Press Release: 79 yr old Jack Gilroy to be Sentenced Oct 1

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:

September 29th, 2014

See interview with Jack Gilroy,   Gilroy’s Testimony

Jack Gilroy, member of the Upstate Drone Coalition will be sentenced by Judge Robert Jokl on Wednesday, October 1st at 4:30 PM at the DeWitt Court House, 5400 Butternut Drive,  East Syracuse, NY 13057-8509.

Gilroy was convicted of trespass and obstructing government administration. The maximum penalty is one year and 15 days in Jamesville Penitentiary.

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Press Release: Mark Colville Found Guilty on All Counts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 19, 2014

Contacts:
Mark Colville, 203-415-5896
Ellen Grady, 607-279-8303

Hancock Drone Resister Mark Colville Found Guilty of 5 Charges

September 19, Syracuse, NY Carrying flowers and three documents to Hancock drone base can result in severe consequences. Drone resister, Mark Colville, of the Amistad Catholic Worker, in New Haven, Connecticut, was found guilty, after a two day trial and fifty minutes of deliberation by a De Witt Town Court jury despite giving an eloquent testimony to the power of people to change the world by respecting and helping one another in the face of powerful divisive forces that un-empower individuals and undermine our civil and human rights..

On December 9th, 2013, Colville and two Yale divinity students, brought a People’s Order of Protection to the front gate of the base to prevent further victims of drone attacks perpetrated from inside Hancock Airbase. This action was in response to a request on Nov. 25th, 2013, by Afghan Raz Mohammad, who’s brother-in law, a student, was killed by a U.S. drone strike while drinking tea with his friends. Gate personnel at Hancock rejected the petition and refused to call Commander Evans to meet with the protesters to receive it.

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About the Hancock Drones

Mary Anne Grady Flores and Ed Kinane featured in discussion of drones:

About the Hancock Drones

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Press Release: Eve Tetaz’ Motion to Dismiss Granted

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Eve Tetaz, 83, found NOT GUILTY of Disorderly Conduct
In De Witt town court Monday Evening

Eve Tetaz’ charges, stemming from the April 28, 1913 Protest at Hancock Air Base near Syracuse, NY, were dismissed by Judge David Gideon in DeWitt Town Court.   Eve, who was protesting drone violence perpetrated by the 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Base,  had been arrested and charged with 2 counts of Disorderly Conduct, and Obstruction Governmental Administration.   The latter charge was dismissed last week.

Immediately after Onondaga County prosecutor Jordan McNamara rested his case against DC peace and justice activist Eve Tetaz, DeWitt town judge, David Gideon, granted Ms Tetaz’ motion to dismiss. Ms Tetaz represented herself pro se with the support of DC attorney Mark Goldstone.   Continue reading

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Press Release: Eve Tetaz Trial

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Eve Tetaz on Trial
September 15 In De Witt, NY Town Court
for Opposing Reaper Drone War Crime at Hancock Air Base

At 6 pm, Monday, September 15, Ms. Eve Tetaz of Washington, DC will defend herself against a charge of trespass in a bench trial before Judge David Gideon in the De Witt town court near Syracuse, New York in Onondaga County. DC Attorney Mark Goldstone will be present advising Ms Tetaz.

Over a year ago, on April 28, 2013, Ms Tetaz, 83 years-old, was arrested along with 30 others as she stood reading aloud the First Amendment of the Constitution, in the driveway leading to the main gate of the Hancock Reaper drone base on East Molloy Rd, Town of DeWitt.    Continue reading

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Hank Funnies, Episode #2

Hank Funnies are the creation of George Dardess of Rochester, NY.

The models for the Hank Funnies are Hank Stone and Earl Sexton of Rochester, but what strikes me is that every community has a Hank and Earl who have been out on the street protesting for peace for as long as anyone can remember. . . . and that’s the beauty of the Hank Funnies. Hank and Earl are the stars, but the ‘Funnies‘ are about all of us.

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Hank Funnies, Episode #1

Hank Funnies are the creation of George Dardess of Rochester, NY.

In the Hank Funnies, George embroils his friends Hank Stone and Earl Sexton in some grand adventures.  Hank and Earl (and George too, actually) are long time local activists who have been standing on the street corner with peace signs and good wishes (along with whatever other peace and justice activities they engage in) for as long as anyone can remember.  The models for the Hank Funnies are Hank Stone and Earl Sexton of Rochester, but what strikes me is that every community has a Hank and Earl who have been out on the street protesting for peace for as long as anyone can remember. . . . and that’s the beauty of the Hank Funnies. Hank and Earl are the stars, but the ‘Funnies‘ are about all of us.

So Here is Episode #1:
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MAGF Delay of Execution Hearing

Mary Anne Grady Flores was released on $5,000 Bail on July 17, 2014, a week after being sentenced to one year in jail and immediately remanded by Judge Gideon after she was convicted by a jury of criminal contempt in the matter of violating her Order of Protection on February 13, 2013 by taking photos in the street during an Ash Wednesday civil resistance action outside the front gate of Hancock Air National Guard Base.  A pre-sentencing investigation ordered by Judge Gideon had recommended that her sentence by ‘time served’ and a Conditional Discharge.    The actual protesters were acquitted in a bench trial on October 24 of the previous year

The following are notes by Garry Thomas who was present in the courtroom for Mary Anne’s ‘Stay of Execution Hearing':  Continue reading

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Russell Brown’s Testimony

Setting the Scene
Buffalo Attorney Daire Irwin, interviewed Russell so he could testify in  Question/Answer mode.  He began by asking Russell who made the Permit arrangements.   He replied that it was Jessica Azulay who did so on behalf of the Syracuse Peace Council.  On further questioning about the particulars, Russell said that the BOCES parking lot where he attended the rally is directly across from the Hancock Thompson Road gate.  People returned to BOCES after the protest at the front gate of of the base to get their cars and leave the area.

Asked what he did during the rally at BOCES, Russell replied that he had read a poem he had written for the occasion.  He said that unwelcome visions of violence keep him from sleeping.  One night, upon being awakened by these visions, he wrote a poem about his impressions.   That is when he first had the idea that he might do some street theater at the demonstration.  He would represent what he sees in these visions that occupy his mind when he tries to sleep.  Continue reading

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Russell Brown Trial * Videos *

Videos from Russell Brown’s Trial
       by Charley Bowman of the Western New York Peace Center.

Opening Statements:

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