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Thursday January 01 1970

8pm-on, Brogans, Dame St. *Farewell Drinx for the Pit Stop Ploughshares!

category dublin | anti-war / imperialism | event notice author Tuesday August 01, 2006 19:26author by Ploughshares Supportauthor address Very Much At Large!author phone 087 918 4552 Report this post to the editors

They're in the Pub for Us, We're on the Loose for Them!

The much celebrated and surveilled Pit Stop Ploughshares are having Farewell Drinx at Brogans on Dame St. from 8 pm on Thursday night August 3rd. Two of the Pit Stops will leave Ireland soont o contiue the journey in nonviolence and seeking justice. Two will stay on to demilitarise Shannon Warport. This group that came together for the first time 8 days before their historic act of nonviolent disarmament at Shannon against deployment for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, they hung in as a nonviolent resistance community for 3 1/2 years and three trials. Celebrate their legacy and solidarity before they take their next steps. Come Thursday night or leave a message here.

Statement of faith

From the action 3/2/03


We come to Shannon Airport to carry out an act of life-affirming
disarmament in a place of preparations for slaughter.

Like the railway tracks that ran to the town of Auschwitz, the runway at
Shannon has been militarized for service on an assembly line of death.
The train tracks at Auschwitz brought people to their deaths, the runway
at Shannon brings death to the people. The Irish Government acts in
contravention of the Irish Constitution, International Law and divine
mandate to service U.S. military aircraft, troop and munition

The U.S./British war on the Iraqi people, and for Iraqi resources, has
been long and varied.The U.S./U.K. military has claimed over 2 million
Iraqi lives

* in their financial and military support for the Saddam Hussein regime in
the '70's and '80's
* in their hi tech bombing campaign of 1991
* in the 12 years of crippling sanctions imposed on the Iraqi people
* and now their plans to conquer and occupy Iraq

US/UK weapons manufacturers also continue to fuel the daily grind of
death and destruction inflicted on the Palestinian people.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

We come to Shannon Airport around the Feast of St. Brigid, to disarm and
disable the war machine. We hope to begin to take up the runway and
ground military aircraft. We hope to be joined in this act of
disarmament by those who encounter us. Citizens, police and soldiers
wielding hammers brought down the Berlin Wall; we hope all will pitch in
to take up this runway and ground planes servicing the war machine. We
find this easier to envision than the further slaughter of Iraqi
children that U.S. British and Irish governments wish us to consider.

We act inspired by Brigid and Irish traditions of healing and
peacemaking. We carry out Christ's commandment to ''love our enemies'' by
nonviolently resisting the slaughter of their children. We attempt to
enflesh the prophesy of Isaiah Ch 2 and Micah Ch 4 ''to beat swords into

We respond to the call of the prophets of Modern America. Catholic
Worker founder Dorothy Day, who encourages us ''to fill the jails with
nonviolent resistance to war''; Martin Luther King, who warns us that we
are confronted by ''a choice between nonviolence and nonexistence''. Fr.
Daniel Berrigan, who observes: ''We have assumed the name of peacemakers, but we have been, by and large, unwilling to pay any significant price.

And because we want peace with half a heart and half a life and will,
the war, of course continues, because the waging of war, by its nature
is total - but the waging of peace, by our cowardice is partial.''

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

* Deirdre Clancy (32) is an editor, writer and feminist activist with an
interest in faith-based resistance to various structures of social
control. She regards war as part of parcel of the system which demeans
women; legalizes corruption of many different forms; discriminates
against, locks up and labels the so-called ''mentally ill'', without
questioning the sanity of the military-industrial system in which we are
all complicit.

* Karen Fallon (30...now 34) is a Glaswegian-Irish peace activist. She is a
scientist and a Trident Ploughshares pledger. She has lived at the
Faslane Peace Camp for the past two years.

* Damien Moran (22...now 26) is from the Irish midlands. He spent three months in
Haiti recently doing voluntary development work. A qualified geography
and English teacher, he is currently studying theology and anthropology
as a seminarian in Dublin.

* Nuin Dunlop (31...now 35) is an American of Irish-Scots-East Band
Cherokee-Dutch descent. She has been working for several years in
community service; in the Catholic Worker, hospital chaplaincy, and with
the marginalised. She is a Catholic anarchist. Her activism stems from
the belief that the Creator breaths life through everyone: War is the
most serious violation of life. Born in the nation with the more weapons
of mass destruction than any other, she is moved to respond to the
current US-led assaults on life.

* Ciaron O'Reilly (42...now 46) is an Irish Australian. He is presently working
at a homeless shelter in Dublin and is long time Catholic Worker and
nonviolent resister. He was a member of the ''ANZUS Ploughshares'' which
disarmed a B-52 Bomber in upstate New York during the 1991 Gulf War. He was also a member of the ''Jabiluka Ploughshares'' that disabled uranium mining equipment in the Northern Territory of Australia in 1998.

* (Co-conspirator) Caoimhe Butterly (24...now 28 in Lebanon) was born in Ireland but spent
most of her childhood in Canada and Africa. After finishing school, she
moved to the New York Catholic Worker to work with the homeless. She has since spent three years working in refugee communities in Chiapas and
Guatemala. For the past year, she has lived and worked as a solidarity
activist in Palestine. In November she was shot by the Israeli military.

Related Link: http://www.peaceontrial.com
author by Ruairipublication date Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Lads and lasses,

once again, can't be with you in body but spirit is firmly rooting for you all whether it be in the pubs or on the streets. You have all dedicated so much to highlighting and exposing Ireland's shameful role in an illegal, cruel and unjust war. You have been instrumental in paving a path for others to follow.

Walk tall!

author by anonpublication date Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I see all aged except Deirdre. Well done that woman!


author by anon2publication date Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Why is Caoimhe Butterly's name attached? For the sake of historical accuracy, I'd like to know. She didn't participate, or did she?

author by Paul R - .publication date Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:11author email tarbhmaith at imagine dot ieauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Thank you for your time and energy, and even more importantly reminding us all that non-violent protest can be both effective and efficient.

Have a beautiful night

author by ?publication date Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:01author address author phone Report this post to the editors

You'll have to ask Caoimhe, if you can find her somewhere in war torn Lebanon.
As Dan Berrigan reflected "We conspire together or expire alone!"

The above statement is a copy of what was left at the scene and taken into the jury room.
Prayers are wih Caoime, Michael Birmingham, Fara and Kathy Kelly as they sojourn in to Lebanon today.

author by MAX WATTS - A FRITApublication date Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:22author email rosiek at bigpond dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

right on plowsharers ! we will send the news of acquittal and reasons ! to our rita (resistance inside the armies) list . good news should be shared ! max watts

author by Supporterpublication date Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Let's not forget their lawyer and the jury. Without them it could have had a very sad ending, whatever the rights of their actions. And thousands more such actions would be needed to make a serious difference.

author by Seán Ryanpublication date Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:48author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Can't make the knees up I'm afraid. Stuck back on top of my mountain for another few days. I'll raise a glass in your honour tonight in my local.

Fare thee well to those who are departing - I'm looking forwards to meeting you again. Good luck in what you seek to do.

Will enjoy a piss up with those who remain at another time.


author by who carespublication date Wed Aug 02, 2006 15:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors


Much innaccurate information about these people once again. Nuin is 34 not 35. Other ages are also incorrect as is some of the info in the bios. Who wrote this?

author by Ploughshares Supportpublication date Wed Aug 02, 2006 21:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The incorrect ages were a sophisticated anti-surveillance technique we have developed over 3 1/2 years. Now you've blown it! Who cares about correct ages? No one really! As long as you get the ub and time right. See ya there.

author by timpublication date Thu Aug 03, 2006 05:48author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Good luck to the Irish and these ploughshares Irish people. The world knows of your just cause and is building towards ultimate victory, and learning from their correct organizing. We need to dismantle the whole war machine to achieve our final liberation. Thanks for the good memory.

author by Spitfire_MK_IIIpublication date Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

2 are staying, 2 are going, what happened to the other one?

No left behind in the cells under Court 23 I hope ;-)

author by Bananas are not the only fruitpublication date Thu Aug 03, 2006 14:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The Pitstop Ploughshares have always been way greater than anything explicable by conventional mathematics ....

author by Clairepublication date Thu Aug 03, 2006 17:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi Pitstop Ploughshares, thanks for all the hard work you've done on behalf of the Irish people & your total and utter commitment to peace. You are examples to us all! Have a great night tonight!

author by Paul Baynespublication date Thu Aug 03, 2006 22:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Can't make the pints tonight but bon voyage to those who are leaving us, and thanks for your actions.

Slán libhse.

author by karen fallon - none!!!!!!!publication date Tue Aug 29, 2006 13:52author email healka at yahoo dot co dot ukauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Farewell to eire.

sorry it has been a while. i had to go away and hide for a bit and sort my head out.
Would just like to say goodbye (for now) to all friends and people who supported us/ me in the last three and a half years.
the pitstop ploughshares no longer exist as a group so i can be reached if needed at my e-mail address.
many thanks to all.

author by Fanpublication date Tue Aug 29, 2006 17:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Go n'eiri an mbothar leat- a chairde

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