See below for details about celebrating Peter De Mott’s life. I will be
Please join in coming together with the De Mott Grady family to
celebrate Peter's life.
There will be a wake on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Women's Community
Building, from 3 to 7 p.m. http://www.lightlink.com/womens/
Father Simon Harak, S.J. will celebrate the Mass for Peter, Feb. 23rd,
Monday at 1 p.m., Immaculate
The burial will be at 3pm at
conditions at the cemetery. Directions to Greensprings can be found
on their website: http://naturalburial.org. The phone number is
We will be gathering again at the Women's
afterwards at approx. 5pm, for a potluck meal. Bring food for the
Monday evening potluck, by 4:45 pm.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to:.
The De Mott Grady Family.
For out of town travelers please call Leslie Schultz at 607-272-6482
for a place a stay.
We best remember Peter by holding each in the circle of love, a love
that he shared with all of us. Peter De Mott, Presente!
Mary Anne Grady
Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
by Katie Quinn-Jacobs
BINGHAMTON, New York - Peter DeMott, a Vietnam veteran and civil resister, began his opening remarks at his sentencing in
DeMott, 59, was sentenced for two misdemeanor convictions, 4 months in federal prison and 4 months in community confinement. He is one of four non-violent peace activists known as the St. Patrick’s Day Four who carefully poured their own blood on the posters, flag and walls of a military recruiting station outside of Ithaca, NY on March 17th, 2003. DeMott said that American civil disobedience has “helped to change unjust laws and realize a more just and equitable society” since the inception of the nation beginning with the Boston Tea Party, through the Underground Railroad, Women’s Suffrage, and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.
The federal prosecutor, Miroslav Lovric, stated this morning, as he had yesterday at the sentencing of St. Patrick's Four member Daniel Burns, that DeMott and his colleagues lacked a sense of contrition for the crime that they had been found guilty of last September in federal court in
Judge McAvoy explained that the community confinement term was assigned out of consideration for DeMott’s family. At present, DeMott is the health care proxy for an ailing family member.
On the courthouse steps, supporters of the St. Patrick’s Four held large banners that read “
Following the sentencing today, fellow activist Teresa Grady, who will be sentenced on Friday of this week, responded to the federal prosecutor’s call for contrition by saying, “If you’re doing something right, why would you stop?” Ellen Grady, DeMott’s wife, also spoke with the press and said that she was “glad her husband was clear about where he stood that day.” Grady read from a letter written by Martin Luther King in 1967:
“There is nothing wrong with a traffic law which [sic] says you have to stop for a red light. But when a fire is raging, the fire truck goes right through that red light, and normal traffic had better get out of its way. Or, when a man is bleeding to death, the ambulance goes through those red lights at top speed.”
DeMott arrived with his family at the courthouse this morning carrying his three –year-old daughter, Saoirse, on his arm. His three other daughters, Marie, Kate and Nora were present to support their father. DeMott’s eldest daughter, Marie, is also a peace activist living in NYC with the Catholic Worker community. DeMott’s wife, Ellen, is the sister of Clare and Teresa Grady.
Katie Quinn-Jacobs is a freelance writer living in Ithaca, NY.
For more information on the St. Patrick's Four, see www.stpatricksfour.org.