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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

6 months jail - would you go?

Tomorrow, on January 5, 2011, SOA Watch activists Nancy Smith from New York and
Chris Spicer from Illinois will appear in federal court in Columbus, Georgia to
stand trial for crossing the line during the 2010 November vigil to close the
School of the Americas (renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security
Cooperation). The two carried the protest against the SOA atrocities onto the
Fort Benning military base and now face up to six months in federal prison for
their courageous act of nonviolent civil disobedience. Nancy and Chris will use
the courtroom to put the SOA itself on trial and to take a stand against the
SOA, torture, militarization and oppressive U.S. foreign policy in Latin

The presiding judge, Stephen Hyles, sentenced two other human rights advocates
last November to the maximum allowed prison sentence for the same action.
Father Louis Vitale and David Omondi, who also crossed onto the base during the
November vigil are each currently serving six months prison sentences.

Please write to our Prisoners of Conscience David and Father Louis and send
Nancy and Chris good thoughts, strength, courage and love as they speak truth
to power in the Georgia Middle District Court tomorrow.

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