-thanks to School of the Americas Watch (SOAW)
Support the SOA 6
On January 26, six human rights advocates appeared in a federal courthouse in Georgia. The "SOA 6," ranging in age from 21 to 68, were found "guilty" of carrying the protest against the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC) onto the Fort Benning military base. The six were among the thousands who gathered on November 22 and 23, 2008 outside the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia to demand a change in U.S. policy towards Latin America and the closure of the SOA/WHINSEC.
The "SOA 6" spoke out clearly and powerful in court. They made a compelling case for the closure of the school and creation of a culture of justice and peace, where there is no place for the SOA mindset that promotes military "solutions" to social and economic problems. The six stood up for all of us working for a more just world.They are in here for us and we are out here for them. Support the "SOA 6". Write to them and step up your activism.Click here for their bios, trial statements and prison addresses.
The "SOA 6":
Father Luis Barrios, 56, from North Bergen, New Jersey, sentenced to 2 months in federal prison and $250 fine
Theresa Cusimano, 40 Denver, Colorado, sentenced to 2 months in federal prison and $500 fine
Kristin Holm, from Chicago, Illinois, sentenced to 2 months in federal prison and $250 fine
Sr. Diane Pinchot, OSU, 63, from Cleveland, Ohio, sentenced to 2 months in federal prison
Al Simmons, 64, from Richmond, Virginia, sentenced to 2 months in federal prison
Louis Wolf, 68, from Washington, DC, senteced to 6 months house arrest and $1000 fine
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