Reports from Hancock and Beyond

Press Release: 3 Arrested Dec 9 at Hancock

THREE ARRESTED DEC 9 TRYING TO DELIVER A CITIZENS’ ORDER OF PROTECTION TO THE 174TH REAPER DRONE ATTACK WING AT HANCOCK AIR BASE This afternoon, December 9, 2013, two Yale Divinity students and a Catholic Worker were arrested as they peaceably remained at the Hancock Reaper drone base entrance on East Molloy Rd in DeWitt, New York. They were attempting to deliver a citizens’ Order of Protection on behalf of Afghan drone survivors.  

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Hancock Air Base Defendants’ (Expired) Orders Of Protection Re-Issued

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 31 October 2013 CONTACT: Clare Grady, (607) 273-6257 Ed Kinane, (315) 478-4571 DE WITT, NY JUDGE RE-ISSUES HANCOCK AIR BASE DEFENDANTS’ EXPIRED ORDERS OF PROTECTION, SUPPRESSING THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO PROTEST DRONE WAR CRIMES THERE In 2012 on October 25, seventeen U.S. Americans, as part of Upstate Drone Action’s ongoing campaign to expose the extensive killings of innocent civilians by weaponized Reaper drones piloted from Hancock Air Base, were arrested as they protested outside the base, blocking its

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A Response to the Ash Wednesday Verdict

How eloquent you each were!!!!! – each speaking to different parts, all together painting the whole picture (with beautiful overlapping aspects) . . . All coming from Hope, Love, Truth Seemed to me it was Father Bill P. with Faith in Hope (and the Franz testimony! 😉 Father Bill F-S with an emphasis on history and justice; Carmen with the World view, and current (and past) world events (on United Nations Day); Ellen with such love and care for all

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Ash Wednesday Defendants NOT GUILTY!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24 October 2O13 11:50pm CONTACT: Ellen Grady 607-279-8303 Carmen Trotta  212-254-1640  St. Joe’s Catholic Worker Ash Wednesday Defendants NOT GUILTY! In a historic decision five Catholic Worker activists were acquitted earlier this evening of Disorderly Conduct charges for blocking the main entrance to Hancock Air Base, home of the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard, Syracuse, New York. Hancock is a Reaper drone hub whose technicians pilot weaponized drones over Afghanistan. The five went “pro se,”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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, carol@peacecouncil.net 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

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