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On November 21, 2005, 40 people were arrested for acts of civil disobedience calling for the closure of the School of the Americas. Three of these people, Donna Coustantineau, Wendy Dwyer and Mike Murphy, were arrested by Columbus City Police, held overnight in jail, charged with "failure to disperse," found guilty and sentenced to time served and a $200 fine.

Thirty-seven people were arrested by military police on Fort Benning property. One person, Ed Lewinson, 73, a professor emeritus, crossed onto the base for a third time. Again this year, Ed was not charged -- probably because the government fears the bad publicity associated with prosecuting a person who is blind. Ed's courage and persistence sets an example for all of us.

When the remaining 36 individuals were arraigned in federal court after spending a night in jail, 34 of them pled not guilty and were ordered to return to court for trials beginning on January 30, 2006. Two people, Christine Gaunt and Don Nelson, pled guilty at arraignment. Chris, who served three months in 2003 for an SOA action, was sentenced to six months and elected to begin serving her sentence immediately. Don was sentenced to 90 days in prison and self-reported to federal prison on January 17, 2006.

Three individuals opted not to post bond but to remain in custody awaiting their trials. They were Priscilla Treska of Ohio, Fr. Louis Vitale of San Francisco and Fr. Jerry Zawada of Indiana. On January 31st, Priscilla was found guilty and released on "time served." That same day, Fr. Louis Vitale was sentenced to six months in prison, although he sentence was later reduced by 18 days.

On April 10, 2006, twenty nine SOA Watch human rights advocates from around the United States were incarcerated for one to six months sentences for their acts of nonviolent civil disobedience opposing the controversial U.S. Army?s School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC). They joined four others already serving prison time for the same action.

?People speaking out for justice and accountability go to prison this week,? said Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOA Watch, ?while the SOA and its graduates continue to commit human rights abuses with impunity.?

The 32 defendants, members of the legal team and the many supporters held a press conference before the trial in Columbus, Georgia. Watch and listen to a slide show of that press conference.

Read the press release from Wednesday, February 1 for more information about the January trials. Read the full report of the civil disobedience actions from the SOA Watch Legal Collective from more information about the actions in November that put folks on trial this year.

The SOA 37 have all completed their sentences, with the exception of Jonathan Robert, who remains in custody pending resolution of other outstanding charges.

(In alphabetical order)

Buddy Bell, 23, is a student at DePaul University in Wood Dale, Illinois. The first time Buddy learned of social justice was in third grade. His Catholic-school teacher encouraged each student to go without sweets for a while so they could have money to give to children around the world without enough food to eat. He wondered why every affluent person didn?t give their excess money to the poor to eliminate poverty and hunger.

Fifteen years later, Buddy?s knowledge of the world has widened, but he?s always held on to the idealistic will to stand in oppression?s way. As a college student majoring in Education, Buddy has a philosophy that says nurturing the conscience of generations to come is the path to both their own personal empowerment and the transition to a world where people are finally valued more highly than materials.Read Buddy's sentencing statement.

Buddy served three months in prison and was released on July 7.

Fred Brancel, 79, is from Madison, Wisconsin. Fred was born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. He is a retired minister who worked as a missionary in Africa for 20 years.Read Fred's statement.

Fred served three months in prison and was released on July 7.

Robert St. Clair Call, 72, is from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. Bob studied at Seton Hall University, Immaculate Conception Seminary, and Hunter College. A Diocesan priest from 1958 through 1969, he later married Theresa Gallagher. Bob has two daughters, Mary Katherine and Theresa Marie, and three grandchildren, Aleksandar Blanusa, and Claudia and Juliet Whitehead. He has supervised development of shelters for the homeless, day care centers, and senior centers for the City of New York for twenty three years.

Bob has also been an actor in off-off-Broadway plays and independent films for twelve years, as well as a free lance writer of fiction, non-fiction, plays. Bob was a civil rights movement activist in Alabama and Washington, and a peace activist in New York and Washington during Viet Nam war. He has also been a peace activist during the Iraq wars. He is a member of Corpus Christi Parish, Bergen County Democratic Committee, Pax Christi, and Voice of the Faithful.

Bob was sentenced to and served three months in prison.

Charles Carney, 47, is from Kansas City, Kansas. Charles has been a war tax resister for 26 years. For the last five years he has worked as an independent painting contractor and landscaper to finance his activism, which has included working for alternatives to the death penalty and starting a chapter of the Colombia Support Network of Kansas City. Charles has also been very active in the Kansas City Area Chapter of Reclaim Democracy, an organization dedicated to restoring citizen power over corporations. Recently, this group has been holding demonstrations in front of various area Wal-Mart stores.

Each Saturday Charles does the weekly recycling at Holy Family Catholic Worker House in Kansas City, Missouri and then provides hospitality to the guests. Throughout the 1990s, Charles worked for the Passionist Community, where he served as director of the Passionist Lay Missioners and as a staff member to the Eighth Day Center for Justice, a coalition of Catholic congregations working for peace and human rights. Charles? spouse, Donna, counsels low-income women and teaches sociology and social problems at a small Catholic college in Kansas City. In the tradition of the Catholic Worker "Christ rooms," Charles and Donna opened their home to a formerly homeless man, who has lived with them for over a year.

Charles was sentenced to 12 months of probation and a $500 fine.

Stephen Clemens, 55, is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Steve is a member of the Community of St. Martin in Minneapolis. He is married to Christine and is the father of two sons, Micah and Zach. Raised in Pennsylvania with Anabaptist heritage, Steve has been active in peace and justice concerns his whole adult life.

Read Steve's sentencing statement.

Steve served three months in prison and was released on July 7.

Joanne Cowan, 56, is from Boulder, Colorado. Joanne was born in San Francisco, was raised in the Bay Area and earned an undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in 1973. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1976. Joanne has a dog, a Master?s degree in Anthropology (evolutionary biology), and, since 1997, an accounting/organizing business (Orderly Pursuits). Though she has family in California, she currently lives in Boulder and is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Boulder Meeting, and the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. She is a vegan and a natural hygienist.Read Joanne's sentencing statement.

Joanne was sentenced to two months in prison. She was released on June 7 after completing her sentence.

Ken Crowley, lives in Washington, DC. Ken is the National Delegations Organizer at Witness for Peace. He worked for six years as a volunteer Parent Educator with abusive parents and abused children, and before that he spent seven years providing social support in an inner-city Houston neighborhood. In March of 2003 he completed a six-month sentence at the Beaumont Federal Prison Camp for protesting against the SOA at Fort Benning, Georgia. Ken has held various positions in business, including twenty six years managing an indoor tennis club that he opened in Houston, Texas. His partner, Nancy Parten, lives in Houston, and his son, Matt, lives and works in Austin, Texas.

Ken served six months in prison and was released on October 6th, 2006.

Anika Cunningham, 26, is from Bowling Green, Ohio.

Anika was sentenced to one month in prison and a $500 fine, and was released in mid-May after completing her sentence.

Scott Dempsky, 30, is a janitor and lives in Denmark, Wisconsin. Scott studied Japanese language for three years at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He learned about the School of the Americas and related topics via many wicked fine minstrels and an Olde English professor who had a petition to close the "School of the Assassins." From 1999 to 2004, Scott lobbied with the "East Timor and Indonesian Action Network". He started coming to SOA protests with St. Norbert's College Peace & Justice crew in 1998. He writes: "After years of hearing stories from many nuns, priests and other people working with our Latin American sisters and brothers, I decided to wage pre-emptive peace and help close down the SOA/WHINSEC." Read Scott's sentencing statement.

Scott served three months in prison and was released on July 7.

Joe DeRaymond, 55, Freemanburg, Pennsylvania. Joe is long time activist who has spent much time in the Americas. He is also a nurse, title searcher, and writer. Read Joe's sentencing statement.

Joe served three months in prison and was released on July 6.

Sam Foster, 70, lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sam is a retiree and is a 40-year resident of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Sam is a member of Veterans for Peace (VFP), is undergoing the conversion process at a liberal Catholic church and enjoys the Sunday evening worship service at The Community of Saint Martin. He has been widowed for the past six years, but has met and fallen in love with a lady from North Carolina. The commute between Minneapolis and Charlotte is clumsy, but they manage to connect one week out of four.

Sam, like Steve Clemens, is a frequent participant at the weekly vigils at Alliant Techsystems (manufacturers of depleted uranium ordinance and cluster bombs). Another activity that is becoming part of the weekly routine is Fridays at Peace House, a Minneapolis homeless shelter. Sam is new to peace and justice, but is striving to catch up and learn the art of waging peace and bearing witness to social, economic and political Justice for all God?s children.

Sam?s learning experiences include an early August national VFP convention in Dallas followed later in the month with a trip to Crawford, Texas in support of Cindy Sheehan, the September Peace Rally in DC and civil disobedience at Fort Benning in November. Causes that are high on Sam?s desktop include ending the exploitation of the Latino community by American corporations and the SOA/WHINSEC trainees that do their bidding, ending the war in Iraq, the plight of the poor and homeless, peace in the Holy Land, and reducing the proliferation of a growing global nuclear arsenal. Organizations that Sam is supportive of and is planning on being involved in as a participating member are SOAW, WAMM, Witness for Peace, and the Catholic Worker. Read Sam's sentencing statement.

Sam was sentenced to two months in prison and a $500 fine. He was released on June 7 after completing his sentence.

Christine Gaunt, 49, lives in Grinnell, Iowa.

Chris pled guilty at her arraignment in November, was sentenced to six months in prison and began serving her sentence immediately.

Chris left prison and returned home on May 19 after completing her six month sentence.

Michael Gayman, 26, is a seminarian in Davenport, Iowa. Michael is a senior at St. Ambrose University with a major in philosophy. He first found out about the School of the Americas from a professor here in an ethics class, and he then attended a conference in Chicago sponsored by Chicago Theological Union and Maryknoll for the four church women that were abused and killed in El Salvador. He writes: "I feel that each and every one of us has a roll to play in the world, and each of us has a responsibility to others, even if they have no face to us. We all must work together to live the gospel message of justice and peace."

Michael was sentenced to two months in prison and a $500 fine. He was released on June 7.

Sarah Harper, 36, is from Emeryville, California. Sarah lives with her daughter, Sdonine, and their two dogs. She is currently working as a landscape gardener and a political organizer with California Peace Action. She's a volunteer with the Central Committee on Conscientious Objection (CCCO) and the GI Rights Hotline. In addition, Sarah works as a Tilden Botanical Garden Docent. She writes: "I believe this year we have the best chance in Congress to win a vote and close the SOA. I?m very honored to be a part of this antiwar movement."

Sarah served three months in prison and was released on July 7.

Rita Hohenshell, 80, is a retiree living in Des Moines, Iowa.

Rita was sentenced to two months in prison. She was released on June 7.

Jane Hosking, 37, lives in Luck, Wisconsin at the Anathoth Farm. She is a volunteer with Nukewatch and a civil disobedience activist. She was part of the campaign opposing the ELF or "Extremely Low Frequency" project of the U.S. Navy. From 1994-2000 she worked as part of the Loaves & Fishes Community in Duluth, Minnesota.

Jane served six months in prison and was released on October 6th 2006.

John LaForge, 49, lives at the Anathoth Community Farm in Wisconsin. A native of Duluth, Minnesota, John?s articles on nuclear weapons and power, militarism and nonviolence have appeared in Z Magazine, The Progressive, Earth Island Journal, The Nonviolent Activist and on the opinion pages of the Miami Herald and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. In August, Z Magazine published the second of two feature articles on so-called ?depleted? uranium (DU) weapons.

In December 2004, along with three other members of the Anathoth Community, he was found not guilty of trespass by a Minneapolis jury after arguing that DU weapons produced by Alliant Techsystems are illegal to possess and that their use is a crime of war. He works on the staff of Nukewatch, a peace and environmental action group, and edits its quarterly newsletter The Pathfinder. Nukewatch and Anathoth advocate Gandhian nonviolence and sustainable agriculture.

John served six months in prison and was released on October 6th 2006.

Mary Dennis Lentsch PBVM, 69, is a Roman Catholic Sister who lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Mary Dennis (Elizabeth Ann) is a member of the Sisters of the Presentation, Dubuque, Iowa. She prepared for teaching by earning a BA degree in Natural Science and an MS in Physical Science. For 25 years she taught high school science and math classes in Iowa schools. She has served two terms as elected member on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of the Presentation.

Since 1989 Sr. Mary Dennis has been working with nonprofit organizations in Appalachian ministry in east Tennessee. During the times of ?selective prosecution? at the SOA, she crossed the line five times, three times at November vigils and two times at trials. Each time she was arrested, processed and received a ?ban and bar? letter.

In addition to her activities to close the School of the Americas, she has been persistent in working for nuclear disarmament with the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA). In 2003 she spent 2 months in federal prison for an act of conscience at Y-12. Mary is a member of Pax Christi and Call to Action. Read Sr. Mary Dennis' sentencing statement.

Sr. Mary Dennis served six months in prison and was released on October 6th, 2006.

Robin Lloyd, 67, lives in Burlington, Vermont, and is the mother of Jesse, 27. Robin is a peace and justice activist and filmmaker. She is director of Green Valley Media, which makes documentary films on the culture of human rights. She is also on the board of TowardFreedom.Com and of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Her heroine is her grandmother, Lola Maverick Lloyd, one of the many founders of WILPF, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1915 with 47 other women to try to stop World War I.

Read Robin's sentencing statement. Robin wrote several articles while she was in prison: Visit to a Prison Within a Prison and Crossing the Line.

Robin served three months in prison and was released on July 7.

Linda Mashburn, 63, lives in Brevard, North Carolina, although she was born and raised in the Midwest. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College with a BA in Philosophy and from the Hartford School of Nursing in 1964. She worked at a Presbyterian mission hospital in India for one year before returning to the US for graduate school. She received a Masters in Religion and Sociology from Columbia University in 1968. Linda married William Mashburn in 1973 and had three children, Regina, Donna and Joe. In 1977, she received a Masters in Public Health Administration from UNC Chapel Hill.

While raising a family, Linda did part-time hospital nursing and much volunteer work, later returning to full-time work. In 1998, she and her husband moved to Western North Carolina. In January of 2001, she became the volunteer Executive Director of Sister Parish, Inc, a position she held until last winter. Read Linda's sentencing statement.

Linda was sentenced to three months in prison and a $500 fine. She was released on July 7.

Don Nelson, 62, lives in Summertown, Tennessee.

Don pled guilty at his arraignment in November, was sentenced to three months in prison and opted to "self-report" to federal prison. He reported to prison in January and was released on April 14, 2006.

Liam O'Reilly, 22, is from Maine.

Charged with destruction of government property, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison, Liam was sentenced to three months in prison and a $250 fine. He was released on July 7.

Dorothy Parker, 76, is from Chico, California. Dorothy is a retired Mental Health Clinician and a 45-year resident of Chico. She and her husband, Lou, are celebrating 30 years of marriage this year. Dorothy has four adult children, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren with two more due in 2006.

Through the years she has been active in her church, Congregational United Church of Christ, and local community organizations, Habitat for Humanity, Chico Peace & Justice Center, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Since 1989, a major focus of her life has been the Habitat for Humanity Global Village Program in Nicaragua and Seeds of Learning co-based in Ciudad Dario, Nicaragua and Sonoma, California. She has co-led 16 groups of North Americans to work and recreate with campesinos and other working poor in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and Dorothy says that it has been this work that has opened her eyes to the clandestine, destabilizing activities of her government throughout much of Latin America.

One of Dorothy's children has set up a website for her.

Dorothy was sentenced to 60 days in prison and was released on June 7.

Gail Phares, 66, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gail is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, a mother of two daughters, Rebecca and Lisa; she lives with her husband Robert J. Phares. In the l960s, she lived and worked in Nicaragua and Guatemala as a Maryknoll Sister. Maryknoll Sister Maura Clarke ? raped and murdered by graduates of the School of the Americas ? was one of Gail's close friends.

She is a founding member of Witness for Peace, the National Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) and the Carolina Interfaith Task Force on Central America (CITCA). She has led 46 Witness for Peace delegations to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Haiti and Cuba over the past 23 years. She holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the American University in Washington, DC.Read Gail's sentencing statement.

Gail served three months in prison and was released on July 7.

Jonathan Robert is from Georgia. He was not released in time for this year's vigil, but sent a letter of support to new prisoners of conscience from prison. The following is a short excerpt from that letter.

American military intervention and the tragic by-products of such intervention exists to support the American way of life. We keep a bootheel of the neck of the Third World so that we can enjoy a standard of living that the rest of the planet dreams of. So while it is good to come together and assemble in protest of our government's actions -- we must always remember that the government is simply a collection of individual human choices. So raise your voice loud in protest, but when you are done also take the time to take a long hard look at YOUR individual human choices. What is your carbon footprint? Do you know what this is? Where does your food come from? What about the clothes on your back? Do you take and use more that your fair share of the world's resources? If you do -- then by way of your lifestyle you make necessary a thing like SOA to exist. Gather together and be proud of your resistance to injustice just never forget that stopping the war machine means that you must unplug from the machine itself. Be proud of yourselves for coming this far, now let's go a little farther.

Jonathan was convicted of destruction of government property and sentenced to six months in prison. This sentence was combined with a past charge for protest at the G-8 summit in 2004, and resulted in two consecutive six-month sentences. Jonathan served at total 374 days in prison and was released on December 1, 2006 with a big smile on his face.

Judith Ruland, 47, is from Springfield, Massachusetts. Judith was born and raised in central Massachusetts, and she moved to Springfield in 1978 seeking better opportunity because much of the industry in her area had moved South. She married Arthur Ruland in 1997 and became a Catholic revert in 2000, where she and her husband both got the scriptural message. Acadian by heritage, she spent many hours listening to her own family's version of social engineering. Judith is a nurse working with a geriatric population. In 2004, she joined Just Faith hoping to make a difference.Read Judith's sentencing statement.

Judith was sentenced to two months in prison and a $500 fine. She was released on June 7.

Delmar Schwaller, 81, is from Appleton, Wisconsin. Delmar is a Catholic Christian, a World War II Veteran, and is married with seven adult children. For ten years he was an elected alderman, and he performed other activities of service in the city of Appleton, Wisconsin. Now retired for twenty years, he has been doing volunteer work most every morning at the St. Vincent DePaul thrift store and St. Joseph Food Program. For the past eight years he has been at the School of the Americas Watch Vigils at Fort Benning, Georgia.

He writes: "I have listened to those who have been tortured, held captive, and witnessed friends murdered. I have also read many accounts of these horrendous acts. I have lived with, talked with, and helped to alleviate some of this pain people have suffered when I do volunteer work in Central America, especially Nicaragua. My conscience tells me it is right and just, almost compelling to act. In the year 2000 I was arrested, processed, and released with a five-year ban from entering Fort Benning. This year the five years are up and after long years of witness, prayer, and thought I crossed the line and entered the Fort Benning military base again. I have no regrets. It was the right thing to do. Pax Christi."

Delmar was sentenced to two months in prison. He was released on June 7.

Donte Smith, 19, is from Houston, Texas. Donte Smith is a student, labor organizer and social justice activist from the starry skies of Houston, Texas. He was driven to crossing the line by an acute case of social conscience. Donte feels that task of 'tikkum olam' - translated from Hebrew as - "repairing the world" is a yoke that all humanity bears. Donte enjoys the color teal, origami, knitting and radical anarchol-feminist poetry. Read Donte's setencing statement.

Donte was sentenced to three months in prison and a $500 fine. He was released on July 7.

Edward "Naed" Smith, 38, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Naed is a Catholic Worker of St. Martin Depores Catholic Worker House from Harrisburg, PA and has worked as a Catholic Worker for 10 years. St. Martin's ministers to the poor by providing food, blankets and shelter in the capital of Pennsylvania. Naed became aware of injustice by spending time in Haiti in 1993 and learning the role of the US government's campaign of brutality in Haiti. Naed is a founding member of the Pax Christi USA Youth and Young Adult Forum.

Naed served six months in prison and was released on October 6th, 2006

Cheryl Sommers, 68, is from Berkeley, California. Cheryl became aware of the struggle to close the School of the Americas by attending an presentation by Fr. Roy Bourgeois at a local high school, arranged by Civil Rights activist, Fr. Bill O'Donald. She writes:

"The justice committee at St. Joseph the Worker, where Fr. Bill served until his resent death, showed a video related to the issue the next week. I was very moved and gave the price of an airline ticket for someone else to attend the November Vigil at Fort Benning, Georgia. Then Fr. Bill chose to go to prison. It was listening to him speak, along with fellow defendant, Fr. Louis Vitale that made me feel the need to go to the vigil. Once I listened to the stories and experienced the vigil itself, I knew that I would be coming back to go over the line as witness to the need for this Institution to close. When I heard that Fr. Louis was going over again this year, I knew this was the time for me to cross over for Fr. Bill."

Cheryl was sentenced to three months in prison and a $500 fine. She was released on July 7.

David Sylvester, 54, is a writer living in Oakland, California. Originally from Buffalo, New York, and other East Coast cities, he has been recovering for many years from his miseducation at the University of Chicago, B.A. in European history, and SUNY-Albany, M.A. in Economics. He has worked in newspapers and magazines as a writer and at local colleges as a journalism lecturer.

In 1998, he joined a delegation to Iraq with Voices in the Wilderness to break the U.S.-led sanctions by delivering medical supplies and visiting the sick in hospitals. Last year, he officially converted to the Roman Catholic Church. He attributes the decision to the influences of Zen Buddhism, St. Ignatius? Spiritual Exercises and Southern Baptist tradition. He recently studied at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in northern California, but says his interest in less in theological theory than in what Vaclav Havel described as ?living in the truth? - the SOA being one of the most horrific examples of how this society lives out a lie, violating its members? personal and social integrity. For those interested in a dialogue about this journey, please visit his blog at bydavidsylvester.blogspot.com.

Read David's statement.

David was sentenced to three months in prison and a $500 fine. He was released on July 7.

Priscilla Treska, 66, is from Cleveland, Ohio. Mother of 15, grandmother of 21 and a Montessori teacher, Priscilla is an active member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, where she is involved in several ministries, especially with handicapped children. Her family had been active in hosting Salvadorans making their way to Canada.

Through the years she has been active in peace and justice actions, and in the last five years the Inter-religious Task Force on Central America (IRTF), and active in the annual demonstration at Fort Benning. She came with plans to refuse bail, meaning she would be immediately incarcerated (she had already wrapped all her children's Christmas presents before leaving home). When Judge Faircloth asked why she was refusing to post bail, she said, "Because I don't want to be part of a system that punishes poor people" - who can't make bail. He replied, "But you are part of the system just for standing here in front of me."

"No, your honor," she told him. "You can force me to go to jail, but you can't force me to pay bail." His jaw dropped, according to an onlooker. Read Priscilla's sentencing statement.

After serving 72 days in the Muscogee County Jail, Priscilla was found guilty and released on "time served" in late January.

Fr. Louis Vitale, 73, is a Franciscan Priest from San Francisco, California. Fr. Louis is a retired pastor of an inner city church in San Francisco.

Fr. Louis was sentenced to 162 days in prison (six months minus 18 days). In November at his arraignment, Fr. Louis opted not to bail out of jail in solidarity with those who can't afford to make bail. He completed his sentence and was released in May.

Jamie Walters, 41, lives in Columbia, Missouri. Nearly five years ago, at 37 years of age, Jamie sat wearily upon the steps of St Francis House in Columbia, an economically displaced person with nowhere to go. He was taken inside, fed and clothed. There began the healing of the spiritual wounds he suffered through years of living in a cycle of homelessness, poverty, hunger and desperation on the streets.

At the Catholic Worker he was loved without qualification, and learned to love likewise, in kind. Thereafter he become an active member of the Catholic Worker community, participating in the humble work of performing the Works of Mercy (Matthew 25), and developing his skills as an advocate for the less fortunate. In the fall of 2003,with his friend and fellow Catholic Worker and lawyer/activist, M. Ruth O'Neill, Jamie founded St Brigid's Peace House to promote social justice.

Around this same time, Jamie established Peacestreet Theater, a troupe of local activists that have performed street theater on occasions at gatherings, festivals, marches, at the local armed forces recruitment center, Congressman Hulsof's office, and at the state capitol.

Jamie was sentenced to one year of probation and a $1,000 fine.

Frank Woolever, 72, is from Syracuse, New York. The middle child of Frank and Francis Woolever, Frank entered the seminary in Rochester, New York and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1959. After working as an associate parish priest for six years, he became the director of Inner City Development under Catholic Charities. In 1971, Frank resigned from the active ministry, completed a masters degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and married Mary E. Schmalzl. They have two daughters.

Frank also has a doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. During the past 45 years, Frank has worked and volunteered in service to his community in his home state of New York. He has been to Nicaragua five times, first during the Contra War and later connecting with his parish's sister church. Also, Frank has been involved in Pax Christi since 1978. His Syracuse chapter is the longest local chapter with regular meetings in the nation!

Frank served three months in prison and was released on July 7.

Jerome Zawada, 68, has been a Franciscan priest for over 50 years. He's based out of Cedar Lake, Indiana. Jerry was active in the Solidarity Movement in the U.S. in the 1980s and has worked closely with torture survivors. He spent six years working in the Phillipines and has traveled throughout Central America. He has worked with Voices in the Wilderness, twice traveling to Iraq as part of the Iraq Peace Team.

Fr. Jerry was sentenced to six months in prison. He was released on August 2.

Arrested by Columbus City Police:

Donna Coustantineau
Wendy Dwyer
Mike Murphy


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