Our government locked up a grandmother and member of New York’s Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars for protesting against drones at a US base.
Prior to her current case, Mary Anne Grady-Flores was issued an order of protection to keep her away from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base after she participated in an act of civil disobedience there on October 25, 2012. The order was in effect for one year.
After the order of protection was put in place, Grady-Flores attended a protest. Reports indicate that while she did not participate in the action, she took photographs of it from the roadway, fully believing that she was in compliance with the protective order.
Unfortunately for Grady-Flores, the property of the base extended all the way to the roadway. Thus she was charged and tried with second degree criminal contempt for violating the protective order. Rather than plead guilty to this abuse of our judicial and criminal process, Grady Flores took her case to trial.
“The fourth perversion is the reversal of who is the real victim here: the commander of a military base involved in killing innocent people halfway around the world or those innocent people themselves, who are the real ones in need of orders of protection? So I, as a nonviolent grandmother and a caregiver to my own mother, as I prepare for jail, itself a perversion, I stand before you remorseful. I’m remorseful about my own country and its continued perpetuating of violence and injustice.”