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As of 4am Monday morning (November 22, 2010), all twenty-four city and state arrestees from this weekend’s School of the Americas Vigil and Protest were released. Most are awaiting further state court trials and proceedings in Columbus.

The outpouring of support for the arrestees and the movement has been tremendous. We are grateful to all who have given support in the various ways they are able. While we are still in financial need, the numerous and generous donations that have come in have been a sign of the strength and hope of our community and our movement. We thank all who have and are continuing to support the Legal Defense Fund that assists with court fees and fines. We especially want to thank two local attorneys from Columbus who stepped up to protect and defend the rights of our protesters and arrestees during the six hour trial this past Sunday and thereafter. We encourage members to join us in sending a note of thanks to the following two attorneys (a father and his son):

William L. Kirby II and William L Kirby III
211 Ninth Street
Columbus, GA 31901

We are currently in need of video footage and photos of any arrests, especially those that include the 3-4 minutes before an arrest was made and of any law enforcement officers telling people it’s permissible to walk on the crosswalk and sidewalks to exit the vigil area. Please email any photos or videos or footage to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In addition, we are in need of witness statements. If you personally witnessed an arrest, please email a statement to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include as many details as possible including, but not limited to: your name, phone number, email address, home address; the time, date, and location of arrest; the arresting officers’ name and badge number if known, what the officer said, what the officer did; the arrestees’ names and any other information about the individuals and what they said or did; and what happened in the five minutes leading up to the arrest.

Thank you again for your support.

In gratitude,

The SOA Watch Legal Collective


Background information about the events:
http://tinyurl.com/2as4tso

Please donate to the SOA Watch Legal Defense Fund:
http://tinyurl.com/2b3ofsa


Photos by Linda Panetta