Plowshare 7 1st Verdict

After a year of waiting since being convicted after trial in October 2019, two of the seven KBP defendants begin their sentences on Monday, December 14. Carmen Trotta and Martha Hennessy will be reporting to two different Federal Correctional Institutions on December 14 by 2 pm. There is a great risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus in prisons which have four times the rate of the general community.


Carmen, 58, who has provided three decades of hospitality and food at St. Joseph House Catholic Worker in NYC and been a key organizer to shut down Guantanamo and led protests to end the bombing and blockade of Yemen will report to FCI Otisville, NY. Community members will drive him an hour and a half north of NYC to begin his 14 month sentence. He has completed 7 1/2 weeks in pretrial confinement. Combined with good time, he may be released by November or December 2021.

Martha, 65, the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, splits her time in Vermont living with her family and grandkids with serving at Maryhouse Catholic Worker
in NYC. She’ll be reporting to FCI Danbury, CT to begin a 10 month sentence. She has also served 7 1/2 weeks pretrial and may be released after 7 or 8 months. Danbury Federal prison gained notoriety from the TV mini-series, Orange is the New Black. Recently deceased plowshares activist Sr. Ardeth Platte was the model for one of the characters from her time there.

For more information down below of who to contact will be listed on the document.

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How to Log in Zoom

Here are Instructions For Friends NEW to Zoom Meeting APP.
 


Instructions For Persons New to the Zoom Meeting App

Before you attempt to click on link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2934909472 you should >>

Into your computer download and fully install the Zoom meeting app from https://us02web.zoom.us/download . The steps to do this you will find are relatively simple and fast, and will be quite similar to any other apps you have installed into your computer.

At this point we believe it is not necessary to do anything else, until you are ready to join the CFM Zoom meeting.

When you are ready to join the CFM Zoom meeting, you simply click on the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2934909472.

Then you will be directed to the “waiting room” from where a host will admit you. (This is a requirement by Zoom, not our decision.) You don’t have to set anything up, but sometimes there’s likely a minute or so, delay before the waiting room opens.

It may happen that your viewing of an on-going Zoom meeting session gets interrupted, or is otherwise not working.

In which case, go to the upper left of your internet browser (Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer, etc), and click on “The Circle with Arrow”, to reload the page. At this point you will see “Join Meeting”. Again you simply click on this.

If these instructions need improvement, please let us know by emailing [email protected].

PS: If you happen (at some time independent of the above instructions) to open the Zoom meeting app:

1)    You will see instructions to Set up Your Own Zoom  Account.

2)    But this is apparently not needed for a CFM Zoom Meeting Session, as discussed above.

Sad News: Obituary for Laura C. Townes

Laura Townes

Laura Clare (Johnson) Townes, 93, wife of the late George Franklin Townes, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Born in New Haven, CT, she was the daughter of the late Charles Harvey Johnson and Faustina Beede Johnson. She was a 1946 graduate, summa cum laude, of Swarthmore College in PA, where she received a BA in English. She became a teaching assistant at Slater Marietta Elementary in 1977 and later worked as an administrative assistant at Slater Marietta Human Services for many years.

She was of the Quaker faith and a founding member of the Quaker meeting in Greenville, SC; past president of the League of Women Voters; one of the original members of the Travelers Rest Al-Anon; and a volunteer for the Travelers Rest Historical Society. She also attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and was active in the WMS. Her commitments were motivated by a strong desire to serve the community. Among the many charities she contributed to were the Nature Conservancy, the Humane Society, and ETV.

Laura’s wide range of interests included reading, gardening, astronomy, bird-watching, politics, crossword puzzles, and natural history. She was a kind and compassionate woman and a wonderful mother, grandmother, neighbor, and friend. Laura is survived by her daughters: Rachel Townes of Statham, GA; Clare Townes of Austin, TX; and Sarah (Peter) Godfrey of Littlehampton, England; grandchildren: Lillian and Elliot Godfrey; and a sister: Sarah (Stan) Benjamin of Southport, NC.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. at The Howze Mortuary.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family is at the home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the League of Women Voters, Upstate Forever, The Greenville Humane Society, and Bat Conservation International.

SC Christian Action Council Statement

Faithful Security: a Faithful Response to the Complex 2030 Proposal

The administration’s plan to develop new nuclear weapons must be stopped. Under the “Complex 2030” plan, up to 125 new plutonium pits would be produced every year, posing a threat to public health and creation. In addition, the renovation of the nuclear weapons complex is expected to cost upwards of $150 billion dollars. It is immoral to spend our resources on unnecessary weapons when there are so many other human needs left unmet. We should partner with other nations to eliminate nuclear weapons, not build more! Join thousands of religious Americans who oppose nuclear weapons in perpetuity by signing the statement below.