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SOA Watch Update
From Columbus, Georgia
November 22, 2004, 3 pm

1. Update on those arrested calling for the closure of the SOA/ WHINSEC
2. SOA/WHINSEC in the news

Those of us still here in Columbus are celebrating our incredible weekend of resistance and remembrance! We know that we are celebrating with so many of you who joined us this weekend and all of you who were with us in spirit from across the Americas. The feeling in the air at the gates of Fort Benning during this year?s vigil was full of hope and struggle. More than ever, we know that it is not a matter of IF -- but WHEN -- we?ll close the SOA forever.

1. Update on those arrested calling for closure of the SOA/ WHINSEC

13 of the 15 demonstrators arrested on Fort Benning yesterday have been arraigned by federal Magistrate G. Mallon Faircloth, released from custody and ordered to reappear in court for trial on January 24, 2005. 12 of the 13 were released on $1,000 bond; one, a Georgia resident, was released on $500 bond. One man, Ed Lewinson, was released without charges, and another, Tom MacLean, 79, refused to pay bond and will remain in jail until his court date in January.

Ed Lewinson, 75, was not charged. Ed, blind since birth, was also arrested at last year's direct action but not charged. ?This court treated me differently than other arrestees last year because I am blind,? Lewinson stated, addressing Magistrate Faircloth. ?This year you?re discriminating against me again by refusing to charge me -- while charging everyone else who participated in nonviolent civil disobedience to close the SOA/ WHINSEC.?

Each of the defendants will appear before Magistrate Faircloth during their trial in late January. The SOA Watch Legal Collective and SOA Watch will offer trial preparation and support for these defendants over the next two months and beyond.

Those arrested on the military base are:
Robert ?Nash? Chantal, 52, a member of Koinonia Partners in Americus, GA
Elizabeth Deligio, 28, Director of Ministry for Misericordia Home for Disabled Children in Chicago, IL
Brian DeRouen, 26, a graduate student at the University of Dayton, OH
Meagan Doty, 21, a senior at the University of Dayton, OH
Ron Durham, 23, a catholic worker from Chicago, IL
Alice Gerard, 48, a former ?prisoner of conscience? from Buffalo, NY
Ed Lewinson, 75, Professor Emeritus of Seton Hall University, New Jersey
Tom MacLean, 79, of Ashfield, MA
Sr. Lil Mattingly, 63, a Maryknoll Sister from Maryknoll, NY
Elizabeth Nadeau, 27, a student and Steelworker from Minneapolis, MN
Mike Ring,65, a retiree and employee of an alternative high school in Wall, NJ
Dan Schwankl, 31, a catholic worker from Silk Hope, NC
Aaron Schumann, 32, an activist with the Prison Activist Resource Center from Oakland, CA
And two minors

Additionally, three were arrested by the Columbus City Police throughout the weekend, two, Patrick O?Neill and John Redman, for issues surrounding the recently erected barricades and one for wearing a mask under a seldom-invoked Georgia law aimed at the Ku Klux Klan. These three are awaiting court dates.

2. SOA/ WHINSEC in the news

The Associated Press filed an article about this weekend?s momentous gathering last evening. Call your local newspaper today and ask them to run the story! Let them know if you or friends of yours traveled to Fort Benning. Remember, the story that you tell is important! Let the media know what matters to you and your community.

Click here to read the AP story.

To read recent coverage, visit the SOA Watch Newsroom at www.soaw.orgsroom.

Click here for tips on media outreach.

Please feel free to contact SOA Watch Communications Coordinator Christy Pardew this week with questions at 706-507-4860 or cpardew(at)soaw.org.

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