Jury Trials Coming Up:
         July 30, 31 Russell Brown (H31)
         August 11, 12: Andrew Schoerke (H31)
         September 8, 9: Mark Colville, charged with Contempt;
                  alleged to have violated Order of Protection while presenting original
                  People's Order of Protection at Hancock Base in December, 2013

         September 14, 15: Eve Tetaz (H31)
Note: All defendants noted H31 are charged with Obstructing Governmental
Administration, a Misdemeanor that carries a potential of a 1 year sentence

Mary Anne Grady Flores and Judy Bello Interviewed on Talk Nation Radio
July 15 5:30 pm: Jack Gilroy Convicted of Trespass and Obstructing Governmental
, a Misdemeanor that carries a sentence up to one year in jail.

July 10 5:30 pm: Mary Anne Grady Flores sentenced to 1 year in jail,
         plus $1000 plus court fees of $208.
by Judge Gideon at DeWitt Town Court

July 6, 1:30 pm Fly Kites Not Drones at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
              9:00 am: Make Kites at Hyde Park Niagara Falls

May 16: Mary Anne Grady Flores convicted by a Jury of Contempt
           in the 2nd Degree of her Order of Protection
                (What Happened, A Dan’s Drawings of Trial)
April 28: John Amidon Acquitted of Attempted Criminal Trespass and
         Loitering charges from April 28, 2013
April   27:  Cornel West Connecting the Dots: Poverty, Racism and Drones
          And:  Deliver People's Order of Protection against Drone Terrorism

  Ongoing Street Heat Vigils at Hancock Gate, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
         and Vigils at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, 1st & 3rd Thursdays
                  see Calendar for details . . .

Mary Anne Grady Flores was sentenced to 1 year in prison and $1000 fine plus $208 fee.
The judge actually stated that he thinks she has lots of money because she paid her bail. Must be he hasn't heard of a bail fund. He lashed out at a pre-sentence study by the Parole Office that recommended Mary Anne be given a Conditional Discharge. Here's the coverage from Democracy Now!

Complete videos of Mary Anne's Sentencing Statement and Judge Gideon's Sentence by Cris McConkey Productions will are on the Upstate Drone Action Blog.

Mary Anne was released on $5000 bail pending Appeal on Friday, July 18.
As you can imagine this is a huge expense for both Mary Anne and the Coalition.
If you would like to make a donation, please send a check to:

Ithaca Catholic Worker
514 N. Plain St.
Ithaca, NY, 14850
and write: Mary Anne Grady Flores Trial Support on the 'memo' line.
or to:

John Amidon Acquitted:

You are invited to attend our trials
Yes, we love the support. But also, the process is interesting. On May 8, trials were scheduled for 14 people, one a month over the course of the next year. Please check our Calendar for details. And, this is human drama where significant issues are upheld in a court that normally handles only the mundane concerns of suburban living. Defendants face the Judge and the Prosecutor, armed with their honest conviction that it is a just cause to bring the crimes of our government to light, and that it is their right and their obligation stand against arbitrary murder and destruction in our name.

Connecting the Dots: Poverty, Racism and Killer Drones
At 2:00 PM, Sunday, April 27, Cornel West spoke at Tucker Missionary Baptist Church in Syracuse on the links between poverty, racism, and killer drones. Dr. West spoke on the relationship between poverty and racism at home, and unending wars abroad. Prior to Dr. West's speech, there was a Slide Show about child victims of drone strikes, Vicki Ross sang Drones Bury Beautiful Lives and rapper Quadir Lateef performed 2 of his hip hop songs, including While You Were Watching TV. Here is an audio recording of the entire program: Connecting the Dots MP3 and Videos of the speakers.

People's Order of Protection Against Drone Terrorism
Following Dr. West's talk, met at BOCES parking lot, which is located on Thompson Road near the East Gate of the base, for a Rally at 4:30 pm. We then had a permitted walk to the South Gate on Molloy Road and a ceremony to uphold the People’s Order of Protection.

Last year, Raz Mohammad, a young man from MaidanShahr, Wardak Provice, Afghanistan, submitted a request for an Order of Protection for his family and community after his young brother-in-law was killed in a drone strike. Raz said:

“On Friday,the 30th of May, 2008 my brother-in-law was killed by a drone, along with four of his friends. My brother-in-law was a student and was innocent. Accountability from the U.S. military for this incident was non-existent.

This incident created a situation which was beyond imagination.

It affected the minds of my sister and all members of my family. When my nephew was 5 years old, he asked his mother, “Where is father?” My sister replied, “Your father was killed by a computer.” These negative effects on all of us persist till today.

I am worried for my family and the people of MaidanShahr. I request that the U.S. courts protect my sister, my family and my village.

I wish that U.S. will be able to save all humanity from drones.”     **Translated by Hakim Young

Although the courts have so far failed to honor Raz's request, we will come out to support Raz, his family and his community. While we regularly hear about illegal drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen, we rarely hear about them in Afghanistan. Hancock pilots fly MQ-9 Reaper Drones over Afghanistan, and they should be accountable for the ongoing carnage and bring them a People's Order of Protection for the children of Afghanistan, for their families and their villages.