SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN NEW YORK STATE

The U.N. defines 15 days of solitary confinement as torture. In NYS prisons and jails, 15 days is the minimum sentence, and most people spend several weeks to several years in solitary. It is the first punishment which is given by Correction Officers (COs) who interpret and enforce the several hundred rules, many of which … Continue reading SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN NEW YORK STATE

Release All Sick, Aged and Low Risk People in Prison! Release People from ICE Detention

For several years, I’ve joined the call for the release of sick, aged and low risk people in prison, and for the release of people in ICE detention. With the COVID 19 pandemic, the urgency is exponentially increased. With the RAPP Campaign, (Release the Aging People in Prison), relentless GPB activist Joan Pleune, myself, and … Continue reading Release All Sick, Aged and Low Risk People in Prison! Release People from ICE Detention

We Stand With The Kings Bay Plowshares

Two years ago, on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, seven Catholic workers (now called the Kings Bay Plowshares 7), broke into the U.S. Naval base in Kings Bay, Georgia – the Atlantic Fleet’s base for the Trident nuclear submarine arsenal. On this second anniversary of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 … Continue reading We Stand With The Kings Bay Plowshares

Four years of “living in Hell”—Children in Yemen

March 25, 2019 marked the beginning of the 5th year of the Saudi-led war on Yemen. The Granny Peace Brigade, together with friends including some from the Saturday Catholic Worker vigil for Yemen, gathered outside the NY Consulates of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, one of the coalition partners of the Saudis in their war on … Continue reading Four years of “living in Hell”—Children in Yemen

Bases Bases Everywhere!

The U.S. maintains hundreds of military bases on foreign soil, as well as aircraft carrier "Strike Forces". The Okinawa Prefecture is home to more than 70% of the U.S. bases in Japan. Opposition to the U.S. presence started in 1995 after the rape of a schoolgirl by three soldiers. Plane and helicopter crashes starting in … Continue reading Bases Bases Everywhere!

The Granny Peace Brigade and Climate Change – duh, we mean, Climate Chaos

On January 16, 2015 the media reported that 2014 was the warmest year on earth since 1880 when record keeping began.  Five weeks earlier, on December 8, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a suit bought by seven youth plaintiffs.  Their claim is that the U.S. Constitution safeguards for them and future generations … Continue reading The Granny Peace Brigade and Climate Change – duh, we mean, Climate Chaos

The United States-Israel-Palestine — some thoughts

On August 1st a reporter on Aljazeera America News describing the carnage in Rafah said  “today I saw several children…I have to say…I have never seen children look so shell shocked.”  On the internet there is a picture of a very young child sitting on stones next to dead parents. Has our Government no memory, … Continue reading The United States-Israel-Palestine — some thoughts

ATL and GPB – Hint: it’s not a Tweet

As the United Nations Conference on Climate Change meets in Warsaw, the Granny Peace Brigade (GPB) has joined an Amicus Brief (Friend of the Court) in support of five Youth Plaintiffs and their federal lawsuit of Atmospheric Trust Litigation (ATL). Together with other organizations - Global Kids, Earth Guardians, 350.org, Boston Latin School Youth Climate … Continue reading ATL and GPB – Hint: it’s not a Tweet

No to Weaponized and Surveillance Drones

Response to questions about U.S. military use of drones is often -- use of drones lessens the numbers of ground forces required and, therefore, our military casualties. Here in the U.S the battlefields of the Civil War are known  but most military actions in the Middle East, South Central, South Asia, and Africa in which … Continue reading No to Weaponized and Surveillance Drones

War Is Not Entertainment

(Click on photos for larger images.) This deeply disturbing and oh so powerful  photo of a veteran holding a sign  on his lap that says "war is not entertainment" was taped to this disgusting ad that is on almost every corner these days promoting the Imax GI Joe RETALIATION movie. Ann and I saw it … Continue reading War Is Not Entertainment