Today's the day! Those of us who have resisted the horror of murder by drone will be sentenced in Syracuse, New York at 5pm today, following a 4pm press conference. The press release is below, and for those who want to watch the nine-part closing statements, they're on YouTube. Here's Part One...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vicki Ross 716-884-0582
Judy Bello 585-733-4058
Sentencing of Final Five at 5 pm
Nationally known peace activists Kathy Kelly (Voices for Creative Nonviolence), retired Colonel Ann Wright, Martha Hennessy (NYC Catholic Workers), Elliott Adams (past President of Veterans for Peace) and Jules Orkin (peace walker extraordinaire) will be sentenced on February 29 at 5pm in DeWitt Town Court (5400 Butternut Dr., East Syracuse) by Judge David Gideon. They are the last of the Hancock 38 Drone Resisters to be sentenced.
In addition, previously sentenced defendants will return to court. At least 11 people have chosen to send their fines to the Voices for Creative NonViolence for the benefit of PeaceJam Afghanistan instead of to the court and will present receipts to the judge. Ann Tiffany says, "To me it is a question of Justice." Many will show they do community service on a daily basis despite the judge's sentence.
There will be a press conference at 4 pm, outside of the Court House. Speakers will include Kathy Kelly, Ann Wright, Elliott Adams and Ed Kinane, who has redirected his fine.
The Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars will continue to resist the use of drones. As we argued in court, drone warfare violates the Nuremberg Principles and other international, as well as moral, laws. We resist those who would normalize the use of robotic assassins as mode of warfare and reject the policy of dehumanization of peoples in other lands.
Mary Anne Grady Flores
514 N. Plain St., Ithaca, NY 14850 1-607-273-7437/ 1-607-280-8797
Ithaca Catholic Workers / Los Obreros Catolicas de Ithaca
"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)
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