Solidarity with Those on Trial in Belfast & Brighton for Resisting
's Weapon Manufacturers! Israel
Derry Women on Trial in Belfast & EDO Decommissioners on Trial in
by Ciaron O'Reilly
I have just spent the last two days in a
The nine women moved from protest to resistance during the Israeli attack on
Raytheon is one of the largest arms manufacturers in the world and was invited to
The 9 women knew from the previous trial of the "Raytheon 9" that the August '06 action undertaken during Israel's attacks on Lebanon - that by disabling the Raytheon mainframe computer in Derry it had knock on effects on other Raytheon computers through the
The women also knew from prosecution witnesses at that trial that Raytheon has an ongoing commitment to maintaining the equipment they have sold to
While the 3rd. week of this trial unfolded in
The Derry defendants have been making the long daily commute from their homes to the
I have attended dozens of anti-war trials over the last 3 decades and have always found them to be sacred times and spaces...the fragility and strength of the defendants, the demonic slickness of the arms corporations & military, the weird rituals and costumes of the courts and the prosecution's desperate attempts to strip such compassionate actions of any context. As the late Phil Berrigan once said to me "Brothers and sisters in jail, or on trial, for peace and justice sake speak to our conscience, which is how God speaks to us!"
In the Irish anti-war scene there is a marked lack of solidarity from the more moderate "mass rally" protest leadership & movement for those who take nonviolent resistance. Unlike the Rossport campaign that has been built on nvda and prison solidarity, the anti-war scene seems to be one of groundhog day rallies, posturing & political manouverings between small left groups. Hopefully the Palestinian solidarity movement can move beyond this dynamic, but there seemed to be no mention at the rally in
I know from my own resistance experiences, trials and a couple of years in prison - that the more solidarity the resister experiences, the easier the resistance is to undertake and sustain!
Next week (June 7th.) 6 activists go to trial in Brighton/England for their nonviolent disarmament actions at
Sometimes it is the case that folks who would like to offer solidarity don't now how to....it's up to the movement to make it as easy as possible for folks to express their solidarity.
A simple act of solidarity you could do would be to send a letter or postcard of solidarity to
HMP Lewes ,
also check the following website for more backgorund information and updates
If you know anyone in
There will be folks returning from the
Related Link: http://decommissioners.co.uk/.