Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Nov.20, 2020 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Anti-Nuclear Pacifists Sent to Federal Prison!

Kings Bay protest    

They shall beat their swords in plowshares… and train for war no more.” Isaiah 2:4

      On April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, seven Catholic plowshares activists entered the Kings Bay Trident submarine base in St. Mary’s, Georgia to symbolically disarm nuclear weapons. King’s Bay is the largest nuclear submarine base in the world. Dr. King devoted his life to addressing what he called the “triple evils of militarism, racism, and materialism.” See more info here about the Kingsbay Plowshares

      Among the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 sentenced to Federal prison on Nov. 13, 2020 was 68 year old Martha Hennessy. (Martha is in yellow shirt in above photo) Martha’s sentence is 10 months. Other sentences differ. Some longer, some shorter.  Martha has been a volunteer at Malu Aina farm in Kurtistown, where we grow food to share with people in need and work for justice and peace. Martha is a mother and grandmother and an occupational therapist by profession who has worked at Life Care Center in Hilo in the past. Martha spends most of her volunteer time now at Mary House, a Catholic Worker community in New York City, which provides shelter for the homeless and food for the hungry. The worldwide Catholic Worker movement was founded by Martha’s grandmother, Dorothy Day. A Catholic Worker community in Honolulu, named Wally House based at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, was inspired by Martha.

      Martha said her plowshares action was taken to “help prevent another nuclear holocaust,” and call attention to how nuclear weapons kill everyday, by their mere existence and maintenance. She noted that the Bulletin of Atomic Scientist Doomsday clock is now set at 100 seconds to Midnight. She said she sees her grandchildren’s faces in that clock.

      On Jan. 22, 2021 the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force, having been ratified by 50 countries worldwide, now making all nuclear weapons illegal under international law. So who are the real criminals? Time for Healthcare, NOT Warfare and more prisons, especially in this time of a global Covid crisis.

The U.S. locks up peacemakers and gives medals and Billions to warmakers!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject violence & war as solutions. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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