Michelle Yipé, SOA 11 Print
On January 28, 2008, Michelle was sentenced to serve 30 days in prison and pay a $500 fine. She reported to Crisp County Jail on April 3.


Michelle was released in early May 2008


Michelle Yipé was a history major in college, and takes care of her mother in Argonia, KS, near Wichita. She served in the army reserves from 1989 - 1994, and comes from a long line of military family. Some in her family served in the Revolutionary War, and her father was POW in Korea. Michelle was the first female on either side of her family to serve in the army, and is the first to engage in peace protest. A self-described budding peace activist, Yipé first learned about the School of the Americas from a government professor, and later became involved with the local peace group in Wichita. She hadn't planned on crossing the line, but meeting the former prisoners of conscience in November, Michelle felt a connection, and searched her soul. On Sunday morning she marched with the Veterans for Peace, and peacefully crossed onto Ft. Benning, following a tradition of nonviolent civil resisters at the School of the Americas. She wanted to leave a legacy behind for her niece and nephew, that she stood up for peace, and for what she believed in. Yipé believes in peace and freedom, and followed her heart.