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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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