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ACTION ALERTS – Support two American Veterans for Peace arrested in Ireland and the Kings Bay Plowshares.

 APRIL 8 & 9 – TAKE ACTION TO GET KEN AND TARAK HOME!   Nuclear Resister, 
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Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff, two American members of Veterans for Peace, were arrested at Ireland’s Shannon Airport on March 17 after entering the airfield to inspect and investigate an OMNI Air International plane on contract to the U.S. military. The pair were refused bail in Ennis District Court the following day. They were granted bail at a later court hearing, and released from Limerick Prison on March 29 pending trial. Their passports were taken and they were ordered to stay away from airports. The men are currently not able to leave Ireland before their trial. An April 4 court hearing was postponed until May 8, and they were not able to raise the issue of being allowed to return to the U.S.

SUPPORT ACTIONS NEEDED

People are asked to make calls, letters and visits to Irish Embassies and Consulates, the State Department, and elected officials on April 8 and 9 so that these institutions experience a flood of support for Tarak and Ken and protest against U.S. military flights through Shannon Airport. Letters to the editor of your local paper are also important.

Ask that Tarak and Ken be allowed to return home to the U.S. until their trial, which is months if not years away. Being forced to stay in Ireland amounts to punishment before being convicted, and not being allowed to return home is damaging to their health, their finances and their families. The two U.S. veterans were arrested trying to get the Irish government to enforce the law and end illegal U.S. military flights (including rendition flights) through Shannon Airport, and stop Ireland’s complicity in the illegal U.S. wars in the Middle East.

See “Action Points” here (https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=d3e3c3f248&e=e8c4dedfda) for details on who to call, and click on “Talking Points” here (https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=77670525f4&e=e8c4dedfda) for Ed Horgan’s detailed notes about why Ireland should not be allowing the U.S. flights through Shannon. Under the “Resources” link here (https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=1d2e02f400&e=e8c4dedfda) are samples of letters to the Irish Embassy, Secretary of State Pompeo, and to local newspaper editors.

* Call the Irish Embassy and consulates in the U.S. (click here (https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=80e2e63f38&e=e8c4dedfda) for a listing).
* Call the State Department: To comment to the State Dept, call 1(202) 647-6575, then press 8. Prepare your short message first, in case you get the machine. If you get a person, engage.
* Call your senators and representatives, especially if you are in New York or New Mexico, where Tarak and Ken are constituents.
* Write a letter and deliver it in person to your local Irish consulate or embassy (see sample letters here (https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=442e767502&e=e8c4dedfda) ).
* Organize a vigil at your local Irish consulate or embassy.
* Write letters and op ed pieces for your local newspapers.

More information is posted at stopthesewars.org/kenandtarak (https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=d9c625c649&e=e8c4dedfda)

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** SIGN A PETITION CALLING FOR ALL CHARGES AGAINST THE KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES TO BE DISMISSED
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One year ago, on April 4, 2018, seven Catholic nuclear disarmament activists entered Georgia’s Kings Bay Trident nuclear submarine base with banners, crime scene tape, hammers and an indictment charging the U.S. government for crimes against peace. Three of the seven Kings Bay Plowshares (Elizabeth McAlister, Fr. Steve Kelly and Mark Colville) remain in jail in Brunswick, Georgia; four are out on bond with ankle monitors (Patrick O’Neill, Carmen Trotta, Clare Grady and Martha Hennessy). They are waiting for the court’s decision on motions for dismissal of their charges based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

SUPPORT ACTION NEEDED

A global petition has been launched in support of the Kings Bay Plowshares, calling for their charges to be dismissed and for a renewal of the movement to abolish nuclear weapons. Please join several Nobel peace laureates and others, and sign the petition now! Click here (https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=7ea924158b&e=e8c4dedfda) to sign.

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE KINGS BAY PLOWSHARES

Email: kingsbayplowshares@gmail.com (mailto:kingsbayplowshares@gmail.com)
Website: www.kingsbayplowshares7.org (https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=59ef2f52ba&e=e8c4dedfda)
Facebook: https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=b05016ed84&e=e8c4dedfda
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kingsbayplow7
Instagram: https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=1a87a344c2&e=e8c4dedfda (https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=d1cbfeed9a&e=e8c4dedfda)

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Please support imprisoned anti-nuclear and anti-war activists – The Nuclear Resister needs YOU!
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The Nuclear Resister is a bare bones operation that depends on grassroots support to chronicle anti-nuclear and anti-war resistance, and support the women and men in prison for their acts of conscience. We need your help to continue this work – please read more here (https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=dd662e0112&e=e8c4dedfda) !! Or go directly here (https://nukeresister.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5e793916f1979bfc73458af19&id=c84459d990&e=e8c4dedfda)  to make a secure online donation and find information about how to send a check.  Each and every donation, large or small, will be gratefully received – thank you!

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April 6, 2019 - Posted by | ACTION

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