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Home About Us Prisoners of Conscience 2009 - SOA 4 Michael Walli of Washington DC Arrested at Ft. Benning
Michael Walli of Washington DC Arrested at Ft. Benning PDF Print E-mail
Michael Walli, 61, of Washington DC has dedicated his life to working for peace and justice. Inspired by the philosophies of Dorothy Day and Mahatma Gandhi, among many others, Michael has been arrested for nonviolent civil disobedience approximately 40 times, addressing a variety of interconnected issues. These actions include crossing onto Fort Benning in protest of the School of the Americas/WHINSEC four different times, and participating in one Plowshares action in 2006 for which Michael served eight months in prison. After being arrested at Fort Benning this year, Michael refused to post bond. Judge Faircloth ordered his release, but Michael is expected to return for a January trial with his co-defendants.

Grounded in a theology of human rights, and an opposition to torture, militarization, and violence, Michael’s dedication and passion for creating a more just world is inspirational and humbling. He takes the steps that the majority of us are too scared to take and asks questions that challenge those in power. Michael truly lives out his convictions and his belief that “hatred is not our calling.”

Michael currently lives out his convictions at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House in Washington, DC.

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