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State Organization Comments
Peggy Buckley

CA

Nan LeClaire Hirst

MA
It seems very odd to me that "keepers of the peace" and "enforcers of the law" would flout that law which is paramount in these United States--The First Amendment to our beloved Constitution.
Adam Eidinger

DC

Daniel Hanley

GA

Tish Wilson

NM
It is critical that you not limit the action of the SOA group to speak freely of our opinions about the necessity to close it. It is not "right" when you limit the number of people or the set up allowing for speakers, stage, mic, etc. This is not the American way in allowing for freedom of speech. You are aware of this group and know it is a non-violent group. There is no hatred in this group that would explode and cause violence. Please re-consider your decision and be open to this annual group.
Brian Terrell

IA

Tom McCanlis

ot

Patricia Kjellgren

MN

Jennifer Courtright

CA

Jim Albertini

HI
Respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Connie Irwin

SD

Peggy Dwyer

CA
Let the protest go on
Sally Barron

CA

Cheryl Kirby

FL

Sandra Anderson

AZ
Just do the right thing!
Michael Harper

IL

Faye Steuer

SC
I cherish the First Amendment and hope to see it honored in this case. I do thank you for considering this.
Gwendolyn Albert

CA

martha Stephens

OH
As a Georgian by birth and upbringing (in Waycross), I'm appalled at treatment of protesters. Closing the SOA will save many lives! Please read about the SOA and see if you really want to interfere with this legal protest of religious and pece-and-justice people on the side of humanity.
Michael Hearington

TN VFP Chapter 149
Monica McAghon

PA
Please allow the first amendment rights of people gathering in Columbus, George by WHINSC, who assemble peacefully to hear the truth about the Central and South American military oppression resulting from the kinds of training these people get at WHINSC.
Joyce Kahle

OH
What are you afraid of? What part of a peaceful protest bothers you? Are you afraid that are efforts will eventually get the SOA closed down and they will no longer be training terrorists to kill people in Latin America? If so, I pray that your heart be open to the plight of the poor and that you give up your fearful ways.
connie wokoun

NJ
I support non violence at every level.
Dave Lippman

NJ
Constrictions on free speech are not to be permitted in our society. We have precious little power to affect policy, and you are trying to take away what little we have. Read your oath again.
Megan McKenna

NM
Please allow this peaceful educational testimonial to continue so that the stories might be told. Sincerely Dr. Megan McKenna, Ambassador of Peace, Pax Christi USA
Lynette Mason

AZ
This is totally against the Constitution. This is America not a fascist State. Please reverse your decision. Thank you.
Peter Corrigan

IL
Please honor our basic right to gather and express our views as active members of a democracy.
Doris Kibbee

CA

david wise

MA
If 4 to 5 thousand employees of Market Basket, grocery store chain in MA, NH and Maine can protest so can American citizens, many of whom are veterans of the armed services do the same to protest the School of Americas at the gate of Fort Benning, Also Supreme Court just removed protests zones in front of Planned Parent Hood clinics in Massachusetts. Thus the same reasoning would apply for Fort Benning.protesters acting nonviolently in support of the First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly.
Lucy Strausbaugh

MD

Rose Eaton

IN
For 25 years, peaceful protests have been held outside the gates on the street to accommodate all the assembly in the funeral procession. Please reconsider your decision to block walking in the street and having the stage located there.
Pamela Gilchrist

NM

Grace Tiessen

CA
NO MORE WAR Close the School of the Americas Women against WAR
Michael Burkart

MA Boston Pax Christi The rationale behind having armed forces is to protect our First Amendment rights. If those rights cannot be accessed in full, there is no rationale for our armed forces.
Susan Temere

MI wilpf
Dorlan Bales

KS
Why are you denying fundamental freedoms now? What has changed? There is a 25-year history of peaceful assembly!
Mike Barber

ID

George Gonzalez

CA

Emily Alberty

OH
Respectfully allow us to be a voice for the voiceless.
Carol Falquette

OH
See you in November.
kenneth allen

FL
We'll end the vigil when the school of assassins is closed!
Kenneh Kennon

AZ Tucson SOAW You were told, in no uncertain terms, by Federal District Judge Faircloth in 2001 that such tactics by the Columbus Police Department was unconstitutional. It still is.
PATRICIA MCHUGH

MO
PROTECT FREEDOM of SPEECH & ASSEMBLY!
Jack Ryan

IL
A good reason to be in Columbus, GA this November 21
Alexis Stoumbelis

DC CISPES
Maureen O'Connell

FL Pax Christi USA
Ronald Moore

AR
Chief, Are there words so frightening that they dare not be spoken? Benjamin Franklin didn't think so.
Glenn Smith

CA

ANTHONY CARRICK

ot
Greetings from Dublin, Ireland. I was there at the gates many years ago and hope to come back some time. Please let the peaceful vigil carry on. Peace. ANTHONY
A Moon

WY

george rodkey

WA
Chief Boren, please consider that the peaceful protest and public expression of opinion which will occur in November are one of the high values of this country which the military purports to protect for the citizens. Is the US military so fragile that you feel the need to protect it from the opinions of the citizens it serves?
Walt Ratajczak

NY

Julie Fissinger

NY

Pat Ciotti

KS Peace and Justice Centerof South Central Kansas
Pat Ciotti

KS Peace and Justice Centerof South Central Kansas
Randy Clement

LA

David Atwood

IL Peace & Justice Committee, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago The Constitution trumps ignorant gasbags like you.
Joseph Hassan

NY

Felice Cohen-Joppa

AZ The Nuclear Resister
Kim McLaughlin

OH
Police Chief Boren, Please do not allow your disagreement with the content of the protest to influence your responsibility to enforce the Constitution of the USA. Our great democracy is not served by your actions. This peaceful and non-violent protest of the actions of the SAO/Winsec is within our rights as citizens. Sincerely, Kim McLaughlin
Karen Lybrand

GA
Shut the school of murderers!
Dottye Means

IN

Alex Mercedes

MS
In the "greatest nation on earth" -- where we promise "liberty and justice for all", where Freedom of Speech is a premiere and central feature of our culture, where except for the outspoken and active protest of a handful of "immigrants" 300 years ago, NONE OF US would live so free, what could POSSIBLY be the problem with this gathering?
Connie Colvin

NY

Jonatha Cook

MA

Patricia Boreta

CA

Matthew Price

WA
Let the voices of freedom ring!
Kay Hakes

WI
Chief Baron....for 25 years we have peacefully assembled in front of Fort Benning and I see NO reason to be prohibited this year. What are your reasons?
Helen Brennan

WA
We have rights as citizens. This is a matter of moral justice.
Liz Murphy

TX

phillip markis

CO

Caryl Callsen

CA

Susan Sampson

FL PCUSA Don't trample on our rights to free speech and assembly!
Rev. James Francis Sheehan

NY
This IS America Let them protest peacefully--as they have for years!
Diane BADER

CA

Marc Rogers

CA

Barbara Laxon

FL

Margaret Shannon

WA

Chuck Hens

OR

Elizabeth Terbrock

NY

Terry Ba

WA
The struggle for peace and justice goes on. May we learn to beat our swords into plowshares.
Stephen V Kobasa

CT
You know that we will not be silenced.
Marge Schwartz

CA
The Supreme Court just ruled that interfering with free speech in the form of a protest on public roads and sidewalks is unconstitutional: The Buffer Ruling. If anti-abortion activists can do it, so can anyone else.
Mary Dinino

FL

James Kessler

WA

Terry Adcock

TX
Limiting the size of a demonstration or prohibiting the use of a stage and microphone, is the same as limiting the freedom of assembly, guaranteed by the Constitution, and YOU KNOW IT!
Joan Gannon

NY
Now more than ever we need to stand for peace and justice in our country--not terrorism as practiced by graduates of the SOA. Allowing a totally peaceful gathering of protesters is a small enough symbol.
Susan McDowell

WA

Linda Hubner

FL
You cannot stop the truth being told by denying our 1st amendment right to free speech.
Lynn Rhodes

CA

Marco Ruiz

IN

Andrea LePain

OR
Please don't be part of the movement to take away American citizens' rights. You are on the side of power, perhaps, but will also be on the side of dark and wrongful power.
Kathryn Plitt

WA

Bob Gannon

CA

Patricia Danser

NM

Elizabeth Yeager

CA
Please understand the depth of Justice in this SOA case! Look at the U.W. policy in Latin America. Is it just? Those in the prison are suffering injustice! Your duty includes integrity and justice. PLEASE PERMIT THIS PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION!
Joe Toritto

MA
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.
Sylvia Romo

CA
Our constitution guarantees freedom of speech. This is a disturbing violation of that right that should not stand. We have the right to protest in America!
William Mackinson

MA

John Surinchak

CA
OUR GOVERNMENT IS RUNNING A DEATH SCHOOL AND WE CAN'T EVEN PROTEST AGAINST IT? SINCE THE GOVERNMENT TEACHES MURDER TO THE SOA IN OUR NAME, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROTEST IN FORCE.
Bennet Zurofsky

NJ

Joseph Deering

MD
The arc of peoples' actions over history to obtain and hold human rights and constitutionals rights bends inevitably toward those working for justice and freedom. Authorities need to understand this inevitable trend and adapt accordingly, including removing obstacles on the local level to freedom of expression.
Philip Reiss

PA VFP Chapter 152 Under the Bill of Rights people have the "right to assemble." There's no mention of how many are permitted to implement this right. Arbitrary rules are the restraints on freedom that run counter to laws ensuring the rights of the people.
Philip Reiss

PA VFP Chapter 152 Under the Bill of Rights people have the "right to assemble." There's no mention of how many are permitted to implement this right. Arbitrary rules are the restraints on freedom that run counter to laws ensuring the rights of the people.
Dante Trevisani

FL

mike chapman

BC humanity
Holly Smith

MO
Really! After 25 years this is the best you can come up with. How can we be so blind to the ripple effects of our govt.'s actions. Let the people be heard.
Timothy McBride

NJ

Julie Pollack

WA

Xan Joi

CA
What are you so afraid of? Get courage, protect our constitutional rights! We are!
karen and jeff greenstreet

IL
back off chief, please!
Xan Joi

CA
What are you so afraid of? Get courage, protect our constitutional rights! We are!
Caitriona Dunphy

ot
Civil rights for the American public!!
Chris Chiappari

MN

Fran Fuller

IA

Judy Butler

ID
I have been to the assembly twice and it is much more than peaceful, it is spiritual, not something to be arbitrarily taken away.
cecile pineda

CA
REspect legitimate constitutional rights.
Bob Carlsten

CO

James Hogan

MT

Joel Goldentyer

NC
Consider yourself lucky, Mr. Police Man. If this movement gets out of the control of polite types like the good Father, you don't really want to be the one responsible.
s Schachter

CA

Lisa Butterfield

CA

Daniel O'Connell

CA

Bethany Carson

TX
One of our most essential freedoms in this country is to criticize our government and federal institutions. Government, at any level, has no right to censor the expression of ideas it disagrees with. For this reason, this demonstration that has proven to be peaceful for 25 years must be permitted to assemble.
Rachel Cohn

NC

Craig Heverly

OR

Anita Clearfield

ME
Please reconsider and allow this demonstration.
Leo Shea

MA Maryknoll Community As an American citizen who has seen the atrocities of violence in Latin America carried out by military personnel from SOA, I respectively request that these peace loving people have the space to express their rights as Americans in Columbus, GA. during Nov. 21 - 23. Sincerely Leo Shea
Marilaurice Hemlock

MN
We come in peace to pray for peace. Please allow us this small pray in a world so in need of peace. Thank you.
Ellen Hage

CA
Last year I joined the SOA Watch at Fort Benning, Georgia. It was a peaceful and moving demonstration. I denounce any suggestion to arbitrarily take away our constitutional right and duty to peaceably assemble and protest injustices of our government.
Judy Morris

KY Dominican Sisters of Peace
chuck hitner

AZ
Let folks speak. End teaching bullies how to use force.
Rob Carrington

AL

Jose Bustos

IN Cesar Chavez Catholic Worker
Maureen Nolan

FL

Ellen Lubnic

CA

Todd Jaspers

CO

Kathy & Phil Dahl-Bredine

NM

Andrew Mills

PA
Dear Chief, Please uphold the right to free speech and free assembly that our constitution protects, and allow the demonstration against the School of Americas in November as has been permitted for 25 years. Thank you. Andrew Mills 94 Harlow Circle Ambler, PA 19002
Jennifer Scott

FL

Barb Supanich

FL

Kathleen Williams

NY
Police are meant to protect and serve.
joanna Taylor

WY

Mary Woodke

WI

Nicholas Schmader

RI
Thie is not just an assault on First Amendment rights, but it's also an insult to democracy.
christian hartleben

PA

Robert Beutel

MN
Our American First Amendment rights may not be sacrificed to police department expediency. The Columbus Police Department must grant the permit as requested by SOA Watch.
Florence V Davis

AZ Community of Christ of the Desert For seven years I was part of the peaceful assembly that gathered at Fort Benning each November.For me, the vigil not only remembered and honored the thousands of victims slaughtered by SOA graduates; it was also a witness to God's promise of resurrection. Forbidding the gathering this year when our world is so torn and battered by all kinds of evil is really a restriction of religious freedom of those who are called by their faith to witness. I remember well the courtesy and professionalism of the Columbus officers, especially in those years when the size of the gathering reached 20,000 or more. Surely this year your men are still able to handle the situation. I'm sorry that ill health has limited my ability to travel, but I beg you to not restrict the religious freedom of the people of faith who will come to witness in November.
Fr. Robert Bossie, SCJ

IL

Phillip J Crabill

TX
Please allow the freedom of speech!!!
Rev Holly Beaumont

NM
Respectfully, I think you need to re-viist the core values of this great democracy of ours.
Stephanie Mcnulty

PA

Kent Scott

OH

Paul Curley

OR

Peter Hollings

SC
While you may disagree with those opposed to the SOA, you have an obligation to protect, not deny, their Constitutional rights.
Francisco Dominguez

TX

Julia Lanigan

PA

Janet Dahm

IL Sisters of Mercy Justice and Peace are crying out for presence in this troubled world. Please allow this peaceful demonstration of our rights as Americans
Eva Garcia

TX

Jan Herzog

CA

Toni Menninger

PA
I guess the goal is to turn the US into the kind of dictatorship for which you people at SOA have been working so hard for so many decades?
Evelyn Flowers

OH

Anna Murray

MA

Gloria Fearn

CA

Arvin Blakeney

CO

Lloyd Hedger

WA

Caroline Sanchez

CA

Annette Klapstein

WA

Robert Nixon

CA

Kelly Mcclendon

TX

Gene Jack

MT

sydney and b greenstreet

IL
don't violate 1st amendment rights
Bobbi Jo McKenna

NJ

Eddie Perez

CA
Close the schools of America. Quit teaching murder!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mary Schoberg

NY

Kevin Crampton

MI

Richard Bachman

TX

Melissa Houston

AK

mary baville

CA

Martha Brimm

NC
I respectfully urge you to reverse your decision.
Kathryn Johnson

NC

Lee Miller

FL

Clifton Herndon

CA
Perhaps if you really knew who and what you are supporting, you would stop. Learn more,be horrified, stop.
charlotte painter

CA
Please do the R:ight Thing!
Francine Wickes

ME
This is a question of the right to assemble, and it should be respected.
Enzo Bard

NY SOA Watch For 25 years we gathered peacefully at the gates of Ft. Benning without giving the police any problem inside the assigned space. There cannot be any justification for trying to cut our freedom of expression, guaranteed by the first amendment of the Constitution
Enzo Bard

NY SOA Watch For 25 years we gathered peacefully at the gates of Ft. Benning without giving the police any problem inside the assigned space. There cannot be any justification for trying to cut our freedom of expression, guaranteed by the first amendment of the Constitution
John and Ileana Renfrew

MI
Remember you pledge to uphold the constitution!
Arlene Pincus

CA

Sarah Hancock

PA
Stop infringing on our constitutional rights and freedoms!!
William Claiborn

FL

Kenneth Johnsen

OH

mary clark

CA

Linda Wiles

TX
We could stop the peaceful protest if you would stop training killers.
Bonnie McFadden

WA
Respect the Constitutional Right of U.S. citizens to assemble and be heard.
Sonja Schade

UT

Larry Lauro

CA
The SOA Watch has engaged in peaceful protest for over fifteen years. This restriction is a denial of their rights To Voice their opposition to US foreign policy in Latin America. If we deny this right, then we can no longer say we are a beacon of democracy for the world.
Jill Roberts

NC
Sir: What do you not understand in the words of the very first Amendment to our Constitution? "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievance." You may not abridge that law either. I am aggrieved by the 'School of the Americas' and I rest my case.
Susan Wieczynski, RSM

NY Relgious Sister of Mercy Please respectable of our Firs Amendment rights!
Dave Posmontier

PA

Doug Roach

FL
Dear Police Chief, Feat not these folks as they are all about peace and non violence. Two aspects our country longs for. thank you
Janet Zerbel

MI
I feel confident that you will soon recognize your duty, as an officer of the law, to uphold the constitution. It is, undoubtedly, the right thing to do.
Fr. Francis F. Baiocchi

WI
Peaceful assembly and free speech are rights of all Americans. You, Chief Boren, are on the wrong side of this issue!
Mary Ann Bowers

OH

thomas cataldo

NY
Let the demonstrators speak, it is their constitutional right.
Sheila Harrington

RI
The Constitution is greater than your personal opinion about the speakers at. Fort Bennington. Repoect the right to free speech and the right to gather in protest. Thank you.
Frank Cetera

NY

Pete & Judy Yuslum

LA
What are your reasons for curtailing our 1st Amendent rights? There have been no riots, obscene name-calling, etc. Is the Army asking you to do this curtailment of our rights? As an American taxpayer, I, and millions of taxpayers pay the Army's "room & board". They work for the people and not just the corporations, who, by the way, are not persons.
Maria Brown

MD

John Berman

NY

Penny Villegas

FL
You are not a dictator in Honduras. You cannot steal our rights. We will march and we will speak the truth about SOA. Penny Villegas Amnesty international
Melanie Smith

VA
Please let us have our peaceful protest and remember all those who have lost lives.
Emile Schepers

VA

Maurice Leiter

IL

Lise Brooke

CA

Mary Harvey

NY Sisters of Mercy
Carla DeSola Eaton

CA

Mary Lorio

NY
This Vigil has always been peaceful, respectful, and non-violent as well as an economic boost to Columbus.
Vivian Schatz

PA

Dominic LeFave

OR

rev Marilyn Van Veersen

AZ

Peter Roche

NM

Marilyn Hoff

NM
Close the School of the Americas! Stop funding murder and exploitation in Latin America.
gerardo gomez

CA
Do the American thing by allowing us to assemble peacefully.
Michael Stavros

CA

Kathleen Cairns

WI
We cannot be barred from being at the gates of Fort Benning for the 25th annual November vigil at the School of the Americas. This is our right as American citizens.
Douglas McNeill

MD

John J. Fitzgerald

MA
The Bill of Rights still applies to places like Columbus, Georgia.
Edward Chiera

CA

macario tola cardenas

FL
seƱor policia Boren, apoyo a la organizacion SOA Watch Council
Patty Bonney

OR

Christopher Hayes

MA Boston College High School, Rel. Dept.
Joshua Stafford

MD

Theresa Cusimano

FL
We are a peaceful and nonviolent movement. Please allow this prayerful community to mark the 25th anniversary of the Jesuit massacres by the publicly financed School of the Americas graduates.
Charlie Winkler

FL
Since one of your principal duties is to uphold the Constitution of the United States, please safeguard the right of citizens to peacefully express their concerns as they gather this November at the gates of the SOA as they have done for the past 24 years. Safeguarding this right must be extended to the number of people who show up, not to a pre-sellected or limited group. By assuring this right for others you are carrying out your sacred duty as an officer of the law. Thank you.
Maxine Kaiser

UT

Michael Lawless

OH

sheila goldmacher

CA
Your attempt to deny first amendment rights to protesters is abominable. Shame on you. that is not the American way.
Cass Martinez

OR

Linda Reist

ON
People have a right and a responsibility to speak up against such brutality. Shame on the American Government for ever allowing these practices on one of their bases. Shame, shame, shame on this police chief for assuming he has the right to deny a fundamental right to citizens.
Mary Lechner

IN
Please, please, do not obstruct justice!!
Carol Wade

CT
This is a peaceful demonstration against a very disturbing and unpeaceful organization! Please allow it to happen!
Sarah Jobe

NC
I am appalled that you all would try to deny the ability of citizens to gather publicly and peacefully in a legal and permitted manner. For the sake of the country that we love and all of the freedoms that we work hard to enjoy, I hope you will reconsider your stance on this permit.
Garrett Collins

CA
We are free to peaceably assemble and speak. This is a freedom that is core to the United States of America.
Mary Dowling

AK

Roman Soiko

NJ Amnesty International
Mike Gimbel

PA

Amanda McNeill

CO
Come on guy, what's with the denial of constitutional rights? We are a free and open society (just ask NSA) and your interpretation of the first amendment is clearly off base. Turn this around and help our nation maintain its freedoms.
Margaret Koster

CA

Scott Griffith

NY
These are good people, sheriff, non-violent, principlled. Let them protest.
Maxine McNamara

MN

Dwinna Barker

TX
The Constitution provides the right to peacefully assemble and protest. The permission of a police department trying to operated outside of its authority is not needed and should be strongly challenged!
Debbie Kearns

CT

zachary comegys

CA

ann mcenteej

CA

Matthew Kip

SC

sandy wynne

VT

Jean Durel

MO

Robert Bemer

OH Veterans for Peace, Chapter 39, Northeast Ohio
Libby Hazen

WA self Do not deny us our constitutional rights!
Kathy Schiro

NJ

Bryan Pfeifer

VA

David Nichols

OR

sabina clarke

PA
This action does not bode well for a free state. Under the constitution all citizens are guaranteed "freedom of speech"--this is outlined in the First Amendment. To deny free speech is to deny the guaranteed rights inherent in a democracy--that is more than 200 years old.
Bruce Campbell

MN
Dear Chief Boren, I right to you as a citizen and as an educator. As a citizen, I respectfully ask that you recognize that your role is to protect and serve the public in upholding the law, not to defend a particular institution or political point of view. The right of American citizens to peacefully assemble and criticize official institutions is fundamental to our nation's history and values. As an educator, I can tell you that several of my students over the past 15 years have travelled to Fort Benning to speak their conscience on the problem of the School of the Americas. What they have learned in the process includes that ours is a democratic country whose officials seek to be respectful of the citizenry's freedom of expression and assembly. I plead with you not to teach them otherwise.
John Sivalon

NY
Good luck Roy. You are great.
Rev. A. Leo Reilly

ON
Do the truth in justice
LAURENCE JACOBS

CA

Jeffrey Hall

GA

Samuel Singleton-Freeman

WI

Chantelle Heroux

NY

Yvonne Montejano

TX

Jean Sommer

OH
I have demonstrated and supported this movement for years. It is sad that we have as yet not succeeded in shutting down the infamous School of the Americas but merely caused its change of name! We must be allowed to continue to peacefully demonstrate against this abomination our government supports.
Anne Gricevich

IL

Elizabeth alpert

NY

Pat Eichenold

IL
It is my right and privilege to protest peacefully. This can not be denied.
Neal Madnick

NY
The First Amendment is sacred. Revere it.
Bill & Gay Hartigan

NJ
Thank you for all you do.
Erik Mason

NM

Patrick Mc Donald

NJ
Peace with justice MUST be pursued.
Kren and Jeff Hay

CA

Nancy Costello

FL
Free speech is our right! Even in Georgia! Please consider this action!
Margaret Cherubin

CT

S Harrell

CO
Free speech is the very foundation of our rights under the constitution. By denying a permit for peaceful assembly you are undermining those rights. I urge you to reconsider.
tom heinsch

MN
You complain about the southern borders being inundated with a flood of immigrants and at the same time make every effort to continue the policies that have driven them to the U.S. Why are you not joining IN the protest???
Elias Ortega

IN

Jeremy Weyl

DC

Barbara Craig

PA
This is one of the most reverent, peaceful and inspiring events of the year, bringing together people who long for peace and justice not just in our country but in our neighboring countries to the south. Please do not interfere with this. thank you.
MARTHA BOURNE

NY
Please do reconsider and do not deny the constitutional rights of these peaceable to demonstrate for justice and peace.
JM Kirby

NY

Barb Messerknecht

WI
We have been respectful visitors to Columbus, please respect our constitutional rights.
Kerby Miller

MO

Sister Jackie Griffith

GA
Please reverse your decision so we can assemble on behalf of people who are poor and oppressed. Thank you. Sister Jackie Griffith, SSJ
Adriana Portillo-Bartow

IL Where are the Children
Albert Zook

CO

Jerry Pendergast

IL Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities
Janet Milr

NY
Let the vigil by peaceful people continue for the cause of peace without warfare continue.
Robert Ochocki

CA
Think of the cause-think about our 1st amendment rights
Ann Asnes

MA
I support peaceful demonstrations in our country even if I don't agree with them. This is a fundamental American right. I hope you will maintain it, difficult as it may be to do so. Respectfully, Ann and Dan Asnes
Wendy Benson

CA

Richard Grossman

IL

Ron Schmidt

CA
Oh Ricky, What a sad figure you are! Over 20 years of incident free protests and you again try to limit free speech. Have you not learned from previous court cases you have lost? You try but fail! You could cooperate as you have in the past. Stand up for freedom of expression! Not police state suppression. Ron Schmidt, LTC, Ret.
Karen Ard

IL

Sally Davidson

NY
Please, please allow a permit for safe, peaceable assembly. Thank you.
Glen VanderKloot

ID

Larry Martin

ON KAIROS, Development & Peace
Marjorie Williams

FL

Mary B White

IL
The right to assembl and speak is right of all US citizens. It is imperativwe that you allow SOA participants to expercise the right to speak.
Christopher Cherney

CA
Let us gather, in peace!!
Dolores and Mario Parra

FL

Mr. Sidney J.P. Hollister

CA

Amy Wagner

NY

Herb Everett

OR

Nancy Denton

NJ

Karen Cavanagh

NY
for 25 years our WORD and PRAYER has stood in peaceful and reverent solidarity to end terrorism and the schooling for the same .. all WAR is terrorism
Mary Anne Perrone

MI SOAW Ann Arbor
Ricardo Perez-Almanzar

CT
Respect freedom of speech!
Carol murry

HI

Jean Lee

CA
Chief Boren, This is America, isn't it? Don't deny our Constitutional Rights!
James Lang

MO
obey the law not your interest . just how much money were you paid to deny these people's their rights ?
Aaron Rose-Milavec

OH

Barbara Rivera-Berger

NY

Anthony Nitko

AZ
It's anti-American to not allow freedom of speach. I thought sheriffs were supposed to uphold the law.
Bob Redig

MN human
Larry Hertz

AZ

Linda Greiner

MT

Suzanne Camino

MI

Geri Collecchia

FL none
Michale Martinez

CA
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.
Lee Bachman

TX
Dear Chief Boren, For the sake of the democratic values of our country that you and I both hold dear, please revisit your orders regarding this peaceful assembly. Thank you. Lee Bachman
Victoria Folker

OR

Katie Gibson

MI
Police Chief Ricky Boren, The SOAW watch group, comprised of US citizens, passionate social justice workers, and human beings with dignity and rights, is fully within their First Amendment rights to peacefully assemble. Do you really want to place restrictions on a movement like this? Continuing to limit our rights as US citizens will likely cause media backlash, critique, and further mistrust in the law enforcement system that is supposed to protect our rights. Sincerely, Katie Gibson, MSW
Kamala Lopez

CA

Ted Schroeder

MO
a luta continua
William Coop

ME
This is USA Democracy, not a fascist state. Next you'll try an order of protection like DeWitt to insure that Drone protesters are jailed like peaceful SOA people are each year. When will we stop training and killing in the name of National Security?
Mele Stokesberry

HI Maui Peace Action Respect the First Amendment rights of the SOA protestors, or lost to them in a civil rights case in court. Doing the right thing first makes sense.
ShannYn Sollitt

NM
The refugee children flooding over our borders are a direct and unmistakable result of the activities of the School of the Americas.
Monte Gomke

MN

Tim Kelleher

IA

JoAnn Reding

NY
Your tactics are similar to those of the governments where you send the soldiers you train to kill people.
Gloria Chambers

CA

H Leon Bradlow

FL

Nancy Liela Wallace-Nelson

CA

Nancy Oetter

IL

Joan Reidy

OH
Please allow our vigil to continue as in the past. We look forward to contibuting to the Columbus economy as we pray to an end to injustices perpetrated by WINNSEC graduates.
Ron and Myrna Ohmann

MN

John Prochaska

CA

Clarita Trujillo

NM

Eleanor Ommani

NY
A word to the unwise Police Chief Boren, In every struggle around the world, when the arms of the state deny the elementary political rights of free assembly and free speech, this condition will give rise to greater resistance that may not fall into the realm of non-violent. Such anti-democratic actions are teaching our people the limits of American "democracy"!
Dan McKenzie

OR

Linda Bell

GA

Bruce Krawisz

WI
If the United States becomes a free country, peaceful protesting will be permitted.
Steven Norris

NC Warren wilson college
Judith Bellin

NC
Peaceful protest is our Constitutional right.
Maureen Doyle

MO

Bob Kloos

OH
Is Georgia becoming a police state?
paul conway

NY
Please allow complete freedom of assembly for peaceful protesters
maj buhl

PA

robert dubois

TX

MaryAnna Foskett

MA

Paula Jackson

OH

Gary Mills

BC
I must ask you to honour the oath of office you took and uphold the constitution of your country (would be nice for a change!).
Michelle Gorman

NE

David Jackson

TX
Graduates of the SOA continue to work havoc in countries in Central America. Honduras is the prime offender at this time it seems to me.
Susan Davis

MD

Sue Halligan

MN

arden scott

NY

Andy Griggs

CA

Jim Davis

MT none
Ruth Needleman

IN
This would be a terrible blow to free speech, our right to assemble and would help provide cover to a horrible institution of death.
LYLE SUCHER

IL

Helen Karlan

NY

Sister Mary Jo Selinsky

WI
The protest is powerful, but peaceful. It needs to be allowed to go on.
robert precious

CT

Harriet McCleary

MN

kathi camp

NJ

Margaret Fissinger

OH

Suzanne Hesh

AZ

Patsy Lowe

CA
Chief, I implore you in the name of God, don't be such a Fascist.
Donald Bleuher

IL

Salwa Haddad-Cope

DC

Elaine Coutu

CO
Please allow a stage to be up for speakers and not limit the number of demonstrators. I've been to the demonstrations and they are peaceful. Are you doing this because you receive money from the SOA, so you want to be on their side yet do just enough to pacify those who want to shut SOA down?
Ordell Nelson

AZ

Anne DiIorio

MA

Carol Kain

NM

Carol Masters

MN Community of St Martin The protest in my experience has always been peaceful.
Mary Grace Krieger

NY

Evelyn Haas

PA

Rev. Scott VanDerveer

NY

Kurt Miron

MI

Kenneth Hayes

TX SOAW Council I plan to attend and exercise my 1st ammendment rights.
Maura Larkins

CA
We shouldn't be exporting violence and undermining democracy.
David Smith

NM

Beverly Rice

NY
We have a right to protest!
Fabio Melo

VA
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.
Elizabeth Hartson

DC
WE MUST SPEAK OUT AS A COUNTRY THAT ENCOURAGES FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THE RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE.
Caroline Bridgman-Rees

CT

Dorothy Anderson

MA

adele beacham

IN

harold dickherber

GA
Let the truth be heard
Patricia Whitt

MO
Don't know if I'll make it to the demonstration and speeches, but I definitely support their right to assemble and speak out.
Stan Fitzgerald

CA
This year's vigil is especially critical in light of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors fleeing to the US. These children are seeking refuge from the horrendous violence in the very countries whose military and police are trained by the SOA at Ft. Benning.
joseph Dangelo

NY

Lowell Harris

CA

James Raynor

GA
I have partipated in the SOA protest many times in the past 25 years and will continue to permit or not.
Tony Salcido

CA
We're all with you!
Amy Lehrer

CT

Rick McDowell

ME

donna croce

WA

Joan Saniuk

MA

Jack Ciciarelli

PA
Standing w/ Fr. Roy
maureen gilroy

NY
Police Chief Boren, Peaceful protest is a vital part of living in a democracy, just because people may be uncomfortable when they hear and see a protest does not give you the right to hinder nonviolent protest.
Kit Everts

CA

Ann Pitcaithley

HI
Dear Police Chief Boren, The constitution grants freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. You, nor Fort Benning should not have any authority to prohibit this peaceful assembly.
Margaret Doherty

PA

Bob Cassidy

OR

Patricia Delgado

TX

Florence Moller

SD

Rodney Herold

WA

Barbara Boland

IL

Fredric Salstrom

IN Le Fer Hall
Joyce Guinn

WI

Melani Longoni

AZ

Brian McLauchlin

DC 8th Day Center for Justice
Susan Verbalis

PA
The United States as a democracy sets an example to the world. As such, the right to peaceful protest, to share information, to speak out for peace and justice are our rights as citizens. What message is being sent to the world in this time of terror and where in other countries people are being arrested and killed? Do we stoop to their level? Please reconsider and show the world the true democracy we are!
Carolyn Strickland

AL

Elaine DesRosiers

KY
Free Speech! YES
Thomas Norcott

PA

Teresa Schweitzer

MN

Kathryn Wood

NY
Particularly at this time of the children's exodus is free speech critical. I implore you to allow myself and others the Constitutional right to speak in public and non violent assembly. Kathryn Wood
Aaron Konkol

WI

Charles Collet

IN
Also, we are good for your local businesses because we rent many rooms at local motels and hotels; and, also eat at your various restaurants. It is a good economic weekend for Columbus, Ga.
Margaret Delaney

OK

Joseph Olson

AK

Suzanne Hedrick

ME
Is this the United States or nazi Germany????
Lois Mills

FL
This decision seems to me to be a serious attack on the First Amendment and the right of citizens to peaceably assemble and to petition their government. It is Our Government, you know.
Angie Bray

CA

Nadine Touhey

MN
Please honor peaceful assembly.
K. K. Hudson-Bates

CA

Grace Kotre

MI

Lois Kaufman

SD

Rev Rachelle Woods

NM Chicago Theological Seminary
N Kanhai

IL
Uphold the 1st Amendment.
Georgia Shankel

IL Georgia Shankel Communications
Diane S. Whalen

WA
Would you also deny freedom of assembly and speech to those remembering other victims of violence? You are charged with protecting the rights of citizens. This peaceful and prayerful assembly should be allowed.
Lois Schrag

KS

Alida Coughlin

KY

Elizabeth Schooss

CA

Ryan Whetsel

IL

John Deegan

PA

Donn Carroll

NY

Carol Berg

MN
The right of peaceful assembly to demonstrate on behalf of a cause is built into our Constitution (the Bill of Rights). This must be honored in a true democracy.
John Sullivan

NY Maryknoll
Michael Gosch

IL Viatorians
Charlotte Trolinger

MT
Restricting our first amendment rights would be all too similar to the restrictions of freedom and human rights perpetrated by (too many) SOA graduates.
Thomas McGrath

WI

Ernest Martinson

WI

Marge Townsend

OH
This is wrong to deny an activity that has been so important to the peace movement for so long. I am too old to come now, but I support it 100%
Joshua Lichtman

LA

Christian Rincon-Cuervo

BC
South america will not stand for more agression
John P Wentland

CT Progressive Catholic Coaltion As a participant in the SOAW gathering for the past 14 years, I have witnessed the fine work of your police force. And I know you want to be a reasonable man and not curtail the constitutional rights of those who visit Columbus each year for this event. Please do the right thing!
zullay pichardo

NY

Carol Bouldin

CA

mary rezner

CA none Wrong move, Columbus police department. Stand up for truth and honoring those who have been so brutally murdered . . just for being people.
John Ivens

IA
A government is accountable to not only its own citizens, but to citizens of the world for its foreign policy and military interventions abroad. We will hold you accountable.
Kimberlee Walker

ON University of Waterloo The vigil is really important for our community and our world. Please.
Fred Robinson

NH

Molly Madden

MO ATU Local 1287 And tthis country is suffering from the BLOWBACK from all the crimes those trained at the S.O.S. have committed against the poor folks in Central America ( Children at the border)
Leanne Friedman

CA

Sterling Vinson, Ph.D.

AZ

LUCIA RONCALLI

CA Physicians for Human Rights
Leila Black

VT Women for Peace Freedom Of assembly, Freedom of Speech
Suzanne Bottelli

WA
SOAW has a proven track record of respectful and peaceful assembly at the Gates of Fort Benning. Please observe your own duty as a person sworn to protect the rights of your fellow citizens in our democratic society. Thanks for your service and please do the right thing here. Sincerely, Suzanne Bottelli
jeanne tranel

MT

E.A. Leone

CA
You clearly have received your orders from a group (maybe many) persons who are not law enforcement superiors. Do plan to listen to your lawyers because you are breaking the law when you deny first amendment rights to peace activists who wish to assemble and speak peacefully. If you do not like the message, that is no reason to break the law. They are not inciting riots nor are they breaking the law by stating their views as they have done since 1989 at Fort Benning. The whole country is watching you and you will receive even more letters, e-mails and phone calls, not less. Please do the right thing, Chief Boren. Thank you.
Christine Coho

ot
There is no clear basis for these new proposed limitations, other than to limit the voice we have a legal right to raise, and perhaps to less inconvenience local law enforcement. These are not acceptable or legally-based reasons.
Christine Coho

ot
There is no clear basis for these new proposed limitations, other than to limit the voice we have a legal right to raise, and perhaps to less inconvenience local law enforcement. These are not acceptable or legally-based reasons.
Christine Coho

ot
There is no clear basis for these new proposed limitations, other than to limit the voice we have a legal right to raise, and perhaps to less inconvenience local law enforcement. These are not acceptable or legally-based reasons.
Arline Dillman

CA
Peaceful protests are important and a right. Let this one continue.
ken burge

NY CLASP (Caribbean & Latin America Support Project
Neil Golder

NY

john glaze

OH

Fred Lavy

VA

Tom Stang

CA
Thank God for those who use their first amendment Rights to stand up to speak against such as the sOA.
Margaret Bitz

ND NA I am sorry to hear that you are denying SOA a full permit for assembling at the public space of "School of America."
Lyn Graybill

GA

Gale Audia

NV

Eddie (Rev) Cormier

PE
I stand for freedom of speech !!
James Miles

FL

Jon anderholm

CA United Educators of San Francisco SOA .... trained many torturers ....
Rita Schroeder

OH
Chief Boren, with all due respect, this effort of yours to downplay the protest to the School of the Americas is not only against the Constitution, but it also shows your ill will toward peaceful dissent toward government policies that offend many people in our country. Such peaceful dissent has always been allowed in our country.
J. Kevin Cross

CO

Jake Dacks

DC PCASC
Jerome Sobieraj

MA
Please allow this peaceful protest against this abhorrent "school" take place without undue restrictions.
John Grant

PA VFP Chapter 031 I've peacefully gathered and expressed my Constitutional rights at the gate of Fort Benning for at least twelves years each November. That's a powerful first-amendment precedent in my mind. Clamping down now is a matter of unconstitutional police intervention.
Jacqueline Sparks

RI

Mary Brandl

MN

Dick Palmiter

OR Amnesty International SOA is a terrorist organization and should be put out of business to save lives!
Dennis Hock

CA
Please rescind your new restrictions. We have a right to be heard!
Matthew Funiciello

NY


Maureen Jessnik

NY

Julie Skelton

MI

dr eli Hegeman

NY
Why not let us speak?
Joseph Beausoleil

FL Call to Action of Southwest Florida
Jasmine and Hugh Skees

OH

Patricia Henderson

CT

Lynne Roberts

CA
This is a basic right given to all Americans - fought and earned by this nation - and certainly advertised around the world as an essential characteristic of this country. The right to express our views cannot be abrogated. And this recent action is certainly questionable considering the past history. Please reconsider your decision.
Jacob Carter

MA Youth For Understanding
Catherine Madden

MI
thanks for understanding our concerns.
Sarah Dolan, Ph.D.

NY
I am very concerned that something that has taken place peacefully and publically for 25 years is now arbitrarily taken away by the government.
Mary Elizabeth Farrell

PA

frank higdon

KY
please pay attention to the cry of our poor brother and sisters being sloughtered by our hands
Emilie Trautmann

NY
Surely the 2014 Columbus Police Department has the capacity of 25 previous Columbus Police Departments to carry out its assigned responsibilities without violating any individual's first-amendment rights. The Police Department is charged with protecting individual rights, not denying.
Patricia Wudel

DC

Theodore Majdosz

VA

Mary Elbrecht

CA

jean hoegler

AK
What are you afraid of? Free speech? Isn't that one of the cherished rights of Americans? It should be defended, not stifled.
Jim Bell

CA
Get a clue!!!
Dolores Arndt

TX

Joseph Stephens

IN

Ed Gaffney

IN
The Golden Rule of policing is to serve and to protect all in a manner that affords a good example to police forces elsewhere in the world, not to bring fellow police officers and soldiers to a base that trains people to torture and to murder critics of the State. Because we don't want that for our moms and wives and sisters and daughters, we shouldn't let out our own government encourage any other government to commit such atrocities. Keep our sidewalks and streets safe for truth-telling in conformity with the demands of solid cases on free speech in our country. God bless America!
Angela Pacheco

CA
We ask you to please uphold our constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of assembly.
Weltha McGraw

CO

Sandra Pesce

NY

katherine gilfeather

NY

Matthew Ochalek

PA

Andrea Baglioni

ot

Elizabeth Sheppard

OR
Please reconsider your decision. This is a denial of our basic freedoms, and sends a very destructive message to the world. Our nation should be using our power for good, not for evil.
Mike Sinkov

CA

Teresa LeCompte

IL
Please allow SOA watch to have their vigil n stage to be the voice for those who have violently lost theirs
Marcie Ley

CA
I respectfully insist that you recognize SOA Watch's first amendment right to assemble and peacefully protest at the gates of Ft Benning in November.
Beverly Danley

KS

Thais Thomas

OR
Respect our constitutional rights!
Andrea Leon-Grossmann

CA

misti rains

TN

David Kane

DC

Anne Richter

FL
Let's work together for a peaceful society for everyone.
Michael Byrne

KY

Dominique Mazeaud

NM

Robert Miyake-Stoner

HI
Let freedom ring!
Patricia Layden

WA
Democracy means we can protest that with which we disagree...
Katherine Philipson

WA

Mary Lindenberger

OH

curt klueg

IN

Bill Houston

OH
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 important in getting out our message. 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.
Elizabeth Gilarowski

ON

Alicia Koutsoulieris

FL

paul leigh

OR

Charlotte Donovan

CA
It would be appreciated if you would permit the demonstrators sufficient space and time to accomplish their earnest desire to remind all of us for the need for peace.
John Goetschius

NY

Lisa Stevens

FL
Peaceful demonstrations are permitted under the bill of rights and are an example to nations throughout the world that American freedoms are meaningful. It is shocking when law enforcement personnel take it into their own hands to deny such a right.
Thomas Windberg

TX

Br John Mahoney

MD

John Chadwick

WA
The police state attack on First Amendment rights is a shameful insult to the founders of our nation. Police Chief Boren is serving the interests of King George III and the British Empire and the followers who prefer repression over freedom of expression by the citizenry...
John Beitzel

PA
Cheief Boren is acting like a facist!
Donna Shaw

CA

Stuart Baxter

OR

David Dresser

CA
What are you afraid of, Chief Boren? Free speech frighten you? Mere facts threaten your control? Is PEACE anathema to you? The right to peacefully assemble seem terrorizing? You do not really want to deny Constitutionally granted rights do you?
Keith Orchard

WA

Donald Jones

IL

Fred Rilling

FL

Frank Nieman

CA
The assembly is peaceable. Obey the Constitution
Tupper Morehead

TN

Marilyn Bernstein

MA

Darren Brown

OH The University of Dayton
Barry Miller

NC United Methodist Church Dear Police Chief Boren, You're supposed to protect people's constitutional right to assembly and free speech. Apparently, the SOA, Fort Benning and other influential parties think subverting people's constitutional rights is acceptable when it suits their interests. Please reconsider your position. See you at the gates this fall.
Don Hyde

NM

Mark Lainer

FL

Fred Murolo

CT
Please respect the first amendment. Our nation is strongest when we adhere to our laws.
Jackie (Marion J.) Fritch

MD
Please do not stand in the way of our First Amendment rights. Your role is to uphold the law of our Land. Thank you.
Charles Luce

HI VFP Chapter 113
Barbara D'Emilio

DC

David King

NM
We must resist these continuing attacks on free speech.
Kathleen Mitchell

MN
Silencing the truth is not the way forward. This movement has a long history of non-violence and respect toward the citizens and police in Colombus. There is no reason to place unjust restrictions and limits on peaceful assembly. You are succumbing to the same tactics taught at the SOA/WHINSEC and used against the people in the countries they return to.
Kathleen Mitchell

MN
Silencing the truth is not the way forward. This movement has a long history of non-violence and respect toward the citizens and police in Colombus. There is no reason to place unjust restrictions and limits on peaceful assembly. You are succumbing to the same tactics taught at the SOA/WHINSEC and used against the people in the countries they return to.
Carol Hassey

NY

Robert Shine

MA

Czrrroll Houle

VA

Margaret Matlin, PhD

NY
Our Constitution insists that we have the freedom to make our views known. Please keep this in mind, and allow the "Close the School of Americas" to hold a vigil at Fort Benning. Sincerely, Dr. Margaret Matlin
Leslie Salgado

MD
We stand in support of SOA Watch and our right to freedom of expression and in opposition to policies of war against the people of Latin America.
Libby Frank

PA

Roy Sanderson

AL
A democracy requires us to let people speak even though we might not want to hear them. Roy Sanderson retired Navy
Carol Garman

IL

Candace Hallmark

CA
Democracy only works when we support democratic ideals. Denying American citizens the right to protest is in direct violation of our 1st amendment rights. Those who attempt to deny and suppress our rights are attacking our freedom, chipping away at the very foundation of our democracy. You must allow demonstrations and you must allow demonstrators to express themselves. Support our democracy by doing the right thing! Do not infringe on our right to demonstrate.
mary shaw

IL
Keep freed alive and the rights to gather in assembly and peaceful stances of disagreements
tony hintze

IL

Jean Drumm

NY

Dallas Galvin

NY
The School of the Americas is yet another act of treason, like Bush's invasion of Iraq, against the Constitution and the intent of the Founders in establishing America as a democracy. Your actions are, likewise, an affront to the Bill of Rights, as well.
David Bacon

NM

Ann Siegel

IL

Michael O'Connell

CA

Rochelle Rein

MI

Geoffrey & Linda Symcox

CA

Jennifer Vogt

IL

Susan Yates

TN

Melvin Bautista

AZ

EERVIN G. ROORDA

WA
Do the right thing, for the right reason! In the name of God, stop it! Do not deny citizens of our own country their constitutional rights to gather and speak out in opposition to what we believe is wrong!
Andrea Johnson

MD

Jeanne Anderson-West

CA

Kathleen Ganley

MN
This is inexcusable. You have no right to deny the First Amendment rights
Beverly Kight

AZ

Mary Ann McCauley

IN

Erik Schnabel

CA

Bernice Rieland

MN
Dear Police Chief Boren, I, too, am concerned about the denial of the constitutional rights of people to continue demonstrating on the street outside the main gates of Fort Benning. I call on the Columbus police department to reverse its decision and to uphold the constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of assembly. Thank you for doing whatever possible to allow folks to gather peacefully and speak truth to power. Sincerely,
Nancy Casey

MN
Please listen to the people! If this movement did not speak the truth it would not last 25 years with more followers every year. Please join the effort to work for peace in our world. Thank you.
Nancy Casey

MN
Please listen to the people! If this movement did not speak the truth it would not last 25 years with more followers every year. Please join the effort to work for peace in our world. Thank you.
Robert Breeden

PA

David Carlson

MA
Why?
Donlon McGovern

OR retired Clinical Psychologist
Barry Linehan

WA
I am a military veteran and former resident of Albany GA.
Jim Toren

OH

Paul Hetzler

NY

guy cargulia

CA

Eileen Lowe

FL

Robert and Donna Janusko

PA

Mary Ellen Norpel

PA Sisters of St. Joseph, Philadelphia Chief Boren, I guess you are being pressured by those over whom you have no control, because your men have told me that the protestors have followed every directive they give. I also know we clean up. Why this problem? Also, do the Columbus businesses know what you are doing? I think they didn't mind the extra income. Please respect us as we have done you.
Gabriella Crowley

SD Pax Christi
David Lindorff

PA
Hey chief, this is the US of A, remember. We have a First Amendment giving us the right of free speech and assembly, and to seek redress of grievances. And we've got a damn grievance. We want the SOA shut down. You, as an officer sworn to defend the Constitution, shoudl be defending our right to protest the SOA peacefully. Get the hell out of the way!
Sonja Johnson

MN
The First Amendment refuses to be erased for the ease of a few - we are not run by the militarization of the police. Let freedom actually be free!
robert Crawford

WA

Eric Miller

DC

jarret wolfman

NY

Charles Van Wey

WA United Steelworkers
Kathleen McLean

CA
There is no reason to be afraid of our right to free speech.
Alfaro Hernandez

CA

Cecilia Perez

AZ
Please close down the school of Americas. You will do us all a great service with this simple act.
Skylar Panuska

NY

Gerald Ganann

MN
I am a member of the Veterans for Peace. From the beginning, American patriots have fought and died to protect the freedoms granted us in the Bill of Rights. We will not relinquish those rights. I will be there!
Karen Davis

PA
I stand with Fr. Roy and as a member of SOA demand just treatment to gather for the Fort Benning annual demonstration.
Meaghan Rosen

NY

Mary Lou DeFino

WI

Raymond Bridge

CO

Rev William Petro

WV

Joel Andreas

MD

Jim Allyn

WA

John Bader

CA

Jill Ginghofer

CA

Martha DiGiovanni

CT

Frances Lorie

PA

Ted Wray

PA
Burn in Hell, Nazi scumbag
Joy Peterson

IA
I have been present several times at this march which is a wonderful celebration of our right to criticize choices our government has made. It is wrong to suppress the people!
marguerite brennock

FL

Barbara Stinson

CT

Jakob Schmidt

NY
Protect first amendment rights!
Penny Donovan

CA

John-Otto Liljenstolpe

WA

Dan Maitland

ON

Dennis Dorney

CA
The most important power the people in our country have is to dissent when they see injustices carried out by their government. Your stance in hindering that process of non-violent protest is against Federal law and ethical principles the USA has adhered to always. Using the powers of your office politically against protest is unacceptable and I ask you to re-instate the freedoms for protesters to safely and non-violently voice their opposition to the SOA and its hideous network and training of military criminals across the Latin Americas. You currently stand against the First Amendment which has created the backbone of our social system, regardless of politics and military autonomy. The SOA must fall.
Jennifer Guterman

MA

Ruth Bescript

AZ

juan garcia

CO

THEO BEELS

MI

Albert Moliner

ot

Julie Lane

KS
Constitutional rights to free speech and free assembly are obviously being violated here.
Jackie Doepker

OH Sisters of St. Francis For the past 24 years we have held a peaceful demonstration at the gates of Fort Bening. Why would there be any problem with holding it this year? I do not understand why our free speech would be denied at this time.
Virgine Lawinger

WI

James Brown

MN
War is a Rcket
rodrigo mayorga

CA
Let's preserve our Constitutional rights!!
Susan Ring

WA

Michael Bass

CA SOAW-SF
Russell Attoe

WI

Sr. Susan Dunnwald

IA
Please don;t waste our time and money or use to obtain what is our constitutional right to assemble freely. If we hadn't trained so many paramilitary men in those Central American countries, we most likely would not have the crisis at our border today of children hoping to escape to save their lives and well being. Thanking you in advance for doing the right thing. Sr. Susan
William Ferrell

AZ

William Collins

CT Institute for Policy Studies
Katharine Donohue

WI

Robert Martinez

FL
We will be at the gates exercising our constitutional rights regardless of your efforts to stop us. We will come prepared to resist. That is a promise.
James Flanagan

GA
Please reconsider. Your constitutional rights could be the next to go. What would you think then?
Lou Ann Kilburg

IA

Virgena Clark

IL
I am unable to travel to peacefully assemble and speak truth to power but want my fellow Americans to have their freedoms & responsibilities under our constitution respected. Thank you.
Rebecca Knight

CO

Kai Forlie

VT

Mary Brown

CA

Jill Hamze

FL

Donna Bruzzese

NM

Jelica Roland

ot

William j Gilson

NY Veterans For Peace Chpt34 NYC
Georgia Acker

WI
I add my name to this plea for a group to exercise their constitutional rights. Georgia Acker, OP
Bruce Gagnon

ME

David Mezzera

CA Solano Peace & Justice Coalition Will you allow ANY demonstrations on ANY streets of Columbus during the year? If yes, then you are "cherry picking" one assembly for denial of rights. If no, then you are denying all groups their constitutional rights to peacefully assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Shame!
Janice Rocke

CA

colleen kattau

NY
denying out right to assemble is unjust. please let us gather as we have done in the past.
Therese Lenz

MN Franciscan Sisters God's Blessings on all who participate.Justice will prevail.
Joe O'Neill

CA
I urge you not trample our First Amendment rights. Free speech and the right to peaceably assemble are cornerstones of the democratic country you have sworn to serve. With eight journeys to the gates of Ft Benning in ten years, I implore you to reconsider your chilling decision to limit free speech this November. Please remember that in the 25 year history of our movement for peace, there has never been a SINGLE INCIDENT of violence by demonstrators exercising their rights to protest unjust military policies and actions forwarded by SOA/WHINSEC. Our November Vigil strives to work amicably and respectfully with local law enforcement: we ask that you show us the same courtesy by granting the requested permits.
Gerritt and Elizabeth Baker-Smith

PA

Colleen McCann

PA

marta greenhoe kaufman

GA
mr boren ~ the SOA watch organization provides an organized, peaceful, reverent oportunity for thousands of people to express their moral and religious beliefs. they inject thousands of dollars into columbus' economy. their right of expression must be protected and allowed to continue.
Ed Wujciak

FL

Judith Liteky

CA SOAW West I urge you to close off the street in front of the Stone Gate even if Fort Benning does not erect the fences that have been their "defense" for ten years. We are peaceful. We seek peace.
Rosalyn Baxandall

NY Historians Against War
Rivera Sun

NM

Lila Ulrich

NM

Mary Coker

CA
Your actions deny freedom of speech to peaceful demonstrators. Please reconsider. Sincerely, Mary E. Coker
Albert Penta

WA

Dave Brast

CA

Loretta Rogers

WY

Arthur Martinson

TX

Sister Catherine Connell

CA
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.
Mira Leslie

WA

Kathryn Bankston

GA
Bobby Peters, as mayor, set the standard for tolerance for Columbus. I bet he would like to hear this case. You are not empowered to override the First Amendment.
Peter Thompson

MN

Cletus Gass

IL
I support Fr Bourgeous efforts to meet at the Fort Benning gate to demonstrate to close the School of America . Please allow the demonstra ion at the Fort Benning entrance. Thank you
Elizabeth Guthrie

NY

Ronald Skees

KY
Do not infringe on our First Amendment rights.
Renee & Clyde Smith

GA
We have attended this event in the past. It is well-organized and inspiring. Please allow it to continue in the name of free speech and freedom of assembly. It is the "American Way".
Margaret Webinger

MN

Diane Faust

WI

Joni Davis

IA

Ruth Groff

ot
I stand in solidarity
Christopher Berg

NC
I have been in regular contact with Marty Katz at the Policeone blog. Unless there are unusual circumstances dictating a policy change I believe he would recommend continuing with the past practices of the past several years as the best way to uphold the City and public order.
Susan Loehner

OR
Please review the US Constitution and reconsider.
Diane Marcil

NY

Anthony J Mendonca

PA
Sir: Please reread the 1st amendment.
Patrick MacVittie

FL

Kathy Chase

CT

ana chavez

NM

Judith Anshin

CA

Laurie Cassidy

CO

judy greenberg

VT
Our constitution guarantees freedom to assemble. Please do not block out legal rights. This country was founded by people wanting their freedoms.
Suzanne Saunders

FL

Amie King

CO

Howard Miller

CA CITIZEN ACTIVIST LET THEM HAVE THEIR FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND SPEECH, RIGHT NOW !!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S A MUST !!!!!
Merlyn Heyman

TX

John Randall Johnson

FL

Joanne Crandall-Bear

CA

Katy Zatsick RCWP

FL
Do not arbitrarily crush our right of free assembly. If you need to save money drop all the over the top security not needed for this peaceful, non-violent protest held every year.
Justin Remer-Thamert

NM
As a Christian, I think this annual protest a crucial demonstration of our responsibility as people of faith to stand against the violence perpetrated by the U.S. abroad and at home.
virginia fifield

NY

Barbara Bartek

WI

David van Wyk

ot
Any country that has secrets from its own people, and supports and finances secret organisations, and operate training facilities that promotes torture and human rights abuses within and beyond its borders cannot be called a democracy. Your duty is to protect the people and not this notorious institution.
Manuel Carreira

CA

LaDonna Maier

MN

Germaine Gagnon

MN
Please allow the Vigil to take place at the main gates of the Fort Benning Military base to honor the victims, who died because of unjust and unprovoked killings by student graduates from the SOA. Allow the demonstratrs to carry on this vigil on this holy ground. They do have a constitutional right to conduct a peaceful demonstration, including the memorial funeral procession, to raise awareness of the attrocities that have been responsible for the deaths or injuries perpetrated on them because of their compassionate care of the disadvantaged. Thank you!
Ron Garcia-Fogarty

NC
I am the Regional Director of Witness for Peace Southeast, an organization that has led delegations of thousands of people from the US to Latin America. We have been participating actively at the Fort Benning protests since the early protests were held in Columbus, Georgia. We have the right to assemble at the same site we have gathering for 25 years.
Michael Stratton

WA
Police Chief Boren, I request that you reconsider your stance against a peaceful demonstration against the operation of the School of America. For 24 years we have come together to voice our distain for such an operation.
Cynthia McMath

CA

Jennifer Marie Marcus,Esq.

MI

Kathleen Phelan

IL
Oberve the Constitution...please
Laura Drew Kelly

DE

Carl Finamore

CA
You should resign if you are not capable of accomodating peaceful protest and constitutional rights.
Claudia Guzman

OH

Donna Butler

IN

Eleanor Granger

MN
Please allow us our first amendment rights.
Ana Franzen

ot

Germaine Gagnon

MN
Christ is being crucified in His people every time the SOA graduates students from it's school. Closing the school would allow the Resurrection of Christ's reign over the whole world world, including America.. Allow the supporters of closing the SOA to freely demonstrate to make America
Grace Troisi

NY
Do the right thing!
Frances Barber

MD
In conscience and by our Constitution, we have the right to peacefully protest the wrongs that are done to other human beings by the actions taken by our government. In God's name, please reconsider.
Judith Goldston

NY

JoAnne Shlemmer

CA
What's happening in this country of ours when a Chief of Police can halt a peaceful,25 yr.old assembly?This is not the America my Father and many of our family fought and died for...
Dr. Gilbert & Joy Robledo

CA VFP Chapter 054 RESPECTFULLY WE ASK YOU TO ALLOW THE STAGE & EQUIPMENT TO BE SET UP TO ALLOW OUR COUNTRY'S DEMOCRACY TO FUNCTION. WE DO NOT WANT A POLICE STATE & WE DO NOT WANT TO FIGHT. PEACE IS OUR GOAL!
E.W. Browne

NY


Eileen Duffey-Bernt

PA

Marcos Gonzalez

TX UIW
ANGELA WILLE

WI

Walter Block

IL
Please allow peaceful protest To continue. Caring people throughout the country & world seek to curtail violence and to accept the poor as our family.
Nico Udu-gama

DC
Hey Ricky! We're cooooooooming!!!!! AYAYAYAY!!!! Xoxo
Anne Ryan

PA Pax Christi Although bully tactics have become more common place all over the country, the hearts of those who are determined to see justice are not deterred.
David Rovics

OR
This is an utter outrage. Ever heard of the Constitution? Have you no respect for the notion of democracy? What are you thinking...?
Siv Balachandran

GA

Harold T. Hodes

NY

Sister Moira Kenny

TX

Elizabeth Gabor

NY

Ken and Donna Bubb

NV
Why this sudden change after all the long years of allowing peaceful demonstrations before the gates of Ft. Benning? American citizens have constitutional rights of free speech and assembly so what's your problem? The November vigil is no threat to national security and deserves to be allowed to take place with as many who want to attend as usual. We are a democratic nation not a police state.
Ray Cage

AZ
You can heal your heart Mr. Boren.
Florence Miller

WI

Diana Young

GA
Please do not take away our Constitutional right to free assenbly.
Margot Tunney

IL

janice vanderhaar

TN
We must always protect our fundamental rights of free speech. The is one of the freedoms we fight to protect. This should not happen in the land of the free. May freedom ring from Columbus GA. Janice Vanderhaar
Bert Menco

IL

David and Irene McPhail

CA SOAW East Bay
James ONeill

OR
Non violent civil disobedience is our 1st amendment right under the constitution. Violently disrupting a constitutional right because of belief structure is a crime. Remember your role to uphold and represent the law, not break the law.
Selma Blackburn

AR

Connie Anestis

NY
Don't be a bully!
Dr. F Taylor

SC Hilton Head forPeace Abuse of power
Stella Storch

WI
This is abomable!
Candace Krepel

WI

Richard Schumacher

CA Outreach
Robert Drysdale

NH

john Reylyea

GA

Byrne Sherwood

CA
This is outrageous. I served this country as an infantryman for 23 years. I thought I was serving a country where, amongst other rights, citizens had the right to assemble and protest.
Nancy Wallace

OR

James Woods

OR VFP Chapter 156 I am a proud member of Veterans for Peace and a Vietnam Veteran. I can't understand why the Columbus Police Department has changed the rules. Does the community have parades on national holidays? If so, are people banned from marching on the streets?
Wayne Wilkinson

MO
Why do we train terrorist in this country?
Kristine Hutchens

MN

Steve Wise

GA

Michael OLaughlin

MA
Dear Police Chief Boren, I support the rights assured under the U.S. Constitution. My oldest son just returned from a deployment in the Mid East flying for the Navy. He is fighting for these very same rights. Respectfully, Michael OLaughlin
Corey E. Olsen

WI CEO Pipe Organs/Golden Ponds Farm
Helga and James Fellay

CA

Betty Hill

WA CTAWW
Margaret woodlock

WA

Betty Casey

CA
We believe that it is our right to assemble and to speak to issues that are important to us. We are always peaceful and non confrontative. Recomsider this request!
Evalee Mickey

IA Pax Chrisiti USA SOAWatch has been holding peaceful assemblies for 25 years, so what has changed?
leslie schriener

CO

Barbara Larcom

MD Casa Baltimore/Limay
Arthur Smith

NY

Todd Heintz

MN

Richard Diamond

TN
Do not take away our freedom of speech. It is our right as Americans to protest.
Ronald Collins

NM
Thank you for reconsidering your restrictions. Freedom of your students to use increasingly sofisticated weapons should gaurantee the freedom of the opposition to voice their disent
Bridget Meehan

FL
The right of free speech is core ro America's freedom. We stand for justi ce and peace in our world.
Bridget Meehan

FL
The right of free speech is core ro America's freedom. We stand for justi ce and peace in our world.
Doreen Glynn

NY

John Dunn

WA

Foster Griezic

BC
It is absolutely appalling that a Chief of Police would try to stop innocent, responsible people from exercising their rights to simply state something which is wrongheaded and emphatically wrong particularly when it is a School of the Americas that teaches how to murder and kill innocent people. As a university professor of long standing thee is no question that the chief of Police is ignorant of the real world. Foster JK Griezic
Glenda Pawsey

CA

Anne Haines

WI

Dorothy Diehl

MN

sam kerson

QC

Ronald Brown

CO Amnesty International
Alison Ross

GA

H G TALBO

WA
SAFEGUARD and PROTECT our Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities of FREE SPPECH and Peaceful assembly provided by our U.S. Constitution.
Ann Brennan-Zelenka

MD

J Tucker

FL

Joann Quinkert

IN

Kristina Boylan

NY

Hector Guzman Lopez

TX
We will continue to organize against imperialistic dictatorial schools whether we are granted permission on not. till victory.
eve tetaz

DC

Geetanjali K. Singh

IL
Only liars need to object to the 1st Amendment!
Kathleen Desautels, SP

IL Sisters of Providence - St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN "Ain't goin' let SOA turn us around...turn us around..."
Loretta Kerns

OH

Betty Renard

LA

Teena Weisler

PA

Betty Kenny

MN Rochester Minnesota Franciscans Not a fair stand to take, Chief!
Josal Diebold

TX

Charles Nadler

CO
Let them speak about the school that teaches dictators how to oppress their own people. Don't imitate those who reject American values! I see this as a military veteran!
Nina Underwood

MA

Suzanne MacAvoy

CT
Our country has much to be proud of but the SOA is not among them. It is a travesty and violation of American values. In a democracy, all have a right to speak out. To constrain that right is not democratic.
N. Jo Lane

CA
We as people living and supporting our democracy do have rights and responsibilities granted to us under the Constitution. We must speak truth to ourselves and our government (even more critically important when our government's actions support terror and even teaches methods of torture).
Daniel Flynn

PA

Teri Norris

OH

Roswell Paine

MA Human Race You cannot suppress the truth -- it will be spoken
Rev. Judith A Conoyer, Ph.D.

MO

Brian Gaughan

IL

nancy murphy

AZ

charles nicolosi

MN

Molly Adelstein

ME

Anthony Flaherty

MA
In God's name, cease the march toward fascism.
Ruth Downing

CA

Karen Kampwirth

IL
Whether you agree with the protestors or not, you do not have a right to restrict their First Amendment rights. Please do the right thing and restore them.
Michael Kemper

CA
You have a problem with the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America? Talk to your Congresspersons. Do not abrogate the Constitutional rights of citizens.
Fran Pletschet

CA

Barbara Bishop

OH

Louise McDowell

WA

don baldus

MN

Catherine Webster

CA

John Cervantes

TX

tom Egan

TX
request that you do not deny appropriate permits for this now 25-yr-old event at gates of Ft. Benning
Sharon Baker

CO
People need to hear this message.
Dianne Rocheleau

MA Clark University Surely this is not how we do things in the USA. To repress free speech and public dissent is as Un-American as it gets. Woudl you tell Walmart they could only have parking space for 200 people? Would you tell the local churches they could only have 200 people at a nationally significant funeral? How can you limit the 1000's who attend the SOA event to 200 total in the street? Constitutional rights do not get "trimmed down" for groups that disagree with you. This constitutes VIOLATION of constitutional rights
Eleanor Willhard

UT
I hope you reverse your stand because I believe in our right to peacerully assemble
charles nicolosi

MN

Kathi Barbee

NY

Athena Huff-Sandstrom

CO

Camilla Schneider

CA MITF What is the basis for changing a tradition of so many years? Is it just to 'shut out our voice?' I can think of no other valid reason and you know we will speak up.
Patricia Metzner

CT
I protest the denial of first amendment rights to the people who gather to protest the School of the Americas
Nicholas Cardilino

OH
Here at the University of Dayton, student interest in the peaceful demonstration outside the gates of Fort Benning has been waning for the past few years. I was concerned that we might not have any student interest in attending this year. But now that the Columbus Police Department is working to stomp on First Amendment Rights, I suspect that interest in attending will grow exponentially.
Peter Mathyssen

ot
You are employed to uphold freedom of speech, not curtail it.
Rev. Liz McMaster

NM

Diane Dugard

IL

Billie Greenwood

IA

Ellen E Hill

MA

Helen Schietinger

DC

susan lasoff

MN WAMM Women Against Military Madness
David Starr

CT
SHUT IT DOWN...
Sharon Gillespie

TX

John Coe

TX
Please support the freedoms that our military has defended for 238 years by allowing this peaceful protest to take place.
Dennis Kortheuer

CA

Maria Alejandra Salas-Baltuano

DC

Linda Drescher

CO

Nancy Mairs

AZ

Carol Leake

LA

robert martin

PA
I support this petition and I urge Police Chief Boren to honor the 1st Amendment Rights of those who gather on this sacred ground to express their concerns regading the existence of the SOA.
Louise Mcallister

WA
The SOA watch must go on as it has done for 25 years. Thank you for listening.
Jane Waters

CA

Ben Wiederholt

CO

David Henderson

FL Wage Peace, Inc. Stand for peace and freedom!
Betsy Germanotta

MA

judy solmonson

MN
Peaceful assembly and protest are a part of American freedom. Please allow the assembly as it has been for 25 years.
Eleanore Voutselas

NM
I have attended the annual demonstration for 5 years and it always has been peaceful and respectful to the people of Columbus. Please reconsider.
Laura Singer

IL
sOA watch - please don't give up the fight! I stand with you!
Stansfield Smith

IL

Lourdes Fonseca

MI

Grace Braley

ME

Steve Gude

IA

nicholas utphall

WI

Nona Lee Gregg

NM
They wouldn't have to worry about a demonstration if the School of America was closed. I am ashamed that it has not already been closed. Terrible, awful place!!!!!
Rosemarie LeClercq

AZ
The Constitution of the the United States guarantees the right to peaceful assembly and as an officer of the court, you swore an oath to uphold that Constitution. Please stop trying to infringe the rights of those who wish to protest our government training people who turn around and than kill Americans in their country trying to help their people.
karl meyer

TN Nashville Greenlands Community
Kathlyn Mulcahy

IL
We are peaceful and peace-loving people. Fear not. "The truth will set you free."
ray stanis

IL
Please let the the vigil take place without taking steps to stifle its effectiveness.
cynthia dabrowski

MI
We have a right guaranteed by the constitution of the United States to demonstrate in a non violent manner. Please reverse your decision so our peaceful demonstration can go forward.
Brian Reynolds

NJ

Kathleen Desautels, SP

IL Sisters of Providence - St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN
Paul Jefferson

KS

James Stone

FL Humanity I'm quite surprised Chief Boren that as a law enforcement official that you would not see the psychological implications of your attempt to usurp the Constitution and our most critical 1st Amendment right to protest the actions of our government. Whatever you attempt to do in this regard will only inspire more determination and ingenuity within the movement, and is likely to backfire or create other kinds of blowback that in hindsight you will wish you had been more constitutionally accommodating about. You should also remember you are servants of the people. You are not servants of the military, who like you are also servants to the people. It's oxymoronic to think otherwise.
Kristina O'Hern

FL

Frank Shomo

WV

Marie Lee

MN

John Hillian

BC
This protest makes an important statement every year and should absolutely be allowed to go ahead unabated.
Anna Koop

CO
Dear Chief Boren, For many years I attended the SOA activities at Fort Benning. I think that the way you are attempting to limit the activities of those attending is likely to increase the numbers and comittment of those attending. I urge you to work peacefully with the peaceful people who will be in Fort Benning that weekend.
Ann Kozlowski

NY

Joyce Leibly

MN
Please allow peaceful assembly to continue at Fort Benning main gates. Joyce
maria Eitz

CA

Evelyn Stern

CA

Lorna VanderZanden

VA
First Amendment is RIGHT!
Nancy Aykanian

MA

Terri DeFilippo

MI
honor the victims and the rights of people to assemble!
Sylvia Briscoe

PA

Daisy Clark

TX

Nancy Tate

PA Lepoco Peace Center
michael gillen

PA
Please do not stifle the long-established democratic process.
joan McCoy

MI HOME FOR PEACE AND jUSTICE
al roselius

CA

Francis Sheehy

MI

Christine Gaunt

IA

Roxana Hart

CA
The First Amendment trumps local police policies against peaceful demonstrations. The right to free speech and peaceful assembly cannot be arbitrarily denied.
Joan MURRAY

IL
I am in wonderment that you would wish to deprive citizens of our Constitutional Right to peacefully assemble, and our right to freely voice our concerns. Please reconsider and cooperate with this peaceful demonstration. Please honor our Constitution! Joan Murray,OP
Elizabeth Salmon

NY Maryknoll Srs. of St. Dominic MANY THANKS TO THE POLICE - for HELPING CITIZENS
Linda Rocco

CA
Father Roy is a national hero!
Judy McDonnell

CA
i will be there! Please grant me my Constitutional rights of free speech and assembly!
keith brooks

NY

keith brooks

NY

Elizabeth Barbi

NH
First Amendment allows the right to peaceable assembly. Why is Chief Boren blocking this precious right.... is he AFRAID of the truth? Perhaps he prefers to live in China or Russia?
Carol Ann Berte

IA

Sharon McNeil

NE
Do what you wished you would have done when you are on your'death bed'
roberta hupprich

FL
Abide by our constitutional rights of peaceful demonstration .
Emily Devine

IA

Michael Bury

MN

Guy Savastano

OH
Dear Police Chief Boren, I are concerned about the possible denial of the constitutional right of people to demonstrate on the street outside the main gates of Fort Benning. I am asking the Columbus police department to reverse its decision to block a stage/speaker set-up for the SOA Watch event this November, and to uphold the constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of assembly. Since the Ft. Benning demonstrations began 25 years ago, hundreds of thousands of people have PEACEFULLY gathered annually at the gate of Fort Benning to honor the memories of the victims of violence in Central and South America. All Americans have the freedom under our constitution to peacefully assemble and to speak truth to power. The SOA Watch group is committed to these principles and I am disturbed that their right to peaceably assemble and protest injustices of our government at the same location they have done so for 25 years can be seemingly arbitrarily taken away by the government. Please respect and uphold the constitutional right of free speech for the SOA Watch and their peaceful protest this coming November. Thank you, Guy D. Savastano Cleveland, Ohio
Doris Katzen

CA

John Dennis Chasse

NY

Gail Bates

CA

Carol Romie

OH

Mary Herbst

NY

Horace Gaims

CA
Please remember that we do no lie in a nation resembling Hitler's Nazi Reich.
Linda Wilscam

CT
Defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. You, too.
Annette Boucher

NH
This has always been a peaceful demonstration. Denying this demonstration is denying constitutional rights.
Theresa Baldini

NY
My love and prayers support this petition!
Catherine Tighe

IL

Ronald Christensen

NY Retired
Nancy Weatherwax

MI

Deborah Rothman

NY

Suze Montreuil

NT
Please allow your citizens to peacefully express their opinion on the SOA.
Elizabeth Siebenaler

OH Sisters of St. Francis
Jerome Wille

IA

Patricia Chappell

DC

Marcella Hermesdorf

IL

Joyce Rothermel

PA
I am planning to attend and would like my first amendment rights respected.
Dr. Rosemarie Smead

KY
Our constitution gives us the right to peacefully assemble, it would be a mistake to try to take it from us. We have been doing this for 25 years. Please reconsider. Dr. R. Smead
Guadalupe Manriquez

AZ
We have a right to peaceably assemble. Please do not deny us our constitutional rights.
Sandra Ferreira

FL

Larry Paulik

MI
How can you deny us peaceful assembly? Putin in Russia denys free speech and assembly to those who oppose his policies. Is this country becoming so tainted that it can not allow people their legal rights? If this is the case then we are no longer a country of democratic principles.
Madeleine Kirkconnell

CA

Ilyse Kramer

DC

Katherine Kerkhof

WI

Mary Ellen O'Grady

NY

Pam Escarcega

FL

Barbara Humphrey

NY

Robert Gold

NY NYC SOAW
Antonia Davis

CA

Al Gedicks

WI

Rev. F. Mark Mealing, Ph.D.

BC
The SOA impacts all W Hemisphere nations. Fair criticism is justice in action, & opposition to that is injustice.
Ginger Comstock

NY

Jacques Zakin

OH

Catherine Houtakker

WI
I have been to the SOA three times and have seen and heard the evil our government has done to keep the South American governments "in power" for the multinational corporations and our governments benefit. Its all control, take what you want and leave the people in poverty and despair.
Helen Colbert

MA

Jacques Zakin

OH

Mary Ann Verkamp

IN

Teresa Ruby

CO
As a police officer, your first priority is protecting the rights of the citizens. As a daughter of a police officer, I am shocked by this unprofessional behavior, and hope you act legally on behalf of the protesters.
Benita Smith

CA

Douglas Texter

FL

Maureen F McDermott

CT

Elizabeth Iglesias

FL

Edward Junkin

TX

Sister Clara Streng

IA

Adele Azar Rucquoi

FL
Freedom to rally is given by our constitution.
Sheila Malone

ME
Our duty as Citizens of the United States of Americas is to speak out! The Constitution not only gives us the right of free speech it also states that as citizens when we see something that is wrong we need to seek out!
William Rogan

FL

Ruth Mallery

CA

Sue Miller

OH
Please , as an officer of the laws of this country, do not fail to honor the rights we ask to use: FREEDOM OF SPEECH and THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE, as promised in the First Amendment of our beloved Constitution, the law we are all called upon to follow.
Ellen Garza

IL

Jeff Campbell

OH US citizen
Don Schneell

IL

Louis Birk

PA
Let the people speak.
Carolyn MacAvoy

MD
S o, why is year 26 so different? If we, as a people, fail to keep others informed of depth of our feelings on such matters, we begin to drift further and further from the outrageous act and those who do not recall the history are doomed to see it repeated.
Sven Lovegren

GA
Allow access to the Gate!
Mary Weber

IN

Mark Shedden

PA
Don't deny our freedom Chief Boren!
KC Young

WA

Mary L.

WV

Charlotte Alexandre

CO

Nancy Bernstein

NY

Julie Ashmead

MI

Daniel Slee

ot

Edward Thornton

PA

christa cunningham

FL
allow the peaceful demonstrations. Your businesses will also be grateful.
Jennie Crooks

PR
It's important that the right to peacefully assemble be permitted no matter who or the cause. If the KKK can walk in Chicago, people of conscience should be able to speak at the gates of Fort Benning. Military and now drug lord oppression of the people of Central America needs to stop.
Doreen Swartz

FL

LAURENCE JANQUART

WI

Neil Himber

PA
I have attended the vigil twice. I take the constitutional right to peaceably assemble very seriously. I also take my responsibility as a follower of the non-violent Christ to do all I can to end violence, injustice and human rights abuse.
James Barnett

MO

James Kalafus

MI SOAW - MI Two questions from this 66 year old Quaker grandfather: 1) How many of us are you willing and able to arrest? 2) How can I thank you for your free publicity?