Reports from Hancock and Beyond

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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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

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