NVI is proud to be the fiscal sponsor for this important project. Please see the time sensitive updates below.
Celebrating the Kings Bay Plowshares 7!
The Berrigan-McAlister Award is given by DePaul University to a person or organization that exemplifies the practice of active Christian nonviolence like that practiced by Fr. Daniel Berrigan, SJ, Phillip Berrigan, and Elizabeth McAlister. This year’s inaugural recipients are the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, a group of Christian activists who were arrested for entering the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia in 2018 to protest nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
Film Screening and Discussion: Tuesday, May 4th at 6:30 pm Central. Screening The Berrigans: Devout and Dangerous
Award Presentation and Discussion: Wednesday, May 5th at 6:30 pm Central.
Zoom links will be sent out a few days before the events.
Hosted by College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences | Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology (CWCIT) | Department of Catholic Studies | Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies | Division of Mission & Ministry | Center for Religion, Culture, and Community
April 5 Festival of Hope for Third Anniversary of KBP7 Action and Mark's Sentencing
The third anniversary of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 action is approaching on April 4 which is Easter this year. Mark Colville has also decided to go forward with virtual sentencing on April 9 after numerous delays because of virus concerns. Join us for the Festival of Hope for Monday, April 5 at 7 PM EDT https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86326440605
There will be reflections on what gives hope from several members of the the support community including Kathy Kelly, Beth Brockman, Jessica Stewart, Robert Randall, Luz Catarineau Colville and Matt Daloisio.
Reports will be included from groups who have been inspired by the plowshares action including Beyond Trident in Georgia, Reject Raytheon in North Carolina and No New Tridents in Connecticut.
Music will be presented by the Filthy Rotten System and Bobcat Caruthers.
Mark will speak for a few minutes and then receive a blessing from Liz McAlister before his sentencing.
April 9 Sentencing
We expect that there will be a call-in number to listen to Mark's sentencing on April 9 as was done in the past but don't have the number yet. Check the website for details.
We have just received word that Fr. Steve Kelly has finally been brought to the prison in Seattle-Tacoma (SEA-Tac) by the federal marshals after a three and a half month journey from Georgia. An initial hearing on a probation violation charge for and old trespass conviction was
held March 31, and there will be a follow up hearing on April 13. Now you can write to him at:
Stephen Kelly #00816-111
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 13900
Seattle, WA 98198
Please use plain white paper and write with black or blue pen only. Also write your full name and return address on a plain white envelope along with his address as it appears below. Do not affix any stickers, glue, glitter, etc. to the letter or envelope (don’t use a return address sticker).
Addresses for the others are on the website:https://kingsbayplowshares7.org/jail-addresses/
There are many reports from the other four imprisoned activists on the website at the Letters from Prison tab. They are all doing reasonably well.
Save the Dates - Berrigan McAlister Award - May 4 & 5
DePaul University in Chicago is presenting the inaugural Berrigan McAlister award to recognize Gospel nonviolence to the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. The first night will feature a new documentary on the Berrigans and the second will have an award ceremony and discussion. It will also commemorate Dan Berrigan's hundreth birthday on May 9. More details will be forthcoming or you can register and get further information at:Berrigan McAlister event
Online Course by Kathy Kelly
Beginning April 3 and for the following eight weeks, an online course called "Lay Down My Sword and Shield," will focus on abolishing wars and weapons. Kathy Kelly will facilitate as participants learn about Plowshares actions, the KBP7, and the consequences of wars in Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq. Four young Afghans will help Kathy present material. To join this or other courses offered by the School for Social and Cultural Change visit SSCC.teachable.com
NVI is proud to be the fiscal sponsor for the this important project. Please consider donating at: https://www.nonviolenceinternational.net/donate_isaiah
Contributions can also be mailed to: Kings Bay Plowshares PO Box 3087 Washington DC 20010
EMAIL: [email protected]
"If you think one person can't be effective, you've never been in bed with a mosquito" -War Resister's League "
"Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it" Howard Zinn (1922-2010)
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness...What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction...And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory." -- Howard Zinn