Response to Pit Stop Ploughshares Call for October 24th Trial Solidarity


Pit Stop Ploughshares Head to Oct. 24th. Trial- Update
& Call for Solidarity!

by Pit Stop Ploughshares Defence Group
ploughsharesireland@yahoo.ie


BACKGROUND

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

Before the illegal invasion & bombing of Iraq, five
embers of the pacifist Catholic Worker movement made
their way into Shannon Airport and non-violently
disarmed a U.S. navy war plane in the early hours of
February 3rd. 2003.

The Pit Stop Ploughshares Deirdre Clancy, Nuin Dunlop,
Karen Fallon, Ciaron O'Reilly & Damien Moran spent 4
to 11 weeks in Limerick Prison. They went to trial in
March 2005 on two counts of Criminal Damage -€100 and
$U.S.2.5million. Penalties if convicted carry a
maximum of ten years imprisonment. The week of trial
saw 80 international & numerous Irish anti-war
activists converge on Dublin. It was a week of public
witness against the war, evenings of celebration of
the disarmament and public meetings concerning ongoing
Irish involvement in the war on Iraq.
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The March trial collapsed on 6th. day when the Judge
called a mistrial, dismissed the jury and instructed
the media not to report on the reasons for a mistrial.

Nuin & Karen have been allowed to leave the country to
return a month before trial. Deirdre, Ciaron & Damien
are required to sign on weekly, all a banned from a 5
mile radius if Shannon Airport.

The Pit Stop Ploughshares 5 return to trial at
Dublin's Four Courts on Monday October 24th. The trial
is likely to run for a week. Pit Stop Ploughshares
hope to run a series of events running up to and
around the trial. They need your help. Please make
contact.


Ph. 087 918 4552/087 9638398
ploughsharesireland@yahoo.ie
www.peaceontrial.com

CONTENTS


1. Accommodation Oct.24th. trial Dublin
2. Peace on Trial DVD
3. Dublin Ploughshares Benefit Gigs
4. Regional Ploughshares Benefit Gigs
5. Monday Anti-War Vigils
6. Sunday Evenings Open House at the Catholic Worker
7. Defendants Available for Public Meetings, Speaking
at Schools, Churches & Community Groups
8. Solidarity Vigils at Irish Embassies, Consuls &
Sites of Significance
9. St.Patricks Day Four Go To Trial Sept 19th.
Binghamton, New York
10. Turi Vaccaro on Trial in Netheralnd for Disarming
F16's
11. Donations to Ploughshares Defence Fund''



1} ARE YOU PLANNING TO ATTEND THE OCT 24TH.
PLOUGHSHARES TRIAL IN DUBLIN?


If you are planning to attend the trial of the Pit
Stop Ploughshares in Dublin starting October
24th.(will probably last 2 weeks)
Please make contact with
ploughsharesireland@yahoo.ie

Initial indications of ''possible'' or ''definite'' at
this stage in relation to attendance would help us
organise. Make it clear if you are in need of
accommodation, we will do our best to accommodate!
Email ploughsharesireland@yahoo.ie if you are coming
and we will maintain direct contact with you in
reference to what we can or cannot provide in terms of
accomodation etc as things become clearer.

We don't expect as many U.S. activists, who supplied
much of the infrastructure, as at the first trial. We
have yet to secure a venue like Meath St. that we had
at the first trial.

If you can offer to billet/accomodate people please
make contact.

2} DVD ''PEACE ON TRIAL'


(35 minute DVD/Video on Pit Stop Ploughshares Trial)
Now Available!


The Pit Stop Ploughshares went to trial in Dublin,
Ireland during March 2005 charged with $US2.5 million
''Criminal Damage'' to a U.S. Navy War Plane at
Shannon Airport(see www.peaceontrial.com). The plane
was en route to the invasion of Iraq. Following the
disarmament it turned around and headed back to Texas.

The 35 minute DVD/video covers the week of the trial
as peace activists converged on Dublin from around
Ireland, the U.S. & Europe. The DVD/video features the
Pit Stop Ploughshares 5, U.S. Bishop Thomas Gumbleton,
Iraq Veteran Kelly Dougherty, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Mairead Corrigan Maguire, former U.N. Assitant
Secretary General Dennis Halliday and ''Voices in the
Wilderness'' founder Kathy Kelly. The video also
contains file footage interviews with Dorothy Day and
Fr. Daniel Berrigan SJ.

The ''Peace on Trial'' video is an excellent resource
for schools, universities and community groups.

PRICE
€10 in Ireland (covers postage)
10 pounds in Britain (covers postage)
$20 in Australia (covers postage)
$15 in USA (covers postage)


*If in U.S. designate whether you need PAL or NTSC
Format.

Make cheques to ''Ploughshares Defence Fund''
518 South Circular Rd. Rialto Dublin 8 IRELAND

3} DUBLIN PLOUGHSHARES BENEFIT GIGS

We are organising a benefit gigs in Dublin for the
Ploughshares Defence Fund.
*Thursday September 15th. 8pm
Lower Deck (Performers to be announced!)
*Thursday October 13th. 8pm
Lower Deck (Performers to be announced!)

4} REGIONAL PLOUGHSHARES BENEFIT GIGS

In the lead up to the October 24th trial we hope to
have a series of benefit gigs celebrating the Pit Stop
Ploughshares disarmament of a U.S.Navy War Plane at
Shannon Airport and opposition to the continued use of
Shannon to facilitate the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Please make contact with us if you can help set up
gigs between mid-Sept & mid-Oct in


-Galway
-Cork
-Wexford
-Derry
-Belfast
-Oxford
-Liverpool
-Dublin

If you can help email
ploughsharesireland@yahoo.ie
Ph. 087 918 4552/087 9638398

5} MONDAY ANTI-WAR VIGILS
Ploughshares maintain an anti-war vigil every Monday
4pm-6pm at the G.P.O. O'Connel St.

6} SUNDAY EVENINGS OPEN HOUSE AT THE CATHOLIC WORKER

Sunday Evenings
*6pm-Catholic Worker Liturgy
*7pm-Soup
*7.30pm Reflection & Discussion
Text or phone 087 918 4552/087 9638398 to RSVP or confirm.

7} DEFENDANTS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS, SPEAKING
AT SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, COMMUNITY GROUPS


Ph. 087 918 4552
Email ploughsharesireland@yahoo.ie

8} OCT 24TH - TRIAL DAY SOLIDARITY VIGILS AT IRISH
EMBASSIES


If you can commit to a solidarity vigil with the Pit
Stop Ploughshares on the opening day of their trial
-at an Irish Embassy or consul or a site of anti-war
significance, make contact so we can publicise
ploughsharesireland@yahoo.ie

9} ST. PATRICKS DAY FOUR GO TO TRIAL SEPT 19TH IN
BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK


Check their website
www.stpatricksfour.com

10} TURI VACCARO IN JAIL AND ON TRIAL IN THE
NETHERLANDS FOR DISARMING F16's


Check following website
www.motherearth.org/prisoner/turi.php

11} DONATIONS TO ''PLOUGHSHARES DEFENCE FUND''

Donations can be lodged at any Bank of Ireland Branch.
Ploughshares Defence Fund
Account No. 80965573
Sort Code 900551

http://www.peaceontrial.com


Created By: Damien Moran