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State Organization Comments
CARRIE RUEL-FLORES

IN AYUNDANDO A LOS LATINOS
Robin Lipton

CA
Don't embarrass yourself and your community taking a stand that you cannot win. Let the people assemble as they have done for a quarter century. Your Intransigence will merely draw more attention to the demonstration, not shut it down. Think about it.
Nancy Hanrahan

WA Peace and Social Justice Group Close the training site down that teaches brutality and disappearance of citizens who disagree with thier current administrations
Samuel Durkin

CA

bob sigmund

GA
enough is enough training to kill
Larry Johnson

TN

bob sigmund

GA

bob sigmund

GA

bob sigmund

GA

bob sigmund

GA

bob sigmund

GA

Paul Sampson

WA

Judith Heffernan

PA
Please ensure that these people of peace be heard. Thank-you.
Nancy Flynn

IL
Let us hold our peaceful vigil!
Pam Mitchell

WI

Elwood Groves II

WV

ruth hosek

IL
Well, when I was a kid the policeman was my friend and helped and protected me. Seems as tho the new policemen have decided to take away rights instead.
Sarah Weber

KS

William Read

FL

evelyn campfield

NY
Our Constitutional rights should not be willfully taken away from " We the People"
Ben F. Garcia, Ph.D.-ABD

CO

Chuck Kaufman

AZ AFGJ Your efforts to deny Constitutional rights will only result in more of us coming to Columbus and if need be filling your jail.
Jim Burke

OK
What is the police department afraid of? Don't you know that this organization helped the Armed Forces in Latin America and just in Argentina alone, 30,000 people were disappeared. Your banning this peaceful demonstration is un-American.
Stacey A. Ward

NM

vivian zelaya

CA

ROBERT ROYBAL

NM
WE HAVE TO STOP MURDERING INOCENT PEOPLE.
Joe Tropea

MD
Isn't this the land of the free, Chief Boren? This political attack on our First Amendment rights cannot stand.
James Barrett

CO
Like it or not, the annual, peaceful reminders of such atrocities must not stop, lest we forget the past and allow such senseless violence to happen again and again.
Wilhelmina Jenkins

GA

Carol Silvay

OH

Gene Derig

WA
If this isn't the U.S. government we are petitioning, which one is it? Since when do the police shut down a peaceful assembly by the citizens?
Maria Leonor Jacquard

CA

James Casteris

MA

Rudolf Urban

FL
the ability to assemble freely is a long held American Freedom. Honor it as you honor the other freedoms.
Andrew White

WV

Mike Madden

MN

Alicia Alvarado

OH
Don't mess with the right to do justice!!!
Al Drinkwine

WA
Chief Boren please respect our first amendment rights and the need to share the truth with our sisters and brothers. Thank You. Al Drinkwine
Benjamin Holland

TX UUSC
Joseph Colgan

WA Veterans for Peace
Jeffrey Thiessen

MB

Rick Brown

NM SOA Watch I have been a participant in the rally to close the School of Americas for many years. We have mostly had good relations with the Columbus Police Department with a few exceptions in recent years, which we suspect came from outside pressure. As residents of Columbus and observers of our event for many years you should know that we are not a problem for the City of Columbus. Our people are high spirited but well behaved and we don't cause any damage and even clean up after ourselves, and, we give a boost to to the local economy during the weekend of the event (which some people appreciate, especially people in the neighborhood who set up food stands for us.) And the road there wouldn't even be closed in the first place if Fort Benning hadn't closed it. It is important to the City of Columbus as well that we keep doing what we are doing until a black mark against the City, caused by a very few who aren't even from there, is erased forever.
Bradley Leger

LA

Tom Caine

FL
Don't be part of the stooge network trying to silence people of courage who have the moral strength to speak and demonstrate nonviolently against corrupt actions of our gobernment.
Matthew Recla

ID

Karen Magers

TX
I stand with Father Roy Bourgeois and urge you to reconsider your unjust denial of our right to peaceably assemble at the main gates of Fort Benning.
Loretta Holstein

CA

William Grosh

CA

Connie Hogarth

NY Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action Our Constitutional right to assemble peacefully and protest has been acknowledged for all these years and must continue! We expect that the police chief will see the error of this decision and acknowledge our first amendment rights.
Ed Pilolla

CA
something is rotten in the state if this traditional vigil is nixed.
Jeanne O'Connor

WA

Peter Childs

CA

peter alexeas

NY

Mary Kay Krause

WA
For 25 years Freedom of Speech has been exercised in this gathering. I don't understand what has changed as you try to hinder this demonstration at Fort Benning. Please think this through and change your mind.
Marjorie Clough

MI

Armando Gomez

CA

M Wilverding

IL

Martha Mattes

OK

Tristan Holmberg

KS

Daniel Klein

NY

Mary McNellis

MN
Our 1st Amendment Constitutional rights cannot be denied because our cause is politically inconvenient to WHINSEC and the powers that be. What good is living in the USA if we don't have constitutional rights? We are no better than Russia!
Leo Whitney

LA
Don't be such a FASCIST! The founders of our nation were dissentors and wrote the constitution to protect the rights of citizens to dissent and protest against government policies that they considered unethical, immoral, and illegal. As a public servant, you should be a protector of those rights as you are sworn to protect the constitution, NOT the questionable policies of a government and military/industrial complex that are more interested in self-serving hidden agendas than in the common good and the public welfare.
Mike Connelly

NY

Judith Rosenbaum

NY

Stephen Gates

MN
SOA will not be continued in my name with my tax dollars. We will not be silenced!
Joanne Thompson

CA

Patricia Dwight

OH
Peaceful protest is a right endemic to a free society. Your restrictions are unjust.
Merrill A. Carter

CO

Jane Fethers

MO
Please listen to our call for justice.
Gertrude Meyers

LA

Paul Riek

OR

Georgann Wilmot

CA

Erin Rausch

CA
Our democracy relies on the foundation that we make space for the voice of the minority. In this case this "minority voice" is substantial in number. That alone is strong support for creating this space. If it were your family who had been killed, would you not want to have a space to be heard? What if hundreds or thousands were willing to travel just to hear your story and share in the mourning of your loss? Consider with your conscience. - Respectfully, -Erin
Jay Patterson

CA

betty ferguson

CO
No one has the right to take away the citizens rights that are guaranteed in the US Constitution!!
Keith Thompson

MN

Paul Fitch

DC Eighth Day Church (Church of the Saviour) Great love for our country leads me to want it to do what is right and to speak out when its democratic, moral principals are betrayed. This is true patriotism. Please do not by force deny us the freedom to be present and to speak out.
Lois Sheridan

IL
This is a blatant disregard of our civil rights! You cannot keep people from protesting this evil institution!! Police have taken to CREATING the law and BREAKING IT instead of upholding it! THEY ARE WRONG AND MUST STOP - NOW!!!
Karen Sullivan

TX

Boryana Tacconi

MA
I grew up under a Communist regime with no rights to peacefully assemble and peacefully work for justice. I am horrified by the thought that anyone in the US might want to create a society like the one I left far behind.
David Warsow

MI
Uphold the rights of the people.
CURTISS DURAND

CA Physicians for Social Responsibility
Rachel Soltis

AZ

Sergio Finardi

IL
Your commitment is outstanding, I am with you
Connie raether

WI
Please reconsider this decision. This is a peaceful protest and one that means alot to many of us who attend year after year. We do not cause any harm to Columbus or the police department and we have the right to assemble. Thank you.
Jaye Duncan

CO

Barbara Broderick

NH SOAW New England
Douglas Olson

MN

Mark Simon

IL
Dear Chief Boren, I have been at the annual remeberance of the 6 Jesuit Martyrs at Fort Benning's gates on 2 occasions, most recently with my teenaged children. We were impressed by the friendly treatment from the local people. Has there been a change? Are we not welcome anymore?
Lorraine D. Johnson

WA

Lenora Cooper

CO

Wendy Dwyer

NY
Mr Boren, I make this costly and unpleasant journey each year as I feel it is the least i can do as a citizen to stand for the oppressed .. Please do not try to silence us, rather put your energy into justice and peace work. Thanks
Yvette Bojorquez

CA
Thank you for re-considering your decision that takes away our right to peaceably assemble and to speak what sometimes is an ugly truth.
Ellen Atkinson

NV

Rudy Simons

MI
Our constitution protects citizen protest.Let us not become what we deplore in unfree societies.
mar mogollon

CT
I urge you to fully support all constitutional. rights and make accommodations for all who wishto gatherand to speak.
Robert Pann

CA

Rose Marie Menard

CA

Amy Tarrant

MI

William Nemcik

FL

Phillip Hoff

OR

E salon

NY
Do not impose such restrictions on this group, and on our country's First Amendment rights!
Tarak Kauff

NY
As a veteran, along with many of my brothers and sisters we will be at SOAW again this year. We especially will not tolerate our right to assemble peacefully being abridged.
Elizabeth Schooss

CA

Marg Boatz

MN

Barbara A Cordts

KS

Gisela Lopez

IL
The denial of people's rights to demostrate is against Our First Amendament Constitutional Rights
Elizabeth Shabel

NH

Mario Zelaya

CA
This is not communist China or Egypt, etc.... Allow the November vigil to go on as always... Please don't become an agent of repression. Thank you.
Gloria Purcell

CA
It is unfortunate that so often the upholders of the rule of law and protectors of peaceable assembly are so ignorant of the Constitution and so willing to break the law. Please stand on the side of right and truth instead of the side of control and bullying.
Earlene Mara

RI

Earlene Mara

RI

Earlene Mara

RI

gail lucas

CA

Carol Fleitz

CA

Anne Pullen

NH

Nicholas Broncucia

CO Regis University
Haldon Sutton

FL

Harriet Heywood

FL
Without freedom of assembly, we have no democracy. Remember Tiannanman Square?
Harry Wohlsein

OR

Lisa Parsons

GA
This year with so many children trying to escape the violence in South America, should we not pause and see what we might do as a people and government to end rather than educate and arm for violence that touches untold lives. Voices that are silenced will have more to sing and cry out about in more creative and effective ways. If this is banned, those that do the banning a will in there own time also be in danger of being silenced when in fact their hearts know they need to tell their own true stories.
Ellie Hays

NV Pax Christi Nevada-Reno To Chief Boren, the gate keepers at Ft. Benning and all boys and girls in the military: you may want to go back and read up on your history. Better yet, I invite you all to ATTEND THE VIGIL & LISTEN TO THE PEOPLES STORIES. Then ask youselves, What would JESUS do ? Jesus said "BLESSED ARE THE PEACE MAKERS" he didn't say blessed are the war makers. Ellie Hays, Nevada
Francis Collins

CA
These people who want to take away your right to protest are of course not on the side of the poor and oppressed, they are threatened by the truth. You must have seen how violently the police and authorities treated the occupy protest's. We have to stand up and continue to secure our rights of the people of this planet and the environment to have some form of democracy.
Kamil Arif Pinarci

IL
No body can limit our 1st ammendment rights this is the base of our democracy. We have to protect our constitution or we wil become a Banana Republic, or dictatorship oppressing its own people.
Roberta Stern

CA

Jan Honore

CA
We come to Fort Benning from all parts of our country to lift our voices peacefully in protest against the School of the Americas. It is our right to do so. Sadly, my taxes helped to build military bases and the roads that lead to them. Certainly we can congregate on those roads and construct a temporary stage, and booths along the road. We can process along the road, not interfering with traffic, pedestrians, or the flow of life at the base. The police are wrong to interfere with our demonstration of patriotism.
Margaret Misch

NC

Eric Wohlgamuth

OH

Eldon Grossman

IL

Mary Lebert

MI
Why do you want to curtail a peaceful protest against torture and murder? Do you identify more closely with torturers and murderers? You are cheating us taxpayers who pay for you to uphold the law. Please examine your motives and do the right thing.
S.L. Bondarchuk

AB Edmonton Small Press Association
J. Gregory Twain

OR

Bill Griffitts

OR
I join my name to that of Fr. Roy, and to those of the SOA Watch Staff and all the supporters of the effort to close the so-called School of the Americas. Citizens have to be made aware of the atrocities perpetrated by many graduates of the training at Fort Benning,
Shannon Troy Peterson

IL
I trust that members and supporters of SOWA Watch will push back on the Police Chief's unreasonable attempt to suppress constitutionally guaranteed rights of free speech and assemby by turning out in even greater numbers this year.
Kate Speltz

WA SOAW Council The SOAW Vigil at Ft. Benning is a peaceful manifestation of our first amendment rights that should be allowed to go forward.
Laura Furst

KY

Marie Shebeck

IL

Rev. Richard Gamble

WA

Rick Bettis

CA
It will be a unreasonable infringement of human rights to interfere with the peaceful expression of opinion by faithful and we'll meaning citizens who.plan to demonstrate their concerns for activities taking place at Fort Benning.
Debra Covert-Bowlds

WA

Becky Clausen

WA

Susan Savion

NY

Chuck Schultz

WA
The school of the Americas is a terrorist organization that trains terrorists.
Kenneth Scott

MA

Maria Elena Kunz

CA

Patricia Haire

CA
Dear Chief Boren, As a PEACE officer, a public servant and the protector of the peoples' rights and freedoms under the Constitution to assemble peacefully and to speak the truth to power. We are concerned about the DENIAL of the rights of the people to continue demonstrating outside the gates of Fort Benning. We are respectfully calling on you, the Chief of the Columbus Police Depart, to exercise your power and to reverse that decision and to rightfully uphold the Constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of assembly. PAX...Patricia A. Haire
Marc Woersching

CA

Elizabeth Enas

IN

Maryellen Redish

CA
It is our First Amendment right to assemble and protest and you must respect those rights.
Jerry Ortiz y Pino

NM
Chief, when you swore to uphold the US constitution, you swore to honor the freedom of speech that it guarantees. Please honor your oath of office. and permit the School of the Americas to peaceably protest this year as they have for 25 other years.
Jon Clemens

CT
Regardless of your personal views related to the protesters, it is their constitutionally protected freedom to express themselves freely, given that the assembly is peaceful - which it always has been. Please protect the citizens of this country by doing your part to safeguard our freedoms and preserve the rights of assembly and free speech. Thank you.
gloria gomez

CA

Rose Marie Redding

CA
I have taught civics, and I believe in citizens right to peacefully assemble. Please help us to maintain our constitutional rights. Thank you
Sally Peck

MI Citizens for Peace, Pax Christi Michigan, Rights to free speech and assembly are paramount.
Frodo Okulam

OR
Please stop putting up roadblocks to this peaceful vigil.
Phillip Kim

CA

Stewart Webb

AR

Ted Tipton

CA

Edythe Cox

MA
Let's get the issue here straight: it's not about making your job easier; it's about making our nation's international reputation better.
Martha Barclay

CA
Please protect all Americans' First Amendment Rights by allowing people to assemble and express their Freedom of Speech.
Sarab Shada

IL

Andrew Altamirano

CA

Kathleen O'Connor Wang

CA
Free speech cornerstone of America.
Robert Sutton

PA

helen rhodes

CA

Duane Welsch

CA

Ruth Judkins

CA
This does not make sense. Why are rights to protest peaceably taken away after 25 years of allowing non violent demonstrations?
Roberta McLaughlin

CA
Let the people be heard! They have a Constitutional right to assemble and speak.
Marianne Krieg

NY

Jo McCord

CA Peace and Justice Network
Paul Cranmer

IL
Law enforcement is not serving the people who pay its bills. Who do you serve? Free assembly is essential to democracy. Do you prefer a fascist type of government in which citizens have no rights allowing you to treat them however you wish?
ellen darden

VA

Dean Pedersen

WA
As a person who has served in Latin America as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and witnessed first hand some of ter abuses dealt to the people by the Police and Military, I urge you to allow a Peacefull demonstration to occur in your city.
Julie Moran

IN

RedLion York

CO

Mike Miller

OR

DENNIS P DESMOND

CA
I wish you happiness, blessings, and good health in your efforts to maintain law and order.
Kenneth Wolman

MA
I did not know that the SOA was still functional, regardless of the pretend name it functions under now. A school to training repressors is disgraceful. For years it has fed torturers and subverters. It has outlived the administrations of how many US governments? It seems to function in despite of people's aspirations, in the name of anyone but the people it is paid to repress. It is an indecency. Please stop doing this. I do not want to think of my country as an oppressor state aiding other oppressor states. Please, in the name of God, stop doing this.
David Haining

WA
We need to quit meddling in the affairs of other countries.
Julie Castro-Orozco

CA

Daniel Sanderman

OR

Kathryn Green

IL

john and evita simpson

BC
Fort Benning, formerly the School of the Americas, was thrown out of Panama for training fascist thugs to prop up every undemocratic and totalitarian dictatorship in Latin America; Trujullo, Batista, Pinochet, Fujimora, Somoza father and son, Stroessner and countless more. it is a cancer, which brings nothing but shame upon the USA.
Ronald Krieg

NY

Felice Cohen-Joppa

AZ The Nuclear Resister Voices for justice at the gates of Ft. Benning cannot - and should not - be silenced.
Stephanie Trasoff

WA

Tom F. Driver

NJ Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
Judith Keating

NY

Bryan Saner

IL

Virginia J Miller

NM
Support the peaceful democratic process.
Josephine Beavers

AK

Natalie Hanson

MI

Alice Nenadich

ot
Peaceful paths are the best for all concerned, especially our futures and our children.
Ethel Kirk

CA
Do try to remember the Constitution gives us the right to assemble.
Beth Call

WA
The Constitution guarantees the right to free speech and the right to peacefully assemble.
maria-teresa wilson

ON

Art Hanson

MI

WALTER FIRCOWYCZ

MS

Richard Lee

FL

james Kowalsky

AK N/A
richard stuart

NH
Please let this happen as in the past! It is important!
Kevin Collins

TN KACOCCA
Stanley Doherty

MA
Please allow tax-paying American citizens to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and free speech.
Laura Lance

SC
This is a blatant attempt to chip away at and undermine the First Amendment right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Because of these sorts of assaults on our liberties and constitutional rights, America is becoming, more and more, like the fascist states I learned about in my high school history classes -- certainly not a place in which I ever expected to find myself living. I implore you to stand on the right side of history -- with our American forefathers, who knew very well the importance of this right and, as such, enshrined it in our constitution as an enduring right.
carmela ormando

VA

John Kolar

MD
Having participated in the Vigil outside the gates during on a number of occasions, I've seen how it is invariably peaceable. Don't try to quash the message by denying the First Amendment rights of those who attend.
Linda Pieri

IN
Don't deny our 1st Amendment Rights!
Margaret Watson

ot
To deny this gathering is to deny civil liberties - something of great value to Americans..
John Davenport

NH

Therese Terns

MI
I have attended the SOA demonstrations for many years because it gave a visible face for justice to close the SOA. In a world where violence shows its ugly face every day, the annual demostration against the SOA shows the world that a large mass of people can make a difference, nonviolently. We bring peace and promote justice for those who have no name. It is unconstitutional to bar us from doing a demonstration that truly speaks for freedom and governmental responsibility.
Peter Murnane

ot
If the military don't observe the Constitution, and give others the rights that the Constitution gives, what are the military there for? What do they defend?
Leon Hebrink

CT
Shalom
Carol Tometsko

NY
Let us peacefully assemble.
Dr. Marian Ronan

NY

Joe Morton

MD Goucher College Please oppose the training of torturers instead of limiting the basic right to express opinions.
robert eiden

KY
Hey Chief ever heard of the bill of rights...ya could save some money by just staying home one year...relax what has ever happened....breathe in the peace...we are your brothers not the enemy...Christ peace be with you
BethAnne Nelson

MN

Kaitlin Guidarelli

IN

Edith Cheney

NJ
Outrageous!!! God is our Presence and Power!
Adrian Shanker

PA

Elliott Adams

NY
As a veteran who served at Ft Benning several times, I spent those years in the service to protect the US Constitution - for the people, for you. It is outragious that we should have to go to Columbus, of all places to defend our Constitution.
Russ Banner

FL

Gloria Cortes

CA

Betty Stevens

GA

robert bauman

NY

Alan Thomas

FL

Kathy Mattingly

CA
Restriction of numbers and space to this extent is clearly a denial of the right to peaceful assembly. This type of assembly is the reason for our constitutional protection of the right to free speech and assembly.
Dave Logsdon

MN VFP Chapter 027
Bridget Broderick

IL

Rev. David Crump

FL

Willliam Wilt

FL

Willliam Wilt

FL

Maura Dawes

CA

Ann Gehred

WI

Michael Ferola

MA

Elaine Andrews

CO

Bonnie B. Barnidge

MD
I support demonstrating on the street outside the main gate of Fort Benning. This is a right of our free speech in the U.S..
Rev. Kate Stevens

MA
Please, we have been coming there for years. The School of the americas, whatever it's name, is a disgrace to the entire military. Please don't make a fuss about this. We will be there with or without your permission and blessings to you and your family,
Melinda Power

IL

Matthew Drew

IA

james ward

MO
I support the rights of the SOA to express their beliefs, as they have been doing for the past 25 years. Please reverse your decision. Thank you.
Edward Behan

LA
So exactly what is freedom if the right of the people to freely assemble and ask for a redress of grievances is a problem? Lighten up, chief!
Eva Lallo, RSM

RI

Chelo Ludden

CO

David Corcoran

IL
Don't be silly! Be on the right side of Justice!
Nancy Pawlen

OH
Pleas allow a safe way for protesters to be heard.
Juergen Kraus

AR
This is still America: our Freedom of Speech does not depend on the whims of a misguided Chief of Police.
Roy Tremain

IL

Rosr Marie Ward

WI

Phil Garrison

FL
Thank you for rethinking your earlier decision. Thank you for not standing in the way of this peaceful, first amendment protected protest of the School of the Americas.
Catherine Murphy

MN

Kristen Roleke

NY

celeste flores

IL
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.
Marianne Mocarski

NY
Our 1 st amendment rights are important.
Elizabeth Hill

NY
Please do not deny us the right of assembly and free speech. Our assembly is always peaceful and law abiding and there is no reason for this arbitrary decision. Thank you.
Jeri Cashman

MN

Gerard Gannon

NJ

Fr. Myron Kowalsky

FL

Dagma Abbott

CA

Nicole Dillon

FL

Pamela Puskarich

TN

Catherine Guevarra

FL
The right to assemble and peacefully speak is necessary for a flourishing and healthy democracy. Please allow this gathering to continue as in the past.
Carolyn/Tom Horvath/Leonhardt

OH
we are with you!!
Charles Haren

TX

Duane Ediger

IL

Mary Jane Pelletier

KS

Rita Gerardot

IN Sisters of Providence
Christin Babcock

NY

Elizabeth Wiley

SC
This place needs to repent the evil it has caused in Central America. So many atrocities were committed in the wake of the US presence there.
Sally Brochu

FL
To arbitrarily take away our first amendment right to peacefully assemble is a wrong and an unjustified decision. Please reconsider and allow people who are protesting their constitutional right and freedom as Americans to speak by their actions of peaceful assembly.
Meg Gallagher

NY
Dear Chief Borden, Please permit a peaceful demonstration at the Fort Benning site; our constitudion persmits this. Dear Chief Borden, Please permit the peaceful gathering at Fort Benning to take place; our Constitution allows this. Sincerely, Sister Meg Gallagher Maryknoll
Mary David Hydro

FL
For 25 yrs. we have gathered to stand for the truth--never have we caused any problem.
Kay Shively

IN
Democracy requires allowing the minority viewpoint to be expressed in nonviolent disagreement. What are you afraid of?
Denise O'Connell

OH

Pat Wilcoxen

IL

Armando T

GA

John Papineau

KS

Dylan Siebert

ON

Dosier Hammond

NJ

Caryn Maxim

NJ Grupo Cajola
George Brooks

MD
The right of assembly was originally distinguished from the right to petition. In United States v. Cruikshank (1875), the Supreme Court held that "the right of the people peaceably to assemble for the purpose of petitioning Congress for a redress of grievances, or for anything else connected with the powers or duties of the National Government, is an attribute of national citizenship, and, as such, under protection of, and guaranteed by, the United States. The very idea of a government, republican in form, implies a right on the part of its citizens to meet peaceably for consultation in respect to public affairs and to petition for a redress of grievances.
Donnieau Snyder

CA
Protection of constitutional rights apply to all of the amendments. I stand with Fr. Bourgeois and the SOA Watch.
Marc Hogenboom

NM

Dorothy Jordan

WA

Maureen O'Connell

FL Pax Christi USA
Marlene Noyes

MN
Hopefully, you will obey the First Amendment and keep freedom of speech.
Aleta Kazadi

CA
Is this how we show we are a free country or has the message taught in the School of the Americas seeped into our body politic. As Americans and as people of conscience we have a right but more than that a responsibility to be there and you have no right to limit this gathering.
Patricia Williams

NH
This has gone on way too long. Close this school now. Or don't criticize Russia for doing the same thing in Ukraine.
Gisele Turcot

QC
Know that in Canada we give suffl support to those who claim forclosing the School of Americas.
Todd Shelton

TN

Cherie Eichholz

PA

Llen Ryan

GA
Please don't deny our constitutional rights.
Aristophilos Avgerinos

NH

Vickie Ecklund

GA

Gary Hagermann

FL

Barry Anderson

VA

Margaret Wirpsa

IL
Freedom to gather and freedom of speech are protected under our constitution. The SOAW has the right to gather peacefully to educate the public about the injustices committed in Central America. Violence continues there as revealed by the number of young people fleeing to our country. Please issue the permit as you have in the past.
Carol Berman

MD
A First Amendment right is being denied. This is very wrong….
Keith Paulson-Thorp

FL

thomas schmidt

AZ
In The Book of Life, your deeds and thoughts are recorded
Jeanne Mantsch

WI

Ann Muenster

WI

Joanne Archibald

IL

Guy Stoye

NH
We need no police state behavior in this country. Police protection and keeping things safe for the people is one thing..... silencing public protest is entirely another.
Norma Abbey

IN

Pattie Konowal

OH
In case you are not aware, IN THIS COUNTRY WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM TO GATHER. You are aware of what goes on at the School of Americas. How can you NOT allow this protest to continue and grow stronger?
Rev. Willie Israel

FL

Adele Andrews

VA
Freedom of speech is a essential part of being an American. Please do the right thing and issue this permit. The voices of the families of those who died by the hand of WHISC/SOA trainees NEED to be heard. And their loved ones deserve to be honored.
* Pepperwolf

MN
Would a "God Bless Fort Benning" group be disallowed their constitutional rights?
AMY A BLUMENSHINE

MN
This is a blatant denial of constitutional rights. For 25 years, these demonstrations have proved themselves non-violent. There is no legal justification for refusing free speech.
Alice Ryan

CT
Uphold the Constitutional rights to freedom of speech and the freedom to assemble.
Mary Kilpatrick

OH

Becky Reimbold

IN

Kim Carlyle

NC
The people have the right to peaceably assemble!
emily graeser

NM

Michael True

MA International Peace Research Association Foundation Please restore the constitutional rights of SOA and citizens from around the country to demonstrate against the training of Latin American armies in the U.S., given their history of abuse and killing of their own people.
Chante Wolf

MN

Rev. Andria Cantrell

NC

Anna Robertson

WV

Josie Winterfeld

ON

Margaret Atkinson

NY
Please don't share my information. Especially with government folk. haha
Candace Heitner

IL

Julia Werner

NY
We who oppose the brutality of what Fort Benning stands for are peaceful people. Let our voices be heard.
Lynette Fox

NH
Why does government or law enforcement try to take away the rights you are suppose to protect?
Beth Wright

IN

Ronna Swift

WI

Margaret DeArdo

PA

George Sohn

NY

Charles McMahon

PA

Mary Edwards

PA

Jim Mansmann

PA

Christina Murphy

CT

Marcia Wagner

NM
i support you in prayer!!!
Joyce Cable

WI
Don't be afraid-join us!
Tim King

MN

Bruce Boyer

IL
You perhaps cannot see the way in which your plan to restrict free citizens' exercise of constitutional rights will some day cause you personal harm, but it will. The day will come when YOU choose to speak out about something fundamental that YOU care about, and you will be bound and gagged on the back of your own history. Please think carefully about your the wisdom of your plan...
Anna Hall

GA

Salvatore Umana

FL
Please allow our First Amendment right of free speach at the School of the Americas
Meriel Christensen

WI
What is Fort Benning afraid of?
Mary Koslovsky

OH

Scott Suma

IL
Freedom of Speech is secondary to freedom to live. Please allow the vigil to take place. The police of Columbus should not become complicit with the U.S. government. Let the protestors and Fr. Roy speak!
John Granahan

TX

Steve Swanson

IL

Roberta Archibald

PA

Lorraine Leibold

NY

Erin Kearns

NC

Delphine Paikowski

MI
In 1776, our forefathers and mothers stood against tyranny. Many have died for these rights to assemble and speak. Now Police Chief Boren would reject his sworn commitment to uphold these rights to this country's citizens. Chief Boren, we ask you to provide justice to uphold our constitutional rights. Delphine Palkowski, South Lyon, MI
Janice Valder Offerman

NC
Please, This is one of the rights you propose to protect for our citizens.
Virgeen Healey

NY
Please don't put limits on this peaceful demonstration. Thank you.
ann kelly

OH Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland
Leah Todd

NY

John Nygard

FL

Theresa Lowther

NY

Mary Gamson

FL

Jay Gilchrist

KS
This group has peaceably stood in vigil against the atrocities committed by our military in Central America. Now we are debating the denial of children from these countries to their basic right of freedom. As our Constitution iterates, twice... 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 grievances.
Benjamin Smyth

MO Saint Louis University
Christine Kresho

MD

Mary Marvin

NY
Close the school -we need to be the end to all this violence!
Rhegan Hyypio

DC

Pierre Hebert

PA
Dear Police Chief Boren: Please support the basic rights of all Americans. Freedom to assemble and petition our government is everyone's right. Thank you, Pierre Hebert dear
Mary Yelenick

NY

Gerard Gannon

NJ
Obey the United States Constitution. Your duty is to protect and defend our rights as Americans. Remove your threat to forbid the right of assembly regarding the SOA protest.
Wes & Jane Hare

NC Peace1st, projectof Twin Streams Educationsl Center Dear Chief Boren; This November will mark our 17th annual trip to Columbus in memory and protest of the violence, assassinations, rapes ,etc of the trainees @ SOA aka WHINSEC. We believe your action is proven unnessasary and unconstitutional. please reverse this proposed action. Wes & Jane Hare
Dennis Gilman

AZ

Mark Harding

GA
Police Chief Boren, Please enforce the U.S. constitutional 1st amendment right of peaceful assembly outside the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. Please fulfill your oath of office by enforcing the right of peaceful assembly, and by defending this constitutional guaranty against all efforts to infringe upon it in Columbus, Georgia.
catherine Walsh

OH Catholic Worker No one can take away the rights of every American. And we are not about to give them up
amy tajdari

FL

Michael Lambert

KY

Robert Hoffman

IL
Dear Chief Boren, Have you ever had your rights abused? If so, you know what we are up against. I ask you to do what is right and let the 1st Amendment be honored fully and not limited as you are want to do. Thank you, Bob Hoffman
Kostis Papadantonakis

MD

Jane Griffin

NY Voice of the Faithful-NY
Mary Jane Stevemspm

TX
If companies are deemed to be "persons" with the right to free speech, actual people have that same right! Censorship of free speech for human beings in the United States of America cannot be allowed to stand.
David Martin

CT
You're violating our First Amendment rights, Chief!
beanie mcdonald

NJ
Do the right thing!
alina dollat

ot amnesty international
Nancy Taiani

NJ
Please allow the SOA Watch demonstrators to speak to those assembles. Aside from growing their important movement, they do bring business to your city.
Louise Mann

VA

Judith Hilbing

IL
All we want is a peaceful assembly. Thank you for attending to this petition.
Meghan Piatak

CT
Please take the time to truly consider this issue. Thank you!
Kathleen Kenney

VA

Rita Kohut

MT
Justice will prevail despite all effort to the contrary, by certain public officials to deny US citizens their constitutional rights!
Francis Lloyd

TN

Dorothy Hauser

NC
Surely you must have anticipated the response from the thousands who have stood with those who have sacrificed their lives because of the presence of the SOA in your lovely city. Shame on you.
Dorothy Hauser

NC
Surely you must have anticipated the response from the thousands who have stood with those who have sacrificed their lives because of the presence of the SOA in your lovely city. Shame on you.
John Converset

NJ JPIC Office, Comboni Missionaries The SOA / WHIMSEC has committed and is committing great evil. Informed persons have a moral and civic duty to expose it. Those who would deny this right and duty are taking part in the evil that needs to be exposed.
mark lopes

NJ

JULIE ZITO

MD
Please Stop the repression of peaceful protest.
Ellen Broms

CA
I hope that you are aware of the Right of Assembly.
George Horey

VA

Lucy Fuchs

FL SOAW Please reconsider. We have always been a peaceful group and our right to demonstrate must not be violated.
Amalie Milot

WI

wendy villalobos

CA
It is our duty to fight for justice, it is our right, it means our freedom.
Mary Ann Penner

IL
Please reconsider your decision in this matter.
Faith Attaguile

CA

Susan Metz

NY Latin America Committee Brooklyn for Peace Welcome the delegations of folks praying and working for peace.
Alex Neubert

NY

Virginia Reed

VA
All Americans are protected by Free Speech amendment, not just those you wish to allow. No conditions on speakers is acceptable.
Celeste Howard

OR
Freedom of speech is our constitutional right!
daniel McLaughlin

MA Maryknoll
wilson juarez

TX

Linda Wilcox

MN

Louise Blasi

CA

Nancy Hoffman

IN
Please allow the folks to speak,respecting the rights tio free speech and constitutional rights for free assembly. They are providing a peaceful means of communicating their protest of what they view as injustice here in the U.S. where we say "justice for all." Nancy Hoffmah
patricia radosevich coia

NV

Marie Conn

PA
The November vigil is a peaceful, prayer-filled exercise of the participants' constitutional right to assemble. Why are you so afraid?
Cynthia G. Riley

ME
I have attended this demonstration and participated in this peaceful assembly. It is a powerful statement and one that continues to be needed in our violent country and world.
Fran Maguire

FL

John Zachmann

PA lepoco I was at the gates of Ft Benning 4 times and the US government continues to support dictators and violence in Latin America namely in Honduras and Columbia. The citizens of the US need to have their voices heard when our government follows unjust policies.
Molly Dean

CT
This event should be able to continue as it has in the past years.
Cleta Ciulla

NY
I thought I lived in a democratic country where there were inalienable rights.
Nico Gumbs

FL

Matthew Yanny-Tillar

IL

Jim Manzardo

IL
I know people personally who were victims and whose family members were victims of the School of the Americas, now Western Hemispheric Institute for Security and Cooperation, and until it is closed, I will not stop coming to Columbus and protesting.
JoAnne Courneen

NY
I urge you to permit the demonstration. It is beyond your rights as a police chief and your responsibility to deny people's ability to act in a manner that has been protected by our Constitution. You are overstepping your authority.
Maria Luisa Rosal

VA

Jean Egan

TX
I will be there to stand up for my 1st amendment rights.
Marie Lucey

MD
Having participated in this gathering for a number of years, I know it is peaceful and respectful of local law enforcement. The US Constitution gives a right for peaceful assembly.
Denise Granger

MA

lancelot Davis

NV

Alvin Andre Meyer

NJ Bergen County Greens Chief Boren, I value the fact that we Americans have a history of Constitutional Rights That guarantees the rights of peaceful assembly and free speech. It is for this reason that we call on you to reverse the decision to ban our rights as American citizens to assemble at the entrance to Fort Benning. Yours Truly, Alvin Andre Meyer
Dylan Hackler

WI
SOA Watch is one of the most vibrant, vital, and wonderful examples of American democratic participation to be found. I cannot see an effort to deny this long-standing movement its fundamental constitutional rights as anything but a fundamentally unpatriotic assault on American freedom, the constitution, and the very concept of democracy.
Dr. McMahon

PA

Gary Scott

CA

Ranjit Chacko

CA

Harry Newman

NY

Bethany Waldron

MN
You must be held accountable for irresponsible actions. I support my troops, but only when they are deployed in peace-keeping missions...not war.
Thomas Atwood

CA

Jason Miller

VA

Leah Anne Brown

DC
Chief Boren, The people count on you, as a law enforcement officer, to protect our constitutional rights. i am sure that you are under increasing pressure to limit the size and scope of peaceful demonstrations, but i ask you to take a stand for the rule of law. The Constitution is the law of the land, and it existed for centuries before any current local or national administrations. Please do the right thing and defend our rights. Thank you. Leah Anne Brown
Rich Wall

GA
This reminds me of their tactic back in the early 90's when I was trying to arrange a public debate forum at Columbus State University between the School and the SOA Watch. I had both sides lined up, but then the School pulled out and refused to participate. Then they contacted the University administration asking them to shut down the debate because only one side would be represented!! -- which the administration did, much to my amazement. So what are they so afraid of? That the real truth about the School of Americas might get out??
Rev Debra Hansen

MI
I was at the protest at the gates of Fort Benning last year. It was troubling to see the helicopters buzz the crowd several times. What this done for sport or as a show of power. This is a friendly reminder to reflect on exactly who you are here to serve. We have a constitutional right to assemble peacefully.
Robert Uzzilio

CT St. James Parish This is the USA, not a police state.
Kay Arnold

TX

theresa reuter

MD
Freedom of speech is what sets our country as leaders in the free world. We must be free to exercise this sacred right to protect our constitution and our country; to keep justice for all, true , for you, for me;, for all. Peace, Theresa Reuter
Andrew Blake

NY

Rebecca Luening

OR

Mary Ann Mueninghoff

IL
The right to make our views known is important. Don't send the wrong signal to those of us who feel strongly about this issue.
Neville D'Souza

MI
We have the right to express our protest against the military establishment. This is a Homeland Security issue and the police department is in violation of the Constitutional mandate.
gwen Hennessey

IA Franciscan Man inhumanity to man was NEVER in God's plan for creation. Open your eyes and give honest presence as has been the last 25 years. You too must answer for your reaction! Lets make it a true 25th and close the so called SCHOOL WHISC
Paul Troyano

LA Pax Christi New Orleans What happened to free speech and right of assembly?
Mary Ellen Rains

WI
Please grant the permissions requested as a matter of justice and protection of our First Amendment Rights.
Elena Stein

FL

Thomas Windberg

TX

Richard Khanlian

NM
If people are not allowed to peacefully assemble to protest, where the hell is the democracy that so many have died to preserve?
WILLIAM DONNELLY

IL

Marilyn Mackinnon

CA
Freedom for us to express our prayers.
Samuel Williams

GA

Rosa Lozano

MD

Joseph Dowling

NY
We'll be seeing you rain or shine Chief Boren.
Gregory Waddle

WA

Rick Halperin

TX

Kimberly Krone

NJ

Barbara Deming

NY

Kathy Berger

IL
Police Chief Boren, Have enough faith in your country to allow the full exercise of the First Amendment, even if the views are antithetical to your own. The First Amendment is what distinguishes this country from many others.
Wendy Hansen

CA

Frank Polites

PA

Mary Berglund

FL

Inga Berg

WI
We live in the United States where peaceful protest is a right.
margaret longley

NH
This is a peaceful stand with rights to speak.
Nadeen Bir

NC

John Brower

TX
Please reconsider. It is our Constitutional Right to assemble.
Valery Keramaty

NY

JAMES O'CALLAHAN

NY

Mary Jo Lottus

MN
Look at the supreme court has done for anti-abortion protests and so the same goes for this movement. They are counseling the military power and their training. They have a right to speak out against injustices.
Margaret Knapke

OH Dayton Pledge of Resistance Squelching intelligent, peaceful, community-building protest is not in Columbus's or the nation's best interests.
Quintiliano Rios

IL

Toni Tortorilla

OR

Teri Olsson

CA
This is one more example of the eroding of freedom in Georgia and the rest of the country. Shame on you!
Mary Dean

IL La Voz de los de Abajo
steve johnson

MN

Adam Prager

CO
This denial and limitation of protected first amendment rights is un-American.
Ann mARIE Saidy

NY
The crimes are being done by the SOA WHINSEC graduates, not the protesters. We need to get on the side of justice. Ann Marie
Spencer Johnston

CA

Terrence Langlois

FL
This "School" has to go, now!
Maureen McElroy

RI
Peaceful demonstrations are part of our freedoms; do not deny us this!
Sally Frank

IA
Stop trying to prevent the annual SOA vigil and protest. Provide the permits that have been issued in the past.
Sharon Nothnagle

NH
I can't believe that you would deny peacefully assembled group the right to express their viewpoints on any street. These people are not a threat to anyone--they are simply exercising their right to free speech and peaceful assembly.
Richard Hanusz

OH
I have participated numerous times in the vigil at Fort Benning over the past 25 years. The restrictions that you propose are a violation of our rights under the Constitution as citizens of the United States. I fear that the United States is becoming a police state where citizens become subjects and are told how, when and where they are allowed to exercise their rights. I urge you to reverse your decision and allow the vigil to proceed as it has in the past.
Irene Velásquez

GU
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Dawn Gibson

GA Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition
Therese MacKenzie

IL
Your obstruction seems reminiscent of the civil rights era. If you want to increase visibility of problems at Ft. Benning, this is a great way to do it!
Heidi Thompson

CA

Joni LeViness

OK
Americans Still have a Constitutionally Protected right to peaceably demonstrate. It is amazing to me that our Forefather's have created a document that shows more insight into protecting a republic from their Own Government. They who came and broke from a Matriarchy set in place something that to this very day can be solid ground for the Citizen to stand against Plutocracy verging on Fascism. When the last of our Constitutional rights has been eroded it will be the end of the Democratic Republic Experiment. When our Police Protect Govt/Corporate interest rather than the Citizens then they have given Fascism one Giant Step forward. Do your true duty, don't let pressures of the Corporate State keep you from your sacred occupation. To Keep the Peace and Protect the Citizenry fromenemies both Domestic and Foreign. Our Military isn't allowed to, the Police are our last line of sanctioned defense.
Harold Burhns, Jr

MD
The truth will out no matter what you do.
Susan Wilcox

NY
As an officer of the law Chief Boren, your job is to uphold the law. This action is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Please do you job without prejudice or bias.
Tom Sullivan

MN
I served in the Army during Vietnam, at Ft. Benning for most of my 2 years. After that I earning a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work. I spent 22 of my 28 years working with Veterans in the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. The last 11 of those years were in hospice & home care. For the first time I really learned the true impact of war... I heard WW1, WW2 & Korean War Veterans talk about their nightmares and flash backs. I also learned that almost as many Vietnam combat Vets died of suicide while living on the street, as died in combat. This protest is a valid way of encouraging our nation to approach conflict without war. Given my experience, it's also wishing for a better life for the young men & women stationed in the base.
Mary Bickel

MO
Work for justice. Act for PEACE. Join with peacemakers around the world. Music is one connecting thread.
Rose Mary O'Connell

CT CTA People have arightto protest our governments poor decisions . War s not the answer.Our policies in central america are responsible for the children at the border
Nancy Edwards

TX
The eyes of the world are on you. Please don't make the US look like we have given up on the First Amendment.
Leonor Hurtado

CA

Jan Underwood

OH

Colleen O'Leary

IL

Francesca Wigle

TX

Sheryl Marmo

FL
You don't have the authority to violate the right to assemble provided by the first amendment. Actions like this and many in the past embarrass your state, and show its' collective stupidity.
Jane Rogers

IA

patty Caraher

WI

mary mahony

WI
Please allow the people their freedom on speech as they demonstrate in a peaceful manner the closing of the School of the Americas.
Linda Jacobs

MA
The First Amendment ensures free speech. We are a peaceful people planning to gather together to spread a message of peace. The right thing to do is to reconsider your denial of our free speech rights. Thank you.
Edouard Rocher

MA Pax Christi of Cape Cod The policy concerning the former "School of Americas" has to be revised, and replaced by positive economic action. This will be mandatory as long as the School exists. .
Aleita Hass-Holcombe

OR Just Peace Committee UCC Please allow the SOAW vigil to continue to have access to the public strategies of peaceful assembly!
Howard Conant

IL
Dear Chief Bergen- I hope you will reconsider your decision and permit this peaceful and lawful assembly to occur. We may not agree on all issues, but we can at least agree that 1st amendment rights and our right to voice differing views must be protected. Thank you.
Clare Hanusz

HI

Kathleen Slattery

IL

Rev. Robert West

CO Peace and Justice Task Force, Rocky Mtn Conf UCC
Anna Duncan

DC

John & Ellen McNally

FL Call to Action
mary sennewald

MO
Now I know we can never take our rights for granted. How easily people in power think they are arbitrary and that our Constitution and Bill of Rights is a meaningless gesture.
Josie Setzler

OH
The demonstrations have always been peaceful and dignified. Please safeguard our 1st amendment right to assemble.
Gwen Farry

IL

Jerry Wharton

AZ SOAW,
Sarah Sommers

OH

Mary Berwick

TX
I support the right of all citizens to peaceful assembly and do not understand this ban.
Sister Patricia Desaulniers, MM

NY
Dear Sir - I know that you have good intentions and wish to do what is well for your population. Please consider the greater good, however, and do not stand in the way of curbing injustice and the engines of oppression and bloodletting. Thank you, sir.
Michael Honel

TX
I'm pretty sure that Paul Revere and the other Founding Fathers of our country would agree that Father Roy should be able to protest in front of Fort Benning as they protested against the British occupation of Boston. Please don't forget this!
John Templeton Sr

MA

penelope williams

FL

Clinton Parks

DC

nancy coyle

IN
Dear Sir: As an American my husband have enjoyed the freedom of speech and assembly in many areas and the protest at Fort Benning has been one of them. It is wrong on your part to deny access this year when everyone gathering has that same right we have enjoyed. Now at age 82 I object to your attempt to take away these same rights. Please reconsider.
Alan Klonowski

OH

Anne Walch

MN

Joyce Overton

IL

Rita Panciera

PA
This is an unconstitutional action on the part of your police. If you disagree with the action, this is no reason to stop it.
David Haproff

CA
Hello Chief, I sincerely hope that you'll reconsider our plan regarding the assembly at the gate of Fort Benning and redirect your energies to serving people and combatting crime in your town. There are people with whom you disagree but I'm sure you don't trample their 1st Amendment rights to gather Peacefully. Please reconsider.
Jeanne Gallo

MA

Carmelle Malerich

MN

duchesne Maxwell

WI
No more violence, peace now!
Susan Wieczynski, RSM

NY
Thank you for taking this request seriously!!!!!
Mike Poulin

NE

Jane Toth

OH

ann stehle

NY
God bless your ongoing protest--you are in my prayers and I stand with you in spirit
JoAnne & Cathy Talarico

IA

mary clare cadieux

IL

Susanne Antoinette

OH
US citizens have a right via our Constitution to gather and publically proclaim their thoughts and opinions. Unless freedom of speech has been removed for the Constitution, any local government can not deny them their rights.
Rosemary Healy

NY

tony roehrig

UT Salt Lake General Membership Branch Stop the attacks on our rights and our lives.
Douglas Khorey

PA

Omotayo Balogun

IL
This in direct violation of our First Amendment Rights! If the US. government refuses to close the SOA, at least let us gather together in remembrance of those who have died! Let us heal our selves as we continue to push for democracy and justice!
RG Stein

OH
History is on our side. SOA has conducted this demonstration 25 years ago under the same circumstances and conditions as outlined in our permit request. Your denial of that permit request as submitted is an arbitrary and unconstitutional denial of our rights of free speech and the freedom to peacefully assemble. If you refuse to reconsider your decision to grant the permit as we requested, we will seek redress in the courts and be successful there. It would be better if we did not have to get the courts involved but if necessary we will do so and we will prevail. Making you look like a fool.
Celestine Callaghan

CA
Please, do not silence those who speak the truth, and who are exercising their God- given rights.
Mary Waskowiak

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.
Patricia Smith

PA
Please allow peaceful protests at the SOA.
Ann White

IL
This school of torturous military tactics never served a legitimate purpose, and is so outdated it's pathetic. Put tax revenue to better use, and get out of the business of militarizing Latin America.
Diane Stein

OH
Freedom of speech and assembly is a constitutional right. These rights cannot be curtailed by those who disagree with the messages being delivered.
Ruby Posadas

CA

Thomas J. Kuna-Jacob

IL
Successive US administrations routinely press foreign nations to stop torture and assassinations by their governments and para-miiitaries and militaries, but US personnel -- mainly from the US South and the Skull and Bones conspiracy -- have been doing so since slavery-times, thereby undermining the US Constitution and its 8th Amendment, as well as the global influence for the good that the US is called to be by Divine Providence.
Jane Chamberlain

TX
The current influx of immigrants from Central America is a direct result of the violence we've perpetrated in that area over many years. Stifling the SOA message won't make it less obvious to anyone who has paid attention.
Carmen Mason

DC

CarolAnne Donohoe

PA

dennis edwards

ND

Abigail Halling

IN

Thomas Archer

MO

Roy Lipscomb

IL
The proposed restrictions are unwarranted and therefore an infringement on one of the most essential principles of our nation--free speech.
Nancy Eder

MN ISAIAH I was there in 2009 and I plan on returning. The training at Fort Benning can and should be changed to reflect the stated US policy of supporting democracy.
Mary Bier

NY

Dorah Shuey

CA

Susie Zeiger

NY

Patricia Halling

IN
Do not interfere with the constitutional right to assembly and freedom of speech.
Mark M Giese

WI

Sister Patricia Bruno, O.P.

CA

Sister Patricia Bruno, O.P.

CA

Donna Howard

MN

Susan Ring

WA

Tim Price-O'Brien

VA

Felicia McKone

NH

Vicki Fox

NY

Roberta Wombacher

CA

Hannah Rehak

IL

Eileen Mc Gowan

PA
The constitution gives all Americans the right to protest peacefully. Please afford us this sacred right.
Reid Jenkins

GA VFP Chapter 125
Mardy Townsend

OH

Sydney Condray

OH
Americans do have a constitutional right to peaceful assembly. Do not deny us that right or harass those participating in this cause. It makes you look really bad and casts the shadow of intolerance over your city.
Ann Desmond

OH
The USA has a long history of peaceful protest. Why would an officer of the law stand in the way? He should be protecting them!
Laurie Coyle

OH

Brian Pierce

TX
To speak the truth is a fundamental right.
Gail Peterson

CA

Stansfield Smith

IL

Lynn Travis

IL

SUSAN CAIN

NY

jim DeHarpporte

CA
Close the soa. Let the people speak.
Steven Rhodes

IL

Mavis Belisle

TX

Miriam Schnoebelen

KS
We the People have a right & responsibility to free speech and freedom of assembly.
Jean Markey-Duncan

VT
Dear Police Chief Boren, As a person of faith I feel called to witness to the victims of the violence in Central America and to raise up the United States and those at Ft. Benning that they might understand the repercussions of the work they do there. It is my right as an American to do so. It is your job to protect me in that effort. Thank you. Sincerely, Jean Markey-Duncan, Mercy Associate
jim bier

VA
Freedom of speech is an important constitutional right.
James Cheap

CA

Ernest Goitein

CA
The right to protest is guaranteed in our Constitution. In the case of The School of the Americas we deal with training of Death Squads by Central American Dictators. Talking with a former soldier who was involved in that training I have learned about the type of training that is taught. I am sure you would not condone this as an American citizen. So protests are not only the right but the duty of those who can come to protest.
Jean Morningstar

CA
Freedom is a right not a privilege.
Joyce Raby

FL

Maribel Lopez

CA Holy Names University They cannot stop us to speak the truth!
Harvey Pillersdorf

MI
Please recognize the tradition of 25 years of peaceful protesting at the site you seem bent upon restricting from free expression.
Amanda Jordan

CA

Pat Kenny

NY

Diane Guerin

PA

Betsy Brown

CA

Kim Floyd

CA

Esther Aherne

WA

Rita Specht

IL

Thomas Bayard

DE
Mr. Mayor - as I Vietnam veteran and former soldier at Ft. Benning, I fully support Fr. Roy and his efforts. Thomas F. Bayard, RA11857325, Sp5 ret.
Meg Kearns

MN

Arthur Walters, MD

TN
I stand with Father Roy Bourgeois in demanding the democratic right to protest the continuing existence of the School of the Americas. Arthur S. Walters, M.D. Professor of Neurology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee
Cynthia Sartor

IN

Tom Garcia

CA

Sr. Shirley Agnew RSM

MA
Please honor our constitutional rights to demonstrate about unjust actions
Kathleen McDonnell

OH
Please respect the First Amendment Rights of these citizens!
Charles Jacobsen

FL

Anna Jarkowsky

NY
The Constitution allows us to peacefully assemble and to speak our truth. Police Chief Boren, how can you deny us this right which we engaged in for 25 year? Please reconsider your decision. Thank You
Mary Grover

IL
I know personally people who were victims and whose loved ones were victims of the School of the Americas. I strongly support the right to protest the school.
Peter Gunther

IL

Mary Ratkowski

MI

Bryson Dean

IA

Peggy Kingman

CA
For 25 years this has been a PEACEFUL protest. How and why would you deny our constitutional rights now? Please reverse this injustice.
Nancy Smith

NY

Mary Alice Henkel

OH
We will be there.
Jo Collier

TX

Mary Sochet

NY

Clarice Peterson

WI

Deirdre McKiernan Hetzler

NY
Guaranteeing safety is one thing, but interfering with !st Amendment rights is another.
Sheila Devereux, RSM

CA

Seymour Kellerman

MA
My wife and I plan to attend the beautiful and moving, peaceful memorial ceremony at the gates of Fort Benning on November 23rd. Please allow us to continue this yearly tradition.
Tony Nelson

MI
We ask that you reconsider your decision and issue the permits as has always been the case. Peaceful demonstrations are a citizen's right and must be honored. Abortion protestors have these rights as recently upheld by the Supreme Court. This request should be honored in the same fashion. Thank you.
Joan Serda

GA Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
bruno welsh

VA

suzanne deliee

NY
I am very concerned about the denial of the protesters constitutional right to protest, to speak the truth to power. We have been doing this at this site now for 25 years.This right cannot be arbitrarily taken away.
Beverley Walter

IL

patricia rodriguez

NY Committee on US-Latin America Relations (CUSLAR)
Margaret Power

IL

Mary Smith

CA

M. Mascolini

MI
Please allow peaceful gathering outside fort Bennington.
Joachim Lally

MI
Please do not stand in the way of our constitutional rights. Fr. Joachim Lally CSP
Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan

CT
Free speech is an American Right. Please honor that principle.
Paulette Kirschensteiner

OH
Please do not violate our human rights in this United States. Thank you.
Carol Mucha

IL

Mary Mc Nulty

IL
What are you afraid of? This issue is bigger than Fort Benning town,
Kevin Caron

GA
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.
robert reinhart

OH
Please allow the right to speak truth to power
Doug Myler

MO St. John LaLande Rather than denying the rights of those protesting the SOA you should join them in protesting the presence of the SOA in your city.
Kathleen Fassl

IL

David Milholland

OR
As a veteran of the Peace Corps in Guatemala, I found myself deeply affected by personal accounts of families and entire villages decimated by Guatemalan troops with leadership trained by the School of the Americas. Let these stories be told.
Beverly Davis

TX

Eileen Brady

NH
Please reconsider. Recent Supreme Court decisions have gone to the free speech side of the question.
Thomas Bain

NY

Dan Bacher

CA

Carmen Solari

VT
It is unacceptable to not allow the people to gather and speak their voice!
Dan Dale

IL The Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America
Joan Strasser

CA
Please do not erode our democracy, ignoring our Constitution. Be an American.
Joellen Sbrissa, CSJ

IL Congregation of St. Joseph We have the right to speak in public places. Please do not deny the permit.
Rachel Wolf

CA

James Richard

OH

Jan Emblidge

PA
JUSTICE .... Freedom
Chris Hargrove

TN

Matthew Burton

OH

Diane Crowe

MA Peoples Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle, Inc.
W. Little

CO

Alice Bach

OH
A nonviolent protest in this time of wars around the globe reflects the rights of American people. I hope you will reconsider denying us these constitutional rights to protest. We are peaceful and many of us are far from our youthful years.
Vicki Fox

NY

Celestine Callaghan

CA
Please stand up for what is right ,decent, and just.
Anne Munier

ON

Roy Barnes

FL

Renate Bridenthal

NY

chuck countryman

OH

Guy Zahller

CA

F. Michael Montgomery

CA

Donna Stevens

NM

Randall Hartley

CA

Donna Pedroza

CA
Notice-Colombia and Honduras...are countries who train here, also the home of many of the children refugees coming to our southern borders...there is a connection
Dorothea Marcomb

OR

Douglas Langdon

GA
This chipping away at our 1st amendment rights HAS TO STOP HERE ! This chipping away at our 1st amendment rights HAS TO STOP NOW !
David Smith

CA

Rev. Jeffrey WOMBLE

CA 3rdEarl
Rev. Donna Aros

KY

kevin merwin

IL
The suppression of people's right to peacefully assemble is unconstitutional. You will blacken your professional reputation if you attempt to censor the public.
Eric Staples

OH
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." John F. Kennedy
Ralph Gohring

TX

Michael Johnson

VA

Evi Quinn

CA
yes we can si se puede And so can you ,dear Chief
elizabeth ralston

IL
The right to peaceful protest and freedom of speech is part of the Constitution. This is a non violent protest.
Dan Meier

IA

Frank Gonzales Jr.

MI
Let the protesters have their stage and lift the limit on the number of protestors.
Edith McFadden, M.D.

WI
Police are public servants; military is a public institution. Members of both are sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees citizens the right to peacefully assemble and the right of freedom of speech.
Robert Rogan

MI

Amber Garlan

MN
Americans have the 1st Amendment right to speak!
Pat Herrera-Duran

CA

Pat Herrera-Duran

CA

john auer

CA
vigiled, prayed, sang, witnessed there 2009, one of he most hopeful spiritual experiences my late spouse and i privileged to share
Maria Luisa Vera

TX
Dear Police Chief Boren, After 25 years, I believe we deserve an explanation for what appears to be an arbitrary decision on your part.
Helen Gourlay

WI

Martin Smith

CA
In these time where our free speech rights are moving toward that of Germany in tha 1930's plese reconsider your decision to put restrictions on this gathering.
Veroneze Strader

MI

Paul Binder

FL

Jess Freeman

IN

Susan Hathaway

CA

Rita Cutarelli

CA

Mary Detrick

FL

larry carney

MI
When you're not in the right, don't try to block justice.
Liane Lawrence

NJ

Liane Lawrence

NJ

James Thomas

NC

CURT CLAY

CA
I and some friends intend to be there, and to speak out loudly in support of 1st Amendment rights!
Barbara McElnea

CO
We have the Constitutional Right to assemble peacefully. The police have the responsibility to protect the citizens who chose to exercise this right!
Robert Hicks

CA

Kathleen Randall

WA
In my distracted state of ignorance it was this very act on the part of my own government to arm and train killers and murders within another country that awakened me to the fact that my government was participating in shameful, heinous acts of terror on innocent populations of people. I was and still am appalled.
David Davis

KS CBN, CSN, AFGJ, NICANET, SOAW This is an absolute affront to Civil Rights and Liberties earned in states such as yours over the past 50 odd years. I will encourage Father to investigate Federal Legal Action against your unjust ruling!
Fred Reames

NM
Do not restrict the right of free speech at Fort Benning.
Tom Whitney

ME Veterans for Peace We'll be there, no matter what. Tom
Tim Hull

IL none These people of good heart and just motivation deserve to exercise their first amendment rights. Please reconsider your stand on prohibiting their assembly and protest of SOA.
Renee Locks

CA
Protect free speech.
rev Marilyn Van Veersen

AZ

Daniel Hyde

IL

Theresa Kastner

NY
In this age when so many places around the world are denying people basic human rights - it is even more important than ever that our cherished right to freedom of speech and assembly be safeguarded. I urge you to grant the needed permissions for the SOA Watch demonstrations.
teresa jorgen

MO
Please permit our folks to speak the truth at the vigil. Thanks for all you do.
Marianne Stanley

TX
Exercising 1st Amendment rights is NOT a crime! Please reverse your decision since it is a violation of our Constitution and thus, our laws. Your job is to uphold, not MAKE the law.
Stuart Rick Gillespie

WA VFP Chapter 142 Close the SOA now! Allow demonstrators to peacefully assemble on the street outside the main gate and for people to give testimony to the brutality and destruction the SOA graduates are taking back to their countries.
Ann Capotosto

CA
Please honor your oath to uphold and protect the Constitution of the USA.
Mary Paquette

MI
Whether you agree with the demonstration or not people have a constitutional right to do so. It will happen anyway and you will have a lot of people to take to jail. I hope it is a big one and your city can afford all the trials.
Marilyn Brewer

NY
Dear Police Chief Boren, I encourage that you allow the peaceful demonstration on the street outside the main gates of Fort Beening to be more than the limited 200 people that you had set. . I am calling on the Columbus police department to reverse its decision to a limited number of demonstrators and to uphold the constitutional rights to free speech and the freedom of assembly. Marilyn Brewer
Grace Agate RSM

NY

joyce ogden, rsm

KY

Rev. Francis Gargani

NY
You cannot silence the voice of justice. . . peaceful assembly is every American's constitutionally guaranteed right. It IS in the name of "good order" to welcome this yearly witness to end the violence spawned by the School of the Americas!
Dorothy Lynch

IL

Dorothy Lynch

IL

Kent Minault

CA SAG, AEA, UTLA
Kathleen Almeter

NY

Maria Klosowski

NE

Mark Barbour

VA self
Mary Gamson

FL

Judy Carle

CA
As time passes, we increasingly see the diasterous effects of the training at the School of the Americas throughout Central and South America. People have the right to legitimately protest against this type of training for violence.
Jozef Timmers

IL

Clifford Yeary

AR

Fatima Estrada Rascon

CO
For 25 years now, the School of the Americas vigil has a history of non violence and peaceful protest. We demand to have our rights respected to freedom of speech and expression against systems of injustice and oppression!
Katelon Jeffereys

WA

Mary Brower

TX

Robert Last

WI

Gus Braga

MN
Keep us active on injustices and working for respect, dignity , freedom and peace!
Robert Schutzius

MO

Susan Skinner

OR
The fact that the demonstrations and vigi has been happening for twenty-five years int he same place attests to the fact tht this is an arbitrary, punitive decision. I will certainly be helping SOA Watch in any way I can to support the essential ongoing demonstration at Ft Benning, which casts some light on how the US military, with our tax dollars, is undermining the efforts toward democratic reform in Mexico and Latin America .
Aliyah Khan

VA

Larry Hildes

WA
As a Civil Rights lawyer specializing in the First Amendment, I can tell you definitively that what you are doing is Unconstitutional and has no basis in law or jurisprudence. I urge you to reverse you stance and grant the reasonable permit requested by SOA Watch.
Mike Barr

IL

Rhana Bazzini

FL
I'm appalled! Frankly I had no idea this was going on. It adds further impetus to my Walk to Tallahassee to support 1) Money is not speech and 2) Corporations are not people. I'll be with you in spirit on my way to Tallahassee. Rhana Bazzini >ingrannydfootsteps.org<
Mary Jane Seabergh

MS
Our military is supposed to be guarding our rights as citizens to peaceful assembly and freed speech.
Charlie Murphy

MI
What are you afraid of, Chief?
Allen Hengst

DC
Grow up Chief Boren!
Reese Forbes

MO

Lois Burroughs

MI
Enough violence in our world today. What's to lose by granting a permit for another gathering? It's a vote for peace which is SO needed in this day and age.
marguerite brennock

FL

kenneth anderson

NC

Margaret Finley

WA

Rachel Cosgrove

VT
This is a non-violent protest, with a long history. Do you really feel that threatened by this annual event that you would change the rules now? Shame on you! Allow us this peaceful expression of our First Amendment rights!
Cecilia Carey

NY

Chris Kermiet

CO

ariadne condon

MA
Chief Boren, It is not impossible that any one of us, including a police chief, might need public support to protest abuse of power. That is what the School of the Americas protest is about. The demonstrators are not destructive elements and I guess by now you know their goal is to stop our military might training oppressive regimes in subjugation. Think Columbia, El Salvador, Guatamala, Nicaragua, Honduras. Thank you, Ariadne Condon
Todd Snyder

CA

MaryJo H Matheny

IN
If "they" (any "they") have a right to gather, then I and any other "we" have a right to gather in a public place for our meesage to be heard. It is a right which is very much part of the first amendment.
Elaine Tokarski

MI

Randall Green

MI

Nancy Bennett

AZ

Frank Beltran

GA Beltran & Chandlewr WWJD?
Kathryn Riss

NJ

Karen May

CA

PAUL LUCKMAN

CA

Sue Weetenkamp

MD

Judith Herrmann

IL
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.
Mary Kay Dobrovolny

NE

Diane Nilan

IL
The 1st Amendment is the law. Don't fight this.
Amy Ukena

CA Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Please read the Constitution of these United States and do not allow your political views to get in the way of our rights as peaceful protestors.
Patricia Thornburg

MI

Silvia Hall

FL

Timothy Henderson

GA

Michele Somerville

NY

Carolyn Coe

LA

Douglas Friedman

SC

Mary Bindschadler

FL

Mary Ellen Devereux

NE
Please support our basic freedoms--one of which is the right for peaceful assembly. I wish I could be there for this expression of our deep desire for peace. Thank you.
Kathleen McMullin

PA
I stand in solidarity with the protest at the gates of Ft. Benning George. My First Amendments rights will be violated if the PEACEFUL protest is stopped. I object to our government's determent to try to take away my right to protest.
Margi Nowak

WA

katherine gilfeather

NY

Therese Maher

WI
How can he do this when we can see the results of the SOA graduates on Central America causing mass exit of children.
Lara Trout

OR

Rev. Twila Broadway

RI
Don't take away our constitutional right to freely demonstrate in an non-violent way the injustices that we see. Thank you.
Kathryn Conway

IL
We need to protect the Constitution from those elected to protect it.
Sofia Soriano

MB

Ann Klaus

NY

Frank A. Brincka

NJ

Judy Kugler

GA
We will continue our right to assemble, Our government cannot stop us. We have freedom to assemble peacefully in God we trust.
Peter Sills

NY

James Hendricks

CA
You don't get to censor movements or free speech you don't agree with in a democracy. Would you be happier with a position in North Korea?
Linda O'Hara-Scott

CA

Dudley Conneely

CA
My family and I support the SOA Watch and the right to hold a vigil and protest at the gates of Fort Benning as we have done for 25 years. We support freedom of speech and the right to protest. Dudley Conneely
gail golden

NY

Mary Smith

NY Pax Christi Upstate New York Citizens must have the right to peaceful assembly without police interference.
Beverly Williams

OR

john johnson

IL

Dave Kisor

HI
You do realize your restrictions will only strengthen their resolve?
Don Bliss

CA

Lewis Patrie

NC PSR - Western North Carolina As you well know, our first amendment guarantees freedom of speech. It must not be up to local government to violate that essential right guaranteed to all our citizens.
Juan Vargas

IL

Elizabeth Van Zonneveld

WA
What do you fear??
Jennifer Casolo

CA

Margaret Jerinic

NV

Judith Boore

CA

Mae+ Gautier

CA
Dear Chief Boren, I write to appeal to you to uphold the rights of all citizens to free speech and assembly, especially those who pledge to act contructively and nonviolently. Sincere yours, Mae Gautier
Barbara Joye

GA

Tammi Voytek

CT

Joel Morris

TN

Ted Fishman

CA

Pat Berger

ME

Pat Bognar

OR University of Portland
Brenda Troup

MA
The Supreme Court said anti-abortion people cannot be prevented from harassing women on the way into the medical office. So it is the law that protesters can gather peacefully where they wish, and illegal for you to prevent that.
Dorothy Parshall

QC
If you do not adhere to the first amendment, you are breaking a primary law of the United States. Police are meant to be law keepers, not law breakers.
Susan Dupont

WI
Please uphold our constitution. Stand with the people who seek justice. Keep your integrity! Uphold the values which our country can be proud of.
Mara McDonald

WI
Denial of right to peacefully protest is equivalent to the very actions of undemocratic government policies we have come to protect. SOA is peaceful and good, following in the tradition of Jesus. Why do you deny SOA the right to exercise their rights as American citizens? Why are you trying to trash this demonstration, which calls to attention the horrors of evil men and governments? How does SOAs actions hurt anyone? Please reconsider your unconstitutional restrictions. We have a right to protest the evil with which the School of Americas have forced on Latin American citizens.
Germaine Tackett

IN

Pamela Fraser-Walters

NM
Please honor the American heritage of justice and allow peaceful protest without limiting numbers. My husband, father, grandfather, uncles and an aunt fought for this country. Please do not disgrace their service.
John Michele Southwick

PA
People do have a right to a peaceful protest. We do live in the USA, a free country with a Constitution.
Deborah Regal Coller

MI

Sandra Hareld

NM

Nina Underwood

MA

Naomi Zurcher

NY
"WE the People declare our Constitutional Right to peaceably assemble to redress our grievances." So saith the law of the land. Police Chiefs are supposed to defend the law of the land, not violate it or the rights of the people exercising their rights. It is the right of the People to bear witness to the gross injustice visited on us by the School of the Americas. Do not deny us that right.
Barbara Heywood

NY

Peter Jacobs

MN

Carol Kessler

NY

John Michele Southwick

PA

Mary Hellmich

MN

Pamylle Greinke

NY

Gilbert Field

CA VFP Chapter 091
Marcia Molina

CA

Lori Lammert

IL

Victor Escobar

VA

Patty McGrath

MD
Peaceful assembly and participant sharing knowledge is the freedom our men and women have fought and died to protect. Please reverse the suggested limitations on this traditional event. The world is watching.
Teri Roney

CA
The right to peaceful assembly , even to protest the government's dearly held belligerent training policies has been rescinded? Why?
Kate Sky

CA

Calvin Kimbrough

GA

Martha Hubert

CA
There are none so enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free. -Goethe
Tim Linerud

CA

Marilyn Hoff

NM

Mike Goodin

CA

Calvin Kimbrough

GA

PATRICIA MCGRADY

VA

Steve Reden

FL

Bill Hallinan

AZ

Rosaire Lucassen

WI

Mary Lynn Walters

AZ
There is so much violence directly attributable to the graduates of the School of the Americas that it is critical that every legal action must be taken to close it as soon as possible. Unless the public becomes more aware, this will not happen. Sincerely, Mary Lynn Walters
Nancy Thompson

IN

Gary Jones

IL
OK, the NSA now knows I just signed this one. Here I go again, getting my name on another terrorist suspect list.
James Ullman

CA
Thank you for considering my request.
Susan DuBois

NY

Anita De Felice

MA

Elise Roberts

MN

Analise Alvarez

FL

Michael Briney

CT
While there is something horribly fitting about denying the constitutional rights of protesters near the School of the Americas, because that's exactly what graduates of the School have been doing to Latin Americans for decades, it is unconstitutional, un-American, and immoral. Let the protesters speak ... or we turn into just another military dictatorship.
Ed Tonningsen

CA
What can I say---this is an outrage. Citizens have a right to peacefully protest. Reinstate their permit to do so in regard to SOA---Now!
Susan Hickman

IL
Allow the November Vigil at Ft. Benning without restriction and CLOSE THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS
Mike Farabaugh

MA

Albert T. O'Connell

FL
You have 25 years of experience and knowledge that those asembled to protest the SOA are peaceful and disiplined. Kindly permit them to exercise their rrights as in the past. I am US Army (ret.) and once served at Benning.
John Bagley

IL

Anne Diederich

OH

mary baville

CA

Carol O'Rourke

CA
Grant the permit. It is every citizen's to assemble for peaceful protest demonstrations
P Galbavy

AZ AliveToday Enterprises
Samantha Hamilton

MI
This is an important event that I first attended last year. This vigil gives a voice to those who have been lost or have past away doing the works of the people who needed them. I hope that this stop to the vigil does not last! I will be happy to come again this November, see you then.
George Prudent

WI

John Hydar

CA

James Lochhead

MO

Kathryn Zeugner

IN
Across the country police are getting a reputation for violence, brutality and denial of constitutional rights. Whatever happened to "Serve and Protect?" Please do not become part of this problem.
T Bell

TX

Rayleen Giannotti

MO

William Fields

MA
Won't you please respect the people's right to free speech?
Bernard Survil

PA

Pamela Emerson

CA

Leslie Tramontin

NC
Dear Police Chief Boren, Please reconsider your constraints on our rights to peacefully protest! Leslie Tramontin
Sr. Shirley Agnew RSM

MA

Carole McCallum

PA

Philip Johnston

CA

Cynthia Lehman

NY
Honor the Constitution Chief Boren. Protect free speech.
MARIE Hoff

ND
There is NO good or legal reason to deny AMERICANS the right to express their opinions collectively and peacefully.
Madeleine Breen

OH

Michael Burns

FL
I didn't fight in the Vietnam War and spend 56 months as a POW of that war to have some sheriff curtail my right to gather with others and protest the existence of the killing school in Fort Benning.
Michael Collins

IL

mary clare cadieux

IL

Dave Kraft

IL
Chief Boren -- if the task of upholding your oath to defend the Constitution is becoming too challenging, there's always hotel/motel management. Give it a look.
Sheila Casey

CT
Dear Mayor of Columbus, GA, Please rethink your decision of not allowing peaceful demonstation outside the gates of Ft. Benning , GA. Do not cancel out our right to freedom of speech and assembly. Change your mind. Do it now!
Gordon Fellman

MA

Frank Haurwitz

OR

Ann Griffith

CA

James Murphy

WI
I have attended this event in Columbus, Ga for several years. it is an important part of my year to make this trip and remember fellow priests, sisters and lay leaders who have died for freedom. I would hope that we would share the value of freedom even if we disagree how it is exercised. Fr. Jim Murphy
Margaret Fronckiewicz

NY
You are violating the First Amendment right to peacefully assemble and and demonstrate. Your job does not give you the right to prohibit this assemble because you are not in agreement with their views. Your job is to uphold the Constitution, and ensure equal rights for all.
Susan Lea

CO
Please honor your oath of office which specifically requires that you uphold the US Constitution. Refusing to obey the constitution, and showing disrespect for the rights of Americans is fascist. Is that the kind of country you seek for your family?
Stephen Calme

MA
Thank you for considering this request for peaceful assembly.
Michelle Gorman

NE

Stephanie Pratt

OH
It deeply saddens me that those who are defending the wronged and voiceless are also being oppressed. This is a direct and disgusting attack on social justice, the people, and the foundation of this country. I hope that you reconsider your decision in this matter.
Cynthia Papermaster

CA

Tom Brady

CA
I stand strongly with you protesters!
Maureen Kurtz

FL
You should not be able to take away this right of peaceful assembly
Ed Benner

IN

Martha jaegers

MO

Victoria Marie

BC
The right to protest is the mark of democracy. Denial of that right makes us no different than the countries we claim are undemocratic.
Kay Warren

NM
Continue to protect our lst Ammedment Rights.
Carol Romie

OH

John Dauer

TX

Thomas Brownfield

OH
There is no unconscionable reason for the protester's rights to be denied.
Wendy McGowan

OR

Refugio Godinez

CA
Do not deny the constitional rights of the people to continue demostrating for what they believe. Therefore let the people contunue demostrating on the street outside the gates of Fort Benning.
Judith Gradel

OH
Dear Police Chief Boren, I pray that you will listen to the please of those who wish to demonstrate in November. I believe they have the right to do this and can't believe you wish to deny them that right after 25 years. Sister Judy Gradel
Wendy O'Sullivan

VA
I hope that you will thoughtfully recoonsider your tactics to stop the peaceful protests. Please look to uphold the US Constittution by allowing people to freely and peaceably assemble and assert their freedom of speech.
Joan Mokray

NJ

Richard Crerie

WA

c g

CA

Roger Demeny

TX

Mae Kang

NY

dr. doug morris

PA
Support free speech and human rights.
Robert Henschen

TX

Marilyn Porcino

OH

sally Daniels

IL
I support First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble to protest.
wm collins

MO

Maryanne Owens

FL
Be careful! Denying peaceful assembly could become a bigger news item than the assembly itself.
Alan Haggard

CA

Diana Vallarta

CA

Margaret Misch

NC

Jean Marchant

MA
It is unconscionable that the Columbus Police Department is attempting to limit the presence of American citizens who are committed to justice and are protesting the existence of the "School of the Americas." This vigil is an effort to open the eyes of our government and all citizens to the unethical and deplorable training that takes place at the military base which "hones the skills of Latin American soldiers who then can use what they learned against their own people." Those gathering at the Vigil have a right to speak their truth to power!
Tom Sandborn

BC
The School of the America's has been a blot on America for too long. It should be shut down immediately, and if not, protesters should be allowed to exercise their free speech rights without intrusive constraints. TS
Brian Reynolds

NJ

Catherine McMahon

NH
This group has a proven record of peaceful, nonviolent assembly and speech. Please do not curb their constitutional rights.
Leyda Molina

DC SANA
Martha Perez

OR General Political Activist
juan torres

CA
cut it out chief boren
Willie Marquart

ME

Ron Kent

ID
So, you are against the constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of assembly? What gives you the right to abridge these hard fought for rights? Yes, I am a veteran. You should be ashamed of your militaristic actions. Who's payroll are you on anyway?
John Pegg

MN

Teena Cross

AZ

wm collins

MO

Sister Anne Marie Hubbard

MA

Grace Golata

WI

Todd Heintz

MN

Daniel Hyde

IL

Alicia Lindsay-Dietrich

NV

Jessica Sevilla

MI

Joanne Myers

AZ
The U.S. must stop teaching the men who go back to their countries and subject their people with murder and torture. Then we send them money to "help break up the gangs and breakup the drug cartels". Who is our congress trying to kid?
Raymond Signer

CA

Paul James

WA
Constitutional rights must prevail over the whim of city staff.
Scott Smith

VA
I understand you are concerned about the safety of those attending the event. Please consider that in 25 years there have been no casualties and that rather than detracting from the economy of the area there is a positive effect economically. In addition I hope you will consider that merely allowing the witness to occur underlines the freedoms that we are so proud of in the States. Scott Smith Business owner in Blacksburg, VA
Joy First

WI National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Sandy Boyer

NY

Charles Dah

IL
Please be respectful of people's right to protest in the public domain. Do not restrict the SOA march.
John Straw

CA
The protestors and the police have always seemed to have a respectful relationship. Why change that now? Every time I have been to Ft Benning I have had nothing but good experiences with the local police. Why the change?!
patricia switzer

NY

Katherine Webb

NC
Freedom of speech and the right to assembly are to of out most American and sacred freedoms. They cannot shut it down, they can only make us louder and stronger in our resolve. Keep the vigil going.
Pablo A. de la Vega M.

NY
¡No a la impunidad! ¡Por la verdad, la justicia y la reparación!
Yadira Munoz

CA

Roberta Popara

FL
Please overturn this denial to demonstrate at Fort Benning. What will you do - when many Catholic Sisters, Brothers & Priests along with college students and other people of good will arrive at the gates of Fort Benning? This gathering will be no different than any other. Those gather desire peace. What is wrong with peace? While I will not be traveling there this year - I have in the past. As a Catholic Sister - as a Catholic - as a Christian - I must be committed to follow the non-violent Jesus.
kathy dunn

MA

Rosemarie Wunsch

CA
What happened to America? We are the people of the land of the free and the brave? We will continue to fight for our constitutional rights.
David Montrose

FL

Frank Alagna

NY

Elizabeth Desan

MA
I heartily agree with the sentiments expressed in the above statement.
Craig Mousin

IL
Dear Chief Boren, The wonder of our nation grew out of gatherings of colonists asserting their rights. Our founding drafters of the Constitution knew the power of the people gathered to petition their government. Please do not stop the friends of SOAW from their peaceful assembly. Thank you for your attention to this request. Craig Mousin
Patricia Orlinski

AZ
The right to free speech and assembly is a protected right. Do not deny this to people who speak out against something about which you differ.
Mary Sue Gmeiner

OH

Mary Ellen Gondeck

MI Church Sisters of St Joseph
Roy Tremain

IL

Thomas Curtin

CA
I stand with Fr. Roy in asking you to reverse your decision.
Duncan Dow

CA
The right of assembly is guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States. Please support it.
William Green

TX
I support the right for peaceful assemble and protest.
Frances Moore

IL
Dear Police Chief Boren, I ask you, as head of the Columbus police department to rescind your order to limit the freedom to assembly and to free speech for those who annually rally at Fort Benning to protest violence done in Latin America through the training given there. The right to free speech and to peaceable assembly is one of our basice rights as Americans. Our nation was born as a protest against injustices done by the British who were truly our Mother Country. Please do not think that the police department or the military have the right to arbitrarily deny constitutional rights, despite their inconvenience to the institutions involved. Trusting in your loyalty to the Constitution which unites us, Respectfully, Frances E. Moore
Dave Armstrong

KS
Let our voices be heard.
Robert Dylong

NY

Patrick Diamond

MD Loyola University Maryland Americans have died for the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Please do not continue to trample on that beautiful legacy by denying the SOA demonstrators their stage!
Barbara Zebrowski

MA
Dear Sir Please support our living in a democratic country by allowing this group of people to peacefully exercise their constitutional rights.
Nancy Ellingham

WA

Allison Cryer

NY

Paula Rachal

NC
Respect the First Amendment.
Justin Williams

TN Emmaus Ministries
John Moszyk

MO Individual
Cecilia Ackmann

IL
If you have seen the people who gather every November you know we are of all ages, many are members of religious communities, are peaceful and respectful to each other and to the people and businesses of the town. We have sisters, dads and brothers in the military; some in Columbus! We are not demonstrating against Fort Benning. Please honor our rights and allow this demonstration.
Mike Woloshin

IL Veterans for Peace Chapter 26 The right to demonstrate peacefully, subject only to reasonable time and place restrictions, can not be denied. If this requires litigation against the City of Columbus, that will almost certainly happen.
pascaline coff

AZ
OUR lst amendment of these United States is sacred and so are all who have been killed because of Ft. Benning. Stop banning the demonstrating. Stop promoting death. pc
Anthony Jennaro

WI

Steve Roddy

CA

Margaret DeKoven

CO

Elizabeth Powwell

PA
With the world in the condition we find it today we should do everything we can to bring the nation to recognize the need for peace. Peaceful demonstrations are one way to attain this goal.
Francisco Enriquez

WI

Robert Whitford

NJ
Are you afraid of something? We are a peaceful group. You can rest the riot police, the helicopters and the night sticks. Let them rest. And let us speak. You can be proud when you tell your children that you upheld the Constitution and freedom of speech.
Peggy Love

WA VFP Chapter 913
Cecelia Byrnes

NY

John Bartlett

IL
let people protest
John McDevitt

FL

Shirley Novak

NY

Paxton Robinson

FL

Johane Cherico

DE

Peter Clamann

VA

Brigid McCarthy

NC
I ask you to please reverse your decision and allow a peaceful gathering of men and women outside the gates of Fort Benning in November of this year.
K. Arnone

NY

Ray Rogers

NY Killer Coke Campaign Chief Boren and the Columbus Police Dept. should learn from history that the more the status quo tried to undermine peaceful protests against grave injustices during the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, the more people showed up to support the protests from all across the country.
Robert Stearns

NM
I urge you to uphold the right to free speech and freedom of assembly!
Jill Landrith

IL
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.
Judith DiNardo

OH
This is a political attack on First Amendment rights.
Jill Landrith

IL

Sheila Geraghty

IA

mary shaw

IL
Let freedoms stand and let people be free in accord with conscience. More peace that way.
Lewis Friedman

NY
I'm shocked at how UnAmerican places like Georgia are becoming. Protest is a major part of U.S. democracy.
Norma Harrington

MA

 

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