Reports from Hancock and Beyond

James Ricks’ Testimony

I’m going to start with this judge. It’s from some notes I took while in Pakistan. It feels appropriate. ” I have had a panoramic view of the suffering experienced by the targets of our illegal, immoral drone assassination program. Here the buffer created by the distance, and the feeling of the effect being muted, is instantly removed. We embraced a Sheikh from Waziristan shortly after his accounting of a 6 rocket drone attack that had obliterated his home killing


Ramsey Clark Press Release

Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars N E W S    R E L E A S E November 3, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Carol Baum, 315-472-5478 (SPC), 315-383-5738 (cell) Mary Anne Grady Flores 607-280-8797 Ramsey Clark to Testify as Expert Witness at Hancock 38 Trial Press Conference Featuring Clark on Thursday, November 3 at 2:30 There will be a press conference featuring Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark at 2:30 on Thursday, November 3 outside the


Framing our Action

As I frame our narrative re last April at Hancock we weren’t “dieing-in” or “protesting,” but exercising our first amendment right to assemble, speak, and petition our government for redress of grievances.  We were stymied in our attempt to deliver our indictment (against illegal activity on the base)…after having – in past gatherings  there – apparently failed in our [civil] attempts to communicate with the base commander. For me our April action was neither “illegal” nor “civil disobedience” – but


Opening Statement: Pro Se Defendant James Ricks, Jr.

Your Honor, my name is James Ricks, pro se defendant. I live in Endfield NY, a small berg on the outskirts of Ithaca.  My family, I have recently learned, has lived in the area since the 1820’s. My great, great grandfather, Charles Reed had escaped slavery in the south, made his way to Canada, where he married my great great grandmother a Mohawk woman. Together they returned to upstate NY, settled in the Ithaca area where my family has lived


Opening Statement: Pro Se Defendant Martha Hennessey

Your Honor my name is Martha Hennessy and I come here to DeWitt Town Court from Weathersfield, Vermont and the New York Catholic Worker. I speak on behalf of my co-defendants, who in some cases have traveled a significant distance to Syracuse.  As citizens of the United States we come to exercise our rights to freedom of speech, freedom of association and of peaceful assembly, and to petition our government for the redress of grievances. May I also say that


Nov 1 Press Release

N E W S    R E L E A S E November 3, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Carol Baum, 315.472.5478, UPDATE: Trial Date Finalized for Hancock 38 Drone Resisters: Trial Begins Nov 2 Opening arguments for the Hancock 38 Drone Resisters Trial will begin in DeWitt Town Court (5400 Butternut, East Syracuse) on Wednesday November 2at 5 pm.  The trial was originally scheduled to begin on Tuesday, November 1; instead the evening was spent on arraigning the defendants


Preparing for the Big Day

Prior to our court appearance on November 1, the defendants who were in town had a Demonstration on the plaza in front of the Federal Building in Syracuse, which played more like a press conference.   We set up our tableau, which represents a drone strike in Afghanistan.  We have a drone mounted about 7 or 8 feet in the air, with a uniformed pilot sitting behind a computer terminal at a desk.  Beside  a house reduced to rubble, a mother

Hancock 38 Trial, November 1st

At a pre-trial hearing on Wed, Aug. 24, a trial date was set for the Hancock Drone Resisters. The trial stems from arrests following a civil disobedience action at the main entrance of Hancock Air National Guard Base on April 22, 2011, where 38 people were arrested at a die-in protesting the drones at the Base (see photo). We don’t know how long the trial will last – the judge has cleared several evenings for it. Motions were also argued