2002-01-26 / Community

Local Greenpeace Protestor Sentenced

Local Greenpeace Protestor Sentenced

Local resident Katie Flynn-Jambeck was among nine Greenpeace activists today walked free from a Los Angeles court after pleading guilty to conspiring to trespass on a military base, during a peaceful protest against the Star Wars missile defense program last July.

All nine were sentenced to one year of probation. No fines were imposed, and all were allowed to return home.

Each of the defendants presented statements to the court prior to sentence, outlining their moral and legal objections to the program in Los Angeles this morning.  

Katie Flynn-Jambeck told the court "Your Honor, the ultimate goal of my non violent action on July 14th was to prevent the development of the Star Wars missile programme, which, if allowed to develop, will lead to a new nuclear arms race. Working to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons is a goal I believe every one of us should be working towards."

While still awaiting sentencing, activists gathered at the front gate of Vandenberg Air Force Base holding banners that read "Still Protesting Star Wars".

Katie grew up in Rockaway and was first introduced to the idea of non-violence through her Quaker education. In 1990 she moved to Massachusetts to attend Hampshire College, where she is now the Director of the Annual Fund. Katie worked for Greenpeace as a canvasser and then canvass office director for five years until 1997.
Katie age: 29 presently live in  Warwick, Massachusetts, and is employed by Hampshire College.  Now she is part of the Citizens Awareness Network, a northeastern regional organization that works to stop nuclear pollution and to close nuclear reactors. Currently she is part of a team fighting a legal battle to ensure the adequate clean up of the now closed Connecticut Yankee reactor  She is the daughter of Joan Flynn and Steve Jambeck.  Flynn and Jambeck are producers of a video on the subject of the current Star Wars program.  Ms. Flynn is also the chair of the Rockaway Branch of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.


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