Working for Peace on Earth and Peace with Earth since 1952
It was a brazen attack on April 7, 2021. A masked man attacked 2011 Gandhi Peace Award winner Rabbi Arik Ascherman with a stick. Ascherman was in a private Palestinian field belonging to shepherds. He was trying to foil the newest settler tactic, "guard and secure". Settlers bring their flocks to Palestinian fields. If Palestinians object they are driven off. Eventually the claim is that this is the settler's land. See the video of the attack here.
See our April 27 press release here. Send a complaint to the Israeli Ministry of Public Security. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org Please BCC us a copy at email@example.com You could simply write, "I've seen the video of the latest attack on Rabbi Ascherman that happened on April 7. Why have there been no arrests? What is the state of the investigation? If the suspects had been Palestinians would the weeks drag on without any reports?"
Read NYT columnist Nick Kristof's tribute to Ascherman in 2010.
ICE detention immigrant detention centers crowd people together and are breeding ground for virus. On April 5 dozens of cars drove around ICE headquarters in Hartford honking to call for freedom of loved ones. Inside each car was either a single person or people already in isolation with each other.
Jewish Voice for Peace held a "virtual rally" of 30,000 people online (Zoom and Facebook) opposing the sanctions on Gaza. They had groups of short (2 minute) speeches separated by a few minutes of actions. As shown in this picture members had created hand drawn signs calling for an end to the siege of Gaza. JVP put Zoom on Gallery mode and took screen shots of the hundreds of signs and then emailed photos or tweeted them to politicians, media, etc. At another point people were asked to make 30 second videos about Gaza on their cellphones and to make a tweet including the video @somepolitician.
The event was viewed ONE MILLION times on Twitter.
November 6, 2019
Thank you for the tremendous outpouring of support for our dear friends and family members facing years in federal prison. The guilty verdict on October 24 was not a complete surprise as the court did not allow the expert witnesses. The jury in Brunswick, GA never heard from former National Security Council member, nuclear war planner, and whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, international law expert Francis Boyle, or theologian Jeannine Hill Fletcher.
Nonetheless, together the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 and all of their supporters have offered a profound witness for the world. There is more to do.
Fr. Steve Kelly, S.J. waits in the local jail for the sentencing date, likely in January. The six other defendants wait at their homes under curfew and travel restrictions. Reports on each of the four days of the trial are listed below. You can find many articles and interviews since the trial on our website.
According to supporters in Brunswick, there are lots of new conversations about Trident's nuclear weapons since the trial! Thanks to all who traveled to Georgia. A couple of hundred supporters came and filled the regular courtroom, plus an overflow courtroom, while others held vigil outside each of the four trial days. We passed out hundreds of flyers to locals as they walked by the courthouse.
It was a week of community and the power of witness. Sunday's Festival of Hope involved moving statements from each of the defendants, other speakers, and song. Every day we gathered for meals. Early in the week Plowshares activist Patrick O'Neill shared with us, “We’re not hoping for a hung jury. We aren’t here wanting to get an acquittal. At this trial, we want to speak truth to power.” Here is a video of the KBP7 activists and supporters as they came out singing from court following the verdict: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MONkguTdryA
PLEASE TAKE ACTION
There is a lot you can do to spread the word of the Plowshares action and to multiply their efforts to abolish nuclear weapons.
1. Send Letters to the Editor to Your Local Newspapers
Inform your local community with letters and opinion columns on how Trident nuclear weapons relate to economic and racial injustice, the climate crisis, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and how the exclusion of expert witnesses affected the trial outcome. Click hereto view four templates of letters you can modify, personalize, or submit as is.
2. Send a Letter of Recommendation to the Judge – Pending
The KBP7’s legal team is preparing templatesof letters of recommendation supporters can use to write letters to Judge Lisa Godbey Wood for her to consider before sentencing. The letters would describe the defendants' good character and be apolitical in nature. It's very important that the letters be sent to our lawyers' office only. We will include our lawyers' address with the template from the legal team when it arrives sometime in the next week. Watch for the email.
Thank to your donations, we have mobilized thousands of people around the world to speak out for the abolition of nuclear weapons. We have educated communities about the unprecedented dangers of the Trident II D5 missile system. We have supported our seven friends in their prophetic witness for life and peace. As you can see, our efforts are ongoing. Please help with expenses, housing, and supporting defendants' families following the verdict and the upcoming sentencing.
4. Follow and Share Us on Social Media
5. Send Liz McAlister Birthday Greetings!
Elizabeth McAlister's 80th birthday is on November 17. Please keep her in thought and prayer in this time between trial and sentencing. If you would like to write to her or send her a card you can use whatever color ink you want! Liz's current address is 30 Broad Street, New London, CT 06320.
At the main gate every third Saturday.
7. Write Post Cards to Fr. Stephen Kelly
In Brunswick, at the county jail. Click the link for important instructions. For example, you must use his formal given name, Stephen Kelly.
8. Join Us for the Sentencing
It will be in Brunswick, probably in January. We will let you know as soon as we know.
9. Watch and Share the Gallery of Videos
The GA Festival of Hope, the tribunal, press conferences, and more!
by Ralph Hutchison
…And into plowshares turn their swords. Nations shall learn war no more!
Peace and blessings upon you,
The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Support Team
EMAIL: Media: firstname.lastname@example.org