The HWS campus will host the St. Patrick's Four, a local group of anti-war protestors who were charged with conspiracy as the result of their protest, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in Albright Auditorium.
Residents of Ithaca Daniel Burns, Peter DeMott, Clare Grady and Teresa Grady were arrested for their non-violent protest after reading a peace statement, spilling vials of their own blood onto pictures a United States flag, and kneeling to pray at a military recruiting center in Lansing.
The four, members of the Catholic Workers movement, were acquitted of federal conspiracy charges after a jury trial in Binghamton in September 2005, and convicted of the lesser charges of trespassing and damaging government property. Sentencing is scheduled for late January 2006. Their case was referred to a federal prosecutor after a Tompkins County trial in April 2004 resulted in a hung jury and a mistrial was declared.
Professor Craig Rimmerman of the HWS political science department said he was helping bring the quartet to campus “because I believe that our campus needs to focus its attention on the war in Iraq.
“In addition, I am especially interested in interrogating the use of unconventional politics as a means for political organizing and resistance in a time of war and in a time of the Patriot Act.
“Finally, I would like to know what inspired the St. Patrick's Four to engage in unconventional politics, what they were thinking about at the time that they made their decision, and how they have dealt with the legal ramifications of their actions.”
Working with him on the visit is Steven Lee of the philosophy faculty.