June 23-25 Trial of DM St. Pat’s 7 set - Air National Guard turns down offer of “Peacemaking Circle”… need support!
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX IN DM “‘Peacemaking Circle’ could replace protester trials” DM Register Letter signed by 40 DM religious and community leaders, May 20, 2014:
What: Trial of DM St. Pat’s 7
Date: June 23 - 25
Site: Polk County Court House, Des Moines IA
The IA Air Guard turned down an offer to do a “Peacemaking Circle” to replace the 7 protesters’ jury trial. Thank yous to Larry James <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Fred Van Liew <email@example.com> and Glen Downey <firstname.lastname@example.org>, our legal team, for making the effort to introduce the “Peacemaking Circle” as an alternative to going to trial.
The Saint Pat’s 7 were arrested on St Patrick’s Day, March 17, at the main gate of the Air National Guard and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass. They went to the Air Guard in hopes to be heard. They read this statement:
"We come to the Des Moines Air National Guard base as members of faith-based and Catholic Worker communities who annually join for a week of nonviolent resistance to war and injustice. This week, we aim to raise a call against the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) commonly known as drones. We recognize that the slaughter of war always requires war makers to dehumanize the victims. Reliance on drones exacerbates the dehumanization because the technology allows war makers to kill a target without identifying clearly who the person is or what the person has done or is doing. Therefore we bring to this base the faces of several who have been killed as well as the desire of a young Afghan friend who says, ‘We want to live without war.’ “
The seven are:
Reverend Chet Guinn <email@example.com>, 85 years old, a Methodist minister from Des Moines.
Julie Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 36 years old, Des Moines Catholic Worker, who had just returned from a two-month delegation as a protective accompaniment and international solidarity activist in occupied Palestine, where she witnessed drone activity.
Ed Bloomer, 67 years old, a Des Moines Catholic Worker and Veteran for
Peace member from Des Moines.
Ruth Cole <email@example.com>, 26 years old, Catholic Worker from the Rye House, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Steve Clemens <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 63 years old, Community of St. Martin & Veterans for Peace in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"Reaping the whirlwind" by Steve Clemens, Daily Planet Twin Cities MN,
March 17, 2014
Michele Naar-Obed <email@example.com>, 57 years old, Hildegard Catholic Worker House in Duluth, Minnesota.
Elliott Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 67 years old and the former
National Veterans for Peace President, Sharon Spring, New York.
Please make efforts to show your support of Rev. Chet, Steve, Ruth,
Julie, Elliott, Ed and Michele, especially if you know them personally.
Drop them an e-mail, help pay help pay their travel to and from Des
Moines, offer to help pay any fines and fees resulting in this
And if you can come to the trial, be part of the support community for
the 7 during the trial.
Any out of towners needing housing contact the folks at the DMCW…
For more info contact:
515 282 4781
Phil Berrigan CW House
Link to 2014 Midwest Catholic Worker and Veterans for Peace Faith and
Resistance Retreat Report