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Home About Us Prisoners of Conscience 2010 - SOA 4 Letter from Michael David Omondi
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March 14, 2011

Sisters and Brothers in Love,

davidI pray that the Peace of Christ be yours in a new and special way this Lenten season.  I pray that in the silence of your hearts you are gifted with wisdom, discernment, and vision.  I pray that you will have the courage to act boldly, and a conviction towards justice that overcomes fear and selfish desires for comfort.

Now there are only two months remaining in my six-month prison sentence - a small sacrifice compared to the suffering and death exacted upon Americans south of the United States by SOA/WHINSEC graduates, and broader U.S. imperialist policies.  The time has flown by.  I am ever grateful for the outpouring of love and support for the four of us who trespassed on Ft. Benning at last year's vigil.

My own decision to clamber over the barbed-wire fence came out of a belief that the SOA is one embodiment of systemic violence and injustice that reaches at least as far back into history as the near extermination of Native Americans and enslavement of millions of Africans at the start of Europe's great expansion. Indications are more numerous each day that this system of global dominance, which prospers an elite minority at the expense of the poor masses, is enhancing in scope and consolidating power. The divide between the wealthy and the rest widens, while the world's most powerful nation - a slave to corporate power - continues to pursue an agenda of militarization and nuclear dominance, demonstrating utter disregard for the planet Earth and her less well-heeled inhabitants.

Ours in an increasingly hypocritical era, rife with moral contradictions and intentional distractions. Evidence of environmental and economic collapse are all around us, yet we stubbornly cling to modes of existence rooted in violence and inequality that got us into this mess in the first place. We trust in expired notions of development and progress, ignoring the signs of the times, grinding the face of the poor in the dust.

It is well past time for a radical change. Radical change requires radical action rooted in a spirit of unconditional love. Rooted in the recognition that we are individually responsible for our collective well-being; accountable to our children and generations to come; inextricably bound to our Mother Earth and our less fortunate brothers and sisters wherever they may be. One Love, one life.

While keenly aware of a shared ethnic heritage with the current U.S. president and the neo-colonial realities of a "post-racial era", it is these convictions that led me over that fence back in November. It was an action in honor of the thousands of victims of SOA/WHINSEC graduates, in solidarity with those who continue to suffer under the heel of imperial expansion, and those - past and present - who resist through life-affirming acts of personal sacrifice.

In the last four months I have known peace and freedom beyond anythin I expected or imagined. And I know that I am forever changed.

Love and blessings,

David Omondi


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Michael David Omondi is currently serving a 6-month sentence for trespass at McCrae Correctional Institute in Atlanta, GA.  More letters from David Omondi can be found at www.lacatholicworker.org. You can send him letters at:

MICHAEL DAVID OMONDI 94638-020
McCRAE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTE
P.O. DRAWER 30
McCRAE, GA 31055

 

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