Colleen Kattau Leads a few rounds:
The Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars held an event at Hancock Base, to join the International Day of Resistance to Drone Warfare and Surveillance. Sixty to one hundred people joined our speakout in the our permitted area on the front lawn in near the main gate of Hancock Base, with a significant contingent of military, state and civil police looking.
As we began our event, a military spokesperson addressed the crowd from a platform 15 feet in the air, to tell us that it was our first amendment right to stay in the space designated for us, but moving to other areas would be a criminal offense. They had allowed a handful of counter-protesters into the ring we had constructed for our event, who stood with their signs and their backs to us facing the road.
We were there on this occasion, to speak to one another, and to those on the base who stood across from us. Our voices are captured in the videos below. Click More to see videos of entire event. Continue reading
In this video: Rae Kramer reads The People’s Order of Protection and connects the days events at Hancock to our ongoing Trials in DeWitt.
And: Mark Colville speaks about being convicted in September in DeWitt Town Court, on five charges, for bringing some flowers and the People’s Order of Protection to this very gate for Colonel Evans, and standing outside the gate with two Yale Divinity Students singing hymns after the guards refused his offering.
Video by Al Brundage of Rochester Indymedia.
by George Payne of Gandhi Earth Keepers International
Recently I participated in another anti-drone protest at Hancock Air Base on the outskirts of Syracuse, NY. For the past several years the base has been used as an operating center for unmanned weaponized aircraft known to the public as drones. To date, these machines of death have flow from bases all over America and have been used to kill thousands of militants engaged in acts of aggression against he United States and its foreign interests. Tragically the people flying these weapons have also murdered more than 5,000 innocent civilians including women and children. Many of these victims have been killed while attending weddings, birthdays, and funerals. Given that the United States is not officially at war with nations where drones are being used in combat situations (e.g., Yemen and Pakistan) their deployment has been deemed illegal according to international bodies of law like the UN Charter and the Geneva Conventions. As of late, several former drone pilots and operators have come forward to renounce their service as being criminally misguided. Continue reading
Last evening (10/8) judge Robert Jokl dismissed the July 23, 2014 Hancock Trespass charge against former Freedom Rider and Brooklyn Granny Peace Brigade activist Joan Pleune, 75. Description of the Arrest here.
Albany Attorney Lew Oliver, representing Joan at the Motions Hearing in the DeWitt Town Court, defended her primarily on First Amendment grounds. Oliver also argued that the Base’s accusatory instrument was defective and failed to establish the legitimacy of the painted blue line at the beginning of the driveway into the base supposedly marking the base boundary. Prosecutor Jordan McNamara, who had previously received Oliver’s several motions dealing with the blue line and other matters, failed to show up for the hearing. Continue reading
On October 7, 2014, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility. The charge was based on their participation, at Whiteman Air Force Base, in a June 1st 2014 rally protesting drone warfare. Kelly and Walker attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the Base Commander, encouraging the commander to stop cooperating with any further usage of unmanned aerial vehicles, (drones) for surveillance and attacks. Continue reading
The Reverend Gary Doupe interviews Jack Gilroy shortly before he was sentenced to three months in jail and three years probation by Judge Jokl in DeWitt Town Court for participating in a peaceful protest at Hancock Air National Guard Base in April of 2014. The interview was recorded on September 27, four days prior to Jack’s sentencing. In it, Rev. Gary Doupe interviews Jack about drones, Jack’s activism, and his upcoming sentencing. Continue reading
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Jack Gilroy – 607-321-8537
Mary Anne Grady Flores -607-280-8797
October 1, 2014, Syracuse, NY Jack Gilroy, 79, of Endwell, NY, of Upstate Drone Action, was sentenced to three months incarceration, three years probation, and $1,000 fine, by DeWitt Town Court Judge Robert Jokl.
“It’s time for our justice system to identify the real criminals…not those who carry the message to stop the killing to the gates of Hancock Air Base,” said Gilroy in his sentencing statement. Continue reading
For Immediate Release:
September 29th, 2014
Jack Gilroy, member of the Upstate Drone Coalition will be sentenced by Judge Robert Jokl on Wednesday, October 1st at 4:30 PM at the DeWitt Court House, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057-8509.
Gilroy was convicted of trespass and obstructing government administration. The maximum penalty is one year and 15 days in Jamesville Penitentiary.