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State Organization Comments
Michael Reitz

OH


Sean D'aigle

GA

Peaceful demonstrations are an essential part of any free society. To revoke that right would be to repudiate the very foundations of a government of, by, and for The People!
Janet Korn

NY
This is unspeakable under any circumstances. .
David Brown

PA


roberta miller

OH
Why are you afraid and for whom are you afraid??
John Davis

ND


Sr. Margaret Ann Arnold

WI Maryhill Comment

Gordon SANFORD

TX Pax Christi The SOA demonstrator's have the constitutional right to free speech. All past deomstatrations have been peaceful
Rev Margaret E Howland

FL
This is a peaceful assembly. Please respect our first amendment rights.
Bonnie Weiss

CA


Stepan Safarloo

CA


Deborah Hirsh

CA


Joan Poole

NC
This peaceful vigil has been held at the gates of Fort Benning for 25 years. To deny the constitutionally sanctioned rights of this group is not only arbitrary but reprehensible.
Richard Hepburn

NY
Back off!
Teresa Wolf

SD


Ana Zambrano

MA


Jerome Ernst

MD
At least in honor of your Georgia son, Rev. MLK, Jr., let the bell of freedom of assembly ring in Georgia.
JOHN LaFORGE

WI
Constitutional rights include the right to peaceably assemble and the police departments of the USA and its individuals states and municipalities are sworn to defend and protest these rights. Please end all attempts to void or restrict the exercise of peaceable assembly outside the main gates of Fort Benning.
Sr. Margaret Ann Arnold

WI Maryhill Comment

David Norlin

KS


Patricia Denny

OH
Bit by bit, fundamental rights are chiseled away from ordinary Americans who are well informed and who understand the folly of U.S. policy in Latin America and are courageous enough to challenge this nation's military-industrial-banking complex. The concept of the common good does not seem to factor in to the crass calculations made by those currently in power who have been blinded by a political and economic system that no longer works for the average "common" person. Our nation's values must be re-examined and reworked if we are to survive the kind of enslavement that this action by authorities in Georgia represents.
Richard Ochs

MD
Patriots defend Constitutional rights!
Virginia Haradon

CA
Please don't stop this peaceful demonstration.
Judy Bierbaum

NM SOAW Albuquerque

Alice Waco

CA
Open your heart and your streets. We are a country free to protest on the streets. Please do not stand in our way.
Henry Thurston-Griswold

PA


William Stefanowicz

MA


Danielle Doza

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 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. Please respect the First Amendment.
Mary Inkinen

FL Youngstown Peace Action

Geri Pettitt

IA
Dear Police Chief Boren, Let freedom Ring and Peace among Nations! Jim
Rosemary Perisich

WA
Let your values be those of a true American who protects the freedom and constitutional rights that are guaranteed to our citizens. Please let American history guide you in celebrating the rights of individuals and groups!
Gerri Michalska

DC
Are we in China or the USA? We have our First amendment rights, Chief Boren. I'm sure you don't want to facilitate an America that does not assure and ensure its citizens (and your children and grandchildren's) rights. Please stand up and do your part. We're all in this together and our performance on this Earth is for a limited time only. Let's make it our best performance.
Mario Parra

FL


Therese Maher

WI
News is just showing that the children who are fleeing from
Agnes Hoormann

MO
I support freedom of assembly that is non-violent and working for greater justice and peace. What is there to fear in that?
Ellen Mahli

ND


Jessica Terek

NY


Eileen O'Keeffe

MO
Implementing our rights to free speech + freedom of assembly have been very significant factors in the foundation + growth of our country. During this meaningful Vigil these rights have always been exercised to continue that growth-- - by honoring + defending those who are unable to speak for themselves. Let us continue to proclaim that God is with us in the"land of the free + the home of the brave!!!"
Terrence Nelson

WA
Has the SOA served the people of Latin America or the elites? We have a right to state the case at Ft. Benning's main gate. Colonel, US Army Retired
ALCIRA FORERO-PENA

NY


Mary McMahon

PA Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart

Jane Boland

IL


Grace Kelly

VA
A person of integrity would allow this demonstration.
Artemae Anderson

MI


Fran Devonshire

IL


Tiska Blankenship

NM


Erica Jordan

WI
Please do not deny us our right to assemble and speak.
robin hensel

MN


Satya Newday

MD
The right to gather is essential and I stand, as a citizen of the USA, with these folks in opposition to some of that takes place at Fort Benning
Katherine Hannula

NY


Camilla Phillips

NM


Lee Ann Johnson

MI


Janet Jeffers

PA
Please allow a Peaceful demonstration at the November Vigil at Fort Benning, GA
Daniel Kovalik

PA United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO (USW)

Gaylene Sloane

OH
This is a participatory democracy. Please uphold it.
katy jo steward

WA


D. H. Kerby

PA


Betty Donoghue

IN SOA Watch

Mary Harren

KS
Come on Police Chief Boren - we're patriotic Americans and know our rights.
Glenn Mitroff

WI


e elliott

CA
Please reconsider your actions!
Glenna Wickline

NY


Sharon Zayac

IL


Chris Spahr

WI


David Finke

MO
I'm a firm believer in the First Amendment, and hope you are as well. I expect you've taken an oath to Uphold the Constitution!
Leigh Estabrook

IL
I have attended the rally and protest at the Fort Benning gates for several years. It makes no sense to create such restrictions to free speech. Moreover, for the Fort Benning residents, your restrictions will limit a valuable opportunity for those who live near to sell food, and other commodities that supplement their limited military incomes. This protest is a value to your community in many ways.
EP Brynda

WI


John Van Horn

MO
I thought I lived in a country that stood for expanding human rights, not for limiting and/or curtailing them.
Rev.John & Helenmarie Zachritz

NM


Rev.John & Helenmarie Zachritz

NM


Chia Hamilton

CA
Our right to speak against the violence perpetrated by SOA is guaranteed. Chief Boren. What are your objections?
Phil Miller

MO Church of the Brethren

James Tyler

GA


Susan Coyle

CA


Thomas Cronin

PA
Dear Police Chief Boren, The peaceful demonstrations that are held once a year at the main gates of Fort Benning are an important of our constitutional rights. To paraphrase a quote from our late President JFK. Those who make non-violent protest impossible, make violent protest inevitable. Thank You, Thomas Paine Cronin
John McDevitt

PA


Isabel Garcia

AZ


Vincent Hunt

WI


Millynn James

OR


Wendy Ebersberger

VA
Rights are not negotiable. What kind of a country do we live in if the military can deny us our rights for its conveniencce?
Glenn Rogers

FL


Rodney Brunelle

WA
God help us all.
Elizabeth Smith

MO green party

Sister Marge Eilerman

KY
I am writing to urge you to allow us to practice our First Amendment Rights by peacefully gathering at the gates of Fort Benning.
Chuck Donegan

NY


allen gunderson

ON


James Sellers

MO
It's time you people start respecting the US peoples rights you will pay some day
Carole Winn-smith

AL
This is a most important and sacred event, that is more spiritual in nature than political because it is people standing up for .humanity.The protest is that we do not want to be funding the kind of brutality being taught at the SOA, and we come forward to represent the many who have been murdered by it's graduates. God knows that this is not the way to bring security and peace, and no doubt God is on the side of this movement..Do the right thing and do not try to obstruct this sacred event.
Teresa Volante

MD


John Fritz

AR


Regina Cano

OH
This is our constitutional right. Presente!
Walter Sandell Jr

NJ


Patricia L. Lent

MI


Douglas Renick

MA
This is a peaceful assembly to express an opinion. Isn't that guaranteed by the 1st amendment?
Georgia Mattingly

CO


Joan McKenna

CA


Richard Busic

OH
Dear Chief Boren, Please reconsider your position on the peaceful protest. As a Vietnam veteran I have always felt that peaceful protest was a basic right of the American people even if at times not everyone agrees with them. As we watch our freedoms being threatened here in our beloved nation, and they are in more than one area of civil liberties, it breaks my heart. I fear that at the rate we are going we will end up like the poor Christians in the middle east with the letter "N" stamped on our doors and eventually "n" bands on our sleeves, all reminiscent of the Jews in WWII. Please reconsider the limitations on their freedom.
Lorraine Latreille

CA
Let us stand together for no more torture and death. Let us promote peace and justice.
WILLIAM BRISOTTI

NY


Lila Cornell

PA
The people must be allowed to speak.
jim moran

PA


John Liss

ON lawyer

Paul Yih

WI
The crimes of the US in Latin America have to be exposed ...
Barbara Duff

GA


Marilyn Yockey

WA


Felix Just

CA


Jennifer Caldwell

MI


Robert Anderson

MI
If I were a corporation my 1st amendment right to speech is protected. The US Supreme has ruled.
Marguerite Bronkema

FL
This is a peaceful demonstration. We should be able to express our views. You should uphold our freedoms.
Stephen Scalmanini

CA VFP Chapter 116

Patricia Borri

CO


Joseph Connolly

CT


Sharon Hunter-Smith

IL
This has been a peaceful protest since the beginning, with all participants signing a pledge of non-violence. There is no constitutional reason to deny a permit to hold this event.
Ronald Woofter

OH


Roger CARASSO

NM


Madeleine Ricklis

TX
Having lived in Guatemala in the 70s and hearing about some of the horrors both from the Indians and from the educated class was an eye opener for a very nieve woman and it has not gotten better and our country is directly responcible for creating this situation. It needs to stop.
John Pritchard

CT


Lew Montemaggi

NY Veterans for Peace, Chapter 23

Carol Martin

DC


Fredric Lozo

TX TSSF

Joris Binder

WI
In the name of Mercy and Justice, please hear the pleas of your people.
Mary ANn Hain

CO
We have a right to peacefully assemble. We will be there in large numbers.
Kevin Moran

GA Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition Why?
Dennis Den Hartog

IA
It is a peace loving assembly. Peace and justice.
Laura Haber

IL


Dick Campbell

CT
Peaceful assembly shall not be denied!
John Culp

MO
The right to conduct a demonstration is one of the basic freedoms of a democracy. Why gives Georgia the right to deny such a protest demonstration? Obviously they feel very guilty and embarrassed about the perfidious activities of SOA as they should be. So the rest of the democratic world will just point a finger at these criminals in the SOA and in the Columbus Police Dept. Shame on them!
Bryn Hammarstrom, RN

PA


Ruth Wasylenko

AB


Juanita Rice

NE
For a quarter of a century our society has realized that, whether or not you agree with the content of these protests, American citizens have right to equally assemble and protest the WHINSEC/School of the Americas. You are violating that right by your denial of full protest approval.
michael bennett

NM
Chief Boren: Surely a peaceful gathering, with speaking platform, will not disrupt ongoing traffic or tranquility of your city if this is set up on a separate green or parking area. This demonstration of disagreement with the School of the Americas mission is surely within the rights of those who will be there, to gather to convey opinion. Michael Bennett
Michael Reimringer

NY


shirley pate

DC
Hell no they won't go away so honor 1st amendment rights of SOAW and issue the permit!
Deanna Homer

OK


Timothy Aumuller

IL


Kathryn Kram

OH
The right of citizens to peaceful assembly is one of the core principles of a democracy. Please respect our right to gather as we seek justice for our fellow human beings.
anneke wegman

MI
let our voice be heard
Jennifer Humiston

AL


Paula Leroy

CA
Your denial of free speech rights corroborates the legacy of School of the Americas as secretive and prone to anti-American policies and actions. Let voices be heard and wounds be healed.
Lorraine Doherty

MN


Christopher Radulich

FL


Marguerite Coyle

NC WILPF Peaceful assembly is a right protected by the Constitution. Thank you.
Jacqui Deveneau

ME


Sheila Stevenson

NY


Kathleen Ann Kolb

PA


John Ellig

NM


Nina Shephard

WI
I respectfully request that you re-visit your restrictions on this year's demonstration, and allow it as you have for all these years. Sincerely, Nina Shephard
Linda Plack

CA


Steven Salinas

TX


John Herrera

TX


Sarah Freedman

NC School of Americas Watch I am proud to hear that it has now been 25 years since we have been protesting the action of our US troops in the southern hemisphere!
8th Day Center for Justice

IL


Cynthia Kellogg

CA
Abide by the first ammendment right to free speech. Provide the correct paperwork to assure the rights to free speech and freedom of assemply.
Fredrikka Maxwell

TN


Joanne Magruder

CA
Dear Police Chief Boren, I am 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.
m blankschen

NY


Madonna Thelen

IL Rosary College of Arts and Sciences Our Constitution gives us the RIGHT to free speech. Our very democracy sustains itself on this right. It is your duty to uphold our Constitution as an officer of the law.
Barbara and Jim Dale

IA


Tammy Swoboda

IN


Edward Archuleta

NM


Abigail Cannon

CA


Robert Drysdale

NH


Olivia Schlosser

CT


n coplan

CA
the truth must be told.
Veronica Schweyen

MD
We are citizens, and Free Speech is still in our Constitutional rights!
kathleen ryan

CA
You are exceeding your authority. I urge you to honor our right to assemble in a peaceful manner.
Katherine Johnson

IA


gabriela romeri

NY
The least we can do for all the countless victims slain and tortured is allow us to pay our respects to them and to the survivors. It is not just morally right, it is our Constitutional right.
Linda Eastwood

IL


Corinne Sabo

TX
You took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Do so.
Greg Hagen

MN


Helene Nelson

NY
I wish I could march in Columbus -- marched in two degree weather against the invasion of Iraq -- marched when the Republicans had the effrontery to hold their convention in New York -- I wish I could march in Columbus.
Sheila Walsh

NY
Please do not stop the peaceful vigil in November. It is our commitment to peace.
John Estes

AL


Mary Brower

TX
These protestors have the right to assemble peacefully!!
Margaret Crimmins

CA


Margaret Crimmins

CA


Bruce and Paula Foreman

WA


Louise Kaegi

IL
Dear Police Chief Boren, Please think through carefully your harmful decision and consequences for a long-established sound peaceful resistance to violations of human rights and dignity. As a Catholic parish "Respect Life/Consistent Life" coordinator and networker, I got to know the local SOA resistance movement well--and I marched to the Chicago jail where they held a neighbor church's pastor for "trespassing" over the line in Georgia. We need to uphold our higher standards and the integrity of our constitutional rights in these terrible times of violence, lying, libeling, with the poisoning of our very discourse. Louise Kaegi 5305 S. Greenwood Ave. Chicago 60615 RL Coordinator at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and pres. of the Hyde Park/Kenwood Pro-Life Association: "Rules of Engagement in the Messaging Wars." July 22, 2014
Bill Hallinan

AZ
This is horrible. Corporations have person hood and have constitutional rights. Persons, who protest, have their rights taken away. What a country!
Jillian Baker

OH


Margaret Walker

FL


Archie Gress

TX Pax Christi USA If you want peace, work for justice. Statement of Pope Pau VI to UN General Assembly.Let justice pleas be heard. at the gates to Fort Benning
John Robinson

CT


dianna morton

MA


Helen Brennan

WA


Susan Vorwerk

IL


Kathleen Osberger

IL


Marilyn Wilson

CA


Lawrwnce Egan

CO


Sister M. Ancilla Maloney, IHM

NY
I was there four years ago, and there was absolutely no trouble or problem from the protestors. You have no right constitutionally to limit the protestors by denying them a stage or numbers
Nick Leo

FL
It is hoped you will reconsider this matter.
Dean Peerman

IL


Charlotte Alexandre

CO


jim stasheff

PA


Zachary Crow

AR


Carol Dunphy

NJ


Robert Graf

WI
Do not be afraid of people exercising right of free speech to stop the teaching of killing at Fort Benning.
John Carmody

DE
The harm done by the graduates of SOA far outstrips any good that may have come from operations they have conducted over the past 25 years. Any police chief who thinks he has the right or is justified in preventing all who want to participate in nonviolent demonstrations against the continued existence of this nightmare-creating facility is overstepping his legal jurisdiction and any moral authority that might be proffered.
Bob anc Carmen Riggs

PA
We protest your attempt at restricting our right to assemble before the gates to Fort Benning.
Terese Gagnon

GA


Kathryn Morse

AR


Richard Atkins

FL
The School of the Americas was banned from its former site in Panama and moved to Georgia. This infamous training school for terrorism does not belong in our country.
Frank Buffum

CA


Harry Hochheiser

PA


Linda Hayes

NJ


Rita Mitchell

CA


Roland Wilhelmy

CA
This is not the time or place to curb citizens' rights to assemble peacefully and to protest.
nancy hill

OR


William Thomas

NH
In America, certain rights are precious, especially the First Amendment. As a U.S. Navy veteran, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United Staes. I hope you would agree that the right of speech and assembly is crucial to our democracy.
Michaelene Devine

NY


Clare Hoesl

OH


Arturo Álvarez

FL


Michaelene Devine

NY


Michael McCarthy

MI


Yossi Lopez-Hineynu

IL


Symone Ma

IA


Matthew Sleigh

FL


Daniel Cole

MD
Please protect first amendment rights of free speech.
mark palermo

MA
please respect the first amendment- this is America -and free speech the foundation of liberty
Patricia Callahan

CA
Please, Police Chief Boren, allow this important work to go forward. We citizens of the United States want to be known for our integrity and our caring and our dedication to social justice - and it is important that we speak the truth about our policies that fly in the face of those values. Thank you for your help.
Jane Thompson

NY


Linc Cole

MA


William O'Toole

MD
There are two abominations here: 1) the very existence of the School of the Americas (a real embarrassment for our country), and 2) denial of First Amendment rights to protest the SOA. Our Founding Fathers must be turning in their graves to see what has become of their beloved country!
margaretta bruegger

CO


Thomas R. Forno

MD
Chief Boren, I would like to make you aware of the hypocritical approach you are taking toward those that intend to exercise their Constitutional right to demonstrate on and near the grounds of Fort Benning. Remember, sir, that the troops that have been, and still are, housed at that military base have been in combat more than once to preserve the Constitutional right to free speech that is granted to ALL Americans, including those that those that came to demonstrate at that base. You should be ashamed of yourself, sir!
s waks

NY


Robert Henschen

TX


Maria Gullberg

FL


Phil Neff

WA


Sr. Rosemary Sherman

NY


Marcia Bailey

FL


Phyllis Miller

MA


Antony Schofield

ot


Jody Wilson

IL


Frances Boyle

PA
The School of the Americas has wrecked havoc and sent immigrants fleeing from Central America. We need to be able to tell that truth freely in our yearly demonstration.
Jonathan Trautman

AB


Charles Dineen

MI


Jane Kirk

PA SOAW Erie PA YES, WE DO HAVE RIGHTS TO PEACEFULLY PROTEST AGAINST THE ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS, BE THAT INDIVIDUALLY OR COLLECTIVELY. WE WILL PERSIST TO REQUEST THE CLOSURE OR CHANGE OF TEACHING TACTICS AT THE SOA AND A PROMISE OF THE US ARMY TO ADMIT THEIR WRONG DOINGS IN THE MILITARY SCHOOL AND IN MANY COUNTRIES OF CENTRAL AMERICA. JUSTICE FOR ALL IS A REALITY THAT WE WILL FIGHT FOR!
Erich Kuerschner

NM
I am appalled and ashamed that we are still training foreign military individuals that become brutal dictators and overthrow democratically elected governments. WHY on EARTH would ANYONE ( the Columbus Police Department?) contemplate supporting injustice and not help close down Ft. Benning?
Janice Poss

CA
Do not violate our rights of free assembly. It is a right protected by our amendments to protest injustice wherever it may happen.
Chris Inserra

IL SOA Watch Stage and Program Team Please respect our 1st Amendment right to gather.
leo carmel

NH none

Ashley Hoskins

ME
Please honor our fellow citizen's constitutional rights, values, and traditions.
Josie P.

NJ
Give peace a chance!
Edna Arthurs

WA


S. Hogan

NJ
If we prevent the right to peaceful assembly we subvert the Constitution. Have these protesters hurt anyone? Ideas are a freedom. Even the KKK has the right to assemble and their ideas stink. If you prevent peaceful assembly the backlash from the press will be something you won't like.
David Richardson

DC


Susan Scott

CA
The idea that "security" could justify a prohibition on soeach and assembly by a group of people whose primary goal is peace and non- militarism is clearly absurd. Let SOAW speak
Amber McChesney-Young

CA


Letty Baker

MO
A police Chief has sworn to UPHOLD the Constitution of the United States. Therefore, your duty is to protect peaceful demonstration by individuals exercising their First Amendment Right.
John and Laura Locher

IA
It is painfully obvious what you are doing. This is an affront to free speech. Please do not do this.
Mariann Perseo

NY


Susan Oehler

NC


Bea Davis

OR
Democracy requires peaceful demonstrations to be held, whether you agree or not.
Richelle Perry

MO
Attending the 2013 SOA Watch vigil and protest was so transformative for me. Protect our first amendment rights, and allow many others to experience the power of this event first hand.
Mary Anne Maldonado

PR
Peace Is A Responsibility!
Susan McNeil

CA


Craig Phipps

NJ Casa Esperanza

Shelby Schram

TX


Mary Kambic

MD
This protest belongs at the main gate, where it has been for 25 years! Army Brat daughter
Barbara Weigand

MI
I support the organizers for the November Vigil outside the main gate of Fort Benning and urge Police Chief Boren to honor and uphold the constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of assembly.
George Rossi

FL


Gloria Osborne

NY
You are not only violating our constitutional rights, you are aiding and abetting assassins all over the world.
john brewster

NY


Jean Gore

CO


Vic and Gail Macks

MI


Christopher Sego

FL


Anne DeMers

MN
This is an important protest and these people make a stand for many of us who are unable to be there. Please do not violate their rights to protest. These rights are being taken away from us little by little.
Joan Singleton

CA


Garry M. Doll

PA


A. M. Kubilius

MA
Please do not deny the right of peaceful expression in support of human rights.
Cinda Pearlman

CA


Matthew Swyers

CA


Sandra Hareld

NM


Victoria Thoma

OH
Don't tamper with our constitutional right to peacefully protest! Please!
Charlie Burns

CT


victoria seale

NM
Dear Sir, I hope you will allow this group to peacefully assemble and retain their right of freedom of speech. In a democracy, we only have the amount of freedom we allow those we disagree with to freely speak their opinions. thank you, Victoria Seale
Paul Knitter

WI


Francine Sheppard

MD
I support the rights of people to continue demonstrating outside of Fort Benning.
Sally Thomas

NC
Having lived in Guatemala for five years and personally experienced the results of the actions of the SOA graduates, I feel very strongly about being able to speak out as an American citizen in an unfettered way. This is what our constitution is all about!
Adina Meyer

WA
I participated in the vigil a couple of years ago, and it was peaceful and also very moving. I don't understand this restriction and I would urge you to reconsider. Thank you.
Chris Schmitthenner

MD


Bonnie & Robert Drago

ON
Seems like it is time to make changes , as to how we treat each other. With your power, what a game changer, you could be at the forefront of a new way of doing business.
Katie Lentes

WI


LOUIS PALAZZINI

CO


Lieve Bain

NY
We do not want our taxes to be spend to train military officers in Latin America to kill and torture their people. It's immoral and it is against what our country stands for.
Arturo Cambron

CA


Paul George

CA


MK Mahowald

TX Franciscan Sisters

Dale Weatherspoon

CA


sheila sullivan

ON
Allow people to live in a democracy, not like many countries in the world. This gathering also brings much revenue to the city.
Sharon Bramante

OH


PAT DAVIS

WI
Freedom to peacefully assemble is a constitutional right. I am concerned even though I will be in Wisconsin.
Patricia Roehrig

WI


Devon Grayson-Wallace

NY


Barbara D'Amico

TX


Janet Vernon

CA


Joanne Tenney

CA


Jody Bourgeois

LA


Ronald Spriestersbach

CA


Joseph Shulman

CA


Diane Dougherty

GA
Lets not just shut it down-lets rething the world of domination and how humanity suffers in its face.
Eleanor Oakley

NY


Quincy Howard

GA


Lisa Pelletier

CA


Teresa Raftery

NY
Do not allow the protection our forefathers gave to us with the Constitution to be interfered with. More and more we are becoming victims of tyranny as were the people that forged the Revolutionary war, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Let us honor what our cuontry stands for.
Dwight Sanders

MI


James and Evelyn Dette

NJ


Matthew Casey

CA
Please don't add further injustice to an already deplorable display of disregard for human rights.
Virginia Cresap

TX
I have been coming many years. There is always a very large we'll behaved croud. The solders are polite. People bring their babies. I feel safe. Political views are different, but we do have a right to express them.
Ann Brown

OH


Emily Hayden

IL


Mary Bundy

DE


Katia Colin

WI
The SOA has caused so much unhappiness. Please allow us this vigil in order to honor our lost companions and to prevent more innocent deaths.
Maurice Beuckman

TX


Jackie and LouisR River, MD

IL


Cheryl Dzubak

NJ


MaryCatherine Lowery

PA


Mary Britton Simmons

WA


Cindy Kuttner

CA
Compassionate compromise will be the the answer if humanity wants to survive on this pretty planet. Please stop studying war.
Michael Pastorkovich

PA


robert Lujan

CA


Janis Brodie

PA


Jasna Pecaric

OR


Judy Swett

MA
You are working with agents who teach terror. Uphold the Constitution and permit the voice of reasonable people of conscience to exercise their freedom to speak truth to power.
Laurie Bailie

CA


Sarah Forth

CA


Anne Buckley

IA
A peaceful protest is of no danger to anyone. This particular protest has taken place peacefully every year since 1989. Thank you for your support and you can count on our peacefulness.
William Hobbs

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.
David Eldredge

PA


Pat Prunty

SD
Either allow the protesters to gather or close Ft Benning down.I myself prefer the closing.
Rev Dr Joseph Oechsle

PA Malvern Preparatory School No fascist Georgia redneck can trump an American's constitutional right to peaceful assembly and protest. Who the puppet master pulling the strings of the Columbus police>\?
Peter Shaw

PA


Thomas Bain

NY


Kay Eaton

OH
I join others in supporting the right of free speech and assemply
Senaida Rivera

WA
This is an infringement on our right to protest. I was born free and the US Constitution guarantees me this freedom!!
Roger Thoma

OH
There is a reason our constitution calls for freedom of speech and assembly. If you are unaware of those reasons please review 18th century American History. You will find incidents just like your current effort that led Americans to revolt against the British authorities. Think about it, is that what you want to be associated with? Is that where you want to be in history? Many Americans considered those British authority's actions to be treason. Do you want to be thought of as a traitor?
Amelia DeMarco

NY
Please allow this peaceful assembly to take place.
Patricia Klett

NY


Agnes Brien

DE


michael o'leary

NY justfaith LET TRUTH BE EXPOSED - LET FREEDOM of SPEECH BE HONORED ........DO NOT FEAR CONTROL IMPORTANT DECISIONS
Judy Dick

BC


H. Diana Kopicko

DE
If you support the freedoms under our constitution to peacefully assemble and to speak truth to power, I ask that you show your committed to these principles and take immediate action to secure our right to peaceably assemble and protest injustices of our government.
Melissa Cantiello

NY


Michelle Michaels-Tyner

WA
Freedom of speech and the right to assemble peacefully are guaranteed by the Constitution.
Peter Townsend

MA


Lisa Vanderlinden

MN
Please allow us to peacefully assemble. The school of Americas must be closed once and for all. Please pray about your decision and do the right thing.
Scott Mathern-Jacobson

ND


Karen O'Neill

OR


Mary Jane Smith

NY


B. Ross Ashley

ON
The US army and your police department are sworn to preserve and protect the Constitution, not reinterpret it to deny freedom of speech.
Robert Hasselbrink

CO


Susan Salidor

IL


Rita F.

CO


Melbourne Delaney

CA


Dorothy Schabilion

IA
The right to free speech is fundamental in a republic, such as ours. These protests are peaceful and have been happening for 25 years. To attempt to limit an assembly may be grounds for a lawsuit.
j yudell

CA


Ariel Workman

CO


joanne gallagher

MA


Maggie Davidson

FL


Amanda Burgdorf

MN


Joanna Harmon

NM
Another example of a strong-arm politician trying to block the opportunity for a perfectly legitimate action. Shame on him.
Bob Zeigler

WA SOAW NW Olympia

Lucía García

TX
Your Job is to protect our rights, and in this case it seems to me, with all respect, that you are actually doing the opposite. Please do your job and protec our freedom of speech and ourI. constitutional right to peacefully assemble as well. Thank you.
Michael Terran

FL
We are supposed to be living in a democracy, where one can exercise their right to protest peacefully. Your actions are akin to the Dictators and oppressors that Fort Benning is famous for producing.
Jon Fox-MajUSMCRRet

CO
Come out of the 9/11 cover up closet. Who blew up the WTC & Pentagon and anthraxed congress & the press in Sept of 2001? Stop false flag terror, Rethink911.org Restore the CONSTITUTION!
Joan Mury

NY


Richard and Claudia Bossie

IL
It's a disgrace to try and deny first amendment rights to the protestors.
Joetta Cline

CA
We will continue to fight for the rights of all the voiceless people and we refuse to be counted among those with no voice. We will be there in November as we have for the past 25 years.
John Laun

WI
Dear Police Chief Boren: I have on several occasions participated in the moving ceremony sponsored by SOW Watch in your city in November of each year. As an attorney and someone involved in the struggle for protection of human rights in Latin American countries, I am convinced that the annual peaceful rallies are of great importance to protection of human rights and constitute no threat to public order or the well-being of residents of your city. John Laun, President, Colombia Support Network, Madison, WI.
Patricia Dellera

NV


Marie Langenes

OR
School of the Americas takes some responsibility for why Central American children are at our borders risking everything to get into the U.S. We are in a global world so what we do here and there comes back to haunt us here.
John Thomas

WI


Judith Cahill Bravo

CA
Dear Police Chief Boren, I am asking that you use your position that entrusts you with the obligation to ensure the constitutional rights of those who wish to stand for truth and justice at the gate of the Fort Benning School of the Americas. The freedom of free speech and the right to peacefully assemble is a right that all of us hold very dearly.
Kathleen Fay

MD
With such a long history of peaceful demonstration - I wonder why deny this peaceful, prayerful gathering. Please reconsider the RIGHT to gather peacefully and in prayer!!!!
Jayson Sherman

TX SOAWNY

Sharon Culp

CA


Lisa Savage

ME
Torture schools can and must be protested. Respect the first amendment.
Alan Reger

PA
We respectfully ask you to remove these arbitrary conditions on our legal right to peacefully assemble. As you know, our right of peaceful assemble is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. It states: 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 OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES. I appeal to your devotion to justice and freedom to remove the artificial limitations that have been proposed. Thank you. Alan Reger
Abbie Daigle

IL


Lyn Miletich

WA


Marie Andrews

MO
Really? These are some of the most peace loving people in the world. What are you afraid will happen? Is it a budget problem?
Donald Taylor

CA


Diane Lamont

CA


DON BRANDLI

MN
As a veteran of the US Army and law abiding citizen I demand that my rights to speak for peace and justice not be denied me at the gates of Ft Benning.
Edward Hanson

CO
So you are going to decide who gets democracy and who doesn't? How very white of you.
Mary Steinmetz

MA
Limiting the size of a peaceful protest is an infringement of free speech. Please reconsider.
Megan Favreau

VT
Please allow us to peacefully assemble and uphold our 1st amendment rights.
Gerry Roy

CA
Please uphold their right of free speech. Thank you, Gerry Roy
Michael Patin

CA
Shame on you! The people have been gathering at Ft. Benning GA. for a quarter of a century. It is the people's continuing right to gather again until this evil place is closed forever. The Constitution permits this, and is not something left for you to interpret on behalf of the people. It is the people's right to gather and make our collective voices known. Stop your blatant assault on our fundamental rights, NOW!
Elise Witt

GA


Fred Brancel

WI
Still hopeful.
Anna Marie Stenberg

CA


Dana Buehner

OH


Shannon Kelly

NY


Diane Eardley

CA
We STILL have a Constitution in this country to save us from the tyranny under English rule. We should NEVER go backwards. We have a First Amendment to the Bill of Rights that people may peacefully assemble to exercise their right to free speech. You are un-American for trying to stand in the way of that.
Eleanor Fox

NY


Nora Murphy

CA
Mr. Boren: First Amendment Rights are our entitlement, as U.S. Citizens
edna jamati

CA


Kati Baruja

IL


Fran Lombaer

MI
Please allow us to assemble nonviolently to express our views. This is our constitutional right. Thank you. Fran
Melinda Cespedes

CA


Marlena Santoyo

PA
Our intention is to be honored because of it's ability to respect right together and freedom of speech. Don't try to take that away from all of us.
Barbara Flaherty

GA
Don't let Georgia be a place where our constitutional freedom and rights are ignored.
Peggy Monges

NJ


JoAnn Consiglieri

CA


Yoyi Steele

WI
You are trampling on people's First Amendment rights. Why is it that conservatives and Teabaggers only care about the Constitution when it comes to guns and giving corporations the rights of actual persons? You will NOT stop the SOA protests.
Flora Breidenbach

IL
Please do not deprive those who wish to participate in the SOA Watch in November 2014 of their right to make their views known. It is time for the United States to close the "school" formerly called the School of the Americas. It does not represent the thoughts of 21st century Americans, nor of people of any faith--or none at all--who wish to see peace and justice reign in this world of ours.
Thomas Cahill

CA


bernadette caramat

OH weavers of justice Please allow us to continue to protest peacefully. We actually bring a lot of income to your city when we visit. thanks.
Connie Doty

MO


Paula Ewers

OH
I just heard about the restrictions you are putting on our gathering to Close the School of the Americas. After going there for 25 years, I can't understand why, since there have been no, or very few incidences over the years, you would put those restrictions on a very peaceful demonstration. I also believe that the merchants in Columbus, Georgia look forward to our arrival and business. I hope we don't have to go to court over this. The last time we were restricted was in 2001, after 9/11. That time we won the right to be outside the gates. Please reconsider your decision.
Aynn Setright

ot
The voices of those killed by graduates of the SOA will not be silenced...the whole world is watching.
Michael Toner

NY


The Rev. Dr. James S. & Jan Rettig

WA
Dear Police Chief Boren, Your Department's gag order is one more instance of the fear our US military has of truth-telling. Why is our military afraid of telling us who the students of the School of the Americas are and have been? And what subject matter is being taught? It's not our military that will set us free. The truth will set us free! Reverse you gag rule decision. Jim & Jan Rettig
Paul Bridgewater

NY


Frances Dunham

FL
Are you ashamed of the School of the Americas? Do you want to hide its mission? You should be ashamed of your attempt to repress free speech.
Roderick O'Connor

NC
I have several times attended this peaceful gathering and am sorely distressed by your decision.
Lyle Funderburk

OR
The School of Americas is not conducive to peace.
Donna Rougeux

KY
Please reverse your decision and allow freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. In solidarity with Fr. Roy Borgeois and all peace activists, Donna Rougeux
Frank Bernt

PA
Silencing these voices will accomplish nothing and do harm in many ways. Such a change in policy by Fort Benning policie is short-sighted and small-hearted.
Dolores Welty

CA Witness for Peace

Dr. Judith Remy Leder

CA
Don't take away our right to witness!
Deo Schlupp

CO


yakini shakir

AZ


Josefina Castillo

TX Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera No more violence in Latin America and elsewhere!
Margaret Gannon

PA
Please respect your fellow Americans' human rights.
Madeleine Crozat-Williams

TX
I travel yearly to Guatemala to buy folk art for my gallery. I have met Guatemalan weavers -women- who have told me tales of unspeakable violence to their villagers and family during attacks on indigenous Guatemalans by soldiers trained by military commanders trained in the School of the Americas. I resent and resist these atrocities being sponsored by the US military. Chief Boren, this is not a part of the United States that you should protect and be proud of. LET THE PROTESTERS TELL THE TRUE STORY at the gates of Fort Benning and join with us in saying NOT IN OUR NAME!
Rebecca Blazek

MI


Hilary Brixius

WA


Katherine Leach

OH


Juan Pedro and Joyce Gaffney and family

CA IPMC

M. Brenda McCarthy

MA


Joan Goulden

HI


Nancy Boyer

DE


Marilyn Pinto

CT


john j. Savant

CA
When power hides behind legalities (contrived or otherwise), it displays the rising glimmers of fear, and a paradoxical affirmation of the axiom that the spirit
Dan and Elizabeth Reardon

RI
Dear Police Chief Boren, The constitutional freedom to hold this annual protest is what makes our country the bastion of democracy in a world of oppression and dictatorial governments and legal systems. The freedom to gather peacefully and protest our government's foreign policy is something to support not to try to deny. someday you may want to do the same. Sincerely, Dan and Elizabeth Reardon
Walter Howard

MI
Our country has become what we hated about other parts of the world. No freedom to peacefully express ourselves! How much did you sell your self for? It wasn't enough!
Donald Mackler

VA Coalition For Justice

Amy Carroll

MD


Joan Matson

CA


Diane Shaughnessy

WA


Katherine Schock

WY
This is still America, we have the right to protest and free speech!
michael keith

PA


Teri Hadro

IA Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary I ask you to reconsider your decision against members of SOA Watch to exercise their constitutional rights to free speech. Please do not let unfounded fear guide your decision-making.
Ross Wells

MD
Free speech is not free when it cannot be exercised. I urge you to uphold our basic rights. The U.S. is supposed to be the land of the free, not Russia.
Juliana de Tarnowsky

IL
There is nothing violent or unconstitutional in letting people gather to honor those who have gone before them. Unfortunately, the SOA represents the violence that occurs in our world today. Please reconsider the decision to stop those who need to gather for the November vigil...True prayer can bring about peace and transformation.
Philip Gates

AZ SOAW 16 Respectfully, do what you and the city government officials know is the right thing; i.e., permitting the SOAW annual event to proceed as in the past. The courts are going to require you to do so regardless.
Mark Hankins

FL


Jeff Gould

CA
Our fundamental right to protest without inapropriate restrictions is basic to being a citizen in a free society. Fort Benning is a place for which many people have very strong feelings and I for one will not accept the obstruction of demonstrations in expression of those feelings.
Chuck Quilty

IL


Virginia De La Torre

NM
We stand in solidarity!
Teresa Lipot

CA
I fully support the shut down of the School of the Americas and the ability to exercise all of our Constitutional Rights at any moment any citizen chooses to.
Audrey Burns

NJ


Charles Knight

MA


Carole and Austin Frank

CA
Please rescind this ruling which violates our freedom of assembly and speech.
Lyn Leeuw

FL
First amendment ..always!!
Debbie Sequichie-Kerchee

OK
It is the people's right to peacefully demonstrate, and to honor the victims of your training killers!
Jillian Sang

FL


Paul Gallagher

IL
Honor the Constitution. Watch the people bring it to life. Remember, Jesus was subject to the same shenanigans by the authorities for the same reasons as the SOA watch: whose side are you on?
Dana Allen

OR
Limiting the free speech of the people is in violation of the peoples rights under the first amendment and is unconstitutional. Period.
Kassondra White

WI


Dana Greene

VA
Freedom of speech is guaranteed.
Meg Latus

WI
Please do not take away our right to a peaceful protest against the horrors of trained militants. The world continues to grow increasingly hostile. We need to use our rights to show solidarity of nations in a peaceful manner.
Ellen Brickwedde

NY
One of the things I take pride in our country is that we have such organized peaceful demonstrations through which people can exercise their constitutional rights, say what they have to say, and peacefully go home. I hope and pray you will continue to nurture the specialness of our country's heritage as has been done since the demonstrations began 25 years ago. May God give you peace.
Mary Ann Tetreault

VT
Halting non-violent protest is un-American.
Philip Althouse

OH


David Carlson

CA
I stand with you Fr. Roy and urge the police chief to honor our First Amendment right to Assembly.
Joe Sandall

CA


Ann Hennelly

CA


Susan Schreiber

IL


Kenneth Lerczak

MI


Claudette Schiratti

MO


Clay G. Colson

FL
Freedom of speech is our constitutional right.
Mary Ann Fleming

KS


Jane Schur

NY
This demonstration is well-organized and peacefully accomplished so should not be prevented from taking place in the same orderly fashion it has taken in the past 25 years!
richard wilson

OH
Freedom of assembly and speech are guaranteed by the Constitution
Pat Leonard

FL


Francesca Testi

NY


marilyn davidheiser

TN Sewanee University I am sorry that Columbus, GA is threatened by the demonstrations for peace with our neighboring countries. Isn't our Democracy threatened by not allowing free speech and freedom of assembly? I am sure you are trying to do the right thing, Chief Boren. I so hope the people of Columbus will not feel threatened by allowing peaceful demonstrations. God's peace be with us all.
marilyn davidheiser

TN Sewanee University I am sorry that Columbus, GA is threatened by the demonstrations for peace with our neighboring countries. Isn't our Democracy threatened by not allowing free speech and freedom of assembly? I am sure you are trying to do the right thing, Chief Boren. I so hope the people of Columbus will not feel threatened by allowing peaceful demonstrations. God's peace be with us all.
Dan Dale

IL The Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America

James Green

WI


Daniel Heuer

CT


Candice Lowery

NY


Thomas Zeko

CA Loyola High School As a long time tax paying citizen of the USA, I support the peaceful protest march outside the gates of Ft Benning. Allow these good people to gather peacefully and express their civil rights to free speech and assembly. I have seen the damage the SOA/WHINSEC school have brought upon the people of South and Central America. I have traveled there extensively and see first hand the damage the graduates of the SOA have wrought there. Sincerely, Thomas Zeko
Sylvia Richey

FL
Fort Benning can find a more humane use of the base that keeps their town viable.
Jean Galofaro

NY
Please don't trample on our constitutional rights.
leopoldo mutis

FL


John Ferraro

CO


Virginia mendez

FL


Suzanne Brauer

LA
Please do not block our American rights.
LaVerne Uhte

CA
They have always been peaceful. We need people who are willing to demand their rights in peaceful ways.
Sandra/Patrick Haigh

TX
The influx of unaccompanied minors to the US border is a direct result of the wars that continue to tear up the countries who have sent officers to the SOA. It is imperative that the American people be allowed to voice their dissent with this facility and the problems it creates.
Don Somsky

CO
I know where your head is do you?
Cynthia Hull

NM


Roger Yockey

WA
Denial of the right to peacefully assembly is very wrong And the vigils at Fort Benning of SOA Watch have been always been peaceful. As a U.S. military veteran I have noticed many veterans participating at the vigil of SOA Watch in Columbus, GA. The City of Columbus would deny them and many others the right for peaceful assembly is a disgrace for the city of Columbus!
Rae Pearson

WA


William A Wheaton PhD

CA


Debora Winn

NY
You have no right to deny these peaceful demonstrators their freedom of speech.
Dee Dowling

NJ


Martin Melkonian

NY Hofstra University

Karen Frishkoff

NY


Jane McCormick Crowley

CA


Margaret Keene

OR


Dianne Nixon

CA Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Dear Chief Boren, As a US citizen, I am completely appalled that you have refused To approve the permit for our annual peaceful gathering at Ft Benning this November. In your heart, please reconsider your stand and Reverse your decision. Gratefully, Sister Dianne Nixon, SNJM
Nancy Spagat

WA
This country has supported terrorist regimes long enough! CLOSE THE SOA is our call and it is our right to speak out against it's mission.
John Raymond Jones

ot


Rachel Yamron

WI


msry dorsey

MI


Erika Takeo

OR Peace by Peace (at The College of Wooster)

Laurie Rubin

CA


Ilse Asplund

AZ


Edward Juillard

IL ST.IGNATIUS COLLEGE PREP

Jane Myers

FL


Ayesha Gill

CA


Emilio Ghergo

CA


Donald MacKinnon

CA
Chief Boren, It is with a grateful heart that I support Fr Ray Bourgeois efforts to close the School of the Americas. Your own support for this American patriot would be much appreciated.
Michelle Budd

DE


Julia Sheatzley

OH Congregation of St. Joseph

Jane Baker

MA LASC You have the power to allow or prevent good actions. Why block this good action?.
Donata DeBruyckere

MN
Dear Sir: Does the truth frighten you so much that you will do all in your power to suppress it? Please reconsider your denial of the peoples' right to peaceably assemble. Thank you.
Kim Nunez

LA


Barbara Vallarta

CA


Kathryn Hubbard

WA


Chuck Pankratz

WI
This police officer is to enforce the law, not be above it
John Greenman

GA
Please reverse your decision, Chief Boren.
MaryLu Coffey

NY


Katherine Franger

CA


Gertrude Nuttman

CA
People have the right to assemble peacefully to voice their experience and views. Please honor this right.
Gary West

CO


Daniel Pellegrin

NY
Deacon Dan PellegrinPlease Chief. And God bless you.
Gabriela Valentin

PR


John Morris

CA


Jeff Stack

MO


Ginger Stickney

GA
Please respect our right to assemble peacefully in protest. These unreasonable demands are ways of silencing our right to speak.
Alexis ball

OR


Christopher Myers

MA VFP Chapter 095

Margaret O'Donnell, RSM

NY


Robert Rine

TN


s scales

TX


Olga Bonfiglio

MI
Dear Chief Boren I don't think you mean to violate Fr. Roy's First Amendment rights, but that is what's happening. Even though you and the city may want the SOA to continue for economic purposes, Fr Roy is representing a moral argument against it. Please allow him to speak. You and the city are in no danger of losing your military base, but stopping Fr Roy from speaking out will surely put another nail in the coffin of free speech.
erin kane

IL


Tom Vanderhyden

WI
I very much resent your attempts to impinge upon our first amendment rights to gather and to speak. Please do not go ahead with the infringements you are considering.
Maggi Godman

CA


Daniel Vrooman

CA
"Force," wrote Simone Weil, "is as pitiless to those who possess it or think they possess it, as it is to its victims. The second it crushes; the first it intoxicates."
tiago thorlby

ot


Jeanne Fahlstrom

MN


Sarah Brandt Flores

CA


Patrick Bonner

CA Colombia Peace Project

kathi tobey

MI
Let the voices for justice be heard!
Erica Modeste

VA


Mary T Corcoran

MI


Leslie Potter

NY
My daughter is a police officer. I know that she supports free speech and assembly. I'd expect another police office to do no less.
Joseph Jaglowicz

KY
If we can shut down military installations because of budgetary constraints (BRAC), we should shut down the School of the Americas because of our atrocious involvement in Latin America over the decades. I doubt your behavior will withstand constitutional scrutiny. Shame on you!
Jeffery Hokans

AZ


Judi Pawloski

MI


Thomas Webb

CA
This is an appalling violation of SOAW civil rights and a clearly cynical and politically motivated offense which is clearly unconstitutional and will not withstand a hearing in courtroom.
Marsha West

WA


Rosemary Caolo

PA


Louis Arceneaux

LA Pax Christi New Orleans All Americsns have aright to assemble and stand for what they support. Please do not deny us that freedom in Columbus, Ga in November
catherine podojil

OH
Peaceful assembly is guaranteed by the Constitution. Remember the Constitution?
Art Goodtimes

CO Colorado Green Party As a rural elected official, I strongly urge you not to deny SOA their traditional and customary protest venue.
Edith Coleman

DE


Peter Gleich

MN
I strongly support the 1st Amendment right of the SOA Watch to peaceably assemble and advocate on behalf of their cause. Peter Gleich St. Paul, MN
Mary Ann Graffagnino

AZ
PLEASE TAKE THE RIGHT, FAIR, JUST, HUMANE AND HEALTHY ACTION AND ALLOW THE PEACEFUL ASSEMBLAGE THAT HAS OCCURRED FOR 25 YEARS OUTSIDE OF FORT BENNING TO CONTINUE.
Evelyn Malone

NY


Sheila Dickson

PA


Margaret McGuirk

MN


Karen Bauer

WI


Kathleen Tighe

MA


Amber Ziring

OR


Julie Quinn-Huffman

WA


puck Hogenboom

NM


Margaret Wright

CA
This has always been a peaceful event. Please reconsider.
Denise Laffan

GA Nipponzan Myohoji-Atlanta Dojo

Jose Luis Aguilar Carbajal

IL


Francisco Holdman

OR


Carol Finkle

PA


Lorraine Hartmann

WA


Christine McGraw

NY
Nazi Germany didn't happen overnight. Rights were taken away little by little. Let's not take away our right to free speech here in America. Our forefathers sacrificed too much for anyone to do so.
Maureen Hearn

MA


Jennifer Garvin-Sanchez

VA


Mary DiMarco

ME


Sharon Fortunak

MN
Free speech & assembly for all!!!!
Robert Weaver

GA


Cathy McGuire

IN


Joe Nichols

CA Catholic Church The FirstAmendment forbids such curtailment of civil rights.
Pat McSweeney

MA Massachusetts SOA Watch The police state is on the move.
Marcia Rundle

MT
Dear Police Chief Boren, Several years ago I attended the SOA annual gathering at the gates of Fort Benning. I was so impressed by the thoughtful, creative, and generous actions of the participants. I was inspired by the nuns, priests, veterans, college students, retired folks, musicians and artists whose passion for justice and dedication to civil disobedience was matched by equal amounts of tolerance and kindness toward those who held different opinions. I saw no destructive or illegal activities conducted by anyone in the crowd. Those who scaled the fence were clearly prepared to accept the punishment for their actions. Please let the gathering go forward. Freedom of assembly and freedom of speech are guaranteed by the 1st Amendment; please respect the rights of the SOA participants to assemble for the 25th time. Respectfully, Marcia Rundle
Linda Musmeci Kimball

OH


Patricia Fritz

MN
It is against First Amendment Rights to deny people the right to peacefully assemble and protest injustices.
Paul Magno

DC


Susanne Breskin

WI


Jerome Roth

AZ


Jo'Ann De Quattro

CA


Ellen Hyland

NY
Please let our people express their feelings.
Tobey Wiebe

CA
Do not deny the SOA Watch their right to peacefully assemble. They have this right under the First Amendment
Janice Etchison

PA
Police Chief Boren, What frightens you about this activity? You are reacting out of fear rather than love.
Mary Loehr

NY


Gene Riddell

FL


Maria Heynen

ON


Margaret Ann Kennedy

CA
Please allow us the opportunity to practice our civil rights. Also, by putting up these barriers, you are drawing mor eattention to our cause.
Gene Riddell

FL


Robert F. Keeler

NY
Let the demonstration begin!!!!
Betty Cooper

MO


Jacquelin Agostini

NJ
Member of the Peace Community of Sacred Heart Camden, NJ
Nils Dybvig

MN


Jennifer Johns

NM
I met Father Roy recently in Atlanta and he is peaceful, kind, spiritual man with only the best intentions behind his actions. Regardless of whether you believe in the cause, it is his constitutional right to organize a peaceful demonstration. Please approve this. It makes Columbus look bad.
Jim Yerger

WI


Elizabeth Rodkewich

CA


Elizabeth Rodkewich

CA


Suleyma Recinos

CA
A peaceful demonstration will not harm anybody. Besides some of the atrocities committed by graduates of the School of the Americas should never be forgotten.
Mario Avila

CA
Desafortunadamente no hablo Ingles,pero solo quiero manifestarle que los que hemos sido torturados en nuestros países,quienes han cometido estas atrocidades,han sido los militares que en esta escuela se han formado,en mi país Guatemala fueron asesinados 250.000 personas niños ,niñas y adultos,mas de cincuentamil fueron desaparecidos y ochomil niñas y niños también fueron desaparecidos;Por esta razón es que pedimos que se respeten nuestros derechos a estar frente a esta Escuela de asesinos.Gracias
Paula Heady

CA


Cyndi Hunt

FL


Judith E Moreland

NY


Cynthia Johnson

CA Berkeley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship To Police Chief Boren. I urge you to look deeper in your heart and conscience and consider the basic rights of citizens and not to surrender to the military wishes. This is a dangerous precedentl Sincerelllll
Sara Goetzinger

GA


Joseph Nett

KY
Chief Boren, your decision to deny First Amendment rights to pilgrims who participate in the annual protest of the School for Assassins at Fort Benning is unreasonable, provocative, petty, and vindictive. You err; and your actions will only stiffen the resolve of citizens who recognize their Constitutional duty to oppose such tyranny and abuse of authority.
Diane BADER

CA


Mary Cooper

IL
Allow this event to happen
Mary Anne Matarese

DE


Daniel Clayton

TX
Enough violence!
Eunice Escobar

IL


Bob Edgerly

CA


mary collier

CA
I would ask that you please allow a peaceful demonstration; it is within the right of every U.S. citizen to challenge peacefully what they feel is not right.
Barbara Corcoran

IL IL SOAW

Sheila Decora

CA


Anna Boekstegen

IL
Uphold the right to free speech and freedom of assembly.
John Herzog

IA
The demonstrations need to continue another 25 years, if necessary.
Margery Race

TX


jean Maloney

NY


James Langworthy

MD


Fr. Robert Bossie, SCJ

IL


Kenneth Mangan

NY


S. Joan Chachula

NY
As above to police Chief Boren
carrie aadland

WA
So many have died without voices. We need to be the voice in a peaceful vigil, at Fort Benning in November. Please do justice and sign the permit.
Norbert Langer

NJ Call To Action

Leslie Muirhead

CO


Nancy O'Byrne

FL Pax Christi Northeast Florida This is still America and we have a right to peaceful protest.
Mario Galvan

CA


Donna Morehead

NY


Linda Belgrave

FL Southcom Watch

Rosalva Welsch

CA
Chief Boren, Please uphold the people's right to assemble and to speak truth to power!
Thomas Hogan

WI
If money is free speech, how can you stop REAL FREE SPEECH?
Art Smoker

NC


Allin Krupp

NJ SOAW NYC Dear Chief, Stand for the Constitution...not in the way of free speech!
Russell Chavey

MI
Peaceful protests may sometimes be inconvenient, but they should not be regulated to the extent that they are essentially blocked. Protest is more American than apple pie, let them gather!
Marilyn Guida

TX
I hope the new restrictions to free speech and assembly will be cancelled this year and in the future.
Valerie Coe Lowder

GA


Kathryn McGuire

MD
I trust you will recognize U.S. citizens' rights to peaceably assemble and protest the injustices perpetrated at Fort Benning.God bless you.
Catherine Houtakker

WI


Mavis Gehant

SD
It is my understanding that these have been peaceful gatherings. Those that gather to speak out against the activities at the School of the Americas have a Constitutional right to do so. We all have a right to free speech. Please reconsider your position and grant those that gather their right to free speech and assembly. Thank you.
sheila badzioch

TX
I do not know what you are afraid of----Peaceful people gathering is what we want and have a right too
Richard Leliaert

MI


Steve Fryburg

OH Unitarian Fellowship for World Peace As a retired police officer and military veteran I find it disgusting how our freedoms are being chipped away by the very institutions that are sworn to protect them. In my oath as soldier and as an officer of the law I swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, but since 9/11, in the name of "security" we see those freedoms violated everyday. Shame!
Robin Vestal

MD


Jeanette Dorsey

CA


Darcy Skarada

CA
Is Fort Benning a symbol of democracy or oppressive corruption?
Mary Stermer

MI
We all are entitled to our 1st Amendment right. There is NO need for violence. Let the words speak for themselves. Others should always have the right to hear both sides. Period.
Donna Galetovich

OH


j0hanna jordan

FL
Please PROTECT the free speech and assembly rights of our citizens to make their opinions known. Do not prevent peaceful protests! Thank you for defending the Constitution of the USA.
Jordan Hamrick

IN Saint Xavier University

Susan Higgins

AR


Edward Ruetz

IN
SOA demonstrators have a first amendment right to gather at the gates of Fort Benning, FL, as they have done for 24 years. You have a responsibility as a law inforcememt officer to protect people's first amendment rights. Thank you! Peace! Fr. Ed Ruetz, retired priest.
Margaret Hart

NY


Barbara Paulik

MI
I support Fr. Roy's right and anyone else in our country's right to protest peacefully. Barbara Paulik
Trudie Barreras

GA
It is long past time to stop training those who perpetuate tyranny and terrorism elsewhere in the world.
Barbara Joyce

MA
Let's look at what is happening with our Southern Border; WAKE up and realize that our own politics/ schools for training of people who become dictators, is contributing to this whole darn MESS!!! Children being sent NORTH; good lord they were coming through the sewers NORTE years ago! Let us put this into "true Perspective". Freedom of Speech is still available in our Country; let's celebrate it and "Change the World" for the better ; not the status quo! Barbara
Adrienne Knapp

VT VFP Chapter 057 US Army Veteran
Linda Pankewicz

ME


Claudette O'Toole

FL


Margaret Smith

TX
Please reconsider your position.
Lucy McIver

OR
Let the peoples' voice be heard.
Robert Vogel

CT
http://www.seconnecticut.com/bill_of_rights.htm
jeff levitt

NY


Jo Anne Leo

IL


Janet Spangler

CA


David Tarlo

NY
You cannot deny out right to make our voices heard, as we have been doing for 25 years.
Christopher Lish

CA


Cheryl Mueller

WI


Karen Jenne

CA


Oz Grimes

CA


Jason Knapp

VT


Sister Constance Charette

CT
Please reconsider your decision. I have been to Columbus for the protest in 2012 and found it peaceful, non-violent and well-organized. The First Amendment assures us the right to free speech. This is a responsible group.
rOBERTA COCHRANE

NY


Gabriel Chaves

NY
Don't be an accomplice of states crimes.
John Amidon

NY VFP Chapter 010 I am deeply distressed. As a former US Marine I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the US and this includes the right to petition our government with our grievances. What is wrong with the the police department in Columbus, GA? Uphold the Constitution.
Katie Seitz

MA


judy kruger

OH
Dear Police Chief Boren, I have been to many of these demonstrations and they have always been peaceful. Why now are you obstructing our freedom to speak?. Please withdraw your pronouncement..
Mona Affinito

MN


ROSETTA RIZZO

MD


Ralph DeMott

IL
Democracy now
Allan Janczewski

NY
I hope that you understand the importance of this request
sharon hallas

ot


Bonnie Preston

ME


Arline and James Prigoff

CA
People have every right to express their point of view as long as it is not racist or sexist
Eric Samson

CT
Open protest or subversion - you decide.
Mary Lois Carey

WI


Jody Gibson

IA


Nancy Leman

CA
I haven't personally travelled to the protest from California (yet)--but support the right of the protesters to peacefully assemble.
joseph moore

WI
please reconsider. Our country, our fathers, brothers, sisters and mothers have fought and died in order that free speech and the rights to peacefully assemble to address grievances are maintained for everyone - even those with whom we disagree.
cecelia kluding

CO


Jacqueline Aboulafia

CO


Michael Barnes

TX


judith albaness

OH


Ronald Pasgnucco

MN
Authoritarian tactics like these are un-American!
Joan Sherry RSM

NY
People have to hear the other side of SOA. Please let it happen.
Sandra Needham

NM


Katherine Cordova

IL


Walt Fangman

WA


Bev Bingle

OH


Ken Earle

NM
Chief, please observe the words and intent of the U S Constitution. I did not spend six months at the Benning School for Boys so some deep South police chief could rewrite the Constitution. Ken Earle
Donald Schwartz

MD


Carolyn Bell

SC
It is our right and our duty as Americans to involve ourselves with our government, especially when we believe they have strayed from our core and founding principles. The beauty of America is we have a method to do this peacefully through assembly. Please continue to honor these rights.
Nelia Kimbrough

GA


Ronald and Joyce Mason

MI


ALEYNE LARNER

AZ


Mary Bunting

MD


Kathleen Fisher

OR
Thank you, Kathleen
Marcia Bernstein

NY


Gill Burrows

ot


Laura Slattery

CA SOAW East Bay I am curious as to your reasoning. As I understand it, there has never been a serious act of violence committed by any of the tens of thousands of protesters. The times that I have been there, it has been the state/army that has tried to prevent the group from speaking (by playing extremely loud music from the base) or entering (by searching every person). Why are you so intent on preventing this group from assembling?
Heather Hamilton

MI


Barbara Wander

CA


Roxanne Monterastelli

WY Loretto Community

Stephen Dear

NC


Virginia Stuart

CA


Charlie Graham

OR


Katherine Garner

CA SOA Watch We urge you to allow the Fort Benning Demonstration in November to continue to allow free speech and freedom of assembly for all.
S Keniley

NM


Diane Friebert

OH


Julio Hernandez

VA


blanca vargas

VA


Judith Beaumont

FL Call to Action of Southwest Florida I agree that the right to free speech cannot be violated.
Gary Dingmann

MN


Nancy O'Brien, RSM

NY
What will it take for our government to face the fact that it is wrong for us to teach people the atrocities of war/torture. Please close this school.
Aaron Thomason

AR


Brett O'Sullivan

CO
Denial of freedom of speech is un-American
chuck ripp

IL


Gavi Stevens

FL
Why are you denying a group their constitutional right to free assembly?
Pamela Hollenbeck

OH


John Walkey

MA
It's a peaceful demonstration that doesn't pose any material threat to the base. Stopping it is an infringement on the basic rights and concepts that the people inside the base are supposedly being trained to protect. Let the expression of free speech go forward. Thank you.
roman santillan

MD


Brian Shute

WA
Freedom of speech and assembly should not be impinged in America. Thank you.
Carol Harder

WI
We need to have a public platform to share our democratic right to speak our views.
Alyssa Figueroa

AR


Joe Gallagher

CA


Roxanne Kaimi

CA


les roberts

CA


Beverly Williams

MA
The genius of our free-speech laws are that they protect speech with which we may not agree.
Dorothy Miller

MA


Thomas Hinsberg

MI


Kathleen Braun

TX


Mary Whelan

PA
Too many people in too many countries are denied the freedom to demonstrate and to engage in free speech. I thought this was one of our fundamental freedoms, why our country promotes democracy in the world! Please change this decision or we become like other repressive governments. How sad.
Tony Nelson

MI
These gatherings have always been peaceful. People who attend them have the interest of the many people in Central America who have been devastated by killings of family members and much more. The "soldiers" who were responsible were trained in the school of Americas. This place needs to be closed. The people who come every year are dedicated to its closing. Please do not hamper them from trying to do so. Thank You
Mary Ann Lambert

KY


Raymond Zahra

MO


Sue Ellen Klein

CO


Grace R Diaz

NY Sister of the Holy Names Do not deny our 1st amendment rights. Let the vigil at Fort Benning this November go forward. You are taking the wrong strategy. If the School of the Americas, as it was originally called, were closed, there would be no need for a protest against it.
Jim Pehle

IL


Phil Skeldon

OH


Jerry Silbert

OR


Dan Goldstein

WA
Please reconsider. A democratic society needs citizens to actively make their views known. Unreasonable restrictions like those you have proposed interfere with the workings of democracy.
Donna Herrington

NY


Susan Masiak

MI


chris robbins

NH


chris mccormack

CA


homas Dooley

MN


Ed and Janet Hale

CA WILPF

Betsy Starling

WI


Peter Ree

NY


Ellen Naney

NY


Ken Eppes

TX
Freedom of Speech and freedom of assembly are two of our nation's most cherished rights, guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. I respectfully request that you, an official sworn to uphold the Constitution, respect those rights and permit this action to proceed as planned.
Nancy Anderson

IL


Sally Brown

IL
Allow free speech that can be heard. Lots more people will hear about what kinds of injustices are facilitated by Fort Bennington graduates when they go back to Central America because you are denying freedom of speech and assembly.
Frank Hill

CA


Theodore Voth III

WI


Nancy Moews

WI


Sheila Geraghty

NY
Please reconsider. People are being KILLED because of their training at Fort Benning.
Christi Kramer

ID


Louise Gregg

MD
Responsible, peaceful demonstrations are a Constitutional right that we all have as citizens. This is a legitimate peaceful demonstration, not some rabble-rousing trouble makers. It has a long history in Columbus in the same spot. Please allow this to continue without a hassle.
Louise Gregg

MD
Responsible, peaceful demonstrations are a Constitutional right that we all have as citizens. This is a legitimate peaceful demonstration, not some rabble-rousing trouble makers. It has a long history in Columbus in the same spot. Please allow this to continue without a hassle.
Mary Eoloff

MN
This is a nonviolent gathering to be in solidarity with those who have suffered and died because of U.S. involvement in Latin American dictatorships. Our constitution gives us the right to gather publicly and speak for justice.
Jennylynne Bowman

VA


Sharon Goff

MI
We have a right to protest peacefully and to show what is wrong. Do not limit the number of protesters or limit using microphones.
Annette Tenny

NC
Peaceful assembly - it's our right. Shame on you for denying the rights of citizens that so many have fought and dies to protect.
Ann Redig

MN


Carmen Herrera

NM
Torture is not the answer; never has been, never will be. People have the right to say enough is enough, and to speak for the ones who can't because they were tortured to death by monsters trained by the "School of the Americas"
Patty Grogan

CA


Elsa Goossen

KS


Samuel McLaughlin

FL


Carol Davis

FL


Carol Davis

FL


Ruth Battaglia

WI


Claudia Cano

OH


Mary Rogan

UT


Megan Brockett

TN


Mike Wisniewski

CA Los Angeles Catholic Worker Your decision reinforces the reality of the fascist police and security state that now exists in the U.S. However, the U.S. Constitution still exists and you are obligated to grant us full access to the gates of Ft. Benning.
Marian Mollin

VA


john gindling

TX
peaceful protest is protected under the constitution - don't make a fool of yourself.
Jim Crane

IL


Len and Judy Bjorkman

NY


Lucy Calvillo

DE
How can you deny our constitutional right to free speech? This is the USA of America. Please follow the rules of the USA.
Mary Shannon

WI


E Lavery

MA


Martha Martin

HI
Peaceful assembly of citizens is an American right.
Ray Mack

MA


Marie Thompson

VA
Please allow our vigil at the gates of Fort Benning to continue as it has for the past 25 years. Thank you.
Theresa Kehres

KY OSF Tiffin

Denise Johnston

CA Placer County SOAW

Nancy Elizabeth Keiler

CA Code Pink Do not shut those gates. Believe me, there will be unusually number of people who will arrive there to protest. You will make it the largest gathering in years, so go ahead, try and stop us.
Virginia Welsh

OH


John Sexton

NY


Lynn Johnson

CT


Lynn Johnson

CT


Megan Simon

FL


loranell Breyley

OH


Mary Gohring

OH


Jenna Hippensteel

DC


Tom McGuire

MI
Police are to protect not obstruct.
Paula Denissen

CO
Shutting down the right to protest in a democracy, is not a good sign. We fight wars for our constitutional rights.
Jean Giedt

WA


Mary C. Keyser

NY
Please help close the School of the Americas and help end violence!
Meredith Bocek

NY
Dear Chief Boren, What are you afraid of? There is nothing to fear in the freedom of expression.
Mark Miller

TX


Florence Heflin

IA
I know you wuld like us to go away, but we cannot -- not until the School of the Americas is closed. It's a justice thing. We are a non-violent group working for world peace and justice, living the motto: "If you want peace, work for justice."
Br.David Luke Hutton., OEF

TN
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. With Assurance of Prayers~ Br. David Luke., O.E.F.
Minerva Stalker

IL
Free speech! An American right! This will be a peaceful demonstration. What are you afraid of?
Thomas Moss

AL
First Amendment!
Emory Hingst

FL Ev. Lutheran Church in America

Fred Brancel

WI
Looking-for/Working for justice and PEACE.
Sally Weinland

CA
We must be allowed our constitutional rights
Cathy Schwinden

ND


Mary Alice Bramming

CO


Ross and Coleen Rowley

MN


Scott Peden

CA
I'm confused, I'm Petitioning a Police Chief, in the USA, to be able to use my Constitutional Rights of Free Speech and assembly? What kind of a Third World Dictatorship are we operating in? Is the Police Chief letting the cat out of the Bag, and all laws protecting citizens are just worthless bits of paper?
katharine gilbert

PA
It is our right as American citizens to peacefully protest. This is the definition of Democracy.
katharine gilbert

PA
It is our right as American citizens to peacefully protest. This is the definition of Democracy.
katharine gilbert

PA
It is our right as American citizens to peacefully protest. This is the definition of Democracy.
Paul Piraino

MA
You are denying the constitutional rights of people. Shame on you. Get out of the way.
Regina Bannan

PA
Do not limit freedom of assembly.
Peter Lee

NY


Joan Serda

GA Sisters of Mercy of the Americas I pray you will make the right decision. Thank you.
janet provost

WI


Margaret Hansen

IL


Michael A Ketterhagen

WI


MaryAnne Muller

NY Voices New York

Robert Cooper

NC
Those who are supposed to enforce the law should not deny the rights granted by the highest law in the land-the US Constitution granting freedom of speech and religion.
Kathleen Studer

WA


Michael Birchard

MN


Annette Allain

NY


Randy Will

CO


Catherine MacNeil

TX


Ann Legg

IL


Roberta Brunner

PA
We all can speak truth.
Jennifer Camp

AL
Please do not deny our 1st amendment rights to peacefully assemble and protest the corruption in our government.
Randy Madonna

IL


David Engelken

CO


Fred B. Chase

CA


Paul Krumm

KS
You are not above the law.
Richard Han

MI


peggy horton

GA


Anita Pauwels

TX


Kerry Corr

MA


Mary Jean McCarty

OH
All people have the right to demonstrate peacefully and speak the truth.
Jean Stemmermann

MO 1946

N.J. Moore

CA
This effort to abolish the School of the Americas deserves to be heard! You are out of line if you don't allow this free speech.
Tony Udugama

DC
We demand our right to exercise our First Amendment Rights outside the gates of Fort Benning as we have done the past 25 years. No tinpot dictator/ Hitler can take this right away from us.
William Sloan

FL SOAW Pensacola This will be my 9th visit to this Vigil. I am a member of Veterans for Peace. In 2013 I led, with the National Lawyers Guild, the right to carry flags on staffs into the vigil area, after being twice denied. We will do that again. You can't stop this. Bill Sloan
Lois Bernbeck

WI
Freedom of speech and assembly says you need to reverse your decision.
Emily Madison

CO


Fred Griffith

ME
When you restrict the number of people allowed to peacefully express their right to free speech, you are showing the world that you, and those you represent are weak and spiteful. Let this protest gathering continue where it has for the past 25 years, even if it is a bit inconvenient for you. Thank you.
kathleen bovello

MD


Rosemary Eyerman

IN University of Dayton

Carol Spring

DC


Mason Rhoads

WA


Selma Keener

OH
Don't let fear force you to be anti-American. Uphold the rights that you as a police officer are required to uphold. If you can not do the job that the people need you to do, than tender your resignation.
Rob Currie, S.J.

DE Grupo de Solidaridad-Arenal (GRUDESA), Nicaragua

Doris Braley

MN
I have attended the vigil almost every year since I heard about the SOA when on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua in 1997. I could not believe this was happening in the US. I came, saw and keep coming back. It is so sad when people who speak the truth are being silenced in the US.
Dr. Charlotte Cooke

NM
I have attended this peaceful gathering and I can't understand why you think there would be a problem. Peaceful protest is part of our democracy.
Sonia Goldstein

NY


Shirley Heim

PA


Susan Severin

OR


ursula gallagher

WA


Lisa Wood

CA


Mike Sutton

TX


Angela Smith

WA


Judith Bonini, IHM

MI
Please allow us to celebrate the lives/deaths of those who suffered at the hands of military persons who graduated from the school of the Americas.
Kathy Kelly

IL Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Angelo Douvos

CA


Sam Kindler

WI
Please respect the right to peaceably gather and protest.
Sheena Jacobi

WI


jeannie roberts

WI


paki wieland

MA Western Mass American Friends Service Committee, and Northampto

Janet Schlichting

OH


Francisco Cordero Gené

ot Friends Peace Center San Jose, Costa rica Latin America despises the SOA and all graduates
Ann Suellentrop

KS Physicians for Social Responsibility-KC ....we must be getting to them...
Martha Kransdorf

MI
Please remember the 1st Amendment!
Giovanna Poompele

FL
Freedom of protest is protected by the constitution.
Jane Griffin

NY Voice of the Faithful-NY let's take this to the top!!President Obama/General Dempsey And that can and will persuade tha Chief of our peaceful Cause.
Barbara Clawson

NC


Sharon Rothe

NJ


Eileen Cox

NJ


Carol NORBERG

CA
We have been fighting, Lo these many years to stop our military from training terrorists in South America. We are ready to stand together facing prison to make our voices heard. You cannot deny our first amendment rights to speak for our cause.
david Hiebert

PA
I've been to the streets at Ft. Benning a couple of the 25 years. What if I'm number 201?
Brian Paddie DeRouen

WV
Please reconsider as this decision seems contrary to what our nation is about and what our military fights for. The police presence at the demonstration has been disproportionate for years now making the police department appear rather silly in the eyes of so many gathered to peacefully protest. This decision moves from silliness to infringement on what makes our nation a great one and it is one that the city should be ashamed of no matter how low it regards those of us who gather in Columbus year after year.
w. michael slattery

WI PAX CHRISTI

Jean Murin

PA


Phyllis T. Albritton

VA
As a U.S. citizen, I am appalled that you will not allow SOA Watch to continue its gathering for music and sharing at this year's event. I have disagreed with those who say we have become a police state, but with your action, I am beginning to wonder. I urge you to change your decision.
Peter Hawxhurst

TX
You can try to re-write, but our Constitution still reads we have the Right to Peaceful Assembly. God desires Justice & Mercy and abhors arrogance.
Joan Wharton

TX


Summer Abdel

CA


Richard Vanden Heuvel

MD


Keith Rosenthal

MA


Doug Westendorp

MN


Joan Wages

VA


Douglas Allen

ME


mary meyers

KS
why are you afraid of this well-organized assembly?
Dana Sullivan

IL
Last year's vigil was peaceful and educative. Please allow the SOA protesters to convene and ritualize. As a friend of a victim of torture, I need to protest any violent means our country or its service members use.
Reuben Chapman

MI


Anna Lifson

MN


Allan Hansen

AB
Freedom of speech must be allowed for all without any impediments!
Mary Johnstone

WI


Regina McKillip

MN


Sr. M. Amelie Hawxhurst, R.S.M.

AR
YOU, FFr. ROY & ALL with you will be held in my prayer.NEVER DOUBT THAT YOU ALSO HAVE THE LORD'ss PRESENCE WITH YOU & IT IS HE WHO WILL SEE THAT HIS WILL IS DONE ! ! ! SR> M. AMELIE RSM
Karen Fitzpatrick

MN
The rights of citizens to peaceably assemble is sacred in our country and must not be abridged. I have twice participated in this gathering and march and found it to be filled with peace-loving people, strong citizens who seek justice for any who are oppressed or denied rights.
Richard Wahl

TX
Free speech is a cornerstone of US society. Do not deny this right to a non-violent, caring movement like SOA Watch
Elizabeth Tillar

IL


Amanda Varela

CA


Susan Geisler

CA
Allow justice --- allow continued peaceful assembly!
Paul Burks

CA


Robert TERRIEN

CO


Gregory Poferl

MN
I urge you to respect our rights to freedom of speech and assembly in our tradition of peaceful, prayerful, non-violent protest at Ft. Benning.
joan zinn

OH
Dear Chief Boren, I don't know if you are a believing man, but if you are you know that one day we will have to answer for our choices in life. Please don't join those who let power go to their heads. This resistance to our government's training of death squads is appropriate. You may be thinking, "Look, I just want to do my job." But that's the same logic that brought Hitler to power. Here in the US, folks have the right to take a stand. I pray you will not attempt to thwart them. God bless you, your family, & those who look to you for leadership.
Lyn Clark Pegg

MN


Jon Olsen

ME
Please read the Amendments to the Constitution. Chief Boren!
Susan Chandler

FL
I cannot walk well, or far; I cannot even stand for more than a couple of minutes. I cannot afford to travel. Those who demonstrate before the School of the Americas are protesting not only for themselves, they are protesting for me, and others like me. Let everyone who comes to protest have your respect, and your protection. Be an officer of the peace.
Marlene DeNardo

CA


Mary Ruth Ewell

CA
Kind Sir-You cannot take away the conscience of democracy or silence the voices that speak it. You well know the forces of violence in this world and we have EVERY right to say NO to those forces, much the same as our other Amendment rights. Please reconsider . We are a peace-loving Group who behaves in the true spirit of all that is good and holy in this world. Sincerely, Mary Ruth, Teacher
Kate Neis

MN


Georgia Tattu

CA
The right to peacefully protest is a right in our democracy.
Philip RANDALL

OR
The First Amendment is essential to the functioning of our democracy.
Marcie Dahlen

CO
The SOA Watch speaks truth to power. It's time to listen.
Charles Tribbey

CA


Patty Ballard

IL


Mary Johnson

NY
The school of the Americas should be closed! And those who oppose it have every right to protest peacefully. That right is guaranteed by our constitution.
William Bichsel

WA
stop
Catherine Williams

WA
Please don't interfere with the freedom to protest peacefully and freedom of speech
Laurie Olson

AZ


Dan Freeman

WA
Denying the peoples Constitutional rights? This must be why America has a Fort Benning, to train soldiers to travel the world over to protect the right to free speech in other countries, just not America. It's people like you, denying free speech, that helps to give America the reputation it has in the world. This is not the America I grew up in, nor an America that I can be proud of.
Ed Nizalowski

NY
We are all one.
Scott Hedlin

AR
It's hard to believe an official so unenlightened to even consider such an unconstitutional overreach of authority. Please apologize publicly to clear your reputation. SPH
Judith Clark

NY


Thomas Baxter

FL Veterans For Peace - Free Pvt Manning As Vietnam Veteran, I'm shamed by your actions contray to the Bill of Rights.
john selser

TN


Geri Pettitt

IA
Maybe you don't realize, Chief Boren, that your actions are unconstitutional. Please change your restrictions!!!
will Moredock

SC


Marie Griffin

TX
Hear our plea for our rights as American citizens.
Gus Braga

MN
I BELIEVE YOU ARE A JUST PERSON WHO CAN FIND WHAT IS THE RIGHT THINGS TO DO. HELP MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE SO WE CAN ALL BUILD COMMUNITY AND PEACE.
Laura Borst

TX


Mercedita del Valle

WA


rebecca koo

CA


Jon Pettyjohn

VA


Margaret Breslau

VA
Have a heart. Aside from the good work SOA Watch does, the town loves it when this happens, there's a real economic uptick.
Ed and Margaret Tegenfeldt

WA


Joyce Livingston

TX


T F Gogan

NY


Gabriela Dieguez

WI


Bonnie Tomassetti

OH


Denise Peine

CO


Ruth Gaylord

MN
We have the constitutional right (and responsibility) to peacefully assemble and to speak truth to power
Nancy Jones

IL SOAW Chicago

Phyllis Sellner

CA
Please render the constitutional rights that are due this man. You are not GOD.
Connie Knowles

CT


judy lund

MT


Renee Weinberg

IA
How is it that you think it is legal to say only 200 people can be there to peacefully protest? This is contrary to our Constitutional Liberties of peaceful assembly. . . Please reconsider your words and revise them. This is unjust and unConstitutional.
Peter Larson

NC
Stop obstructing constitutional rights.
Chantal de Alcuaz

AK SOA Watch Anchorage

Stephen Wingeier

GA Gaia Love Graffiti The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees us the right to assemble, as long as we are peaceable, and to petition our government for redress of grievances. We have plenty of grievances already; if you insist on adding one more to the list, we'll have even more reason to come to Columbus.
Patrick Slattery

WI


Beverly DiStefano, OP

FL
In the name of justice respect the rights of those who assemble at Fort Benning. Beverly DiStefano
Phyllis Sellner

CA
I attended several of these events in past years and there was never an indication of anything violent or abusive. Instead it was mostly a very prayerful event with much meditation and prayer. Please allow the annual SOA event. Thank you.
Marisa McQuaid

MA


Yadira Diaz

CA All

Rebecca Kanner

MI SOAW Labor Caucus Over ten years ago, Columbus tried to deny the SOA Watch movement our constitutional right to peacefully assemble, losing its case in the court of law. You will lose again, so please save the City of Columbus time and money and do the right thing now: reverse the poor decision.
ellen walsh

FL


Tracy Ouellette

WA


Patrick McNelis

DC


Nina Boal

MD


Seymour Gross

MN
Please provide a sensible opportunity for the demonstration at Ft. Benning main gates.
Joan Holden

TX
So sorry.
David Neff

NM
Dear Chief Boren, Don't be so afraid of the truth!
Georgette Oestreicher

NJ
Our right to peaceable assemble and protest injustices of our government at the same location we have been doing so for 25 years does not seem possible to be arbitrarily taken away. Thank you.
Daniel Ream

MD


Paul Doty

OH


Evelyn Brokish

IN
It is important that we Americans exercise our responsibilities and our freedoms. If we cannot show the world how to live peacefully by expressing our views in wholesome and reasonable ways, then we have become a police state instead of a free country. Police activity that denies peaceful demonstrations is wrong. It is unbecoming of the responsibilities entrusted to law enforcement because it is a misinterpretation of your duties and responsibilities.
 

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