This morning Amy Goodman interviewed Mary Anne Grady Flores on Democracy Now! about her impending prison sentence for standing up to U.S. drone policy.
Flores is a grandmother who was convicted of violating a highly unusual order that was issued to "protect" a commander of the Hancock Air National Guard base in upstate in New York from activists who have sought to shine a light on America's controversial drone bombings through gatherings around the base.
She was convicted of violating that protective order by photographing eight Catholic peace activists who spoke out at the base about the drone policy. Flores belongs to the Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.
A six-month sentence was imposed on her by the courts, making her only the second of more than 100 drone activists to be sentenced to prison. She was recently ordered to report for incarceration today.
The sentence works a particularly personal hardship because she had been taking care of her very ill mother who will need to be placed in hospice care as a result of her primary caregiver serving this sentence.
Meanwhile, armed anti-government militants who have taken over the Malheur federal nature preserve have not been arrested by federal or state law enforcement.
Brave New Films has pointed to this hypocrisy and issued a call to action for concerned citizens: Why does non-violent protest get you sent to prison, while armed insurrection is rewarded with police inaction and national publicity? Please CALL NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (518-474-8390) and tell him to pardon Mary Anne Grady Flores!"