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Catholic Worker released from prison
6 April 2014
The archbishop of Canterbury visited Guiseppe Conlon House today. More pics can be found here.
Catholic Worker released from prison
29 March 2014
Martin Newell is home, safe and well after his release from HMP Wandsworth yesterday, where he served 14 days of a 28 day sentence for non
payment of fines all incurred as a result of acts of peaceful protest. He sends this
Thanks for all the cards, letters, messages of support and prayers.. My prayer is
that we will all deepen our commitment to work for peace and justice in God's
Catholic Priest Fr. Martin Newell , was sentenced to 28 days in prison for
non-payment of fines arising from numerous nonviolent peace protests against war
and war preparations. Fr. Martin had told the court that for `for reasons of faith and conscience' he
would not pay fines of £565 that had been imposed following protests against the
wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the UK's use of armed drones and Trident
nuclear weapons system. Fr. Newell said,
Jesus taught us to love not just our neighbours but also our enemies. He showed us
by his life and example how to resist evil not with violence but with loving,
persistent, firm, active non-violence. It was this revolutionary patience on behalf
of the poor and oppressed that, humanly speaking, led to him being arrested, tried,
tortured and executed by the powers that be. The acts of witness that resulted in
the fines I have refused to pay were a form of conscientious objection. Refusing to
pay them is a continuation of that objection. It is a privilege to be able to
follow on the path that led Jesus to the way of the cross and resurrection.
Fr. Newell is a member of the Passionist Order. He currently works with homeless
refugees at the London Catholic Worker, and is planning to move soon to start a new
project in Birmingham.
Ash Wednesday actions at the MOD
11 March 2014
Martin Newell sent out the following report of the day's events: It went very well at the MoD today. About 100 people for the liturgy, younger age profile than I've seen before, a good spread across the ages from young 20's up. Scott Albrecht marked the Old War Office, was arrested, taken to Charing Cross police station and bailed to return in May - I think it was the 14th. They will decide whether to charge Scott under Section 128 of SOCPA, concerning military establishments, and for criminal damage. For the Socpa charge they have to ask the Attorney General.
Ray Towey marked the pillars and the main entrance to the MoD in the morning, I made a mark at the back at the end of the liturgy. Neither myself nor Ray was arrested.
The photo was taken by Father Joe Ryan. A longer report is here on the Pax Christi website.
Solidarity with the family of imprisoned Pvt Manning in Dublin
15 December 2013
Inspiring solidarity events for Chelsea Manning have been taking place recently in Dublin. Click here to read a report from Genny Bove, and to watch a bunch of videos shot in support of Chelsea.
CWers found guilty for Drone protest.
11 November 2013
Protests outside Lincoln magistrates court during the trial
On October 7th, three Catholic Workers were among the "Waddington 6" who were on
trial at Lincolnshire Magistrates Court. They were charged with criminal damage, for
cutting the fence at RAF Waddington in June this year before exploring the base to
look for the drone control units. RAF Waddington is where UK armed drones are
controlled from as they fly over and attach targets in Afghanistan.
The LCW farm's first ever folk music festival!
Saturday the 12th October 2PM-11PM
We have lots of really good musicians coming. Among others John McClean and the
Clan, Ben Holland and Loudspeka. More will be announced in our facebook group.
It's going to be great and we are all really excited!
The festival is a fundraiser for our work with our homeless women and children.
Entry 5 pounds.
There will be food and drinks to buy.
If you are travelling by tube we can pick you up at Rickmansworth tube Station.
There are also buses.
... and 12 years of Non-violent anti-war
resistance of the LCW.
Giuseppe Conlon Hall Venue Oct 5th event (7 mins)
Joe Black, Ciaron O'Reilly, Guy Smallman, Andy Worthington & anti-war/solidarity
activists at Giuseppe Conlon House, Sat August 5th.
On Sat 5th Oct, speakers, musicians, anti-war activists, former political prisoners
& a British
Army veteran were among those who marked the anniversary at a public event on Sat
night Oct 5th.
The event was addressed by author Andy Worthington
author of "Guantanamo Files", photojournalist Guy
anti-war activist/ former prisoner of the United States Ciaron
Musicians Joe Black from Dublin & Tottenham's were joined by British Army veteran/
campaign Walter and Claudia in song. Formalities were followed by a fine meal
John Hamblet and a music session. More pics here.
Those attending included representation form the Guantanamo Campaign, Fitwatch,
Assange solidarity networks, Harringay activivsts, Jesuits, Jean Vianney parishoners.
PFC Manning who has been sentenced to 35 years for exposing the war on Afghanistan
and Julian Assange presently surrounded by London Metropolitan police were remembered
throughout the evening.
Solidarity with Ecuador & Julian Assange in London
20 June 2013
Report and call-out by Ciaron
Song in support of Bradley Manning Julian Assange and
Ed Snowden by RoJ LiGht
Julian Assange will make a speech at 2pm on Sat 22 June
from Balcony of Ecuadorian Embassy, Knightsbridge, London. Come and stand in solidarity!
Wednesday June 19th marked a year since WikiLeaks editor
Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy in London seeking sanctuary. The
Ecuadorian government was immediately threatened in private correspondence from
British Foreign Minister Hague with the loss of diplomatic status and a consequent
raid. The Ecuadorian government made the private threat public, held their ground
and conducted an inquiry into the Assange case. This was the same government that
had previously responded to a U.S. request for a U.S. military base in Ecuador with,
"if you let us have an Ecuadoran base in Florida?"
During this period of inquiry, the London Met were deployed in large numbers
around the embassy with 30 police stationed there 24/7. Anti-War, human rights,
Latino, Veterans for Peace, Catholic Worker, Occupy & other activists maintained a
solidarity vigil at the embassy. Following the completion of the Ecuadorian inquiry
and the formal granting of asylum for Julian Assange in August 2012, the Met bobbies
left to be replaced by 10 members of the Diplomatic Protection section of the Met
and a police conference van permanently parked. This 24/7 police presence has been
maintained for the past year at a cost of 4 million quid. On a significantly smaller
budget, a daily vigil of solidarity activists has been sustained (presently 4-6pm).
Sunday June 16th. 2013 was chosen as a time to mobilise as Ecuador's
Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino was to visit Julian Assange before his meeting with
British Foreign Minister William Hague the following day.
The first sight that greeted activists on exiting the Knighstbridge
tube station was Sue & Roland's motor home transformed
into the "Free Tea, Free Assange" takeaway. The caboose was parked next to
an exclusive Gran Cafe facing Harrods, serving folks throughout the afternoon.
We started setting up banners and were soon joined by the Ecuadorian
community. Support grew to about 130+ by about 4pm. Word came through that the
foreign minister had been delayed with an ETA of 6.30pm. We were blessed with
fine weather and settled in for the duration. Fortunately, John McClean had
brought his guitar! Songs alternated between an Aussie Kiwi combo and the Ecuadorian community.
In breaks between songs, media interviews were conducted and the Ecuadorian folks
led us in chanting. At 6.30 the Ecuadorian foreign minister arrived waving to the
crowd and entered the embassy. Singing resumed and after a while curtains were drawn
back and Ricardo Patino and Julian Assange appeared at the window of the embassy.
Between us and them were the London Metropolitan Police, mainstream media and a
sealed U.S. Grand Jury indictment for the WikiLeaks founder.
In other places, Jeremy Hammond & Bradley Manning are already in chains,
Edward Snowden is hotly pursued by the same powers. The courage of these people,
the WikiLeaks crew and the Ecuadorian people inspires us all. Hopefully such
courageous and solidarity is contagious. The world literally depends on its
transmission. If that sunny afternoon on a sidewalk in Knightsbride/ London with the
Ecuadorian community and friends is anything to go by, it's worth the effort.
Six protestors, including members of the LCW, broke into RAF Waddington a couple of weeks ago to protest the use of drones in Afghanistan. The six are pictured below (from left to right): Rev Keith Hebden, Chris Cole, Fr Martin Newell, Penny Walker, Susan Clarkson and Henrietta Cullinan. What follows is (the start of) a report of the action by Chris Cole.
Six anti-drone protesters (myself included) were arrested inside RAF Waddington on Monday (June 3). The protest had three aims; 1) to symbolically breach the secrecy and silence surrounding the British use of armed drones; 2) to bring information about the impact of airstrikes on Afghan civilians and 3) to symbolically begin conversion of the air base to peaceful purposes. We did this by creating a peace garden within the base, displaying information on buildings, hangars and sign posts about the impact of airstrikes on Afghan civilians (see bottom of post) and trying to find out information about the day-to-day use of drones at Waddington.
We were in the base for over an hour before being detained and arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. After being held on the base for some time we were driven off the site and saw large queues of traffic. Our presence had meant the base was `locked down' with all activity coming to a halt and no one was allowed to enter or exit the base.
We were detained by the police for over two hours before being processed. At this point we were told that we were being held incommunicado and not allowed a phone call to inform anyone of our arrests or to contact a solicitor. Unbeknown to us permission was being sort to gain entry to our houses in order to seize computers, mobile phones, diaries, and documents. In the afternoon we were each interviewed and told that we would be released and bailed pending further enquiries. By 10pm however it was becoming clear that we would be held overnight. Read full report here.