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Dublin - Event Notice
Thursday January 01 1970
8pm-on, Brogans, Dame St. *Farewell Drinx for the Pit Stop Ploughshares!
anti-war / imperialism |
Tuesday August 01, 2006 19:26 by Ploughshares Support Very Much At Large! 087 918 4552
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
STATEMENT OF FAITH
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
* 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.
SWORDS INTO PLOUGHSHARES
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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.''
WHO WE ARE
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* 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
* 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.