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Anti Trident activists arrested on 50th anniversary of assassination of Martin Luther King

Based on report from Bill Ofenloch

‘On the evening April 4, the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., seven Catholic peace activists entered Kings Bay naval base for a nuclear disarmament action aimed at the Trident submarines which are based there. Most come from Catholic Worker backgrounds.

They are: Mark Colville, Amistad CW, New Haven, Clare Grady, Peter DeMott House, Ithaca, NY Martha Hennessy, from Vermont and Maryhouse CW, NYCSteve Kelly, S.J. from Oakland CAElizabeth McAllister from Jonah House, Baltimore MDPatrick O’Neill, Fr. Charlie Mullholland CW, Garner NC, Carmen Trotta, St. Joseph House, NYC

The seven entered the base as darkness fell and walked to three different sites, the nuclear weapons storage bunkers, the nuclear weapons administration building and a monument site with replica missiles. They hung banners and poured blood, spray painted, put up crime scene tape and hammered on the missile display.  They managed to send out some photos and videos before being apprehended in the early morning.

The activists were taken to Camden county jail the next day. On Friday morning they were given a bond hearing via video link to the courtroom where there were 6 supporters. They face three state charges, two felonies and one misdemeanor.  They are facing a maximum 11 years in prison.  The magistrate refused to give any bond on the felonies because the defendants posed a risk to the community of repeating their action, she claimed.’

The seven ploughshares activists statement

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Holy Innocents at the Catholic Worker Farm

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Feast of Holy Innocents 2017: vigil at PJHQ Northwood

Shortly after Christmas, The Catholic Worker Farm hosted a faith and resistance retreat for the Feast of Holy Innocents. They were joined by members of the Dover Catholic Worker, Put Down the Sword, and Fr Martin Newell from Austin Smith House in Birmingham.

The Feast of Holy Innocents remembers the moment of the nativity story when Herod, having been double crossed by the Magi who slip home by another route, is so angry he sends out a decree that all first born sons under the age of two should be killed. (Matthew 2 vv12 – 18)

‘A voice was heard in Rama, lamentation and great mourning; it was Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted, because none is left.’

The retreatants came together to reflect on the story and ask who are the Herods of today, who are the Holy Innocents.

On the day of the Feast itself they processed to PJHQ Northwood for a vigil. They read aloud the names of the dead from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and South Sudan. They also read names of British servicemen who died in those wars. They tied ribbons to the fence, in the shape of crosses. They engaged some of the military personnel in dialogue.

This is a wonderful opportunity for reflection and mourning at one of the usually most joyful times of the year, when Love comes down from his Kingdom.

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Prayers for today’s Holy Innocents, the victims of today’s wars

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Outside PJHQ Northwood: Blessed are the Peacemakers

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Catholic Workers engage the military outside PJHQ Northwood

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Tying crosses made of ribbons onto the fence at PJHQ Northwood