Meagan Doty's Statement Print
Judge Faircloth, I wish to share two names with you. They are Wiliferdo Vigil and Jesus del Cid. These are the names of two of the hundreds of civilians that were slaughtered in the town of El Mozote in El Salvador. These are also the names that were printed on the crosses I have carried at the annual School of the Americas protest. These individuals had families and friends and dreams, they had full lived ahead of them. They were not any different from anyone in this courtroom. However, they, like hundreds of thousands from all over Latin America, had their lived abruptly ended. They can no longer enjoy the company of friends and family, they can no longer live out their hopes and dreams. It is for these hundreds of thousands of individuals that I committed this action. It is for these people, the oppressed, the forsaken, the forgotten, that I choose to stand up and say ?NOT IN MY NAME? to the hypocrisy of the United States government.

This government, your and mine, which states time and time again that we must root out all terrorist training camps to preserve freedom and spread democracy, is the same government that, not only maintains, but boasts about the existence of a terrorist training camp in its own backyard. Our government, in maintaining this facility, has chosen pride and greed over the life of human beings. There seems to be a large disparity between the ideals this country puts forth and the actions it undertakes. We light-heartedly join in chanting the mantra of ?freedom for all? and ?spread democracy?. However, our actions are oppressive and have led to the demise of millions living in the Third World. I choose to stand up and stop these actions and say NO to this government, OUR GOVERNMENT, that places value on the proliferation of consumerism and the oppression of others in order to spread the ?American? ideology. The SOA/WHISC is the epitome of this proliferation. It continually instills fear in those struggling to maintain a place at the bottom of the economic ladder. The SOA/WHISC is there to maintain the hierarchical power structure that is currently in place. The SOA/WHISC is in place, not to spread democracy or to fight a war on drugs, but rather to maintain the status quo. God forbid we should, for even one moment, take into consideration the impact our actions have on those around the world. This is why the SOA/WHISC must be closed NOW!

Each day that school trains another soldier is a day that we must pray for forgiveness. We must pray because millions around the world weep due to the destruction our foreign policy has caused. When will we hear the cries of the oppressed? How much death and destruction must ensue before we realize we are not the be-all, end-all of humanity? How much longer will it take for us to accept responsibility for the suffering of so much of the world? And when, judge Faircloth, will you open up your mind and heart and join in the movement toward positive change? This school WILL close! The choice is yours as to whether or not you will aid in the process. I know you believe you have a duty to uphold your law. But I also have a duty. In this post 9/11 era, where fear is so often used as a tactic to silence those who question, it is more important that ever to stand up and be heard.

Therefore, it is my duty and responsibility, not only as a citizen of the United States of America, but also as a citizen of the world and a member of the human race, to abide by the law. Not the civil law of a nation that used its power to perpetuate violence and greed, but the law of God. This law states that I must love each member of the human race and treat them with dignity and respect. This law instructs that I stand up for those who are oppressed. It commands that I give a voice to those who have been silenced. It mandates that I say NO to injustice! As I look out over this courtroom I see dozens of people who have chosen to join this struggle for a positive change. I am so blessed to be in their presence. The faces I see in this courtroom today are the ones who are making a better world possible.