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nightslantern
suppressed news
concerned with the prevention of genocide
by j. b. gerald
graphics by j. maas

 

2021

January 2, 2021

      U.S.A.: Kings Bay Plowshares 7 background. Update: Carmen Trotta met the New Year in FCI Otisville, NY where he began a 14 month sentence December 14th (7.5 weeks already served). The incarceration keeps him from his work of thirty years at the Catholic Worker providing food to the homeless in New York's Bowery. Martha Hennessy met the New Year in FCI Danbury, CT where she began her 10 month sentence (7.5 weeks already served) on December 14th. Clare Grady reports to FCI Anderson West Virginia, February 10th to serve a 12 month 1 day sentence (she is considered to have served 3.5 months). Patrick O'Neill begins his 14 month sentence on January 14th (pretrial he's completed 7.5 weeks and according to a Kings Bay Plowshares press release). Mark Colville has served 15 months pretrial and is to be sentenced by the judge (Judge Lisa Godbey Wood) on February 19th. Fr. Steve Kelly was transported to Tacoma Washington to face other legal action for a probation violation. According to the Kings Bay Plowshares press release he has already served 33 months pretrial with behavior credits and this is longer than his sentence. Liz McAlister at 81, was sentenced (previous) to the 17 months she already served in prison pretrial; she met New Years with her family in Connecticut where she is restricted by three years of probation regulations from a 1983 Plowshares action in New York State. All these are sincere people of faith and nonviolent action. Catholicism has been able to mount some resistance as a faith to the unacceptable risk of nuclear war. Most of these activists spend their lives serving community. Their incarceration for protesting nuclear weapons has become illegal under international law: on October 24th Honduras ratified the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) which goes into effect January 22, 2021. The Treaty makes production, development, possession of nuclear weapons a crime. In not honoring the Treaty the nuclear powers are allowing themselves the option of nuclear wars. Yet it would be impossible to wage nuclear war without violating the Convention on Genocide. While the "omnicide" of nuclear war may not be adequately forbidden by the world's legal systems, a "genocide" of the victim racial, ethnic, religious or national group, of any country targeted in nuclear attack is clearly actionable.

Partial sources: "Carmen and Martha to report to Prison Monday December 14," Press release , December 10, 2020, Kings Bay Plowhares 7; "Carmen and Marth Report to Prison. Steve Kelly Being Moved," Press release, Dec. 15, 2020, Kings Bay Plowshares 7; "‘Ban the Bomb’ becomes international law, but U.S. doesn’t sign on," Henry Lowendorf, Dec. 22, 2020, People's World; "NATO Rejects New UN Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons, Defends Deterrent," Brendan Cole, Dec. 15, 2020, Newsweek.

 

 

 

 

 

2020 suppressed news

 

 

A branch that comes from violence will not take root;
for a blighted root is on sheer rock, like reeds by the
banks of a river, which are dried up before any grass; but
kindness, like eternity, will never be cut off, and faithfulness
will be established forever
- from Ben Sira
(Dead Sea Scrolls Bible, Abegg et al)

 

at first posting in 2002 this bulletin board was for emergency protests, attempts to counter
genocide, anti-war information, which were suppressed in the media; my interest remains in
how a society is moved into what have become genocidal wars, and how people are able to
resist... it becomes a kind of history in motion and a way to counter enforced forgetfulness,
the lies that say these things never happened, or that there is nothing wrong with the murders
of hundreds of thousands of innocents in other countries, or the continuing move toward
eradication of the poor by death, in north america; this account is against forgetfulness. - jbg
2008 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


by john bart gerald
graphics by julie maas
guest contributions as noted
January 2, 2021