Mary Anne Grady Flores was released on $5,000 Bail on July 17, 2014, a week after being sentenced to one year in jail and immediately remanded by Judge Gideon after she was convicted by a jury of criminal contempt in the matter of violating her Order of Protection on February 13, 2013 by taking photos in the street during an Ash Wednesday civil resistance action outside the front gate of Hancock Air National Guard Base. A pre-sentencing investigation ordered by Judge Gideon had recommended that her sentence by ‘time served’ and a Conditional Discharge. The actual protesters were acquitted in a bench trial on October 24 of the previous year
The following are notes by Garry Thomas who was present in the courtroom for Mary Anne’s ‘Stay of Execution Hearing’: Continue reading
Setting the Scene
Buffalo Attorney Daire Irwin, interviewed Russell so he could testify in Question/Answer mode. He began by asking Russell who made the Permit arrangements. He replied that it was Jessica Azulay who did so on behalf of the Syracuse Peace Council. On further questioning about the particulars, Russell said that the BOCES parking lot where he attended the rally is directly across from the Hancock Thompson Road gate. People returned to BOCES after the protest at the front gate of of the base to get their cars and leave the area.
Asked what he did during the rally at BOCES, Russell replied that he had read a poem he had written for the occasion. He said that unwelcome visions of violence keep him from sleeping. One night, upon being awakened by these visions, he wrote a poem about his impressions. That is when he first had the idea that he might do some street theater at the demonstration. He would represent what he sees in these visions that occupy his mind when he tries to sleep. Continue reading
by Peter Bianco, Reprinted from Syracuse Post Standard
I was arrested in DeWitt in an attempt to stop a crime in progress. The victims of this crime included women and children. The court issues restraining orders, also known as orders of protection, to limit the behavior of someone who harms or threatens to harm another person. There were many other people arrested with me that day, and many others who have been arrested since.
We gather in the main entrance of Hancock Field, the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard. Lying down in the driveway of the main entrance was my attempt to stop the assassination of innocent people. Continue reading
by Ed Kinane
Re Peter Enav, AP article, “A new weapon against Israel: The Hamas Drone,” July 15, 2014
Mr Enav’s prominently displayed July 15 P-S article seems to suggest that that bully, Gaza, is hitting poor Israel below the belt. Writing from Jerusalem, Enav reports on a single (foiled) Hamas drone attack. Like many mainstream commentators on the latest Israeli invasion of Gaza, Enav ignores key realities: Continue reading
by Doug Noble, Reprinted from Syracuse Post Standard
The town of DeWitt has become an unwitting (and witless) accomplice to the swell of nonviolent resistance against weaponized drones.
According to an article in The Post-Standard published July 28, “Taxpayers in DeWitt have spent more than $53,000 to cover the extra costs associated with trials for people protesting drones at Hancock Field … and … those costs will continue to rise as … more trials are scheduled in DeWitt Town Court.” Continue reading
Please consider making the principal of Nonviolence the main focus of our movement – if it isn’t already.
- We will be supporting the ends that we want by using the means required to get those results – the means used dictate the ends received.
- It will give us consistency, increasing simplicity and understanding by relating remote violence to more immediate examples in people’s daily lives. While people may think violence is a necessary evil in the international arena, they usually understand that violence in the home or in the community does not have good results.
- Nonviolence is basically a spiritual effort so it will reach people through the spirit.
ACQUITTED! Vietnam Vet Drone Resister
Syracuse July 31, 2014 After two hours of deliberation,Vietnam Veteran and Buffalo resident Russell Brown, was acquitted tonight by a six person jury in DeWitt Town Court, East Syracuse. He was facing charges of Obstruction of Governmental Administration (OGA), a misdemeanor carrying up to a year incarceration and up to $1000 fine, as well as Disorderly Conduct charge, a violation. Mr. Brown who went before the court Pro Se (he served as his own counsel) was assisted by Buffalo Attorneys Daire Irwin and Paul Fallon.
Mr. Brown was arrested during a nonviolent protest at Hancock Air National Guard Base on April 28, 2013. In a roadway across from the Airbase, he lay down to symbolize the death of drone victims. Continue reading
$10,000 Bail Reduced to $100 for 2 Drone Resisters
Syracuse July 31, 2014 Vietnam Veteran and Buffalo resident Russell Brown’s trial began today in DeWitt Town Court in East Syracuse. Mr. Brown is representing himself and is facing charges stemming from his arrest during a nonviolent protest at Hancock Air National Guard Base, home of the 174th Attack Wing, on April 28, 2013. Mr. Brown laid down peacefully with red paint to symbolize the death of drone victims in a roadway across from the Airbase. He is charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration (OGA), a misdemeanor carrying up to a year incarceration and up to $1000 fine, as well as Disorderly Conduct charge, a violation. Continue reading
Buffalo Man Faces Jury Trial 7/30-31/14 for Drone-Protest Street Theater
Buffalonian Russell Brown faces a jury trial on July 30 and 31 in DeWitt Town Court, on the outskirts of Syracuse, due to charges stemming from his arrest during a nonviolent protest at Hancock Air National Guard Base on April 28, 2013. He is charged with Obstruction of Governmental Administration (OGA), a misdemeanor carrying up to a year incarceration and up to $1000 fine, as well as Disorderly Conduct, a violation. Hancock is one of the three primary drone centers in the U.S.
Mr. Brown will represent himself at the trial. Continue reading