25 YEARS IN JAIL FOR PROTECTING THE PLANET?

The excellent article behind this LINK was written by Frida Berrigan, daughter of the late Phil Berrigan and longtime anti-nuclear and anti-war activist Liz McAlister, who is currently sitting in the Glynn County Detention Center in Brunswick, Georgia, awaiting trial, along with her six fellow anti-nuclear activists, for the “Kings Bay Plowshares Action” they carried out in April 2018. The article describes the action itself and the seven who carried it out and why they did.

An excerpt: “Twenty-five years in prison.

That is the possible fate of seven Catholic anti-nuclear activists awaiting trial for their action on April 4, 2018, at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia—the largest base of its kind in the world.

The Kings Bay 7 chose to act on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in order to lift up King’s analysis of the ‘triple evils of militarism, racism and materialism.’ There are six Trident submarines based at Kings Bay, Each submarine can carry 24 submarine-launched ballistic missiles  designated Trident D5. Each of those missiles can carry up to eight 100-kiloton nuclear warheads (about 30 times the explosive force of the Hiroshima bomb). Plowshares activist Patrick O’Neill, one of the co-defendants, called Trident ‘the most insidious and evil weapon of mass destruction ever constructed.’

Carrying hammers and baby bottles filled with their own blood, the seven attempted to transform weapons of mass destruction using the ancient metaphors of ‘swords into plowshares’ and ‘spears into pruning hooks’ from Hebrew Scriptures. With their action, they hoped to call attention to the ways in which nuclear weapons kill every day, by their mere existence and maintenance. They are charged with three federal felonies and one misdemeanor for their actions…”

Permanent link to this article: http://lacatholicworker.org/2019/02/27/25-years-in-jail-for-protecting-the-planet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.