Monday, February 10, 2014
"The Hancock 17", Drone War Crimes Resisters!
"The Hancock 17 Drone War Crimes Resisters all found guilty, thirty-one more to go to trial soon"
2014-02-10 from the "United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)" [email@example.com]:
The drone war crimes activists were each given 15 days in jail and fined $250. The seventeen include UNAC administrative committee member Judy Bello. The judge also extended the order of protection for 2 years. This kind of protective order is usually used to protect genuine victims of domestic violence, not the government or its agents. But this is what is being used by our government to keep protesters away from the Hancock drone base and deny them their democratic rights to protest the US government's use of drones to kill people in foreign countries. The 17 were arrested while doing civil resistance at the Hancock base last October. In addition, the Hancock 31, who were arrested at the base last April during the Spring Days of Action against drones, will come to trial soon and can expect the same type of treatment. The Upstate New York Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars are discussing appropriate action. The web site is: http://upstatedroneaction.org/.
Judy Bello, the web site administrator, is currently serving her two-week jail term. Information on upcoming Spring actions, which UNAC is helping to organize, can be found here: . Please listen to the podcast below with Elliot Adams, one of the 17 protesters. The interview was conducted by UNAC coordinating committee member Stan Heller for his program, "The Struggle." [http://thestruggle.podbean.com/2014/02/08/the-hancock-17-have-been-jailed]
The defendants who were sentenced so far are:
* Judy Bello, Rochester, NY
* Daniel Burgevin, Trumansburg, NY
* Mark Colville, New Haven, CT
* Clare Grady, Ithaca, NY
* Mary Anne Grady Flores, Ithaca, NY
* Martha Hennessy, New York, NY
* Brian Hynes, Bronx, NY
* Ed Kinane, Syracuse, NY
* Rae Kramer, Syracuse, NY
* James Ricks, Ithaca, NY
* Mark Scibilia-Carver, Trumansburg, NY
* Patricia Weiland, Northampton, MA
(Photo showing Hancock, VT protest, with the Peace and Justice Center of Vermont)