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Fr. Martin Newell of the London Catholic Worker Imprisoned for Anti-War Action at Northwood HQ

category international | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Saturday December 10, 2011 09:28author by Ciaron - Giuseepe Conlon House, London Catholic Worker Report this post to the editors

Fr. Martin Newell of the London Catholic Worker community was sentenced to 24 days imprisonment Friday Dec 9th 2011 at Highbury Magistrates Court. Martin was brought before the court for refusing to pay a fine arising from cutting into the Northwood Headquarters/ London.

in December 2008.  The anti-war direct action was timed for the "Feast of the Holy Innocents" on the Catholic liturgical calender. The feast day follows Christmas and commemorates the massacre of children in a search and destroy mission by King Herod who saw the birth of birth of Christ as a threat to his power.

From the dock Fr. Newell stated, "I work with refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan at the Catholic Worker.  I am opposed to the wars we have been waging on these countries.  I have nonviolently resisted these wars since they began.  I'm refusing to pay this fine as a form of further non-cooperation with these wars."

Northwood Hedquarters is the command centre for British forces deployed overseas.  The base has been the location of a number of nonviolent direct actions by the pacifist Catholic Worker community over the past decade of war on Iraq and Afghanistan.

Despite our efforts to achieve habeus corpus, it is unclear which part of the entrails of the English prison in which Martin is presently located.  We hope he will receive a phone call and make contact once he arrives at a prison.

Solidarity messages can be sent
Maritn Newell
c/- Giuseppe Conlon Houe
49 Mattison Rd.
N4 1BG
* we will redirect letters to Maritn in jail.

More information Ph. 079 392 90576
+44 79 392 90576

author by HMP Pentonvillepublication date Sat Dec 10, 2011 13:56Report this post to the editors

A phone call from Martin Newell has been received.
He is in HMP Pentonville
Sat afternoon

author by Updatedpublication date Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:32Report this post to the editors

Fr. Martin Newell of the London Catholic Worker Jailed in HMP Pentonville for Anti-War Action at Northwood Headquarters



(closest tube Caledonian Road)

Monday Dec 12th. 1.30 p.m.Wednesday Dec. 13th. 1.30 p.m.Sunday Dec. 18th 1th.

SEND A SOLIDARITY LETTER OR POSTCARD (post before Dec 17th.) ........
Martin Newell
A5201CJ (prison number)
H M Prison Pentonville
Caledonian Road
N7 8TT

Further information Ph. 079 392 90576
ciaronx AT

author by Updatedpublication date Tue Dec 13, 2011 17:56Report this post to the editors

7 folks from the Catholic Worker, Veterans for Peace and the Rossport campaign held an anti-war vigil outside of Pentonville in solidarity with Fr. Martin Newell. We received a lot of supportive gestures from passing motorists, pedestrians and folks heading in to visit other prsoners.

Martin phoned the house Monday and it is in good spirits. ..even tho Tottenham got beat at Stoke! my wish to use the following address as a return address. So if Martin is moved or released early he will stll get your message of solidarity

c/- Giuseppe Conlon House
49 Mattison Rd.
N4 1BG

Many thanx from GCH for all the expressions of solidarity expressed thus far.

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