable weapons designed by human technology, weapons that have and will visit unfathomable horrors on the children of God and likely exterminate God’s creation, are allowed to exist and proliferate while the most basic of reasonable detractors are gagged and put away. As Steve often reminds us, “When the nuclear holocaust comes, it will be completely legal.”

Fr. Steve Kelly is a man of deep faith who speaks truth to power and accepts the consequences. That is his character. Any other assessment of his character is false. I know this because I have known Steve for decades. He has spent more than 10 years of his life behind bars, giving up the warm embrace and camaraderie of loved ones as well as the comforts of a truly-accessible easy life, to instead speak the truth that God sees nuclear weapons as an abomination. I defy anyone in this courtroom to make a case for a God who embraces weapons of indiscriminate destruction and human misery. It is not complicated. We who accept nuclear weapons are wrong, wrong, wrong. Fr. Steve just says that with his life and body. That is his character. He has taken up his cross to follow Jesus, pure and simple. We dismiss that fact at our own peril.

So, the question before this court is, “What to do with Fr. Steve Kelly; what is the proper punishment? What shall we impose so that he and others of his ilk are deterred? How can we maintain the order and protect the military from those like Fr. Steve who may want to shine a light on a crime infinitely more serious than trespass and vandalism, namely the extermination of the human race?” The answer is, it doesn’t matter the punishment. Steve will accept it and continue his prophetic mission. The question ought not to be how to punish Steve but rather what is it going to take for those who have ears to hear but cannot hear, and eyes to see but cannot see, to give up their idolatry to weapons of mass destruction and turn toward the God of love; to once and for all beat their swords into plowshares and study war no more? My advice to those in this courtroom is to take an honest look at the true character of Fr. Steve Kelly and to try to emulate it rather than defile it. Or don’t.

KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES 7 UPDATE

Elizabeth McAlister

On June 8, 2020, via video, Liz McAlister, 80, was sentenced to time served plus three years supervised probation for her part in the April 4, 2018, Kings Bay Plowshares nuclear disarmament direct action. Liz had already spent more than 17 months in Georgia county jails following her arrest.

Judge Lisa Godbey Wood presided and ordered Elizabeth to pay a special assessment of $310 and restitution of $33,503.51, assigned jointly to all seven defendants. No fine was imposed, but a minimum payment of $25 per month towards restitution was mandated.

Sentencing for Carmen Trotta, Fr. Steve Kelly, and Clare Grady is now scheduled for Sept. 3, and Mark Colville, Patrick O’Neill, and Martha Hennessey on Sept. 4. They asked for these continuances in order to be able to safely travel to Brunswick, GA, and appear in open court with family and supporters present. However, depending on virus circumstances, there may be further delays. Fr. Steve Kelly remains in Glynn County Jail. For further updates visit Kings Bay Plowshares Facebook page or their website: kingsbayplowshares7.org

FORMER L.A. CATHOLIC WORKER DAVID OMONDI LOSES GUILTY VERDICT APPEAL.

On Wednesday, April 10, we received word that the U.S. District Court upheld David Omondi’s trespass conviction for his August 2016 arrest at Vandenberg AFB and subsequent February 16, 2017 trial and later sentencing when he was sentenced to six months in prison.

The head of the appellate section of the Public Defender’s Office is filing an appeal in the 9th Circuit Court.

We believe David will be allowed to stay in Kenya until June.  He was granted permission to visit his family until that time by the court and U.S. Attorney’s Office, at the request of the Public Defender’s Office.  We also believe David will be able to hold off his sentence until the appeal process in the 9th Circuit Court is complete.

2019 PACIFIC LIFE COMMUNITY (PLC) ANNUAL RETREAT

More than 50 activists attended the Pacific Life Community (PLC) Annual Faith and Resistance Retreat, this year held at Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park, CA, with a nonviolent direct action at Lockheed-Martin Corp in nearby Sunnyvale. Lockheed produces the Trident intercontinental ballistic missiles for launching nuclear weapons from Trident submarines. Eleven nuclear resisters were arrested during a blockade of Lockheed-Martin’s main gate. Those arrested included former LACW community member Sam Yergler and Guadalupe CW Dennis Apel. All were charged with trespassing and later released with a future court date. Others arrested include: Susan Crane, Clancy Dunigan, Calia Kammer, Andrew Lanier, Elizabeth Murray, Larry Purcell, Rush Rehm, George Rodkey, and Charlie Smith. For more info visit this LINK.