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Julienne Oldfield PDF Print E-mail

Julienne came to the US from the UK in 1978 with her husband and four children. The following year she enrolled in the Arts School at Syracuse University, completing her Bachelor of Arts degree within a few years. After finishing school, Julienne became involved in Peacemaking in her church and in the Presbytery, joined Peace Action CNY, and met local activists in the Syracuse Peace Council.

In 1997 Julienne became aware of SOA Watch CNY, traveled to the November vigil for the first time, and crossed the line with 600 others. For this action, she received a Ban and Bar Notice, set for 5 years. Even though she was not a noncitizen at the time, Julienne did have the right to peacefully witness to her beliefs.

She has continued to attend the November vigil every year since, but respected the Ban and Bar Notice and did not attempt to cross onto the base.

Her local group formed a chapter of the Colombia Support Network through which they maintain communication with a Sister community in Cajibio in the Cauca Department of Southwestern Colombia. Julienne visited the community for the first time with a delegation in Aug 2004.

Having provided the necesarry paperwork and with support from her church, Julienne chose not to take the Oath of Allegiance upon becoming a US citizen.

On Monday, January 29 - 2007, Julienne Oldfield was sentenced to 3 months in federal prison. She reported to Philadelphia's Federal Detention Center on April 17, 2007 and was released on July 13, 2007

Julienne Oldfield's Statement:

I crossed onto the Base to witness to my faith. I crossed onto the Base to witness to my faith.

I believe in a democracy its citizens must speak out when they know something is wrong.

To avert ones eyes, to know and not to speak out is to be complicit.

I have travelled in Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. On a delegation to Cajibio in the Cauca region South West of Bogata in Colombia human rights were being violated. Our hosts believe in non-violent resolution of conflict and in consensus decision making. They begged us to "Go home and tell the people and our Representatives that our policies are promoting devastation and brutality, favoring only the multinational corporations. Over three million are barely surviving in displaced peoples camps.

I crossed in 1997. I honored the Ban and Bar which was for five years. I really believed the School would be closed. As it still exists I felt compelled to cross again last November.

I crossed. For those faces, those beautiful Latino American faces I have met, for the Way-uu indigenous people of Northern Colombia who suffered an atrocious massacre in April 2004 whose leader today, Debora Barra Fince, whom we met with in Bogota.

For the future of my almost- two year old half Peruvian granddaughter in Lima

For the right to democratic policies, For the right to witness to the truth, For the right to say the SOA must go, I crossed onto the Base : Not in my name !


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