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First Name Last Name

State Organization Comments
Vera Leone

VA

Steven Fake

DC

Ordell Vee

MN Mr.
Christy Collins

NY

Alice Dugar

OH

Lacey Kammerer

CA

Ellen Modica

MA

Paula Kline

PA

Louise Harrison

WA

Arif Dirlik

OR

Jeffrey Colledge

NM

Marianne Comfort

MD

Stacia McDermott

IA

Diana Dorroh

LA

Tom King

CA

Jean Barker

PA Crosslands Quaker Meeting
David Ball

MA
"The right of the people peacefully to assemble shall not be infringed." You know those words? First Amendment to the Constitution.
Chris Steele

CO

Elizabeth Deligio

IL 8th Day Center for Justice
Pamela Daley

DC

Adam Schaffer

DC
Dear Police Chief Boren, We are concerned about the denial of the constitutional rights of people to continue demonstrating on the street outside the main gates of Fort Benning. We are calling on the Columbus police department to reverse its decision and to uphold the constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of assembly. Since the demonstrations began there 25 years ago, thousands of people have gathered annually at the gate to honor the memories of the victims and to work to make our world a more peaceful and just place for all. The entrance, the gate, and the location of our annual funeral procession is sacred ground to us. We have responsibilities and freedoms under our constitution to peacefully assemble and to speak truth to power. We are committed to these principles and are disturbed by the suggestion that our right to peaceably assemble and protest injustices of our government at the same location we have been doing so for 25 years can be seemingly arbitrarily taken away by the government.
Orlando Olmo

FL

Paul Netusil

NJ

June Fitzgerald

OH

Hank Bromley

GA

Mary Geraets

SD NETWORK
Joshua Carrin

NY

Daniel Ford

CO

Antoinette Brown

NC
Speak truth to power.
Michael Zajakowski Uhll

IL

Judith Bohler

PA N/A It is a constitutional right that citizens have the freedom to peacefully assemble.
Linda Snow

CA

Carol Casey

MD

Scott Gordon

CO

David Ensign

VA

Kathy Swanson

MA

Lynn McKinster

WA

Jacob Blickenov

DC

Randy Dunn

CO

P Martinson

IA

Monica Sanchez

NY

Kelly Epstein

TX Pax Christi Houston
Christopher and Mary Fogarty

IL
We wish we could participate at the gates.
Lana Henson

OK

Sabino De Gisi

KS

Kimberly Seger

PA

Thomas Behrendt

CT

Lupe Torre

FL

Martha Grevatt

MI United Auto Workers
Elaine Dorough Johnson

WI

Rena Guay

OK Oklahoma Center for Conscience
Miranda Ronghi

AZ

John Ferguson

NY

Peggy Law

OR Media Project
Ann Joseph

IL

Gregory Stricherz

MN
Let the truth be known.
Tracy Woodard Meyers

GA Valdosta State
Jack Bopp

NH

Anne Sullivan

MA

Cameron Stewart

CA

Jason Kennedy

ot
Please allow Fr Roy and his supporters the full exercise of their rights and allow them to stage an event that caters fully to the size of the assembly they are likely to draw. Anything less is unAmerican.
Jill Flores

TX

Robert Cooper

NC

Creighton Chandler

CT
It is sad to watch your falling in line with other courts and law enforcement agencies that are steadily taking away the right to assemble peaceably to petition our government. Do the right thing. And see you in November.
Kim Porter

NC SOAWatch
Nancy Schmitz

WI

Eloise Bates

OR

sheelagh oliveria

OR

JAMES MINNERY

OH

Sara Fisch

AZ None
Adrienne Pine

DC

Mary E. Hunt

MD

Deb Chamberlain

MI United Auto Workers
Anne Victory

OH Sisters of the Humility of Mary
Vincenzo Averello

NJ
This is an important event that needs to happen to discuss major crimes and bring peace and justice to the earth.
nina ruymaker

CA
Dear Mr. Boren, Do not miss this opportunity to be on the right side of history. Stand up against torture! What could be more important?
Eloise Cranke

IA

Sylvia Hecht

WI
If Fort Benning is doing the right thing why do you protest so much?
Patricia Fiedler

PA

Gretchen Sleicher

WA

Elisabeth Frey

OH Church of the Resurrection I am very concerned about the erosion of our constitutional right to assemble and to free speech, especially when corporations and the wealthy are given larger and larger platforms while the rest are rendered more and more voiceless.
Maria Christina Vibe

DC

Phil Runkel

WI

Robert Tobin

WA

Steve Clemens

MN
The first amendment to seek a redress of grievances is not limited by an artificial number!
Elizabeth Stevens

DC

Jeannette Mulherin

VA

Wayne Gibb

CA

Mary Heyser

NY RSHM - JPIC Please allow this group to pray and stand for peace. Thank you.
Lucy Groetsch

CA

Maria Belen Power

MA

Irene cambias

GA
Our right to speak cannot be denied, We will raise our voices in solidarity with those struggling on the ground in Latin America against the violence and oppression wreaked by this infamous institute and corrupt US foreign policies.
Christopher Riff

IL

Suzanne Neumann

SC
Dear Police Chief Boren, Please let the people assemble. They have a right to be heard. Thank you, Suzanne Neumann
Elizabeth Campisi

NY

Linda Safarik-Tong

CA

Paul Norton

MN

Diana Winer

TX

Ken Lesem

VT

Rev. John Allen

MA

Jerry O'Leary

MD Xaverian Brothers
Carol Proietti

MA SSA Social Concerns Committee
Dennis Feichtinger

MI

Dave King

OR Portland Jobs with Justice
Margy Patchin

MI

Rita Lucey

FL SOAW - Prisoner of Conscience Keep in mind Sir that your community depends on this annual infusion of income to sustain it. What do they think of this? It is not only a right to assembly here - it is also an economic issue for the city and its surrounding communitites
Katherine Gibson

RI

Michael Joseph

NC

Richard Boothby

MD Dept. of Philosophy I'm sure you will agree that freedom is the cardinal value of our American society and it is rightly enshrined in our constitution. The most important freedom is the freedom of speech, and that freedom is most meaningfully exercised in legitimate protest. To prevent, or even to limit, the peaceful assembly of concerned citizens who wish to make public protests of conscience is the most grievous form of violation of that sacred freedom. I beg you to reconsider your position.
Jason Devine

AB

mary santry

MA

Scott Devries

CA

Kate Leiva

CA
Be fair; provide people with their constitutional rights of assembly even when you disagree with their focus.
Mary Davies

MN
Don't stand on the wrong side of history, with the military against its people!
EDWARD BRIODY

NY

Gerald Steele

MO
By attempting to restrict freedom of speech and thought and action you are, in effect, duplicating the efforts of every historical totalitarian nation that has ever existed. The SOA trains terrorists - pure and simple. If you support this you are in direct and irrefutable opposition to the teachings of Jesus Christ, as well as many national and international laws / treaties. You could actually take a stand as a human being and support this movement - a movement based on truth, justice, and compassion. The choice is yours - as a human being.
Nancy Comiskey

VA

Janelle Lazzo

KS Heart of America Call to Action This is a basic right, and the assembly is for a very good cause. I totally support it.
Erik Carlson

IL Beloit Peace and Justice
Eric Hendrickson

CA
1st amendment!
Bill Schwimmer

CA
Let us exercise our free speech rights!
Jack Smith

WA
Police State Power appears to gradually remove rights like the frog in the pot of water, slowly brought to a boil. STAND UP, FIGHT BACK
Michael Sodos

MD

MARY CORY

FL

Lesley Block

NY

Hedy Epstein

MO

Randy Kehler

MA Project Unspeakable Dear Chief Boren, The right to free speech and peaceful assembly is not only constitutionally protected, it's what this country is supposed to be all about. To deny this right is unpatriotic! -- Randy Kehler
Laura Marcinkowski

TX

Gladys Schmitz

MN
Thank you for reconsidering and reversing severe restrictions.
Joan Lang

OH
You decision, Chief, is outrageous! More and more in this country people are being denied their 1st Amendment rights. It's happening all over this country and we are seeing it.
Anna Sichmeller

NE

Alan Shute

MA

Elizabeth Murphy

IL
As a Catholic Sister and US citizen, I deplore this attempt to silence the voice of the people in a manner nearly as oppressive as the regimes whose soldiers you train.
Carrie Biggs-Adams

MD Communications Workers of America
Luis Lozano

CA
We stand for the First Amendment.
Jeff Messerschmidt

CO

Tom Hansen

IL Mexico Solidarity Network
Christine Cook

WA
Chief Boren, please respect the tradition of free speech and free assembly in our country. It is an essential right of the people. Thank you.
Dr. Margaret Gullette

MA
Denying nonviolent protesters their rights seems unfair and unconstitutional. Thank you for reversing your decision.
Carol Voigts

MI

Joyce Engle

MO
Let us walk. Let us be a people for peace. Let us say our piece/peace
elvira kelley

IA

BRYON BIESMAN

SD

Bill Chockla

CO

david holdt

CT
Freedom of Speech!
Pamela Nordhof

MI

Katy Gray Brown

IN

irene rodriguez

CO SOAW Boulder Yet another attempt by local law enforcement to violate the civil rights of the people of the United States.
Suhail Shafi

PA
Let us protest. The SOA is a terrorist training school which has to be protested against.
Fanny Aragno

WI

Carolyn Scarr

CA Ecumenical Peace Institute This is a longstanding peaceful protest. Police Chiefs should welcome such events.
Antonia Darder

CA

Mary Hamilton

PA
Don't deny us our First Ammendment rights
Hugh Kramer

CA

Daniel Pneuman

WI

Tom Wells

FL
Putin is not my hero. Russia is not my country. Let's keep some distinction.
skip schiel

MA
having participated in one of the demonstrations, i realize how important they are to fostering a true just and peaceful government, not one that supports the training of assassins at fort benning.
Sergio Reyes

MA

Phoebe Knopf

MA
Jesus doesn't want us teaching torture and teaching murder. We need to protest nonviolently at the SOA till we can close the place which has killed so many of His friends and ours.
ron vannorstrand

NY

D Sievert

MO

Maria Cuerda

MA
The right to assemble and to protest is guaranteed by the Constitution. We will not back down.
Rachel Gunderson

IL
Peaceful, nonviolent demonstrations on a road that does not obstruct travel for the majority of the citizens of Columbus should never be restricted for political reasons. We look forward to seeing you in November.
l saderman

NY
The right to peacefully assemble is part of our Bill of Rights. Take him to court.
George Spagna

VA

Gigi Pomerantz

WI

Douglas Schirch

IN

John Truesale

FL

Sondra Adam

CA
You are supposed to uphold the law, not restrict the freedom of the people you are supposed to serve, trying to deny constitutional rights. You may not agree with their opinions but should fight like hell to uphold their rights if you care about your own rights.
Carol Thompson

IL
Please allow first amendment rights of protesters! Our constitution demands it.
Edward Brett

PA

Brian Breen

LA

Kenneth Jones

ME
Stop the criminalization of dissent!
Jim McGarry

CA Notre Dame de Namur University Our university, Notre Dame de Namur, brings a delegation every year. It is an important part of our educational mission.
Fred Nagel

NY
We will not remain silent.
Gerald Sawyer

CT
Perhaps Chief Boren hasn't heard about Constitutional Rights? I know it's an old document, but he should read the US Constitution. He might learn something.
Penny Eiler

WI
The times I've attended the SOA watch vigil, I was peaceful. I also spent a great deal at local merchants: hotels, restaurants, groceries and gas stations.
Margaret Russo

TX

Brent Fernandez

TN

Susaan Aram

CA
What is wrong with saving lives and living in peace?
Bunny Daubner

VT
It is essential that you honor our constitutional right to peacefully assemble and speak truth to power!!
Elizabeth Morris Downie

MI
The 1st Amendment to the Constitution protects speech that may be uncomfortable or alarming for others to hear, but this is precisely why it is so important. Any society that only permits the comfortable or easy is in rapid decline, slipping away from truth and honesty.
Janice Hughes

MO

Rosalie Harman

NY

Catherine Oglesby

GA

Frank Ryan

PA

Karla Lopez-Owens

IN

Stephen Greenberg

CA

paul engstrom

CA

Rose Levy

MA Bater College
Dorothy Sanchez

CO

James Brown

NC

Lawrence Crowley

CO

Lawrence Crowley

CO

Lorraine Kirker

WA
Americans have fought and died since the beginning of our country, and continue to do so today, for our basic freedoms which include the right to assemble and the right to speak freely. Do not ignore these sacrifices by denieing these rights.
John Sullivan

TX
Uphold the constitution.
Scott Holland

IN
Nonviolent protest and prayers for peace are Constitutional rights. Please provide public space for this American practice as you have done for the past 25 years. Thank you, Rev. Scott Holland, PhD.
Elizabeth Proefriedt

NY

Patrick Gallagher

CA

David Mycoff

NC

Michael Gorant

MD

Sue Hestor

CA
First Amendment rights apply even to Fort Benning. The abject failure of US policy in central America is visible in the flight of CHILDREN to out border.
Maurita Bernet

MN
We need LOTS MORE speaking out about our totally immoral use of ARMS/WEAPONS/MILITARY "MIGHT" to "solve" problems. Come on, let's BE a wee bit true to this great "CHristian" nation we so boisterourly proclaim to be!!!! Thank you.
Eileen Durkin

IL

Marjorie Fulmer

PA

Margaret Cox

IL

Catherine Hourcade

CA

John Root

MA
Please have the courage to do the right thing.
den oneill

CT

Vincent Smiles

MN
If the Supreme Court guarantees the right of people to express their views outside abortion clinics, how can it not guarantee the rights of protestors outside Fort Benning?
Patricia Sandall

CA

Douglas Luithly

CO

Sylvan Grey

OR

Robert Deck

OH University of Toledo
Kathy Heffernan

MT
Protests for peace and justice are not a threat to public safety. Allow free speech in Columbus.
Douglas Orbaker

PA

Rashid Patch

CA

Alma Kuhlemann

KY

Rosalie Riegle

MI Jeannine Coallier Catholic Worker This has always been a completely nonviolent event. Whatever are you thinking of, after all these years?!
Judith Cawhorn

MI

Sharon Wilensky

CA

Mark Meae

KY

Stephanie Noakes

VT

Clive Allen

DC
It is not the job of law enforcement to silence anyone who is speaking to spread justice, peace, truth and morale. I only ask that you do not allow your superiors nor the incentives they pass down to corrupt your decision making process in this matter.
Connie Hogarth

NY Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action Until the School of Assassins is closed, we will raise our voices and be there!! xxxConnie Hogarth
Carmen Ramirez

NY

Alexander Cunningham

ot
NOBODY EXCEPT A REAL NUT WANTS TO LIVE IN A POLICE SURVEILLANCE STATE SUPPRESSING GOOD AND JUST HUMANE CAUSES.
Rev. Howard W. Smith

SD

Alice Green

CO
If nothing at Ft. Benning is being done wrong or immorally, than what do you have to hide?
Loretta Finn

IL
lease support our rights to peaceful assembly. thank you.
Eileen Brenner

NY

janie freeman

NC
I have been to the SOA Watch many times. It is a peaceful demonstration of the best of our democratic tradition. It bring tons of money into the hotels and restaurants. In the past, it was a friendly town.
Andy Piascik

NY
Shut it Down!
Nancy Earle

ME
So not deny the people's First Amendment Rights to speak out in a public forum. This is our Democracy which means the people always have a voice in speaking truth to power.
joseph p bell

MA
This is our future killers . we must not let them progress any more . Nail them to cement walls . (non-violent message from 80 y. old PEACE MAKER . They are milking our future to hell . ? whatever that means .
Jenny Sowell

MT

Marilyn Borchardt

CA

john mineka

NY

William Brittendall

KS Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas You will not deny us our constitutional rights.
Glen Anderson

WA
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution pertains to your local community, just like the rest of the USA. I implore you to OBEY THE CONSTITUTION!!!!
Kevin Gallagher

CT
Torture must be opposed at every opportunity and in the strongest measure.
Ashley Monk

MN

Lynda Armona

NJ SOA Watch
Wanda Wetli

IN

Ruth O'Neill

MO
I have worked as a legal advisor and/or observer at several of these vigils and the participants have always been 100% nonviolent and even those few who make a choice to enter the base property have done so with utmost regard to the safety of all. There is no reason to believe that this would change.
Robert Hamm

OK

Daniel Stupka

OH

Laurie Reed

MI

William and Ursula Slavick

ME
Further erosion of human rights as the powers that be become more frightened of challenge of their control of the victims of the system. If SOA closes, what becomes of our sinful, criminal economic exploitation south of the border?
Diane Mallette

CA

Shelly Parsons

WI

Eileen O'Grady

DC

Mary Lageman

OH

Diana Guelespe

MD

Peter Mulshine

NJ SoAmerican
arn dekker

ot Justice and Peace; Pax Christi
Jim Allen

AL
Chief Boren – I think you are actually doing SOA Watch a favor by putting up free speech obstacles. It will generate more publicity and bring more people to the event. However, any attempt on your part to enforce your permit conditions will seriously elevate the risk of violence occurring. I don't think anyone involved on either side would want that. i urge you to allow the event to proceed as it has in the past. -- Jim Allen
Owen Andrews

MD

Grace Skalski

IL
Citizens of this country are guaranteed the right to assemble and the right to free speech.
Joe Moye

FL

Philip Paille

IL

Gerald Hassett

NY

jean harrington

NJ
Let them demonstrate peacefully, for god's sake. Honduras has a homicide rate of 94/100,000. One of cities in Honduras as a rate of 126. This the murder capital of the world.
Joe Marcinkowski

TX
On the 25th anniversary you want to start denying us our basic Constitutional Rights to free speech? That will not work.
Rosemary Hally

NJ

Michael Gillgannon

MO
The right to protest in America is a sacred right and sometimes a civic duty to preserve democracy against police and military tyranny. Dear Chief Boren do not make Georgia and Ft. Benning look like a police controlled banana republic in the eyes of world opinion. thank you.
John Mayew

PA
Uphold your oath of office to protect the Constitution. Do not violate 1st amendment rights even if you do not agree with the message.
Anthony Albert

OR
You cannot break the law to preserve the law.
Mike Trollinger

CO

Guillermina Aguirre

CO

Viviana Moreno

IL

Hope Sanford

TX
Our first amendment rights cannot be taken away and it is our duty as human beings to protect and defend those who've already been silenced. Get on the right side of history and of justice, Chief Boren.
Carol Shea

MA

Carol Shea

MA

Jane Stavoe

IL
Give Peace a Chance
Jane Stavoe

IL
Give Peace a Chance
Clark Taylor

MA

Mark Grzegorzewski

FL

Ulysses Diaz

IL UIC
Wayne Daniel

TX Pax Christi El Paso Please don't take away freedom to peacefully assemble and freedom to speak the truth.
Catherine O'Kelly

CA
We have to stop teaching people to kill. That is what the "school" has done, and that is primarily why we have thousands of children on our border trying to escape the violence that we have perpetrated in Central America. We need to mind our OWN business!!! And stop selling arms and ammunition all around the world.
Judith Pack

NJ

Bruce Comer

NV
The rights of the people to peaceably assemble and ask for redress of grievances from the government must not be abridged.
Mary lou Knapke

OH
Chief Please reconsider Stand with us! Mary Lou
Rosemary Hally

NJ

Andrew Paul Gutierrez PhD

CA
Chief Boren sound like a police chief from another era -- Bull Connors. I guess he is just setting up the ground rules for more mass arrests. The obama (lower case intended) red light house and its enforcers at the injustice department work hand in glove with such oppression.
Chris Casper

WI

Rush Rehm

CA
Dear Police Chief Boren, I have participated in the non-violent protests at Ft. Benning when I taught at Emory University and lived in Atlanta. Please reconsider your decision and allow these brave souls to bring to light the truth about SOA, and uphold the great principals of free speech and public assembly. Stand WITH these great Americans who fight for what is right (not wrong) about our country.
Dr. Dwyer Sullivan

ON SOAW Canada I have expressed my desire for peace and non-violence in Columbus for over 15 years. We bring nothing but a desire for peace (and visitor money) to Columbus. Surely, you as Police chief, understand the importance of the first amendment in a democracy and want everyone to be able to express their views non-violently (as we always have). Thank you.
Diana Stiles

MA
Please remember our constitutional rights.
Paul McKay

TX
This is an unbelievable abridgment of fundamental, constitutional rights. Please work with these nonviolent protesters, protesting American conduct that most Americans would deplore, in a way that is reasonable Rev. Paul McKay, United Methodist pastor currently living and serving in Central America.
Lisa Smith

WA

Dane Bowen

NC
College of the Americas is one of the greatest shames this country has.
Kathy McGinnis

MO

Lynda Jones

NJ
America is not a police state. It is not a dictatorship. It is not a failed state. Do not behave as though America were a police state-the sign of a failed state.
Kathryn Kirui

CA
The precious and hard-won Constitutional rights of free speech and free assembly are truly sacred to Americans. It is the truly sacred duty of the Columbus Police Dept. to fully respect and honor those rights.
Debby Reisinger

MN
My husband and I have visited Columbus for the November vigil many times and the gathering has always been peaceful. Please reconsider and allow this peaceful tradition to continue.
Marie-Odile Postic

SC
Please respect our right to peaceably assemble at the gates of Fort Benning and to speak truth to power...
Bob Reynolds

FL
why now?
Alfred Dabrowski

TX

Barbara Scott

NV

Lane Adams

KY

Debra Hannula

CA Kelly Ann Brown Foundation Dear Police Chief Boren: Your actions are not legal under the U.S. Constitution. Please reconsider. The SOA Watch vigil is a lawful peaceful non-violent gathering. It was written up in a Let's Go Georgia type travel book not so many years ago. It brings welcome business to your city; its a positive experience and its a lawful way to remember 6 slain priests and a woman and her 15 year old daughter gunned down in cold blood, along with countless others. Sincerely, Debra Hannula, Attorney at Law
Nancy Mills

GA

Earl Rohleder

NM

Diane Rapozo

IA
Dear Police Chief Boren, For the past 24 years we acted on our constitutional right to demonstrate in a peaceful way. We have done this in the past years. It is our constitution right to assemble in a peaceful way. This cannot be taken away. Thank you, Diane Rapozo
Jeffery Walsh

OH

Jeffrey Courter

IL
As a military combat veteran, I have fought to preserve these rights and to help bring these rights to other parts of the world, where governments do not allow citizens to freely assemble. Please change your mind, and allow freedom to have its voice. Take away the unnecessary restrictions. Thank you.
Philip Dennany

IN
When our 'supposed' representative government shifts away from working for the People of the United States, it is our responsibility to stand and object. Please do not hinder that duty and Constitutional right.
Rev. Dick Preston

MI
I will be happy and blessed to pray with you on the street in front of the gate as well as shake your hand this November.
Beverly LoGrasso

OH

Joan Gallagher

OH
Our basic right under the U>S> Constitution is Freedom of Speech. Please DO NOT interfere or threatened such a sacred right.
RUTH ROBERTS

OR

Joseph Watt

TX
I served in the Army Reserve for many years. In the U.S.we have long defended the right of people to speak even when we disagree with what they say.
Dorothy Lockhart

KY KITLAC
Jane Cadarette

MA
Peaceful demonstrators have self control as the 25 years of gatherings at Fort Benning have shown. Your unwarranted control is unnecessary and your denial of constitutional rights to assemble shocking.
Elizabeth Evans

NC

Dori Ahern

CT
We the American people refuse to tolerate torture and massacre and cruel oppression done in our name WITH OUR TAX MONEY. Its all over for the "Powers That Were". The free rein of the CIA hit teams and death squads is over. WE ARE TAKING OUR GOVERNMENT BACK.
C. G. Estabrook

IL

Mary Collingwood

OH

Laurent Roger

FL

Thomas Stewart

KY

Janie Bressler

AZ

Peter Teller

OR
Do not let your name go down in infamy for standing on the wrong side of history. When all is said and done, be able to say that you stood for truth, justice, and compassion.
Bob Pauls

IA

Elizabeth Schallert

OR
Dear Chief Boren, I understand that 25 years of this vigil is tiring, and that it causes disruption. But, that is precisely the point. We cannot sit by while our country supports the training of human rights violations in our sister countries of the South. I urge you to reconsider the limitations of not including a stage, and limiting the number of people allowed in the street this year. You know that people will come regardless. You know we will gather as we always have. Please make way for this peaceful protest, one of the largest in the country, that tries year after year to create at least a weekend of acknowledgement for those lost in our sister countries. Its truly the least all of us can do.
JoAnn Keenan

WA

Jerryn McGahan

MT
Let them protest as they have. Do not repress this way of giving voice to our dissent.
Jennifer Rodriguez

CO

Matthew Witt

CA
Mr. Boren - Whom do you serve?
Joanne Kelly

CA

Thomas Turkle

KS

Ronald Hindelang

MA
we have first amendment rights to gather and speak. We hope that you honor these as you have for the last 25 years.
Joseph Sosa

IL

Mary Heffron

MI MidEast: JustPeace
Marian E. Hostetler

IN

Mike Franek

WV

Edward Rooney

FL St Luke's Catholic Church If you were able to handle the demonstrations in the last few years, why cannot you cover it this year?
Lucy Edwards

OR

David `Bensman

NJ

Mary Jane Schutzius

MO
We don't want to live in a police state.
John Risley

WI
I support the constitutional right to protest peacefully.
Rita Bueche

MD
I will wager you consider yourself a good Christian. How can you refuse other good God-fearing people the right to speak out for justice?
Anita Sullivan

CA

Hannah Brown

WI

Sue and Paul Newlin

ME

Mary Gilbert

MA

Kevin O'Neill

CT
Freedom of assembly and freedom of speech are core American rights. I cannot understand why you would even consider denying these rights.
Judith Wittner

IL

Catherine Williams

TN
Power is to uphold justice in service to the people.
Peter Gunther

IL

Ilse Hadda

CA none
Mike Grawe

MO

Robert Nieves

TN

Lawrence Rich

DC

Philip Rose

NY
Freedom of speech is an essential right. Freedom from terror and military intervention is a human right.
Angela Lippard

MI

Greg Woolever

IA

Joanne Hartigan

ID
Better purge those KKK employees in your organization, Chief, or are you the Grand Dragon yourself. Freedom of religion and speech. Ever hear of them?
Diane Lefer

CA
This event has never caused any damage or harm to Columbus. Why this unjust decision?
Jonathan Goltz

WI

Rose Marie Tresp

NC Sisters of Mercy The protesters have always been respectful and peaceful. Peaceful; protests are our right as citizens. Your attempt to stop this puts in the category of dictators in undemocratic countries.
Dorothy Pagosa

IL
First amendment trumps all "inconveniences."
Carol I Moeller Costa

CA MITF/Task Force on the Americas
Janice Sevre-Duszynska

KY Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests We want to witness for a more just, sane and safe world. We have been given freedom to peacefully assemble and to challenge our government as nonviolent respectful citizens when we disagree with inhumane and unjust polices that perpetuate death and destruction.
Delma Kernan

IA

Susan Janes

CA
We have the constitutional right to peacefully assemble. I am asking the Columbus police department to reverse its decision and to uphold the constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of assembly.
Trodville Roach

MA

Carol Henry

WA
Close the SOA and you wouldn't have to worry about people coming together to tell of the horrors that the graduates from SOA do to their fellow man. I stand behind Father Roy.
Bill Camp R

TX

Marion Tidwell

IN

Ann Roos

TX
Dear Police Chief Boren, Why do you have so much fear of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly?
Patricia McGee

SD
Under our constitution we have the right to assemble peacefully. Please do not deny this right - we are not a police state.
Billy Schofield

FL
Let the courts decide.
Sandra Streifel

BC
Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and free association are guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States of America. They are also fundamental human rights of all, and essential building blocks of any democracy. The peaceable assembly of SOA Watch members and supporters for 25 years has been noticed far beyond the borders of the USA, and the abeyance of their Constitutional rights would be as well. Canada calls upon Columbus GA to let them speak!
Elizabeth Covarrubias

TX

Ranjit Chacko

CA

Jim Phiffer

TX

dianne fanguy

LA
Dear sir, I beg you not to violate our Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly, rights guaranteed by our Constitution against those who want the School of the Americas closed. I have many years of experience in Latin America and have seen first-hand the results of those trained there. Our Constitution is sacred -- the only one in the world that has stood the test of time of over 200 years. Please don't besmirch it now. Thank you.
Vicky Arndorfer

IA
Please help promote peace not conflict.
Valerie Rudolph

IN

Terrance Shoemaker

CO

kathy white

CT

Paulette Zimmerman

MO
We look forward to learning that you do indeed respect and protect our first amendment rights of free speech and freedom of assembly in Columbus.
karim bensaci

VA

don white

TX

Mimi Darragh

PA Pax Christie Pittsburgh I have been to this march and solemn remembrance many times and feel that it is necessary for this nonviolent witness to be present at the gates of Ft. Benning. It is our right and duty to speak for those, living or dead, who cannot speak for themselves.
Brian Concannon

MA

Mary Rooney

KS

Elizabeth Barger

TN PeaceRoots Alliance After all these years of cooperation from law enforcement and the city of Columbus that benefits from the influx of thousands of nonviolent citizens demonstrating America's Freedom of Speech and support of our First Amendment Rights, the crack down on fellow Americans seems ill considered and wrong headed.
Lori Melton

PA
Please allow this peaceful demonstration to take place.
Shaun O'Reilly

ON

Kay Mullen

WA
Chief Boren needs to read the Constitution...and act on it.
Mary Kelley

FL

Lynda Grooms

AL

Daniel Moriarty

WA
Police Chief Boren: I fully support your right to disagree with the objectives of SOA Watch. But you have no right to stop the protest through the tactics you are now attempting to employ. I have been drown out by loud music and helicopters while speaking at the Ignatian Family Teach-In in Columbus. I have been harassed by TSA agents in Atlanta for my lawful participation in the protest. I have seen misinformation about the protest spread to local residents and military families. Meanwhile, rarely in my life have I seen such a large, political demonstration carried out with such respect, such a deep commitment to nonviolence, such a positive atmosphere. I don't know if you realize how good you have it. Please, I urge you, allow for the stage, the gathering in the street, the crowds, and give thanks for the Constitution.
Lan Richart

IL

Christopher Kolb

KY

terrence ward

IL
PROTESTING IS LEGAL, SHAME ON YOU
Jeffrey Turner

MA

Leanne Herda

WI

Susan Blackwell

IN

George h

NY

David Hansen

KS
I have particioatsd in the SOAWatch peaceful and lawful assembly at the gates of Ft. Bennung and sponsored public forums. Free assembly and free speech must be protected. David Hansen
Robert Keller

VT

Michael McKee

PA

Duncan Baruch

OR

Michael Smith

NM

Richard Atkinson

CA
Thank you very much for your help! Peace...
Frederick Mills

MD Professor, BSU The law ought to protect, not undermine, the freedom to express one's conscience.
colleen byron

MN

sharon fried

MD
I appreciate your taking the time to reconsider the permit issued to SOA Watch for its annual November gathering, as the freedom to peacefully assemble is a guarantee that every citizen takes seriously.
David Horvath

KY

Bill Sherwood

IA
As a retired teacher , former Alderman at Large for the city of Davenoprt Iowa and as a current director of The Davenport Community Schools I urge you to act in a manner that expands the civil rights of the citizens under your watch. To that end I would encourage you to permit the SOA protesters to at least the same degree that they have received in the past. Not to do so will open your office to expensive litigation and you personally to a label of one who uses his authority to repress dissent. I am confident that such a portrayal would be unfair but it would occur and with it would come unfortunate political ramifications. Thank you for your consideration!
Roland Breitenbach

ot

Ginger Fitzpatrick

MD

Lorraine Krofchok

CA Grandmothers for Peace International
Mary Jo Capra

FL

Michele Elchlepp

TX

Patricia Altenburg

CA

Janet Maker

CA aft
Fidel Arbolaez

FL

Kathleen Gilberd

CA

Rick Reinhard

DC

Nora Woo

NJ

Dean Stevens

MA Community Church of Boston Please recognize the historic importance of this longstanding protest and peaceful action in your jurisdiction.
tim hansen

MN VFP Chapter 027
Mario F. Venegas

IL Illinois Coalition Against Torture
Susan Winson

NY
The right to peaceful assembly is in the Constitution, and no one has the right to curtail it in others, whether individuals or organizations.
Cade Bryant

FL

John Downing

VA

Paul Moore

MN
Please reconsider!
Steven Martin

ot

Jan Kennard

TX

christy Himel

LA
The enemy alwys tries to interfere with the works of God. May Gods grace be with the SOA and may eyes of government be open to receiving Gods grace to!
Joseph w Judge

PA
Freedom to assemble is what we all fought for against the British!
Mark Kreitler

TX
Our rights to free speech and assembly are under assault. We have to push back against all such encroachments.
Zafra Miriam

CA

Donna Steffen

OH

David Bremenstuhl, Education Laureate

MD
We should never fear opposing opinions or ideas. From those thoughts we not onlycan learn, but can develop a better understanding of others !!! It is also a founding principle of democracy to have the free exspression of ideas !!! To stifle or deny dissent and differing opinions is antithetical to the principles of democracy upon which this country was founded !!! I urge You to reverse your actions in the name of democracy, in the name of better understanding among people !!!!
Kenneth Crosby

TX

Shahin Shabanian

PA
We live in the United States not the Soviet Union and the last time that I checked the U.S. map, State of Georgia was a part of the United States and subject to the US Constitution. This Constitution, deservedly, magnifies the Right to the Free Speech as its “First Amendment,” and what follows afterwards with the other Amendments greatly depends on the free application of the First Amendment. I am asking you to follow your duty, for which you are sworn, and uphold the First Amendment Right of all the participants of SOAW.
Ronald DuBois

MA

Craig Gingrich-Philbrook

IL
I think if the Supreme Court can declare that anyone has the right to scream in the faces of young women entering family planning clinics, the soldiers at Ft. Benning will probably survive this.
Nick Berezansky

NJ

Dave Lindblom

UT

Joyce Jennings-Pineda

MO

Mary Quigley

MA
Peaceful assembly is a right that you are charged to uphold. Please honor this. Thank you, Mary T. Quigley
Camille Canter

WA

Dolores Lynch

WA
Allow this peaceful demonstration!
William Uebelher

CO

Margie Borchers

CA
Freedom of speech and the right to assemble are Constitutional guarantees.
Virginia Fiedman

SC
I have been to this protest and it is a completely peaceful exercise of free speech.
Henry Theriault

MA
Please respect the rights of peace-loving Americans to assemble and speak publicly about an issue of great national and international importance. We are fortunate to have such courageous people in our society, and much the better for it.
swaneagle harijan

WA Women In Black As people in the US continue losing their basic constitutionally rights, it makes it doubly important that the first amendment remain intact or we face the abyss of total fascism. It simply is wrong to deny people full voice and their right to peaceful dissent. Stop training death squads would be a great start to solve some of the most serious problems humanity faces.
Elizabeth Long

KY
As we are all one in spirit, all have the right to strive for a better life, especially without the interference from self-interest groups. As such, SOA needs to not-exist. Given that, we have the right and the obligation to work, and speak out, against this blight on our land. Thus, I ask, for the sake of all, that our peaceful vigil and memorial be allowed in its totality. Also, given our constitutional and amendment rights, we have the 'right' to congregate and speak out against this atrocity without intimidating pressure from other forces. Dr. E. Long
Eve Pell

CA
You are obligated to allow peaceful demonstrations and petitions--it's our right as Americans to speak freely.
Susan Bower

CA
Please do your part to keep democracy as THE system of government in the USA and allow citizens to speak against forces that are geared to destroying it.
Karen Boyette

VA

Brenda Vail

GA

Rita Ostry

SD
I urge you to reconsider your stand to not let the SOA protest group gather this year. It is important that people are aware of what the school is doing. We need to be about advocating for negotiation and coming to talk with one another to bring about peace. War and fighting does not bring about peace.
Gene and Dori Peters

SD SOA Watch
Vivian Levy

NY

Barbara Nixon

CA
Our 1st Amendment provides and protects us as citizens of USA to peacefully gather to protest laws/situations that deny basic human rights for any individual/group. This is how our country encourages and respects critical thinking for the good of all. I pray you will welcome the SOA Watch group to Ft Benning as they have been welcome in the past.
Daniel Verdon

KY Saint Louis University This is a CLEAR violation of the First Amendment freedoms of the Right to Speech and the Right to Assemble. You cannot attempt to silence people simply because you disagree with them. It's unconstitutional.
Rev. Clare Overlander

MA
Dear Chief Boren, Your attempts to deny the Constitutional rights of our citizens will only serve to increase the visibility of the movement to shut down the School of the Americas, a result which I assume is not the one you are aiming for. There are some other local judges and police forces in small towns in our country playing from the same playbook, as you doubtless know. As both an attorney and a minister, Sir, I must tell you, you are attempting to apply backwater injustice to a movement which is as determined to have its own rights as it is dedicated to the principle that all peoples are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as enshrined in our Constitution and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, not to mention Holy Scripture. You would do well not to find yourself on the wrong side of the law which both you and I are sworn to uphold. Respectfully, Rev Clare Overlander, Esq.
Prof Stewart Robinson

OH

Karen Florance

NJ

Alan Fleischner

NY

Juan C Gallardo

AZ North Country Peace Group (Long Island) Freedom of speech and freedom of assemble are constitutional rights. You mustn't trash the Constitution and muzzzle those that speak the truth and protest the actions of our government
Lora Corrigan

MO

Rachel Berube

VT

Ronald Landingham

CA

Noe GODOY

OK
Let my people speak! A voice cries out in the South: It is the crucify people of the twenty-first century that suffer from imperial violence. If the Divine is for them, who will be against them?
Jorge Aros

KY puppetistas Your reactionary position is reminiscent of the worst of the Bush administration. Given the context of SOAW's twenty-four year track record of non-violence in the finest traditions of Thoreau, Ghandi, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. such Draconian measures are patently ABSURD!
John Nevins

PA

Mark Heald

TN retired
Robert Uecker

IN

Cara Blome

CO

Teresina Joo

NY Sisters of Social Service Please, see the above message!!! I am fully for the just and rightful demonstration!
enrico raulli

NY

Alan Pritchard

CA

Kate MacNeil

TX

Robert Hill

GA
How can what you have done, restricting free assembly, be lawful in light of a recent Supreme Court decision (June 2014) striking down buffer zones at protests? The Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law allowing abortion clinics to have a buffer zone keeping protesters at least 35 feet from entrances and walkways. In his opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts said the Massachusetts law violated protesters' First Amendment rights. "It is no accident that public streets and sidewalks have developed as venues for the exchange of ideas," Roberts said. "Even today, they remain one of the few places where a speaker can be confident that he is not simply preaching to the choir." Surely your restrictions on the protesters at the SOA will be deemed unconstitutional--so why not reverse your decision and join the side of the US Supreme Court Justices who have ruled on the right to assemble?
Sue Malone

MA
I do not believe that you have the right to keep people at the SOA from demonstrating outside the gates. Eventually the demonstrators will prevail. As an 82-year-old woman, I support them.
Richard DiMatteo

CA

James Brady

NY

Hendrik Voss

DC SOA Watch We have responsibilities and freedoms under our constitution to peacefully assemble and to speak truth to power.
Linda Bescript

AZ

Daniel Mandell

IN

David Hyatt

PA

Mary Beth Goring

CA
We have a constitutional right of assembly and freedom of speech. We appreciate the freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution and intend to uphold them.
walter garcia

FL self We are all in this together. The service of the police dept. has been and always will to serve and protect. This should never be construed as an empty promise. Help heal this rift between members of civilian society and those in our government sworn to protect our rights as citizens. SOA are committing crimes. This is well documented. Power structures refuse to listen because they stand to lose so much. Stop this exporting this form of genocidal ideology beg=fore more innocent people are hurt.
CAROLE MARNER

NY
I have written to my congressman about this. I think what you are trying to do is unconstitutional.
jb kim

DC

Jimmy Thomas

IL
I have attended this vigil many times and the collection of people has always been peaceful and respectful. Please do not use your position to attack our rights as Americans to gather in public spaces.
Kathleen Gibbons Schuck

PA

John Lindsay-Poland

CA Fellowship of Reconciliation Persistence in this denial of First Amendment expression is likely to lead to MORE protesters in Columbus in November.

Nathan Harrington

DC

Kathryn Rohr

OH
The people of this United States have a lawful right to speak their truth to the people of this country. This movement is for the well being of humanity. I have been there and know what this is about. Thank you for being open as usual to allowing this event in Columbus take place again this year, 2014. Kathryn R. Rohr
David Rocha

CA

Ceil Roeger

TX Domican Sisters of Houston
Debra Ramirez

MN

Martha Arreguin

NM SOAW We are dedicated to continue this demonstration, regardless of the consequences.
Carolyn Monahan

CA

Rita Birzer

MI

Matthew Minic

CA

Joe Meyer

WI myself People everywhere need to hear the messages offed by the people who have survived the killings that were (and are still) done by graduates of the "School of the Americas". I hope you not only allow this assembly, but join them and be supportive to them. That would be a great service to the world!
David Harris

MN
Chief Boran, This is a matter of basic human rights: freedom of speech, freedom of assembly. This protest has a grand tradition of peaceful protest that deserves to be respected by law. Sincerely, David Harris
Jessica Le Mieux

WI

Dorinda Upham

CA
Our voices will be heard.
Frank Boeheim

CA

Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea

ot
Apoyo esta petición porque es un acto de JUSTICIA
Elaine Klaassen

MN
The United States of America will be going in a very bad direction if the rights of free speech and freedom of assembly are taken away.
Joann Gonzalez

FL
We have the right to peacefully gather . It is a most important right of our country. Blessed Day
Abbey Schumacher

IL

Carl Slawski

CA
By whose authority, and on what basis are constitutional rights being denied here?
Mary Singaus

CA

Josie McNeil

NC

Margery Ginsberg

IL
The opportunity to peacefully assemble is one of the most important ways for the United States to protect free speech and democracy. The Columbus Police department needs to reverse its decision to deny the constitutional rights of people to demonstrate outside of Fort Benning.
Richard Ward

NM
Be a true patriot and support our constitution. The 1st amendment is what, in theory, separates our country from most of the others in the world. Be a great American, Police Chief Boren! Protect the right of US citizens to demonstrate! Sincerely yours, RICHARD WARD
Patrick O'Hara

MI The Dignity Seed Foundation !st Amendment rights can't be violated
Kae Bender

CA
You cannot deny First Amendment rights to speak out; that is the very foundation of the nation. Picking a choosing the topic is not an acceptable interpretation of Freedom of Speech, and denying voluntary participation of all supporters is not acceptable interpretation of Freedom of Assembly. Knowing this is the 25th anniversary march, this clearly is not the time to impose new restrictions.
Jeffrey McKenzie

CT

Bud Ryan

NM Pax Christi New Mexico Dear Chief Boren, Why after all this time have you chosen to stomp on the Constitutional Rights that OUR Founders risked their lives to establish & many brave men & women have given their lives to keep those Constitutional Rights. I am hoping that you will do the right thing & let this years Demonstration to go on as they have for the last 24 years in a Peaceful manner. Sincerely, Bud Ryan
janie stein

SD
The SOA Watch movement has proven itself over the past 25 years to be non-violent and to cooperate in good faith with the authorities in Columbus. Now is not the time to punish us or attempt to curb our rights to gather together in November to call for justice and human rights. Please negotiate with the organizers of the SOAW in good faith.
Father Joseph P. Keenan, S.T.

NJ
Peaceful demos are a right.
Dorothy Calvani

NY

Lee Clasper-Torch

RI
Dear Police Chief Boran, Please do the right thing. It is within your purview to uphold the constitutional law of our land--the right to peaceful assembly. protest and the freedom of speech. thank you.
La Jeanne Kline

OR
suppressing our right to free speech is the act of a dictator...what rights will next be at risk?
Connie Hernandez

DC
Allow second amendment rights to exist and let the protest convene in a non-violent way.
Bryan Weinert

MI
Do the right thing, not the convenient thing. Thank you.
Jon Krampner

CA
You're probably one of these people who consider themselves "Real Americans," yet you don't understand the value or importance of the First Amendment. That's sad.
Elizabeth Bowen

IL

Susan Gallegos

AZ

Allan Fisher

CA AFT 2121 peaceful right of Assembly - let it be.
Rachel Reist

ON

Catherine Hendel

IA
Please honor the peaceful demonstration of those attending the SOA watch.
Armando Lopez

MI
I have attended the SOA peaceful demonstrations to close the SOA and I am appalled that the City of Columbus would deny participants of the November vigil their FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE at the gates of Fort Benning. The November vigil has been a classic example for all of peaceful civil disobedience which has been upheld by the US Supreme Court as lawful and allowed under the US Constitution. Please, I urge you to reverse your decision to prevent the November vigil.
Dorothy Calvani

NY

Margaret McManus

GA
Please read your constitution!
Margaret Thompson

CO University of Denver Please protect First Amendment rights for all people by allowing the setup of a stage and speakers for the annual School of Americas Watch event to take place in November. Speech is not a threat so please use your power to protect those rights. Thank you very much.
Michaela Kahn

NM

Ira Dember

TX

Carol Tyx

IA
We should not fear alternative voices. These protests have a long history of nonviolence. Please reconsider. Carol Tyx
Christine Reichelderfer

WI

Don MacKeen

ot

Mary Carberry

VA
It is a shame that a local government would try to limit freedom of speech. True adherence to our Constitution should be fiercely cared for in our home territory.
Taylor Putz

MN

William Rohan

MA
Please develop and listen to your conscience.
Sara Hopewell

MO

David Ioder

IL

John Hess

MA

John Tischhauser

NM
Why are you trying to suppress free speech?
Agnes Steichen

WI

Rosemarie Milazzo

NY

John Dillon

ON

Fred Karlson

WA

Joyce Hall

TX Pax Christi Dallas
Richard Gorringe, PhD

OR

Marcela Levin

NY
We The People of US want to leave a legacy of justice and moral values to our future generations. Enough of manipulating other countries. It is time to worry about listening and acting for the benefit of ALL United States' people while helping the small and needed neighbor.
Mabel Unser

MO
Please do the right thing.
Jeanne Nixon

CA
What could possibly be grounds for denying our First Amendment rights under the constitution?
Anne Brooksville

ME
We are bombarded by military messages daily. The voice of non-violence must have a chance if we are to evolve as a species.
Beverly Harrison

CA
I am certain that you will reconsider your position and honor our constitutional right to assemble as we have done for the past 24 years. Thank you for swiftly handling matter. Beverly Harrison
Mary Carlson

CA
Freedom of speech!!!!!!! We are have the right!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GEORGE SWANSON

ME
Peaceful assembly is LEGAL. Limiting our rights is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Be a law abiding American
James Melloh MD

ME
It is frightening when authorities fear free speech. Please allow this peaceful gathering which is working for the rights of those who are being abused. Eliminating the SOA may decrease crime and the flood of people seeking asylum from SOA alumni related oppression in Latin America.
vincent McKiernan

OH St Thomas More Newman Center
Eugene Coyle

CA
Chief Boren, You seem to intend to provoke a confrontation. That is not "keeping the peace." Please change your order.
Jack Gilroy

NY SOAW Legislative As a veteran of both the US Navy & US Army, I urge you to allow people to do as the First Amendment to our US Constitution commands.
MAXINE INSERA

NY
This an outrage of world wide significance. The demonstration is in memory of past atrocities and to stop any more from happening.
Frank Berliner

CO

Steve Jacobs

MO St. Francis Catholic Worker House Peaceable assembly is a constitutional right enshrined in law. As a law enforcement officer your job is to protect that right and not make it harder for citizens to exercise this right.
Carolina Restrepo

MD

Bill Bowman

WA

John and Debby Hanrahan

DC

Gary Connolly

ON North South Awareness Project Please place yourself on the right side of history because your decision is definitely on the wrong side.
Margaret Stelzer

KY

Michelle Schiller-Baker

MO
Please Chief Boran, Allow these patriots to perform their First Amendment right. They are peaceful people. These are the people that protect not only our citizens but all peoples. Thank you.
Annelie Day

TX

Annelie Day

TX

Christy Gordon

MD Dayspring Church I have been to this protest 3 times and it has always been peaceful, deeply meaningful and "fun". There are always more police than ever needed at this event. It is our constitutional right to peaceful assembly.
Keith Roberts

MN

Randy Shannon

PA Progressive Democrats of America
Joyce Stemper

MN

John M Haines

CA

Blaise Brockman

CA

Tom Honore

CA

sonia hernandez

TX

Colin Neiburger

NC

Christy Hargesheimer

NE
This is a chilling reminder of the suppression that victims of those trained by the SOA have faced in their own countries.
James Weber

OH

Linda Baker

NM

Marilyn Hart

NY

Doug Landau

FL

Theresa Pretlow

OH

Barbara Smith

NY
Free speech is guaranteed in our Constitution. Don't break the law trying to suppress it.
Beth Rindler

MI
My prayers and best wishes are with you. May you not grow weary in your endeavors for justice and peace.
Tim Miller

PA

Suzanne LaVoie

CT
What brought this change about after years of peaceful protest?
Herbert Escher

ot

Mara Shlackman

FL

Angela Lennon

TX
Support first amendment rights and look for a conscience. Or is claiming to be a caring nation only a pretense.
Connie Vaughn

OH

Catherine Hanisits

CO

Anna Reynoso

DC

Linda Bessom

MA

robert jereski

NY

Linda Donovan

NY

Christopher Ford

AZ
Content discrimination is unconstitutional and will get you at the wrong end of a lawsuit. It doesn't matter if you disagree with SOA Watch's message. You have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, which includes the First Amendment. You must protect, rather than thwart, SOA Watch's right to engage in political speech.
Derrlyn Tom

CA SOAWW We will prevail. You cannot stop the truth nor the thousands of voices saying the school must be closed!!!
Randal Pride

NC

anne BROSSY

VA

Nancy Whitley

NY
Please see that our Constitunal rights are respected.
John Reeves

CA
Please allow this peaceful assembly to proceed.
Myrna Lee Gordon

NY

Rita Lucey

FL SOAW - Prisoner of Conscience Unconstitutional Yes. Amendment 1 guarantees right to peaceful protest Consider the economic impact this has on the city and the surrounding communities. - another facet of this that perhaps you have not considered! Perhaps publicity on this issue will create enough backlash that it will further our cause: Shut Down School!!!!
James Ryder

CA

Kathleen Davis

IL

Mary Engstrom

CA

Margery Leach

MA
Do not deny this right to peacefully assemble in defense of those who lost their lives, doubly being persecuted for standing up for justice. Margery Leach
Ramsay Liem

MA

David and Irene McPhail

CA SOAW East Bay
Rosemary O'Donnell

MI

Bert Harrison

IN

Sandy Boyer

NY

Flo Wilder

ME

Teresa Connors

CA
It's a peaceful protest, Chief. Allow it.
Lisa Schaeffer

NY

Elizabeth Merz

MN

Kay Coll

NJ
This is a First Amendment Right and these committed people have exercised it all these years for the good of all.
Katherine Bauer

CO church member All of the refugee children coming across the border ought to send a message to all in this country that we help foster the terrible conditions from which they are leaving. Please let these people show the truth!
Glen Reichelderfer

WI
Peaceful Protest yes...
George Traub

OH

Joyce Ellwanger

WI WI Peace Action We exercise not only our First Amendment rights but also our moral obligation in coming the to gates of Ft. Benning each November. We will come and exercise these rights and obligations non-violently, as always, and expect your faithful protection of these rights as we join you in November.
James Gray

NY

Elizabeth Enright

PA
There is no history of violence from the protesters. Previous attempts to stop the protest were blocked because of precedent set for so many years. Why the antagonism from the local law enforcement?
Tristan Call

TN Vanderbilt
Albert Matheny

FL
You can't argue that this is a matter of preventing violence, so you need to up hold the US Constitution and allow this as a matter of freedom of speech under the First Amendment. Thank you.
Quida Jacobs

FL

verdun arnaud

CA

Sharon Swan

CA

Nicholas Bisaccia

DE

Rich Yurman

CA
We have not yet reached the depths where local police can dismiss our constitutional rights to assemble and express our political ideas. Time to step back and let a peaceful, legal assemble proceed.
John Locke

CA

william pierce

IN
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise therof; OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, or the press; OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances." Nor can you, Chief Boren, nor can you.
Mary Gallagher

NY

Kirsten Wittkowski

VA

Meg Sandow

NM
Police Chief Boren, This is the United States, where peaceful assembly is a Constitutional right. What repressive dictatorship is it that you wish to serve? Kindly reconsider your values, and those of the country in which we live. Thank you, meg
jean bennett

CA

Lisa Simeone

MD
You're supposed to uphold people's rights, not deny them.
Carolyn May

OH

Elizabeth Langeland

WA

Mary Gourdoux

TX

Michael Zagone

NM

Thomas Baker

IL NicaNet Tom Baker here and when you want to see "authority" outside its bounds, when you want to see an affront to the Constitution, our foundation for democratic process, look at this pretentious example. Chief Boren, you are entrusted with public safety and drones are an affront to you, as well.
Jennifer Molina

LA

Pamela Selwyn

CA

Rita Schilling Schilling

KS
Sending you all much love, light and peace as you again gather to honor the memories of the victims and to celebrate your 25th Gathering. Blessing in all your comings and goings.
Pat Jay

FL

James Green

FL

Sandra & Michael Bashaw

OH

Robert Gammon

MD
Shame on you Chief Boren. You do not need to restrict this peaceful protest. And you certainly don't need to go along with the desires of the officers at Fort Benning.
Evelyn Nadeau

IA

Margaret Hughes

MI
We have a God given right to assemble and speak our truth. What is the problem. No one is being hurt, no one has guns or weapons. do not deny us our rights as US citizens.
Aaron Gibson

MI

Noor Aljawad

CA

Bob and Joy Johnson

MN

joseph volker

NY

Edward Osowski

IL
Please recognize that this is what law and order protects and should stand for!
Bevin Alison

AZ
You cannot take away what is not yours to take. Our Constitution allows for protests and you are in violation of the Constitution of the USA. A time and day will come when this kind of oppression is no longer tolerated. All of you who participate in this tyranny will be recorded for future reference. You will be held accountable for your treason, count on it.
Mary lou Knapke

OH
Chief Please reconsider Thank you
Delena Stephens-Bowen

FL
I support Fr Roy and the SOA request
juan de marchena

NY

Alan Carlson

MN

Gene and Dori Peters

AZ

Emily Burns

PA

barbara medina

NM

Erin Keating

CA

Charlie Miller

PA

Lucienne O'Keefe

CA

Dick Bennett

AR
Fr. Bourgeois, we remember your visit to Fayetteville, AR, years ago, and we support you now. Dick Bennett, Founder, OMNI Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology
Eda Lorello

NY
The "bleeding of children" from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatamala is the result of the training at the School o Assassins (WHINSEC). Now the constitutional right to protest this ongoing policy is threatened. What has happened to our country/ It is losing its soul.
Han Tran

FL

Ann O'Connor

NM
When will we (US) recognize what we are doing amd have done in the past in these countries is going to come back to us sooner or later. As we are seeing right now with the refugees leaving their countries and fleeing to the US. We need to be able to voice our opinion and speak out against these past atrocities or we will end up having a situation like that are going on in Latin America now! Is this what Police Chief Boren wants?!
Joanna Niemann

OR

Robert M. Deems

NJ
Mr. Police Chief, YOU ARE SHAMING all the people on that base who signed up to PROTECT OUR RIGHTS TO FREE SPEACH! I doubt there is a single soldier on base who is happy with your action. I GUARANTEE that NONE of those soldiers, our Men and Women in uniform feel they need YOUR PROTECTION! Of course IF you really want to look like a fool, feel free to ask them. I recon they'll, kindly of course, tell you THEY feel quite safe!
molly corbett

MD
What are you afraid of, Chief Boren? This assembly has been going on for years and is peaceful and respectful to the people of your community. Frankly, it is probably the biggest money maker for your town. The merchants aren't going to like not having thousands of people there buying from their stores, eating in their restaurants and staying at hotels.
Kathy Stumph

NY
PEOPLE have the right to demonstrate their opinions. Please reconsider your decision. Permit this PEACEFUL gathering to continue its tradition of reflective, purposeful working for peace.
Joanne Dixon

CO

Cheryl Reagan

CA

Benita Coffey OSB

IL Benedictine Sisters of Chicago Are you and others afraid for truth to be heard and for news to travel abroad about the work of good people for peace? If the right to speak is now going to be curtailed, will not news of this further diminish our reputation as a democratic nation? Please reconsider.
Patricia Krommer CSJ

CA
Repressing truth is not in accord with the right of citizens to address wrongs. The demonstration in front of Fort Benning is a reminder of the fallibility of those who shape foreign policy. It is essential to permit the full respresentation of the public to address this. Thank you for your cooperation.
Douglas Meggison

AB Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism Although signing from Canada, the civil right we are talking about should apply universally.
Glenn Mitchell

NY

Robert Heyer

MO

Michael Ellegion

WA

Ron Schmidt

CA

Bo Filter

WA Global Justice Publishing
Gretchen Collins

AZ
So many people in Central America are being killed, and SOA is responsible.
Carole Lindner

CA
Dear Chief Boren, I urge you to respect the First Amendment right to peaceful assembly and free speech. Even when we may disagree, it is a fundamental principle of American democracy that one may share one's voice. The people who gather at the gates of Fort Benning have always done so in a peaceful manner - there is no threat to public safety. Please respect the Constitution. Thank you. Sincerely, Carole Lindner
Lisa Ratta-shoshan

WI
You cannot deny is this right after 25 years. This is a peaceful protest and it is our right!
Dawn Laughlin

CO
You cannot silence free speech.
Rev. Dr. Glenda Hope

CA
The SOA must be allowed to conduct their historical rally outside the gates of Ft. Benning. I speak as a Christian, a citizen of the United States and a native of Georgia who still has many relatives living there. Rev. Dr. Glenda Hope
Pat Brennan

NY

Robert Jacobson

NY none
Evelyn Pringle

WI

Kathy Svendsen

OR

Donald Clark

TN Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility/United Churc
maria cron

ME

John Stoney Browning

NC

Beth Huggins

MO

margaret gould

WI

Janet Johnson

OR

Nancy Parten

NY Witness For Peace
Jay Countryman

OK

Manuel Ferreira

FL
Our country must allow freedom of peaceful assembly.
Eric Vazquez

NY

Steve Wise

GA

Dennis Hoerner

OR Wellsprings Friends School
Ellen Robinson

NM
Please let the protesters gather as usual.
Virginia Cooper

WA

Helen Giron-Mushfiq

CO

Scott Woods

CO Conflict Transformation Collective
Hailee Donahue

GA

Justine Hipsky

DC

Mary Shesgreen

IL Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice
Janet Whitney

OR First Presbyterian of Bend
Emily Augsburger

CO

Marie Manning

OH

Bernie Brown

ot retired self close soa
Rita Fisher

CA
When will this harassment stop? We have a right to protest peacefully!
Townley McGiffert

GA
This is still America!
Pamela Allee

OR
We will not fear you!
Sharon Lee Kufeldt

CA
First amendment is the cornerstone of our Constitution and Nation.
Marcelline Koch

IL

Kathy Fullerton

MD

Frank Palmeri

FL
You have a responsibility to respect the First Amendment rights of those seeking to petition their government for a redress of grievances.
Pat sullivan

KY
Freedom of speech and assembly is a cornerstone of our Democracy, It is the role of law enforcement to protect these freedoms, not to curtail peaceful assembly of people, nor to silence their free speech.
Cliff Wells

WA
Sorry to hear how law enforcement interferes with protests of our country's violation of law in the rest of the world. I hope you can learn from your predecessor and maybe some other chiefs how not to violate the rights of your constituents in order to maintain silence. After all Martin Luther King and people like that say SILENCE IS ACCEPTANCE. We must not accept how our country trains terrorists to terrorize their fellow countrymen (and the women and children) in our neighbor countries.
Robert Krzewinski

MI VFP Chapter 074
David Hunter

NJ
Dear Police Chief Boren, The Columbus police department is rightfully being asked to reverse its decision and to uphold the constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of assembly. There is ample precedent for this action.
nancy saibara-naritomi

TX
When one stands for the basic rights of others, one is also standing for one's own basic rights. Because of the School of the Americas, funded by US tax, the basic rights of people of other countries have been slashed, even the right to live.
karl kretsch

PA
Please do the just thing.
David Emch

WI

Bob Douglas

MN
The right to peaceably assemble and protest is a Constitutional first amendment right. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis stated: "Those who won our independence ... believed that freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth; that without free speech and assembly discussion would be futile; that with them, discussion affords ordinarily adequate protection against the dissemination of noxious doctrine; that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government"
Gerard Lambert

NY

Joyce Frohn

WI

debby faust

MO
have you considered that you now will be drawing even more people?
Mike Trout

FL

rhoda seidler

CA

Micah Casey

IA

Cesar Alvarado

CA

Rocael Gomez

CA
As a victim of the atrocities commited by the US financed and trained, death squads in Guatemala, I stand strong with Father Roy Bourgeois against any attempt to silence the voices of those who oppose the SOA.
Alice Kast

MA
We have lost all our cherished rights that make America a great country, a Beacon of peace to the world. I pledge allegiance to the land of the free, justice for all. Please don't make fun of what it means to Be American.
George McAnanama

NY
Please reconsider this non-violent protest permit to vigil outside of Ft Benning. It is a peaceful exercise of our Constitutionally protected 1st Amendment rights!
Randy Thompson, USN Ret

TX
I spent 30 years defending our constitution, your restrictions on this event violates that constitution. One of the root causes of the migration of tens of thousands of children at our southern borders is the actions of SOA graduates and the tactics they learned in that school.
Nsncy Wilke

IL
Urging you not to deny a peaceful protest at Fort Benning This November. Our constitution rights should be upheld. Without these rights we are not a true democracy
Daniel Bieker

VA
By taking this action, you are denying the rights and freedoms upon which this nation stands. Please reconsider...
Kent Spriggs

FL Spriggs Law Firm Come on Chief. The vigil is good for local business.
Chris McBride

FL
Please do not deny the rights of citizens to work for justice using peaceful means. This is why the United States is a great nation!
Al Hidalgo

OH

Carol Nelson

WA
I support all who gather to assemble freely and peacefully, and who wish to voice their deeply felt protests. The government cannot and must not attempt to take away those freedoms granted by the constitution.
Carolyn McDonnell

IL
We are a nonviolent protest group. We come to peacefully demonstrate as our U.S. Constitution allows. Reconsider your stance in the view of what is right for the people, and for what is right in your heart.
Marcia Reimers

CA

Jwei Renner

WA Dominican Sisters of Adrian Police Chief Boren, We are in the US of America, not a Gestapo nation.
Maureen Wesolowski

CA Peace & Social Justice Committee, St Mary Magdalen Church, Berke
John Breitbart

NY
To limit freedom of assembly in the service of freedom of speech outside the gates of Fort Benning is an affront to the very principles that our military is supposed to be defending! Our Declaration of Independence suggests that when governments behave in this way the people need to replace their government. Please do not infringe on our constitutionally protected freedoms.
Barbara Howe

DC

Kristine Sonnleitner

OR
We talk about preserving our freedoms...but gradually we see them eroding as we're told our security is endangered. That's what they do in Egypt, Thailand and many other countries to justify the police state! For years the peaceful protest at Fr. Benning has contributed to the economy of the area. Don't shoot yourself and your community in the foot...
Kathleen Gribble

WI
This military school must close. Exploitation of the poor for US corporate enrichment has become it's purpose. This is evil.
Salvatore Angelino

NY

Joseph de Rivera

ME Clalrk University
Harry J Bury

OH

Doris Munger

CT

John MacDougall

NY

Florence Magnan

WI
There is no reason for these new rules. We have gathered all these years and no disturbance has occurred that required police intervention.
Jenna McElroy

CA

Donna Proctor

IN
It is our right to peaceably assemble. Do not stop Americans from both continents the right to live and act with conviction born of love and respect for the dignity of human life.
West Cosgrove

AZ

Thomas Coursen

IN Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren
Bobbi Siegelbaum

NY

myrna seto

CA

Marcia Dorheim

CO

Lloyd Brown

NM
Dear Sir, Your move now, after all these years allowing legal and protected speech, only show that our work is becoming more effective and that you are here using desperate means to thwart the proper and ethical provisions of the First Amendment.
Marion Kaple

NC
We live in the USA, not Russia. SOA Watch has the right to demonstrate in the same location as they have done in the past for 25 YEARS! Please do not try to stop or change this. We are not in Russia. First amendment rights must be respected at all times, thank you.
Elsie McGrath

MO
It is imperative that a country presumably committed to freedom and peace allow its citizens to assemble in peace and speak their truth to power.
Angele Smith

LA

Loris A. Greco

WI
Please! Let the protesters exercise their rights without undue restrictuons. Weigh both sides in the balance between a functioning community and the right of citizens to peaceully protest. Godspeed, Lorrie Greco
Catherine Raffaele

PA

Esther Anderson

PA

Sarah Karnes

WI

Mary Theresa Streck

NY

Shireen Parsons

DC
I've been demonstrating at the SOA over a period of 25 years, and I will continue to exercise my right to do so as affirmed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Neither your Police Department nor the military officers at Fort Benning have the power to deny "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Stand down, Chief Boren!
Harriet Mullaney

CO The Dignity Seed Foundation
Ronald Bogin

CA

Joan Brown

NM

Karen Barton

PA
We don't understand why you are decreasing the opportunities for expression of free speech this year. I hope something can be worked out.
Nancy Wittwer

MO

RoseMarie Lorentzen

IL

Gwen Hetler

MI

MaxZine Weinstein

TN
This is an outrageous attempt to curtail freedom of speech. We can never give up hope for the people of Latin America who are devastated by the repressive teachings of the School of Americas/WHINSEC.
James Hinde

TX Carmelite Fathers Are the wealthy the only ones to have the loud mik and platform to speak? Tell Chief Boren he must above all defend democracy.
Mary Schoenecker

KS
In my opinion, you have no legal right to prevent our speaking the truth to power in peaceful assembly at Fort Benning, Georgia. I respectfully ask you instead, to support this effort toward justice.
Joyce hanks

LA
Everyone has the right of free speech. This is a non-violent demonstration, so it shouldn't cause you any concern.
Robert Ellis

CA

Dick Eschleman

CA

Catherine Wherley

OH

Myra Remily

SD
Chief Boren, You are depriving honest people the right to protest against violence. You are an officer that has promised to prevent violence in your city. We are a nonviolent group of people that has not done one violent act all the years we have been going there. The violence is teaching men to be violent against their own people in Latin America. Please let us do what is right and just against violence
john & Rose Martin

IL

Phyllis Pircher

CA

Sr. Barb Freemyer

CO

Michele Spring-Moore

MA Northampton Committee to Stop the War As someone who's participated peacefully in 3 of the demonstrations outside the Fort Benning gates, I see it as a violation of the US Constitution to deny a permit for a rally on public streets. Thank you.
Judith Roberts

MN
As a citizen of the USA, I believe very strongly in the right to express opinions and stand up for human rights. The School of the AMericas has long trainied military personnel from Central America. Those military members have returned to their homelands and in too many cases have done GREAT HARM to the civilian population, especially to the indigenous people who were the original in habitants. I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS has been instrumental in many killings and massacres in the Americas. I plan on coming to the protest....and making my voice heard with other people of conscience.
Rev. Vincent C. Gioieni, STS

PA
Curtailing the right to peacefully assemble is wrong. I urge you to reconsider your position.
Jenaro Rodriguez

PA Pax Christi These arbitrary orders are an abuse of authority. Are we a really democratic country ? Show it!!! If these orders persist, we'll know for sure that we live in a totalitarian state not just as bad but much worse than communism. Sorry but we obey our conscience and our Constitutional rights. We the people are the masters of this country and the police is a community organization delegated by us the people of the United States to protect our rights and fight criminality.
david druding

AR

Marie DesJarlais

WI GATE
Larry Forrest

CO

Randi Johnson

CA

Anthony Oliver-Smith

FL
It is a major distortion of language to call an institution that has been the inspiration for such brutality and death "the School of the Americas." If anything, it has been the school against the Americas. This truth must be allowed to be voiced without restriction.
Paul Nelson

NC n/a
hollis carson

AL

DeEtte Waleed

WA

Clare Pratt, RSCJ

CA
I fully support those who will peacefully assemble Nov. 21-23 at the main gates of Ft. Benning, GA. Peaceful assembly is one of our rights as US citizens.
andreas ohland

FL

Bill Kaiser

CA

Jeanne Snyder

CO
What are you afraid of, that you're denying our constitutional rights?
Ned Kennington

NC

William Morton

TX

Carolyn modeen

AZ

Mr.Shelley Dahlgren, PhD

WA
This school is the worst thing the US government has done to the people of Central and South America. SDD
Bill Sorem

MN

Robert Kaufman

GA

Rich Pardo

NY
Let the protesters erect a stage and let the victims be heard. It is unAmerican to try to silence these protests.
Mary Kay Flanigan OSF

IL

Irene Senn

WI

Jason Schmidt

CA December 2nd Productions Do you really want to be the small town police chief that gets national attention for denying Americans their Constitutional rights? Because I will make sure that happens.
Jody Slocum

WI

Tom Craig

NC
This is America, Chief! Is free speech no longer free??
Penny Crragun

MN Women in Black You must allow our voices!
glenn wood

MT

Patrick Cameron

CA
The public authorities must be able to face the truth and understand that the actions happening on that military base are well known and there is a strong desire by decent, honorable people to stop it.
Ridgely Fuller

ME

Aida Sheets

FL

dorothy schwendinger

IA
Does not 25 years set a precedent??
Jeanette Sherbondy

MD

Joan Morris

MT
America is fast turning into a dictatorship. Loss of the right of free speech is part of that process. Don't let that happen.
John Fortier

CA
"Protect and Serve" states police obligation to public, not "Persecute and Shit on."
Agnes Foley

MN
Peaceful protests are the rights of all Americans. We bear great responsibility for our actions, particularly in South America - much of it traced to the School of America. The truth is there and will be heard!
Peggy Stretz

TN Memphis Poor Clares That the November Vigil be permitted!
Russell Whitley

OH
Police Chief, you can't hide the terrible truth of the School of the Americas.....
Vickie Deutsch

WI

Daniel Gilman

WA

Julia Reagin

LA

Robert Carson

NJ

marykay stewart

AZ
Of course I am with you.
Lorie Webb

CA
free speech is what makes our country possible.
Leo Sandy

NH
Peace demonstrators deserve the same rights as those who demonstrate against abortion. The movement to close the SOA will continue, and there are not enough jails to hold those who speak out for social justice and peace.
Richard Naiss

CT

Bill & Mary Carry

MI Oakland Pax Christi
Garrett Connelly

MA
The slaughter of innocent people and destruction of democracies by those trained at Fort Benning should be controlled rather than aided by Georgia's Peace Officers.
Patricia Todd

CA

Michael McCall

AZ
Regardless of our political and/or social beliefs, we cannot deny any citizen or group their constitutional rights.
Mary O'Donnell

CA
Dear Police Chief Boren, I call upon you to reverse your decision to deny the constitutional rights of peeople to demonstrate on the street outside the main gates of fort Benning. Mary O'Donnell
Jayme Harpring

FL
Of what are you afraid, Police Chief Boren?
Stephen Eklund

CA

Herbert Rothschild Jr

OR
My father was born and raised in Columbus. There are still Rothschilds living there. It had a miserable record on civil rights back in the old days. I would hope that after all these years law enforcement in Columbus would respect civil liberties.
Stephen Humphrey

MO
Peaceful protest is an American right that should be exercised. 25 years is enough opposing this right!
Myrsa Landrón

PR

Jacqueline Leavy

IL
The U.S. Constitution enshrines and protects the rights of the American people to peaceably assemble. Please reconsider: You are denying fellow Americans one of our basic constitutional rights.
Dianna Smith

WA

Lisa Oliver

WI

lisa crane

NM

Lisa Oliver

WI

sandra Sunshine Williams

CA SOA Watch-LA Stop this outrageous political attempt to deny our right to free speech and freedom to assemble. We will not be silenced!
Rev. Anne Dunlap

CO Nicaragua Network / Alliance for Global Justice
marykay stewart

AZ

Megumi Fujita

GA

Janey Skinner

CA
Peaceable assembly and protest is protected by the First Amendment. While I have never been to the Fort Benning protests, they have inspired me to work peaceably for justice. The permit should be granted.
P Scoville

NJ

Charlene Bond

TX

Karen Waldeck

PA
This country owes its soul to peaceful protest. Please permit this vigil to go on as usual.
Arthur Stamoulis

PA

Cindy Curran

ME

g b

BC

russell guerin

MS

Sandra Hazley

PA

Glenn Hufnagel

NY

Marilynn Snider

IL

jesus b ochoa jr

TX
chief - did it ever occur to you to ask why, all across the country, police are being viewed as the real enemy of the people?
Joan Hutton

FL

Meaghan Whalen

PA

Darryl Ann Powers

NC
Please do not arbitrarily limit our rights under the First Amendment to speak out against injustice and the denial of human rights. This action of yours is itself a denial of human rights right here on our own soil.
Bill Smith

CA
I would like to be there, but physically I can't. Please do not hinder this important PEACEFUL protest.
Richard Phalen

MO
Our nation must always support peaceful assemblies. In his last speech Dr. King said: “Somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.”
Linda Walsh

CA marin peace and justice Wish I could be there. Thank you for your courage and persistence.
Monica Firely

FL

Nancy Alvarez

WA

Samantha Williams

DC

Machiel van Frankenhuijsen

UT

James Costello

CA

roberta pyzel

NY

Wayne Goin

CO

Karen Claydon

CA

Edward McLain

AK

Michael Rozumalski

WI

Maria Budner

CA

Gunnar Gundersen

OR
Keep up the good work, Father Roy. Truth and justice will prevail.
Marie Burke

CT Sisters of Notre Dame Grant peace and justice assembly at Fort Benning in November
Scott Camil

FL Veterans for Peace
Winifred C McDonald

IL

Joel Morris

TN

Mattox Roesch

AK

Joel Trupin

VT none Why do police chiefs have to be continuously reminded of the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution?
Linda Green

AZ

leslie lakind

NM

Mary Fineran

PA

Marie Flowers

KY
Let this peaceful protest continue.
Joan Alessi

NM
Please allow this important peaceful protest and exercise of our first amendment rights.
Patricia Donohue

NY
We have rights and responsibilities under our constitution to speak Truth To Power - That right must not be taken away
JEANETTE BUEHLER

OH
Please respect the right of the people to assemble peacefully. I have participated in these protests in the past and found them to be well organized and peaceful!
Patricia Hinton

MO
Liberty and justice for ALL!
Phyllis Noble

WI

Patricia Black

CA
What are you afraid of?
Jan Passion

CA

Jeannette Blatz

CT

sara mcalpin

IA SOA Watch
Tanner Sorensen

NE

Ginny Johnson

CA United Methodist Women
William Weiksnar

NY Franciscans
Joan Wharton

TX
Shame on you!!!
Helen Wooll

CA

Richard Bloom

CA

Frances Gray

CA
The Supreme Court just declared that anti-abortion protestors outside clinics had their free speech denied by a buffer zone outside women's healthcare clinics. If unfettered free speech applies to anti-abortion protestors, then unfettered free speech absolutely applies to anti-SOA protestors.
James O'Toole

TX
Allow peaceful and free speech
Eileen Good

NY
Please do not deny the right to demonstrate. It has been going on for years. Why now? Who is pressuring you? Stand by your commitment to serve the people of the USA. Also, read more about what has been happening beyond those gates and join the demonstration.
Larry Fox

WA

melvin zimmerman

CA
You must not deny us two rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States: freedom of speech and freedom to assemble peaceably. The police are the proper body to ensure, not deny, these rights, as you know full well.
Michael Tomczyszyn

CA

SisterAnne Michel

NY Sister of St. Joseph Peaceful assembly is right guaranteed by our Constitution.
Nancy Gwin

NY

Carol Ann Wassmuth

ID National Benedictines For Peace I would hope that instead of putting obstacles in the way of those who have come to speak an important message, you would listen with an open heart to their voices.
Therese Bangert

KS Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Chief Boren, I have served as a Police Chaplain for 18 years - did a call with the Police last evening. I respect your job. However, the assembly of persons at Fort Benning has always been peaceful. Please heed the plea to allow that to continue to happen as it has for 25 years!
Dan Kolbert

ME

Mary Sullivan

OH
This has gone on too long with. Vicious results.
marilyn kimmerling

WA United for Peace of Pierce County
Ed and Val Fillenwarth

IN SOAW Indianapolis Please allow this always peaceful protest and vigil to take place as planned. No violence of any kind is ever associated with the SOA Vigil.
Bob and Carrol Pearson

NM
Please respect our first amendment rights
Sheila Goldner

CA

John Bucki

NY

Dorothy Carlsten

RI

Edward Howell

CA

Anna Pierce

CA

Mark Heald

TN retired
Michael Thomason

MO

Camilo Perez Bustillo

NM

Mark Gotvald

CA

Erin Altemus

MN
The vigil at the gates of Fort Benning is a peaceful protest. We are lucky enough to have free speech and the right to protest in the U.S. Please help us exercise this right, not stifle it.
Robert Pohowsky

OH
Why have you reportedly taken a stand against peaceful assembly?
Rosa Manriquez,IHM

CA

Cletus stein

TX
If the mayor doesn't like free speech, he should go to a country that doesn't allow it.
kate dougherty

CA
Sir, The people gathering outside the gates of Fort Benning are bearing witness for their democratic rights and the democratic rights of others. Those there at the gates are supported by many others of us around the world. To deny this freedom of expression is to deny the foundation of democracy. Anyone who represses the freedom of people to follow their conscience, and speak their beliefs automatically bears witness and supports totalitarianism and fascism.
Honorable David Maynard

FL

arthur scott

CA Dominican University Let freedom reign
ken hargesheimer

TX
Constitution gives the right of protest without any footnotes
Nora Parrish

FL

Mary Anne Lang

PA
We have a right to be at the SOA protest. Stop breaking the law!
Paula Hoeffer

OH

Dorinda Moreno

CA

Jeanette Clancy

MN

Mary McIntyre

ON

Lanis Speights

CA
Truth will prevail, regardless of police brutality or the ignorance of those who direct it. I had rather be on the side of freedom and justice than on the side of those who oppose it.
Dorothy Callison

CA
Don't try to deny the free speech rights of this well established and important organization.
Beatrice Nava

NY

Paulette Krick

MO

Bernadette Evangelist

NY

Richard Valencia

CA

MIROSLAW LOBASZ

FL
If the Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts law on protesters at abortion clinic, surely your restrictions are just as unconstitutional, if not more so.
Carol Gold

CA

Jean Fallon

NY
Police Chief Boren, May I ask how old you are? I am sure you were not around when these annual gatherings started 25 years ago... so you would not even know why they started... I think this might be, for you and opportunity to understand that history. These demonstrations are more like a civic festival and have been an important part of the history of the City of Columbus and a testimony of the City's recognition of the democratic system of freedom of speech and the right of Assembly. It is a puzzle that at this point you are now trying to seriously hinder these gatherings. I wonder why?
aurora marquez

CA
justice.
Adrianne Aron

CA
These restrictions are an outrage! We will exercise our right to assemble and dissent in a country that is supposed to respect those rights, and in defense of those countries where--thanks to U.S. militarism, no such rights exist. You must not try to stop us.
Tara Suchland

WA

Eugene TeSelle

TN

mary kuhn

NY All Saints Community
Joan Daly

OH
I believe the SOA followed the regulations relating to the right of the people to demonstrate publically. Therefore, I consider it a violation of the Constitution if you prohibit the SOA to demonstrate. It's a little late to object to the demonstration as the SOA has demonstrated for the past 25 years.
Barbara Sheehan, SP

IL Sister of Providence Give justice not defense against peoples' rights!
Emilie J Olivares

TX
Please do not curtail the First Amendment rights that we as Americans have. They are important to us as a nation. We will definitely become a dictatorship ourselves if we do not have the right to free speech.
Christopher Fleischman`

AZ

Gary Gilardi

OR

David Sparling

WA

James Dunson

FL

Father Jim Dougherty

MO
Truth cannot be silenced but the powers of this world can make it difficult.
Therese Hagemann

CA

Ken Butigan

IL

Elizabeth Jackson

CA