Elizabeth McAlister Wiki – Elizabeth McAlister Biography
Elizabeth McAlister is the Catholic activist and former nun who was convicted for trespassing at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in St. Marys, Georgia. She and six others, who are part of an activist organization called the Kings Bay Plowshares 7, were protesting against the use of nuclear weapons when they snuck into the base.
The seven group members were all found guilty in federal court in October 2019 on four charges including the destruction of property and conspiracy. McAlister served 17 months behind bars while awaiting trial and she was the first of the group to be sentenced on June 8, 2020. A judge decided to grant McAlister credit for time already served and received three years of probation. She is also required to repay more than $33,000 in restitution.
McAlister has been an activist for most of her life and this was not the first time she ran afoul of the law.
Elizabeth McAlister Age
She is 80 years old.
Poured Blood & Spray Painted Anti-War Messages at the Nuclear Naval Base
McAlister and the other six members of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 illegally entered the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on April 4, 2018. They chose that date to correspond with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fellow member Patrick O’Neill explained in an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun.
The base houses several Trident submarines, which carry ballistic missiles. According to Military OneSource, Kings Bay is the only location in the Atlantic fleet “capable of supporting the Trident II (D-5) missile.” The Archdiocese of Baltimore reported at the time of McAlister’s arrest that the Navy’s Trident submarines carry about half of the country’s nuclear warheads. The break-in was described as an act of symbolic protest.
The seven people who broke into the base included McAlister, O’Neill, Stephen Michael Kelly, Mark Peter Colville, Martha Hennessey, Clare Therese Grady and Carmen Trotta. The group cut through a padlock to get inside, of which there was video evidence. According to the federal indictment, McAlister, Trotta and Kelly entered a restricted area where, according to the group’s website, they believed the Navy stored the nuclear weapons.
Arrested and Charges
McAlister was booked into the Glynn County Detention Center in Brunswick, Georgia. She refused to accept bond conditions and remained behind bars for 17 months. She was released in September 2019 after a judge decided she did not need to wear an ankle monitor.
All seven of the defendants were charged in federal court. On October 24, 2019, they were found guilty on four counts: