Catholic Priest, former British Marine and Catholic Worker
Arrested in "Peace Break In" at Northwood Permanent Joint Headquarters.
Two Catholic Workers were arrested Monday, December 29 at 8 a.m. after cutting through a perimiter fence at Northwood Permanent Joint Headquarters in suburban
Fr Martin Newell 41 and Susan Clarkson 62 are from the London and Oxford Catholic Worker commmunities where they live and work with refugees from wars in Afghanistan, the Middle East and
Former British Marine Les Gibbons was arrested while engaging armed guards, M.O.D. police and other Base employees making there way to work at the base. During the arrests, sirens and public address messages from within the base could be heard announcing "Operation Round Up" and a return of all staff to buildings as the base's security response was put in place.
Northwood Military Headquarters is the command centre for all British forces deployed abroad in
The anti-war direct action followed a weekend of reflection and liturgy by Catholic Workers from
The Catholic Worker is an international pacifist movement focused on work with the homeless and nonviolent anti-war activity. The Catholic Worker has sustained a constant peace presence and nonviolent resistance at Northwood Headquarters since the initial 2001 bombing and invasion of
For more information/Text solidarity Ph. 07983 477 819 (outside
For interview with Fr. Martin Newell on release Ph. 079 3122 1965
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Feast of the Holy Innocents 2008
Statement of Faith
We come here today from Catholic Worker communities to witness at Northwood on behalf of all the victims of war.
We come here to pray, repent and create.
We pray particularly for all those who have died in the war in
We repent of our complicity in this imperial warmaking of our government and pray to be people committed to nonviolent ways of solving conflict. We invite all whom we meet today to reflect on this power of nonviolence.
In this place, where the military planning of the joint forces of the United Kingdon takes place veilled in secrecy and fear based security, we are here to create a new citizen's gateway through which we enter to pray and through which we invite our fellow citizens to enter and see what is done in our name. We make our own the words of the Bible "Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight"
By coming here today we are trying to put into practice the words of Jesus whom we follow:
Love your enemies and do good for those who persecute you" which are the ways to peace.
We ask you to join us in entering this gateway to peace.
Martin Newell cp
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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs