Stephen Schweitzer, SOA 11 Print
On January 28, 2008, Stephen was sentenced to serve 60 days in prison and pay a $500 fine. He reported to Metropolitan Correction Center in New York on April 3. (back row, left to right): Ed, Stephen, Chris, Ozone, Gus, Art. (front row, left to right): Michelle, Joan, Diane, Le Anne


Write to Stephen:

Stephen P. Schweitzer
# 93647-020
MCC New York
Metropolitan Correctional Center
150 Park Row
New York, NY 10007


Biography:

In 2003 I moved to Binghamton, NY and discovered a small group of concerned citizens working on media reform through a collective known as indymedia.

Along with this effort, there was a dynamic community of caring people here who constantly brought guest speakers and organized events tied to the vast theme of peace and social justice. I feel fortunate that I have been able to video-record those events for public access television.

And quickly those stories of injustice created a larger picture for me.

As my video skills improved I began sharing those skills with the youth in our community through organizations such as Gang Prevention, Planned Parenthood, Urban League and others. And the picture of injustice swelled further.

In 2006 I was hired as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the City of Binghamton to further share my media skills with our community. This contract ended in September 2007 and I've been floating along in voluntary poverty - sustaining myself with freelance work and temporary jobs. And this feels good.

In 2005 I traveled to the SOAW vigil for the first time to document the event for indymedia. By Sunday of that weekend the joy and sorrow and the sense of hope so overwhelmed me that I cried. And I knew there was something special about that event.

I returned to Ft. Benning again in 2006 and the feeling was the same and more. By 2007 I realized that it was the right time for me to be a participant - rather than a spectator or documentarian. And the larger reason to participate in this event is to send a consistent message to our government, "War and torture are unacceptable."

And now having crossed with 10 amazing new friends I'm grateful for this experience and reassured that there is hope for humanity.


Statement about crossing

Court Statement