Courage in Action

  • Just read a report on MSNBC that say shtat Over 10,000 Iranians tried to join Tehran University students in a massive demonstration for political reform. Hundreds were arrested sadly and given the nature of things their future is unknown, but they have shown the world what it means to stand up for freedom. They deserve our thoughts, our prayers, and our support.

  • Via email today I received the latest bulletin from SOA Watch, an peace organization committed to the closing of America’s training school of Latin American terrorists and assasins, the WHISC (formerly known as School of the Americas).


      ELEVEN PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE RELEASED

      Today we all celebrate as 11 of our compatriots are released from prison after serving 3 months for their acts of courage and conviction. They are Abi Miller, Chuck Booker-Hirsch, Kathy Boylan, Jonna Cohen, Sue Daniels, Nancy Gowen, Palmer Legare, Tom Mahedy, Richard Ring, Janice Sevre-Duszynska and Michael Sobol.

      It is important to continue the support for those who are still inside. Use the addresses listed beow to write the prisoners of conscience.

      On January 27th, 86 human rights defenders are scheduled for trial in Columbus, GA. They risk sentences of up to a year in prison for their nonviolent actions calling for the close of the School of Assassins. Watch www.soaw.org for updates.

      The truth cannot be silenced!

      Kenneth F. Crowley

      #90963-020

      FPC Beaumont

      P. O. Box 26010

      Beaumont, TX 77720

      Incarceration date: 09/10/02

      Projected release date: 03/10/03

      Mary Dean

      # 90965-020

      FPC Greenville

      PO Box 6000

      Greenville, IL 62246

      Incarceration date: 09/10/02

      Projected release date: 03/10/03

      Kathleen Desautels

      # 90966-020

      FPC Greenville

      PO Box 6000

      Greenville, IL 62246

      Incarceration date: 09/10/02

      Projected release date: 03/10/03

      Toni Flynn

      #90960-020

      Crisp County Jail

      196 South Highway 300

      Cordele, GA 31015

      Incarceration date: 07/12/02

      Projected release date: 01/01/03

      Kate Fontanazza

      # 90967-020

      FPC Greenville

      100 U.S. Hwy 40, PO Box 4000

      Greenville, IL 62246

      Incarceration date: 09/10/02

      Projected release date: 03/10/03

      Chantilly Geigle

      FPC Dublin

      #90968-020

      5675 8th St.

      Camp Parks

      Dublin, CA 94568

      Incarceration date: 09/10/02

      Projected release date: 03/10/03

      Peter Gelderloos

      # 90688-020

      FCI Cumberland

      14601 Burbridge Road, SE

      Cumberland MD 21502-8771

      Incarceration date: 07/12/02

      Projected release date: 01/12/02

      John Heid

      #13815-016

      FPC Schuylkill

      Camp 2B

      P.O. Box 670

      Minersville, PA 17954–0670

      Incarceration date: 09/10/02

      Projected release date: 04/10/03

      Erik Johnson

      #90971-020 MB2

      FCI Manchester

      P.O. Box 3000

      Manchester, KY 40962

      Incarceration date: 09/10/02

      Projected release date: 03/10/03

      Niklan M. Jones

      # 90972-020

      PO Box 350

      Beaver, WV 25813

      Incarceration date: 09/12/02

      Projected release date: 03/12/03

      Rae Kramer

      # 91096-020

      Danbury FCI

      Route 37

      Danbury CT 06811

      Incarceration date: 09/10/02

      Projected release date: 03/10/02

      Bill O’Donnell

      #85713-011

      Atwater USP

      PO Box 01900

      Atwater CA 95301

      Incarceration date: 09/10/02

      Projected release date: 03/10/03

      Michaele Pasquale

      # 91102-020

      Unit A-D

      FPC Allenwood

      PO Box 1000

      Montgomery, PA 17752

      Incarceration date: 09/10/02

      Projected release date: 03/10/03

      Louis Vitale

      # 25803-048

      FPC Nellis CS 4500

      North Las Vegas, NV

      89036-4500

      Incarceration date: 10/02

      Projected release date: 01/03

      Jerry Zawada

      # 04995-045

      Crisp County Jail

      196 South Highway 300

      Cordele, GA 31015

      Incarceration date: 07/12/02

      Projected release date: 01/12/02

      (John is serving an additional month for an ELF action)

      VENEZUELA ACTION ALERT

      On April 11, 2002, the official SOA/WHISC propaganda that the school is “promoting democracy, human rights and civilian control of the government” was once again contradicted by the actions of its graduates. SOA graduates attempted to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela and arrested President Hugo Chavez. Massive demonstrations erupted and police forces killed perhaps 40 government supporters. After 48 hours, the coup government collapsed.

      What the involvement of SOA graduates already hinted at from the beginning, has now been backed by information from officials at the Organization of American States (OAS) and other diplomatic sources; they assert that the US administration was not only aware that the coup was about to take place but sanctioned it. According to the OAS, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and SOA/WHISC Board of Visitors member Otto Reich, had “a number of meetings with leaders of the

      coup” over several months. The coup was discussed in detail, right down to its timing and chances of success.

      Now, in December 2003, the political crisis in Venezuela worsens again, and many observers fear that another coup- or an attempt to petition for international intervention to depose the government – may be around the corner.

      Please call the Venezuela desk at the State Department and let the administration know that you demand that the US government takes a public stand against unconstitutional and violent means to resolve the current crisis and explain that it will not tolerate a coup government nor have diplomatic or normal commercial relations with any coup-installed government. Please talk to the desk officer Brian Naranjo. Try either or both of these two numbers:

      (202) 647-4216

      (202) 647-3338.

      In Solidarity,

      SOA Watch Staff

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      SOA Watch ~ PO Box 4566 ~ Washington DC 20017 ~ (202)234-3440 ~ www.soaw.org