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Priest Gets "Time Served" for ICBM Protest in Colorado
In his December trial in Greeley, Colorado for "trespass" and "mischief" last August 6 at the site of a U.S. nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Fr. Carl Kabat, a 76-year-old Catholic priest, was interrupted on the witness stand a dozen times with technical objections. Finally, he made a demand of "the people," as the prosecutor David Skarkin kept calling himself: "I wish you'd object to nuclear weapons as much as you object to me."
Kabat at the N-8 ICBM site
Kabat's action took place at N-8, the U.S. Air Force's nickname for one of its 450 land-based Minuteman III thermonuclear weapons still at-the-ready across the Great Plains. There are 150 at Minot, North Dakota; 150 at Malmstrom Air Force Base, near Great Falls, Montana; and 150 at the Colorado/Nebraska/Wyoming field controlled by F.E. Warren AFB outside Cheyenne. During the protest, Kabat hung banners on the fence surrounding the ICBM launch site, cut through the chain link to enter the "restricted area," and tried to gain access to the underground facility.
Two public defenders helped Kabat present his case, making opening statements, interviewing prospective jurors, cross examining government witnesses, and questioning two defense witnesses. Toward the end of the trial, Kabat politely dismissed his defense attorneys and proceeded to testify on his own behalf and make a closing argument to the jury.
About 25 supporters followed the trial, coming from as far away as Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
During the trial, the prosecutor Skarkin tried to trip up the jail-weary Kabat in cross-examination.
In his closing argument Kabat urged the jury to remember that helping enslaved people to escape was a felony, but that juries often refused to convict Underground Railroad workers "because they knew the law was wrong. You are intelligent, serious, and significant actors who have a role…the conscience of the community."
After hearing from several Air Force police officers, a sheriff's deputy, two defense witnesses, and from Kabat himself, the jury of six took an hour to find the long-time nuclear weapons abolitionist "guilty" of two gross misdemeanors. The charges each carried a maximum penalty of one year in prison.
Judge Nichols sentenced Kabat to 137 days, the amount of time he'd already served. The misdemeanors and the comparatively light sentence (Skarkin had urged consecutive maximums, a total of two years) came in striking contrast to previous sentences Kabat had been given after dozens of previous nuclear weapons protests. Since 1980, Kabat has served over 18 years in jail and prison, more than any other individual in U.S. anti-nuclear history.
In 1979, Kabat was a guest lecturer for an ethics course. He sat on the teacher's table, feet dangling, and told the undergraduates that Hitler's mass slaughter was carried out with the official stamp of state legitimacy; that the Holocaust and, indeed, all the great crimes of human history had been crimes of obedience. The lesson these crimes teach us is that we must disobey illegitimate authority.
On the witness stand 30 years later, Kabat said the legal protections given to nuclear weapons and their operators today are hardly different from those given to the Third Reich's death camps and slave labor industries. "Apartheid, Hitler's acts, slavery were all, like most evils of the world, legal…. The Nazis killed six million. In 30 minutes that's what 2 of these Minuteman IIIs can do."
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Contact: 250 Georgia Avenue SE, Suite 330, Atlanta, GA 30312; email@example.com; http:// www.ushrnetwork.org/.
AFRICAN/SOCIALIST - The Sixth Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party USA will be held December 7-11, in St. Petersburg, FL.
Contact: 1245 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705; 727- 821-6620; info@aps puhuru.org; http://asiuhuru.org/.
SCHOOLS - The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) will host a workshop on the DSC “Model Code on Education and Dignity: Presenting A Human Rights Framework for Schools” at the Mid-Hudson Region NY State Leadership Summit on School Justice Partnerships, December 11 in White Plains, NY.
Contact: http://www.dignityin schools.org/.
ANARCHIST/BOOKFAIR - The Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair will be held December 14, in Eureka, CA.
Contact: humboldtgrassroots @riseup.net; http://humbold tanarchist bookfair.wordpress. com/.
CLIMATE - The World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities is hosting a follow-up event to the 2012 Rio de Janeiro symposium. The gathering will be held in Qatar on January 28-30, 2014.
Contact: http://environment.tufts. edu/.
LABOR - The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) will host Organizing for Power: A New Labor Movement for the New Working Class in Los Angeles, March 26-29. Proposals are due December 15.
Contact: LAWCHA, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), Box 90719, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0719;lawcha @duke. edu; http://lawcha.org/.
MEDIA FELLOWSHIP - The Media Mobilizing Project is seeking applicants for the first annual Movement Media Fellowship Program. The Fellow will work with MMP to produce the spring season of Media Mobilizing Project TV. MMPTV is a news and talk show that tells the stories of local communities organizing to win human rights and build a movement to end poverty.
Contact: 4233 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215-821- 9632; milena@media mobilizing.org; http://www.media mobilizing.org/.
RACE - The 7th Facing Race: A National Conference will be held in Dallas, TX November 13-15, 2014. Organizers, educators, artists, funders and everyone interested in racial equity is invited to exchange best practices and learn about innovative models and successful organizing initiatives. Proposals must be submitted by January 24, 2014.
Contact: Race Forward, 32 Broadway, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10004; 212-513-7925; media @raceforward.org; http://race forward.org/.
VETERANS - They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars - The Untold Story, by Ann Jones, is about the journey of veterans from the moment of being wounded in rural Afghanistan to their return home.
Contact: Haymarket Books, PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-583-7884; http://www.haymarketbooks.org/.
LIBYA - Destroying Libya and World Order: The Three-Decade U.S. Campaign to Terminate the Qaddafi Revolution, by Francis A. Boyle, is a history and critique of American foreign policy from Reagan to Obama.
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Contact: fannieandfreddiebook @gmail.com; http://fannieand freddie.org/.
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Contact: Seven Stories Press, 140 Watts Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-226-8760; info@ sevenstories.com; http://www. sevenstories.com.
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Contact: http://www.harpercollins childrens.com/Kids/.
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Contact: QWOCMAP, 59 Cook Street, San Francisco, CA 94118-3310; 415-752-0868; email@example.com; http://www.qwocmap.org/.
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Contact: Typecast Films, 888- 591-3456; info@type castfilms. com; http://type castfilms.com/.
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Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.answercoalition.org/syracuse/.
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