The SOA 26 Print
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

The SOA 26.  This photo and more from Minnesota SOAW.

In May 2001, 26 people received sentences ranging from two years probation to one year in federal prison for acts of nonviolent civil disobedience at the School of the Americas in November 2000 in solidarity with the victims of SOA violence in Latin America.

Included in this extraordinary group are Franciscan sisters Dorothy and Gwen Hennessey, ages 88 and 68, and college student Rachel Hayward, age 19.

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The Hennessey Sisters

Rachel Hayward

SOA Watch Prisoners of Conscience

Prison witness has been a core element of the SOA Watch movement since its beginning.  In the tradition of Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King and countless others, SOA Watch activists have used peaceful, nonviolent resistance to expose the horrors of the SOA and express solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Latin America. As a result, nearly 50 SOA Watch human rights defenders have cumulatively spent some 30 years in prison, serving sentences ranging from 2 to 18 months. Their sacrifice and steadfastness in the struggle for peace and justice provide an extraordinary example of love in action and have given tremendous momentum to the effort to close SOA.