Sister Sheila Salmon Print
Sister Sheila Salmon, 70, is a member of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, headquartered at Villa Maria, PA. Sister Sheila, a registered nurse, has ministered in the greater Cleveland, OH area, most recently with Hospice of the Western Reserve. She was also a missionary in Chile and worked with AIDS orphans in Kenya. She currently serves as an outreach worker with Mexican migrants, abused and neglected children and hospice patients in Sebastian, FL.

Sheila was released on July 23,2007 after serving a 100-day sentence in federal prison for tresspassing onto the Fort Benning Military Reservation on November 19, 2006 during the November Vigil to Close the SOA.

Sister Sheila's Statement:

My name is Sheila Salmon and I am a member of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. With other members of my religious community I have participated in the peaceful protest at Fort Benning for the last nine years.

At this time I will not reiterate the innumerable human rights violations, torture, murders and massacres attributed to graduates of the School of Americas/WHINSEC. These activities are extensively documented and well known by the Court. Instead I will talk about faithfulness to the God of peace and justice.

Reflecting back to November 19th of last year, you may wonder why I crossed the line. Simply put, I did what I did because for me it was the right thing to do.

My act of non-violent resistance was done for the following reasons:

1. I am a Christian and have no choice but to follow in Jesus footsteps.

2. As a member of the Humility of Mary Community I want to live out our commitment to act in solidarity with women and children and those who are marginalized and to be non-violent in all of my relationships.

3. Speak out for those who have no voice - speaking truth to power no matter what it will cost me personally.

4. Make a bold public stance for peace and justice.

5. Raise up in prayerful memory the thousands of people killed by SOA/WHINSEC graduates especially remembering:

* the four church women ? two from my hometown of Cleveland, Jean Donovan and Dorothy Kazel.

* Rafael Giron, brother of a friend and * Fr. Wilfredo Alarcon, a friend and co-worker from Chile.

Friends and family members have asked, ?Do you really think your act of civil disobedience will influence the government enough to close the school?? I honestly do not know the answer to that question. But I do know that if my action hastens the closing of the school by even one day, this act of civil disobedience was worthwhile.

Judge Faircloth, I am willing to joyfully accept the sentence to federal prison which you will impose. It is a small price to pay for my action and beliefs.