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An Interview with Anti-Drone Activist Mary Anne Grady Flores – July 25th, 2014

Ithaca peace activist Mary Anne Grady Flores was released from the Jamesville Correctional Facility last week — just one week after DeWitt Town Court Judge David Gideon sentenced her to a year behind bars for her drone protest activities outside the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse. The decision to release Grady Flores was made by Judge Thomas Miller in the Onondaga County Court. Miller ordered a stay of her sentence while her case is on appeal. She was required to post $5,000 in bail.

In May, Grady Flores was convicted of violating an order of protection that required her to keep away from Colonel Earl A. Evans, the Mission Support Commander for the 174th Attack Wing at the Hancock base. Until her trial earlier this year, Grady Flores had never met him.

WRFI Producer Lori Sonken spoke with Mary Anne Grady Flores. They discussed why Flores protests the use of drones that target terrorists and kill innocent victims.

This interview originally aired on the July 25th edition of WRFI Community Radio News.

Local peace activist Mary Anne Grady Flores Sentencing – July 11th, 2014

Local activist Mary Anne Grady Flores was sentenced to one year in jail for for violating an order of protection requiring her to stay away from Colonel Earl Evans, a man she never met until her trial this past January.

An Ithaca resident, Grady Flores was also ordered to pay $1,255 in court fines.

The 57-year-old woman and other activists have participated in protests outside Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse where drones targeting terrorists are remotely piloted into Afghanistan. Ordered by President Obama and key military officials, the drone strikes have also reportedly killed innocent victims with no connection to terrorism.

WRFI Producer Lori Sonken recorded the sentencing.

This piece originally aired on the July 11th edition of WRFI Community Radio News.