A blog by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration about justice and peace issues

Tomorrow, January 5, 2011, SOA Watch activists Nancy Smith from New York and Chris Spicer from Illinois will appear in federal court in Columbus, Georgia. They will 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. They 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 America.

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.


Comments on: "Crossing the line: School of the Americas trial" (1)

  1. Chris has been one of my friends for a few years. I am so proud of him and grateful for his brave witness that I know he did with a lot of prayer.
    A few weeks ago I took a group of my students to the White Rose Catholic Worker here in Chicago and they met Chris, and adored him. They were all so amazed with his story about civil disobedience. It seemed to be the thing that impacted them the most from our field trip, as they spoke about the most afterwards.
    Blessed are the peacemakers!

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