Salem (OR) City Council Votes Unanimously to Support Chani Geigler of the "SOA 43" Print
Below is a copy of a letter in support of Chani Geigler of the "SOA 43", which was approved unanimously on Monday, July 1, 2002 by the Salem (OR) City Council. An addendum will be attached which will list all of Chani's service to the City of Salem. In addition, the Council will send a copy of the video from the proceedings regarding the discussion and vote about the letter to the judge.
The "SOA 43" spoke up for us and now it's time that we speak up for them! Support the SOA 43 - Shut Down the SOA!


July 1, 2002
The Honorable G. Mallon Faircloth
U. S. Magistrate Judge
P. O. Box 117
Columbus, GA 31902

Dear Judge Faircloth:

We are writing today to express our strong support for Ms. Chani Geigle, a Salem citizen who is being tried for civil disobedience at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), formerly the School of the Americas (SOA). Ms. Geigle is a courageous young woman willing to put her support for human rights above her own well being. In this case, she stands with many Americans who are appalled at the SOA's record of educating large numbers of officers later implicated in mass murder, torture, and other crimes and are now concerned about its continued operation as WHISC.

Ms. Geigle's actions harmed no one, but sent a message to America's leaders that we demand that our country's institutions live up to its principles in defending freedom and human rights. There is no doubt that the U.S. record in Latin America is quite mixed in that regard, and that the SOA certainly was involved in the training of a large number of leaders who committed atrocious crimes such as Manual Noriega (Panama), Roberto D'Abuisson (El Salvador), and Roberto Viola (Argentina). By protesting against the school's operations, citizens like Ms. Geigle defend America's most cherished ideals in accordance with the legacy of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

We urge you to consider the context in which Ms. Geigle carried out her non-violent action, her aims, and her outstanding record as an engaged citizen and peace-activist. Sincerely,

Mike Swaim, Mayor
William Smaldone, Council President
Kasia Quillinan, Ward 1 Councilor
Brad Nanke, Ward 3 Councilor
Wes Bennett, Ward 4 Councilor
Rick Stucky, Ward 5 Councilor
Bob Wallace, Ward 6 Councilor
Anna Braun, Ward 7 Councilor
Linda Bierly, Ward 8 Councilor