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GRANDMOTHER IN JAIL FOR PEACE PROTEST
13 Dec 2000
Ruth McKay, an 81 year old grandmother and peace activist from Concord, NH, will spend Christmas in jail for a December 4 demonstration at a Nashua, NH weapons plant.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 12/14/00

CONTACT: Sean Donahue, NH Peace Action 603-228-0559


GRANDMOTHER TO SPEND CHRISTMAS IN JAIL
FOR PROTEST AT NASHUA WEAPONS PLANT

NASHUA/CONCORD -- Ruth McKay, an 81 year old
grandmother and peace activist from Concord, NH pled
no contest to charges of criminal trespass and
disorderly conduct in Nashua District Court this
morning. McKay was arrested on December 4 for
attempting to pray in the driveway of the British
Aerospace (BAE) Systems plant on Canal St. in Nashua
during a demonstration organized by New Hampshire
Peace Action to protest the company's production of
electronic components for weapons that are used
against civilians. Judge Philip Howorth sentenced
McKay to thirteen days in jail after she refused to
pay a $260 fine because "the poor can't pay fines" and
she wanted to act in solidarity with the poor. This
is the sixth time McKay has been jailed for an act if
civil disobedience at the Nashua weapons plant
formerly known as Sanders.

In a statement before the hearing she McKay said:

"I'm working to acknowledge my own entanglement with
war preparations so I don not dump blame on any one
person but rather share the responsibility of doing my
part in turning our society away from reliance on
violence.

"By raising the issue of electronic warfare I hope to
lift public awareness and empower the public to demand
life-affirming products.

"I see all this as trying to be obedient to our
Creator."

She also told friends and supporters "Because I am a
Christian pacifist it is important that I am spending
Christmas in jail."

Two other women arrested during the demonstration,
Hattie Nestel, 61, of Athol, MA and Dade Singapuri,
67, of Amherst, MA pled not guilty to charges of
disorderly conduct and will be tried in Nashua
District Court on January 29, 20001.


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See also:
www.nhpeaceaction.org
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