Reports from Hancock and Beyond
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Harry Murray’s Sentencing Hearing (videos)

Harry Murray initiated a discussion about drone warfare, and about civil disobedience with Judge Gideon at his sentencing hearing, and through a sentencing memorandum sent to him before this hearing.   You can read that memo in the previous post, if you haven’t alread read it.    There was some disagreement regarding how those of us present felt about Judge Gideon’s response.   You should read the memo before deciding what you think.

Courthouse Press Conference (Videos)

On March 10, we held a Press Conference at DeWitt Town Court before Harry Murray’s sentencing hearing.      The Press Conference provided an opportunity for Harry to speak about his trial and his activism, and Mary Anne Grady Flores was present to talk about her time in jail, her recently granted stay and her appeal which is pending before the New York State Supreme Court awaiting a decision as to whether they will rule on it.  

Press Conference: Drone Resisters Speak

Harry Murray to be sentenced at 8pm Mary Anne Grady Flores released on bail Press Conference: DeWitt Town Court, E. Syracuse, N.Y. March 10, 7:15pm Syracuse, N.Y.  The Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars invites the press and public to hear from drone resisters Mary Anne Grady Flores, released on bail Monday night, and Prof. Harry Murray.  Judge David Gideon will sentence Nazareth College Professor Murray in the DeWitt Town Court on Thursday at 8pm. Convicted of

Grandma Drone Resister Released on Stay

Grandma Drone Resister Released on Bail Pending Court of Appeals Decision A court has ordered that Mary Anne Grady Flores be released on $5,000 cash bail from the Onondaga County Correctional Facility in Jamesville NY on Monday, March 7, pending the New York State Court of Appeals decision on whether it will consider her case. That decision could take a month or two. Should the court decide to take the case, it could be quite a long time before it

Activists Arrested for Entering Drone Base With Loaf of Bread

ACTIVISTS ARRESTED FOR ENTERING DRONE BASE WITH LOAF OF BREAD PRESS RELEASE Camp Douglas, WI — On February 23rd, two peace activists with Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Brian Terrell and Kathy Kelly, were arrested when they attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to drone operators at Volk Field, an Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin, which trains pilots to operate Shadow Drones over other countries. Voices activists have lived alongside ordinary people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq

Grandma Asks Questions About Her Volk Field Arrest

Activists approach the guardhouse at Volk field

Joy First, Grandmother Activist, Found Guilty of Trespassing in Juneau County, WI by Joy First of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, NCNR On February 9, 2016 Judge Paul Curran found me guilty of trespass for walking onto the Air National Guard Base at Volk Field in Wisconsin on August 26, 2015.  I joined eight others who wanted to deliver a message to Base Commander Colonel David Romuald, demanding that he immediately end the program of training pilots to operate

Guilty of Trespass – Again

BONNIE BLOCK FOUND GUILTY OF TRESPASS — AGAIN Report by Bonnie Block of NCNR, The National Coalition for Nonviolent Resistance Joy First is the usual reporter on the trials of Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones activists  but she is in Washington, D.C. for the NCNR action on “The Real State of the Union. So I’ll report on my bench trial on January 8th. My statement to the court is below.  After I read the first paragraph the District Attorney

Harry Murray Convicted of Trespass

Harry Murray Convicted, http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/01/29/nazareth-professor-found-guilty-drone-protest-trial/79508202/

January 27: Harry Murray was convicted of Trespass in a Bench Trial with Judge David Gideon Presiding.    Harry was charged for participating in a die-in April 28, 2013 when he was arrested with 30 other people for blocking the access road leading into thebase compound.   An OGA charge had been dropped prior to the trial. College Professor, Catholic Worker, NonViolent Civil Resister, Peace Activist Harry Murray came presented  his case pro se.    He asserted that US policy of targeted

Jerry Berrigan Memorial Blockade Press Release

Jerry Berrigan Blockade at Front Gate of Hancock Base

Jerry Berrigan Memorial Drone Blockade Hancock Air Drone Base, Jan. 28 – Twelve Activists Arrested On Thursday morning, January 28, thirty life sized cutouts of Syracuse peacemaker Jerry Berrigan blockaded the main entrance of Hancock Air National Guard Base outside Syracuse, NY. The cutouts were accompanied by twelve nonviolent drone resisters, who were arrested after blockading for an hour and a half. See video (of the blockade and arrests). Jerry Berrigan, who died on July 26, 2015 at the age