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David Madden

KY

Mike May

NY
As surely as our own(ed) government destroys the U.S. Constitution, engages in egregious human rights crimes around the world, runs this country into the ground, and is unanswerable to we the people, I surely support our rights and responsibilities, indeed our obligation, to speak truth to power, since the political structure does as little as possible to represent the public interest. Peace demands action. Peace.
Noor Mir

DC
MEMORIA Y RESISTENCIA
Rachael Denny

CA

Lorene Schaffner

WA

David Culver

MN
Presente!
Amedee Marx

WA
Is this becoming a country where only CEOs have free speech?! Not on our watch! We are here to Speak for ourselves and for those who are unable to speak for themselves. Determination to do what is right is greater than the fear of reprisal from overbearing police. Your effort to squelch this movement will only give it more coverage by the media and expose and discredit an over reaching police force.
Maryjo Neal

OK
the voice of our just God cannot ever be silenced.
Patricia Lothschutz

IL

Eileen & Paul LeFort

IL
We plan to be at the Ft Benning gate again with many others who believe in human rights that this country supposedly stands for.
Mary O'Connor

FL

Judy Lowry

NJ

Jacqueline Dewar

NJ
Please reverse the decision to limit protesters at the SOA. The Constitution gives us a right to assemble to protest. If they were not in the wrong, why would they be so afraid of us?
Gordon Johnson

CA
The people have a right to peacefully assemble. In my youth, the whole country was a "free speech zone". What has happened?
Rita Killian

MS
Please uphold our constitutional right to assemble peacefully.
Linda Kelly

KS
How can one be the elected representative of the people, a sheriff who obstructs basic constitutional rights on public land. The dismantling of democracy!
Constance Kozel

PA Sisters of Mercy You cannot shut out the voices of truth against our country's violence. Who/what are you afraid of?
Susan Cotton

CO

Kathi Barbee

NY

richard Hill

MI

Judith Hofmann

OH

Mariela Haro

CA

M Genevieve Mannix

PA
Please allow this peaceful demonstration to take place.
Vickie Carson

GA
I have attended SOA Watch for the last 10-12 years. It is a beautiful demonstration of love, the human spirit and solidarity. I have never witnessed unruly behavior from any attendees. They always leave the streets cleaner than they found them. The musical performances from the stage are especially captivating. Plus we spend money in a part of town that we do not normally visit. Please allow SOA Watch to continue in the fashion we are accustomed to. Columbus should embrace this event.
Paula Heady

CA

Pat Miller

TX
Up until now, I thought I lived in the United States of America, where free speech was honored, fought for, defended. Please consider what your stand is doing to this "inalienable right" of your fellow citizens. Pat Miller
Teresa Nichols

TN
Everyone who wishes to participate in this event should. I attended this demonstration with thousands of others in the past and everything about it was peaceful and safe. Denying citizens the right to peaceful assembly and to speak openly so that all in attendance can hear is un-American and unconstitutional. Shame on you!
David Bigwood

TX

Carroll Clay

PA
This has always been a peaceful assembly It will be this year too
Mary Hood

OH individual Peaceful protest is a constitutional right, as part of the right to assemble. Please reconsider your decision and let others express their views.
LINDA LANE

FL

Mary Ellen O'Connell

PA
Please respect citizen's rights to assemble for peaceful demonstrations.
Anne Marie Berenato

PA
I am with you in prayer and support.
Jake Jenz

CA
Please protect free speech and work for justice for latino americans fleeing the civil wars in their countries that graduates of WINSEC have created. Thank you
Ann Harrington

NC
What are you so afraid of?
Jerry Sobieraj

MA

Kathleen Cunningham

WA

Cecilia Baranowski

CT
We come in peace.
Jeanne Burger

WI

Carol Hagglund

NY
Please protect the right of free speech and freedom of assembly that we are all guaranteed by the first amendment.
Steve Lee

NC
Chief, don't curtail our rights.
Dennis Davis

SD
We have a right as American Citizens to gather and speak on any issue. This is a democracy! Not a dictatorship! Denny Davis
Patrick Lee

MD

Gail Presbey

MI

Paul Busby

NY

Sr. Sally Brady

CA
I support a peaceful assembly of those who give their time and energy to work for peace. With all the violence in the world, why turn away a peaceful body of wonderful citizens who care about peace and justice?
Patricia Roehrig

WI

Mary Cullinane

TX

Gail Jastremski

NY

Jeanne Gallo

MA

Dave Luckens

KY
it is NEVER a crime to exercise one's first amendment rights,per se-the bar for interfering with the right to assemble is high-higher than the stunt this police dept is trying to pull,and it ought to be.
Denise Streng

IA

John M. Morgan

OH

Ronald Krinock

PA
Don't mean any disrespect but, doesn't the "Gulag"-nature of your position seem apparent? Did you grow up seeing the Andy Griffith Show (and the implied-msg about what GOOD policing is)? If so, I appeal to you to re-consider your position.
Frances Boyle

PA
We have constitutional right to assemble and speak the truth about the School of the Americas that is causing such violence in Central America.
Shirley Dobbins

MO

Mary-Lee Lutz

DE

Ellen FitzGerald

CA
Dear Police Chief Boren, I am concerned about the denial of the constitutional right of people to demonstrate on the street outside the main gates of Fort Benning. I, and many others, call on the Columbus police department to reverse its decision and to uphold the rights of free speech and free assembly. Since the demonstrations against "School of the Americas" began there 25 years ago, thousands of people have gathered annually at the gate to honor the memory of those who died as a result of the policies taught at the School, and to work toward making our world a more peaceful and just place for all. Is there any good reason to deny people their freedom of peaceable assembly? As American citizens we have responsibilities and freedoms under our constitution. Among them are precisely the right of peaceable assembly and the right & responsibility to speak truth to power. We, demonstrators and supporters, are committed to these principles and are disturbed at the prospect of our constitutional rights being arbitrarily taken away by a government entity, in this case seemingly the local government and police department. I respectfully urge you to reconsider this decision and restore the right to demonstrate, peacefully, outside the Fort Benning gates. A recent Supreme Court decision gave right-to-life protesters the right to demonstrate outside abortion clinics, annuling local statutes that had for some time prohibited these peaceful assemblies. It is my hope that you will reconsider your decision, since it seems to fall in the same category as the assemblies supported by the Supreme Court (and may be even less divisive)--hence there's little or no reason to prohibit this annual demonstration.
Kirk Anthony

FL

ME Osowski

MA

Rachel Gittinger

DC

Keelan Smith

IN

Samantha Przybylski

MI
Taking a stand for justice and protection of our first amendment rights!
Carol Reuther

WV

Paul Kennon

MI River Terrace Church Activities at Ft Benning are the root cause of refugees from south of our border. The continued denial of US responsibility just escalates the obvious injustice perpetrated with US blessings and tax dollars. Will Columbus GA join the perpetrators?
william ulrich

WI

Nancy Bennett

AZ

Linda Panetta

PA

Mary Ann OConnor

AZ
DEMOCRACY!! Where is it?
Janet Chisholm

CA

amber mason

MD dorothy day catholic worker
Lois Way

TX

Susan Dinnin

IN

Ed and Carolyn Rose

CA

Frances Day

SD
We have a responsibility to stand up to the SOA for the sake of our democracy!
Sister Marise Fabie

PA

Rosemary Barbera

PA

Daniel Justynski

RI

Robert Anderson

PA
time for peaace
Stephen McGeady

NJ
Dear Sir: It is difficult to comprehend why you would obstruct this expression of dissent. If we are truly a nation with free speech and freedom of assembly the inconvenience that these activities entail must be tolerated. If they are not, our claims to these freedoms are fraudulent. SJM
Christiane Dechert

WY

Heather Wolford

OR

Eric Wingerter

DC

Kathleen Smith

PA
Please reconsider your decision. We as American citizens have a right to stand up for what we believe peace and justice is a value we all cherish
Susan Lagos

CA

Pia Rivera

DC

Emily Luhrs

NC Clark University
Emily Luhrs

NC Clark University
Stephen Betzen

TX

Rachel Betzen

TX
This event has always remained peaceful, we should not silence the vigil or the rights of those who gather to sing "Presente". Shut down the WHINSC (SOA) school, not the vigil for it's victims!
Sr. Geneva Paluka

CA
Dear Sir, I am surprised that a civil authority would deny citizens the right to protest an organization that is responsible for promoting injustice in this world. We are supposed to be a country that opposes violations of human rights.
H. Berrien Zettler

GA SOAW Columbus I fully support the demonstration before the gates of Ft. Benning. Do not make yourself and your department look like mere tools of power politics by limiting the demonstratin for the first time in 25 years.
Jim Yarbrough

CA

Rebecca Busch

NC

Fred Quinn

NJ

Jay Wenk

NY

Daniel Griffith

MI

Heather Rose

PA
The federal government must stop training and funding military operations in Latin America.
Mark Eatough

GA

Stephen Horn

NE
What are you trying to do? Push a police state message. See Constitution.
Concetta Smart

IL Pax Christi: Seed Planters (South Suburban Peace and Justice) We will be there. It is our constitutional right to peacefully assemble.
Sheila Schultz

IL

Banbose Shango

OK

Joseph Wieners

MN
The 1st Amendment trumps your baseless concerns. SOA watch has a right to express their opinions.
Helen Duffy

CA
Please serve and protect by ensuring freedom of speech and assembly at this important location.
James Shaw

CA
Please allow the voice of the people to be shared openly without restriction which is the hallmark of our free republic!!
Jan Garrett

KY

Nancy Rowe

CA
1st Amendment... the Bill of Rights... w/o it we would be like Israel... free speech NOW
Margaret Brady

CA
The SOA MUST be shut down. The voices of the innocent and victimized must be heard.
Carol Ware

TX
The people must be allowed to protest the SOA! This is the USA, where freedom of assembly and protest is Allowed. This is not yet a Police State.
Patricia Gracian

CA

Julie Knop

GA
It is the right of people to gather in peaceful protest of the School of the Americas, the same as people have done since the first anniversary of Archbishop Romero's assasination, in the same place outside the gates of the SOA in 1980, when I first participated in the protest there.
Glen Burke

CO

Lorraine Elletson

WA Guatemala Connection
Carol R Campbell

HI
The Feds and the Locals have harassed peaceful demonstrators for the past 25 years. Priest and Nuns have been imprisoned because they refuse to ignore the criminality of the SOA. Teaching torture and Death Squads a better way to do things has only lead to Guantanamo and wars - covert and overt, in more countries than I have fingers on both hands. From El Salvador to the Ukraine, you people are awash in blood, and assume that silencing the truth-tellers will was away your crimes. Sooner or later, Karma will turn you dreams to nightmares!
Loretta Luizzi

LA
Arbitrary adherence to the Constitution can not stand! We the People have a right to assembly and Free Speech.
Richard Cole

ot
Opposing injustice is a right and a responsibility. The world is watching.
Katherine Robinson

MA

robert & mary petrie

MA

Malachy Kilbride

MD NCNR
Mary and Jim Todd

MA

Diana Philip

MA

Denise Lytle

NJ

Michael Aumack

KS
The public has a right to peacefully assemble to have their voices heard in this country. Please honor this right in Columbus, Georgia.
Herbert Hoffman

NM
Do not allow your personal opinions to cloud your judgment with regard to ensuring and protecting rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Let us assemble in Peace to seek redress as we have for so many years in the past.
Maria Guido

CA

Gerald Perdue

IL
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.
Joyce Ruhaak

IL
Please allow people in the US freedom of speech as the US Constitution guarantees.
Rosanne Young

NY

Barbara Gobrail

OH

Sandra Duggan

CA

David Corcoran

IL
Respect Justice and Compassion.
Alice Feenane

PA
The constitution guarantees the right to assemble and we need to let the School of America know it is training people who become killers!
Janice Bradley

KS

robert petersen

MT
I trained at Benning in 1970 and took an oath defending the Right of citizens to "peaceably assemble and to petition for redress of their grievances" among others.
tom cordaro

IL

mary theberge

FL
All Americans have a right to be heard about what actions take place on our shores and what military interventions represent our country.
Michelle Contreras

OR

Chet Guinn

IA
As a United Methodist minister and the Peace & Justice Advocate for the Methodist Federation for Social Action, Iowa Chapter, I am in total support of the freedom to assemble at the gate of Fort Benning.
Andrea Inkrott

OH

Evalee Mickey

IA Pax Chrisiti USA
Robert "Bob" Quick

MO
I was born in Ft. Benning Ga. My birthplace in known for training Assassins. That just SUCKS. Close SOA.
Jimmy Watson

IN

Fran Ansley

TN

julie brown

IA
Regardless of your personal opinion on the matter, the people of the United States should be able to peacefully protest against things they see unjust in the government. That's what holds our government accountable to the people it serves.
John Tomei

KS

Lisa Rudman

CA
Constituional Right. Provide media with full access too.
Marianne Melena

MO
Please allow this peaceful assembly guaranteed by the Constitution. It's what makes America great!
Eloise Cranke

IA

Margaet Maloney

IA

Ardeth Platte,OP

MD

Ardeth Platte,OP

MD

Carlo Popolizio

NJ
We The People need to speak our truth.
Angela diener

TX
It is obvious that SOC contributes to violence around the world by training and supplying arms
Sonja Bontrager

KS

Mary Collins

IA
I agree wholeheartedly with the form letter and I will pray that you change your decision. Prove to the world that you truly are and American and respect the rights of others.
Miki Tracy

WI
We, the members of the Gilbert House Catholic Worker Community, oppose the suppression of our First Amendment rights by all governmental entities, both civic and military. We know our rights, and we have the right, secured for us by the Founding Fathers, to peaceably assemble in any event of our choosing. The Bill of Rights offords no cap to our numbers, nor does it limit our participation in making our voices heard. If you don't want us to assemble, to exercise our Constitutional rights to public redress, then close down the School of the Americas, don't try to silence us. We won't be silent.
Patrick Bader

WA

dorothy dale

WA

Mary Niebler

OH

C. J. Christensen

WI

Judith Birgen

IL Sisters of Providence The right to peaceful is protected by the Constitution. Please allow Americans their Constitutional right.
Niko Bender

OH

Carol Ann Holder, o.s.u.

DE Ursuline Order of Nuns WHERE DO YOU THINK YOUR SOURCE OF "POWER" LIES? FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS AN AMERICAN RIGHT!
Kathy Tomei

KS
Americans have a right to demonstrate peaceably.
Maria M. Decsy

CT
One of the basic human rights guaranteed by the USA Constitution is the right to peaceful assembly and speak truth to power ! Please, allow the good people who hope to assemble for the 25th annual November Vigil, outside the gates of Fort Benning to continue with their vigil as they have done for over two decades before ! History will prove them right ! Be on the side of TRUTH !
Kathleen Rimlinger

NY
I support the November Peace Vigil at Fort Benning and ask that our constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of assembly be respected and honored.
Marion Ehrlich

DE

Antoinette Zimmerman

PA
Please permit the annual Peace Vigil to take place in November at Fort Benning - it is our constitutional right to free speech and illuminates the need for our whole world to focus on peaceful solutions to our many conflicts.
Brigid Meagher

PA
Please reconsider : Police for Peace and Justice and Free Speech ! Thank You
Kim Dobson

WA
First Amendment Rights have not been removed from the Bill of Rights for US citizens nor should the rights of protesters who have been organizing a vigil every November for 25 years
John Bagley

IL

Maggie Fogarty

NH

Ellen Naney

NY

Ellen Naney

NY

MARY JO PFANDER

OH
Let Them March!
Charles Spring

DC

Alice Kast

MA
I live in Boston and celebrate being the cradle of liberty. My father fought in the Great War to end all Wars defending the Constitution. You would make a farce out of defense of America taking away our rights. We take our responsibilities seriously--as should you.
Margie Mallen

CA

Roger O'Brien

IL
The right to peaceful assembly is guaranteed by the Constitution. Let them march!
Charlie King

MA
I'vecome to these vigils every year since 1998 and I know we have observed strict adherence to non-violence, including a courteous & respectful attitude toward police officers assigned to be on duty. This is not an effort to maintain order, it's an attempt to stifle our freedom to assemble and speak out.
Patricia Sitkin

CA none
Mike Townsend

IL

maureen hardy

MO

Jeffrey Franklin

OR

Leonard Adame

CA
Do not kill 1st amendment rights!
Santa Maria D'Angelo

PA
I uphold the the right to assemble as statedin our constitution. I trust and praythat you abide by it.
Ernest Goitein

CA
Respect our Constitution, you have sworn to uphold. Imagine what our country would be like if we could not hold protests. Is that a country you would like to live in?
Janice Rickert Mueller

AZ

Kathleen Hearn

OR

Donald Kuss

IL

Pamela Fitzgerald

IA

Kathleen Sonnie

PA

Stoney Bird

WA

Peter Gleichman

CO

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

AR
Dear Police Chief Boren, For 25 years we have peacefully assembled at the Gates of FT. Benning demanding the Closure of a Military Program we Believe teaches the students to torment people who are brought in for questioning..We believe this is WORNG ,CRUEL& INHUMANE ! ! ! OUR GOVERNMENT HAS REFUSED TO STOP THE SCHOOL & ITS CRUEL TEACHING !!! OUR CONSTITUTION GIVES US THE RIGHT TO PEACEFULLY ASSEMBLE IN ITS !ST AMMENDMENT.!!! I DEMAND TO EXERSISE THIS RIGHT AGAIN THIS FALL AND DO NOT UNDERSTAND CHIEF BOREN'S DENIAL THIS YEAR !!! THE SOA IS A PLACE OF INHUMANE TEACHINGS AND IT IS OUR RIGHT TO PEACEFULLY ASSEMBLE TO DEMAND THE U.S.A. GOVERNMENT TO CLOSE THIS SCHOOL TEACHING SUCH HORRID THINGS. THE GRADUATES OF THIS SCHOOL CAUSE GREAT INJUSTICES IN CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRIES ESPECIALLY IN HONDURAS. WE HAVE MANY CHILDREN COMING TO US BECAUSE OF ALL THE VIOLENCE AND THEY ALL SEEK SAFETY AND A BETTER LIFE. PLEASE LET US ASSEMBLE AT THE GATES OF FT. BENNING TO AGAIN PEACEFULLY ASSEMBLE & DEMAND CLOSURE OF THIS SCHOOL CAUSING INHUMANE TORTURE & UNREST IN CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRIES !!! SINCERELY,SR.AMELIE
Dave King

OR Portland Jobs with Justice
David Loretan

NY

Paula Heady

CA
We pay your salary and benefits. You work for us and we are coming. Get used to it. You get your orders, granted; but you are accountable to us and you'd best remember that.
Evelyn M Granahan

TX
Please do not deny our citizens their right to free speech. You may not "agree" with their speech but you have an obligation to protect that right, not destroy or deny this right.
Eduard Loring

GA
Dear Police Chief Boren, The Columbus Police Department was founded in 1831 in response to the Nat Turner Slave Revolt. This heroic but terrible event led to a reign of terror and "forced silence" in the South. Our nation had to go to war to bring justice for all. Please do not full into the old fear/reaction/might makes right actions of the devastating past. Open your heart and mind to protect the very best of the American Way which is the right to protect wrong. Thank You, Ed Loring Open Door Community, Atlanta
Kerry Burkhardt

NY

Arthur Dorland

OH VFP Chapter 039
Brian Weissbuch

CA
Please honor your pledge to uphold the constitution. Protesters have the right to assemble peacefully and express their 1st Amendment privilege.
Yvette Fallandy

CA

Heather Bargeron

PA

Edward Lorenz

MI
As a citizen and especially as an Army veteran, I believe I have a right to express my position through SOA Watch at the gates of Ft. Benning. It is the job of the police to help us not block us.
Sherry Leveille

MN
I have been to Central America many times and am appalled by the policies of the U.S. government toward the people there, often with the blessings of the local government, who are usually supported by U.S. government. Sometimes they are proud to tell us that their army that is oppressing the people, is trained at Fort Benning, GA Army base by our Army. I protest this practice and in the past the city has graciously welcomed the people who are acting on their First Amendment rights to protest and attempt to close this horrific school. This is a special time and place for many people. It would be very shortsighted to deny them access to this place in your city. Please think broader and deeper about your action. Thank you, Sherry Leveille
Wendell Wentsz

TX
Stand your ground. Keep shooting in the same hole, and hoe to the end of the row. Columbus, Georgia and America needs you right now to stand for Justice and Peace, Brother Roy, and I am with you 100%.
Thomas Clarke

NC
Do not attempt to silence the voice of protest by hiding behind concerns for order.
Jelica Roland

ot

Christopher Stanley

MN
It is our right as citizens to peacefully assemble. The decision of the Columbus police department indicates a stand against the truth spoken by those who wish to assemble. Why should they fear the word of protesters who wish to shed light on the truth?
Frank Dorrel

CA
I stand with Father Roy and the people who come to Fort Benning every year asking to close the School of The Americas.
ed kinane

NY central new york soa abolitionists
Barbara Humphrey

NY

Maureen Curtin

NY

martin gugino

NY
I hope you are not trying to suppress a viewpoint; namely, that the SOA is harming the national interests, and harming the interests as well as the lives pf the poor of Central and South America. That would be wrong as well as illegal. I hope you will make the effort to try to explain what it is you would like to do.
Gail Estes

CA

Susan Hartley

CA

Sheila Pinkel

CA

Michael Ray

FL National Lawyers Guild
Elizabeth Cunningham

WA
I stand with Father Roy and free speech.
chic wolk

CA

Fred SaM

CA
Veteran
DE Moore

CA

James Powers

GA
These protests have always been orderly and respectful. Absolutely no call for suggested restrictions
Edwin Ellis

CA
Please allow peaceful protest. We citizens and veterans ( I am a Vietnam veteran) to express their concerns. We fought for that right. Regards, Ed Ellis US Army 1st Cav Division Ben Hoa Vietnam 1969
Edward Fisher

CA

patricia rodriguez

NY Committee on US-Latin America Relations (CUSLAR)
John Moriarty

PA

Iris Edinger

CA

marie kruszewsk

PA
Praying for a peaceful heart for all gathered in peace and for peace.
Elaine Budin

CA
I wish to add my voice to this message defending the right to assemble & to speak!
Davi Davis

NC

Robert Poignant

VA
I believe that you are inviting a lawsuit from the ACLU and other civil rights groups. So save taxpayer funds and give SOA Watch their1st Amendment rights and save taxpayers money - you don't want your locality to pay for a losing defense AND possible award to SOA Watch - do you?
Susan Schwartz

CA

John DuPrey

OH

George Splane

CA

Andy Manoff

CA

Thomas Baker

IL NicaNet Tell the chief, he's arrested the wrong people. They didn't do it. No Vietnam no Guatemala No Haiti no Nicaragua
Nick Engelfried

MT

JoAnn Sturzl

SD

JoAnne Lingle

IN

-Claudette Huot

CT
I support your stance on this.
-Claudette Huot

CT
I support your stance on this.
mark masaoka

CA

Chris Colvard

IN

Sarah Rabkin

CA
Chief Boren, Please help protect the American Way!
Howard Johnson

CA

Kathy Schiro

NJ

Mary Sinclair

GA
Chief Boren, please remember how important constitutional rights have been in this country's history. Our freedoms have been hard-won and must be protected, and even championed.
Randy Thompson, USN Ret

TX

C. John Hildebrand

MN

Ron & Sigrid Dale

MI
Please allow SOA Watch the same rights as in previous years. Thank you..
Julie Arensdorf

IA
Dear Police Chief Boren, I strongly urge you to continue to protect "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" as per the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It is of critical importance that this annual demonstration be allowed to continue, as each cross that is laid at the base of the fence represents the growing number of political assassinations at the hands of SOA/WHINSEC graduates in Central and South America.
Ronald and Marguerite SANTONI

OH
Stop intruding on the right to peaceable assembly and non-violent protest.
Brian Russell

CT
Stop colluding with Fort Benning! The SOA teaches torture and murder, acts condemned by international law. By repressing protest against the SOA, you share responmsability for their criminal acts.
Buzz Davis, Veterans for Peace

WI
Dear Chief: Is this the America with a Constitution? Or is this America under the dictator King George of England? It is the former and free speech and free assembly is part of our Constitution. You are sworn to uphold the US. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Georgia. Please do your duty or resign if you can not do your duty. Thank you!
Yareli Arizmendi

CA
SOA is responsible for so many wrongs. Stop protecting wrong and fighting those who courageously speak up against it. They are right!
Cletus stein

TX
Is freedom of assembly no longer valid? Is that antiAmerican?
John Sexton

NY

Jane Ronca-Washburn

NM
Please allow all the willing protesters to protest peacefully outside the main gates of Fort Benning. Thank you.
Carlos Townsend

CA
!Por Favor :)
Diane Dowd

NJ
This activity is our first amendment right or have you forgotten?
Carolyn Jaramillo

CA Latin America/Carribbean Committee of the Loretto Community
Marilyn Hagedorn

IA

Sara Paulson

NY

Joe Sullivan

TX
Please do not suppress the First amendment rights of the SOA protesters. Let them speak!
karen wainberg

ME

Beth harris

NY

Barbara Olson

WI

Kay Davis

WI
I request that you abide by the U.S. Constitution to allow a peaceful assembly.
Bill Neely

TX

Jessica Maxwell

NY

Charlotte Casey

CA
Please don't violate the U.S. Constitution!
jane pitz

IN

Gerald Iversen

CA

David Mueller

WI
Dear Police Chief Boren, Please reconsider your restrictions on our 1st amendment rights. Thank you
Dorothy Pagosa

IL

Michael Sullivan

CA

Michael Sullivan

CA

Chuck Palazzo

NY

John Studstill

GA Columbus State University; Earth And Space Sciences
Prisca Gloor

CA

Will williams

WI
I was stationed in Panama and know what is taught at SOA many corrupt leaders in Central America are graduates or attended this school and broutht death and destruction to their citizens and country.It is time for the US Government to get on moral high ground and close this school.We citizens of the US have the right to assemble and protest our government and those rights shall not be abridged or denied by local or federal law enforcement agencies.
Margaret Rickl

IA
Please consider the importance of free speech for real people in a democracy. When you aid in the process of corporations having more "speech" rights than citizens, you are weakening our country's capacity to be a democracy. Let free speech rights be robust, not limited.
Julie Castro-Orozco

CA
What is this country coming to when our right to peaceable assemble and protest is being denied. Sounds like what our government says about Iran, China and Russia. This has always been a peaceful protest. Is the Columbus Police afraid of the priests, nuns seniors and young people who assemble at the SOA each year?
Julie Levine

CA Topanga Peace Alliance and MLK Coalition for Jobs, Justice and P
John Finley

CA VFP Chapter 067 Benning is a breeding ground for murderers, both here and abroad Wipe the blood off your hands and join the march ~ Namaste !
garry fay

WI
Defend our constitution - I do as a vet.
constance jubb

CA

robert zagar

IA
Free speech is our right! Close the School of the Americas NOW
David Payne

GA
You shouldn't be trying to take away the rights of people that is given in the constitution
Irena Varjabedian

CA

Mari Anderson

WA

KB Solomon

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.
Glen Hutloff

CA
This is a democracy. I trust that you, as a servant of the people, will do your part to uphold the rights of our citizens. Thank you.
Michaek Lindley

CA
Peace
Mary Zaggy

MO
Allow those who are protesting the School of the Americas and the ongoing atrocities in Central America to have a strong voice. Lift the restrictions yoi have said you will impose, which would deny their free and effective expressiin.
Jan Adams

CA
These folks are peaceful protesters trying to witness to the shame our country sometimes brings upon itself. However you and your community feel about them, they are being good citizens, as we all should be, exercising legal rights.
vivian lovingood

PA

FRANKIE FLORES

MD STOP IMPUNITY PROJECT
Rebecca Gordon

CA
I teach Ethics at the University of San Francisco. Every year students from our school travel to Columbus to show their respect for the victims of torturers and death squads. What will we be teaching them about freedom in the United States, if they are denied an opportunity to peaceably assemble and exercise free speech? These are the rights guaranteed in our Constitution. Let our young people speak.
Charles Kiker

TX

Valerie Kozlovsky

WI

Valerie Kozlovsky

WI
If a group this size came to town to for a concert, festival, or convention you would kill their butts for the tourist dollars. Your attitude is certainly short sighted and harmful to your own citizens.
Billy Neal Moore

GA
My friend Ed has spoken the truth about this issue and that is enough for me; I have watch him fight this battle from death row and I know the truth of which my brothers speaks.
Patricia Maurer

ME
Have participated several times and found it to be peaceful and made up of people of faith and commitment to a more peaceful world
Evelyn Kennenwood

NY
What message is this sending the world about democracy?
Helen de Haven

GA
I have attended this protest more than once. It is entirely peaceful. You are basing your actions on the content of our speech to power, and you are violating your duty to uphold the constitution of the United States.
Bert Skellie

GA

John Fast

CA

Pam Johnson

KY

John Fast

CA
I have heard Father Roy speak. I have researched American foreign policy and I know how many people have died so American corporations can profit. The position the police have taken opposes justice and opposes the truth. I have also traveled extensively throughout Central and South America. Our voices must be heard. The truth must be told.
Andrew Molloy

NY

Mary Hicken

CA

Margaret Keir

VT
Freedom to assemble.... this is one of the rights which we Americans cherish. It is one of the Freedoms for which our soldiers risk their lives, and why we Americans support our troops. Fort Benning soldiers can be proud to support the Americans who assemble peacefully to express support for freedom everywhere.
Dale Gallagher

NY
Peaceful people who advocate for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness .People have a right to do so. Let them do what citizens are expected to do.
Katie Valencia

GA

p. allison

TX
Thank you for realizing the importance of this request.
Dr. F Taylor

SC Hilton Head forPeace
Ken Thesing

NY
This assembly has a 25 year history. Let it continue.
M.A. Sullivan

SC

John Yrios

WI
Peaceful protest is an American right!
Nancy Gwin

NY

Edward Kansa

CA none
Al Lawler

GA

Elke Heitmeyer

CA
Peaceful Assembly is a constitutional right in the U.S.
Howard Wilshire

CA

Cathy Rowan

NY

Eric Goren, M.D.

CA VFP Chapter 019 It is people like you who are helping to destroy our democracy. Wake Up and do the right thing..
Robert Cooke

MD

Jodi McCain

MD

Jason Baumunk

GA

Jason Baumunk

GA

Sheila Goldner

CA

Glen Williams

CA

Michael Novick

CA
Freedom of speech and conscience demand that people be allowed to express their opposition to this school of assassins and death squads.
Kathleen Ahearn

CA

aaron davis

UT VFP Chapter 118
Dorot J

MN
The right to assemble peaceably in public space is at the core of all we stand for in this country. It disturbs me deeply that this right is being denied, curtailed, and manipulated by the Columbus Police Department. I will be watching, and praying for decency and common sense to return to this police department.
Mary Lou Reisch

IA

CLARE COSS

NY

Anthony Straka

NY
Not that you'd ever know it from today's trend of governments suppressing our rights, but the right of the people to peacefully assemble is protected in our Constitution's Bill of Rights.
March Cindy

PA

Greg Foisie

CA
I am deeply disturbed and saddened that Police Chief Boren arbitrarily uses his powers in an attempt to stifle political dissent. This is very unAmerican and is reflective of dictatorial abuse one would expect under a despot. I have been to the vigil, and from my experience, the claim that there are safety issues related to a large gathering of peace-loving people is spurious, to say the least. Far more relevant are the safety issues that have been created for tens of millions of people in Central and South America who have suffered the most serious endangerment and cruelty at the bequest of past and current U. S. Foreign policy. This history is not only long and bloody but also on-going. If The USA is a good and righteous country as we claim to be, a real American - a true patriot - would reflect those values in his or her conduct as well as denounce such horrific crimes as immoral and unconscionable. Instead we find the leader of law enforcement trying to restrict the expressions of these very same sentiments with undue, impracticable, and onerous burdens. This is indeed unfortunate and is easily seen for what it truly is, an attempted violation of our constitutional rights of free speech, peaceful assembly, and the right to seek redress from one's government. I am appalled.
Mr. Evans

CA

Martha Larsen

CA

Clay Claiborne

CA

roger dittmann

CA
Father Roy Bourgeois is an eminent patriot who is trying to restore America's dignity and respect for the Constitution. Please respect his efforts, and, of course, please respect the Constitution that you swore to defend.
Esther Wolf

WA

Jere Wilkerson

CA

joe cernac

CA
It is with sadness that once again the repressive police state rears its ugly head to deny their citizens a right to peacefully petition their govt. I can only add that your actions can only be understand as a condoning of the violence that the school of the americans teach lation american soldiers. Enough have died in latin america.
Marygrace Coneff

CA

Marygrace Coneff

CA

Robert Schultes

IA Linn County Green Party Dear Police Chief Boren, Please allow peaceful protest outside the gates of Fort Benning. I am concerned about the denial of the constitutional rights of people to continue demonstrating on the street outside the main gates of Fort Benning. I call 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 me. We have responsibilities and freedoms under our constitution to peacefully assemble and to speak truth to power. I am committed to these principles and are disturbed by the suggestion that my right and that of my Georgian relatives 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. If you deny our constitutional rights, you are falling into to a murky pit that the government has prepared. Anyone, whether Republican or Democrat could be denied their rights.
valerie lichtman

CA

Christine Ho

FL

Maureen Cruise

CA

Joyce Glenn

NE Sacred Heart Church
Ross and Coleen Rowley

MN

Sherry Bender

NY

Jane Jensen

WI

Adrienne Burke

CA
Is it really your job to suppress the Constitution?
Maureen OConnor

MA

Disa Lindgren

CA

Ronald Warren

CA

Lydia Howell

MN
As an oficer of the law, you have an OBLIGATION TO UPHOLD THE FIRST AMENDMENT---NOT TO VIOLATE IT. For 25 years, PEACEFUL PROTESTERS have come to Ft.Benning, GA and NO VIOLENCE OF ANY KIND HAS HAPPENED...so, you have NO REASON TO DENY OUR RIGHTS TOPEACEABLY ASSEMBLE.
Roberta Kachinsky

TN
It is our free speech right to gather at the gates of Fort Benning in Columbus , GA.
Ann Caufield

NY

John Haag

NY

Bo Boudart

CA
K
Saul Ulloa

MI

Nancy Beth Kohn

MA Internatinal Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five
Patricia Podhaisky

CO
This is a peaceful movement that has acted out of conscience, in non-violence, these 25 years. Besides being an "American right," I'm sure these folks bring lots of local business to your city, as well. Please allow it to continue.
Anthony Arnove

NY

Linda Thomson

MN
I attended 2 years ago and know the importance of having a stage and being together in solidarity with all who attend. Please allow this peaceful demonstration outside the gates of Ft. Benning. I'm 72 years old and would hate to think that I'm seeing the denial of the constitutional right to peacefully gather.
Nancy Murray

MI

Aileen Flynn, RSM

PA
Having attending many protests at the School of Americas in Georgia, the government never interfered with our being there. WHY ARE THEY NOW ? I certainly ob ject.
Eric Garbison

MO
Dear Chief Borden, We invite you to live into the presence of God's peace and to help complete it as the hope for our future.
robin hensel

MN
Let the peaceful protest go on. Respect the first amendment!!!
judith pryor

MN

Cheryl Mueller

WI

Jonne Long

MO
Don't block SOA event in November.
Eileen McCann

NY
Your police department has met with cordial acceptance and respect by all of us who mark this sacred weekend and have been doing so for decades. Is the fear of diverse opinions though expressed in our common humanity to be suppressed rather than celebrated?
Thomas Pinkel

CA

Carole Harper

CA

Sonja Johnson

MN
Why the hard stand against the SOA event? To take away a right of the people to assemble peacefully would require "due process" - not a declaration by the police department. Where is the law to deny a peaceful gathering - I would prefer that the people's police departments protect anyone gathering peacefully.
Colleen McGlone

FL

Bill Sorem

MN

Susan Schirber

MN

Sara Pahl

NE

CAROLINE LANE

NY

Rita Cammack

CO
This is our non-violent answer in response to the violence perpetrated at the SOA. Please do not join forces and believe you have to "protect" violence!
Pat Reinhart

CA
I concur heartily with the statement above. Let the demonstrations continue as usual!
Roberta Horton

CT

Marilyn Grotzky

CO

Cheryl LaBash

MI

Cecilia Moulton

MN

tom smith

NC

Helen McDuffie

WA

Joe Marcinkowski

TX

Rosemary McSorley shcj

NY
Public expression is one of our cherished freedoms. Don't deny us this opportunity to act according to our conscience! Thank you.
Randal Lanham

KY
The SOA has nothing to do with the defense of our country
Emily Bishop

NY

Sally Stevens

LA

Barbara Battista

IN Sisters of Providence The Sisters of Providence Peace with Justice Committee urge you to honor the constitutional guarantee to peaceful assembly for the SOAWatch. This organization has a long record of cooperation during their November Vigil. Do the right thing and allow this assembly to go forward with full legal protection. Thank you, S Barbara Battista, SP
Patty Wallace

IN Pax Christi
Susan Temere

MI wilpf
Georgia Tattu

CA

Kathleen McQuillen

IA
Please respect the First Amendment rights of those coming to the SOA. It is your responsibility to do so. Thank you.
max kachinsky

CA

Gabriel Camacho

MA

Susan Sell

MN
Please respect the First Amendment rights of those who wish to assemble at FT. Bnning, GA. Than you.
Gerda Seaman

CA
The SOA has been the occasion of the training of too may violent officers who ha ve killed democratic governments and the people who supported them.
Robert Ocenosak

CA
Please recognize and authorize permission for our peaceful assembly to speak and assemble on the location we have utilized for 25 years.
Suzanne Stell

FL

Denisse Giron

NY

Scott Crockett

OR

Henry Lowendorf

CT
The First Amendment is under attack from local officials to the highest levels of government. No Way!
Aileen Carissimi

CA

Francesca Scaraggi

MA

Ellen E Barfield

MD Veterans for Peace - Baltimore
Kelly Sagastume

MD

Margaret Raffa

NJ
Please do the right thing and reverse your decision to interfere with 1st amandment rights.
Jim Murphy

TX

Gwen McMahon

OR
I have had the privilege of attending the SOA vigils in November. The only way we can possibly stop the USA training of South American guerillas is with these November vigils. This is a constitutional right of free expression and to not permit this right is expressly against the law!!
William Ellis

CO

Shane Boeder

WI
Peaceful assembly and free speech are fundamental rights of all people in a true democracy. When you honor these rights guaranteed by our Constitution you protect everyone, including yourself. Please let the nonviolent march proceed as it has for 25 years.
Marguerite Scott

CO

jerome casey

OR
Protect our right to occupy this space and peacefully demonstrate
Linda M

GA

Marlys Weber

MN
Please respect our First Amendment right to assemble peacefully.
Tracy Turner

CA
The "Right" to Assemble - is the a key CORNERSTONE of our Democracy
Diane Rookey

WI

connie haack

NY

Kamran Ghasri

CA

Andrew Altamirano

CA

Tamara Dreier

IL

Jeanne Stickling

IL

Jim Yarbrough

CA

Mr & Mrs Wm Donahue

MN
they have a story to tell, and it is there right to do so
Jeb Sprague

CA

Martha Madison

CA

Howard Winant

CA

Camilla Rivera

VA
"You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution!"
Rainer Heincz

ot

Michaela Kerns

MA
My father was a Lt. Col. in the US Army, stationed at Fort Benning in 1950. He would be horrified (as I am) to learn that the Columbus police department has reversed its decision and will not uphold the constitutional right to free speech and freedom of assembly. Please reconsider, Michaela Kerns
Cindy Domingo

WA

Edward Groat

VA
I ask you to reverse your decision and allow us to exercise our 1st amendment rights this November.
Kriss Wells

IA

Ron Teska

WV
Demonstrating to the rest of the World that the SOA can carry out it's goal of domination and murder under the guise of humanitarian US policy is bad enough. But to also restrict constitutional rights to the citizens of the US is admitting that the constitution is in the way of SOA and it's goals. Our grandchildren and those yet to be born are relying on us to provide them with as free and healthy a life as we have had. I will not be looked upon by my grandchildren as a criminal ancestor. Lift the restrictions for your grandchildren's sake.
Caroline Webster

CT
I am an octogenarian and have been standing with this movement after much study and thought. It is authentic. I am proud to join these good citizens in this most difficult effort to restore truth and accountability to the American military. Civil disobedience is a fundamental value in a democracy. It takes real courage and sacrifice.
Karen Nowlan

NY
Please allow us to peacefully assemble outside the Fort Benning Gates.
ed cloonan

PA

Rosemary Dixon

IL

john hines

ME

Ryan Ross

NM
You cannot and will not take away our 1st Amendment Rights just because you don't like what we have to say. That's exactly why it is guaranteed to us in our Constitution.
Brenda Stone

MI

Gregory Alexandre

CO
God bless you Police Chief Boren, amen! : ) Sir, my guess is you are well aware of what our government has been doing in the Caribean, Central and South America, sir. I do understand that you are recieving pressure from the leadership at the top and the rights of American citizens comming from below and you, sir, are at the middle point. Please, close the school of the Americas, sir, i ask you to help in any way you can to create this school closure to be effective as soon as possible. God bless you and your staff at the Columbus Police Department for all you do on behalf of the citizens of your fair city, amen. with my respect, wherever you go, go with God, yes and amen! ! : )
Mary Ellen Durbin

IL
Police chief Boren, please respect the constitutional rights of those who gather at the main gates of Fort Benning to demonstrate. This is one of our most cherished rights as citizens of the United States. The march at the School of the Americas has always been peaceful and represents not only a sacred ritual for justice but a sacred ritual of our American way. Thank you for reading my message.
Elliott Adams

NY

Richard Appelbaum

CA

Barry Buchek

MO
Chief Boren Please allow us to peacefully vigil. Please join us in remembering the innocents who have died in Latin America.
Gordon Clint

CA

Robbie Buller

GA

William Nittler

GA

John Lefeber

TX
You are in my prayers. Let Jesus Christ be given the Glory.
Maggie Stark

OH

Rosemary Schmidt

PA

Diane Smith

CA Sisters of St. Joseph in CA - St. Mary's Provincialate
Ken McDaniel

GA
With the militarism of the police and the right to assemble being denied, it is starting to look really bad for America
Kathleen McKee

PA

JACK MARTIN

NJ
LET SOAW DEMO GO ON AS IN THE PAST, FATHER JACK
joan linenbrink

NE

Joseph Crowley

AL
I have been part of several of these demonstrations. They have always been nonviolent and orderly.
Rev. Patrick W. Collins

MI
Please Heed This Message
Michael Harlan

NY

Marcia Huber

NJ
First Amendment Rights to peaceable assemble need to be guarded by the courts.
Roger Harris

CA Task Force on the Aamericas Please allow free expression.
Polly Mann

MN
The right to peaceful protests is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Why should weapons manufacturers and war mongers get preferential treatment by retaining a position outside the law?
Polly Mann

MN
The right to peaceful protests is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Why should weapons manufacturers and war mongers get preferential treatment by retaining a position outside the law?
Colette Bauer

OH

George GRider

TN VFP Chapter 149 As a veteran who stood up to defend the country's way of life (Vietnam), I flinch when I see other Americans attempt to deny freedom to their fellow Americans. If public safety is your issue, you should know that previous marches have not caused injuries or major disruptions. I hope you will take this matter under due consideration. THANK YOU, George Grider Member, Veterans for Peace
Mary Pazmino

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.
Claude Barnhart

TN

Ray Hearne

NC

Lana Kelly Fitzgerald

KY
We have the constitutional right to assemble.
Carlota Arias

VA
"You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming."- Pablo Neruda
Hannah Redekop

ON

Sister Jane Gaughan, IHM

PA

Reid Jenkins

GA VFP Chapter 125
j yudell

CA

Fred D. Taylor

GA
I'm committed to this cause!
Pete Dolack

NY
Attempting to suppress opposition to torture sends the worst possible message.
Susan Thompson

SD

Jane Kirk

PA SOAW Erie PA When the US Military and/or government takes this stand, it is a clear sign that they know they are guilty and have fear that the PEOPLE of the US now know what is going on and DESRIE MORE THAN EVER TO STOP THE TACTICS ETC. OF THE SOA!
Kara Beebee

OH

James Odling

CA

Margot Cassani

NY

Henrietta Glair

NY

Stephen Myers

CA
The right to gather and peacefully protest, to give voice to dissent, is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Respect and obey "the law of the land."
ken tauer

FL
Don't deny our CONSTITUTIONAL rights!
John Wozniak

MN
It is always easy to pretend that a problem does not exist and demand silence from anyone who wants to differ. This does not make the problem go away, it just makes it worse. The children at our southern border are there in part because of misguided policies promoted by the School of the Americas. Questioning these policies is not only a right, but a patriotic duty!
bob sauerbrey

IN
The forces of law are in place to protect the rights of the people not to make judgments on whether we have those rights or not--that's the job of the Constitution. So just do your job as you took an oath to do--or are we Russianizing our political policies? Is Vladimir Putin one of your models? Thank you for what good you've done. Don't tarnish it now by being a force against U.S. principles. Bob Sauerbrey
Marion Bontrager

KS
The Constitution protects the rights of people to assemble and express their views. I assume you oath of office included the support the U.S. Constitution. Please keep your oath.
George Adams

WI

Elizabeth Myers

NY
We will claim our rights.
Mark Reback

CA

Doug Wingeier

NC

Melissa Fuller

IA

Ruben R Lujan

CA

Betty Beier

MN
This action of yours goes against free speech.
Nancy Jakubiak

IN

Lilliain Moskeland

OH
Remember, this is still America.
Rusty & Nancy Nelson

WA VFP Chapter 035
Rosemary DeVeer

MA

Patricia Reilly

NY Sisters of Mercy Our constitution gives us the right to engage in a peaceful demonstration. Having attended one of the peaceful demonstration in 2006, I firmly believe in the meaning behind this Watch. Do not deny us our right as American citizens.
Jay Levy

MD
OBEY THE CONSTITUTION, you know, like "freedom of assembly."
Roseann Rogers

MN
Whatever harm can there be by a peaceful demonstration?
Marcia Molina

CA

Joseph Marusa

NY
We seek a world without war for our children.
Helen O'Grady

PA
The Constitution protects the right of people to assemble and express their views. I assume your oath of office included the support the U.S. Constitution. Please keep your oath.
Sndy Furrh

TN

Paul Helbling

OH
25 years and counting and not one death. What are you afraid of?
may hochstein

TX

Shawn Murphy

MI

Stacey Rapp

IL

John Ivens

IA
This arbitrary denial shall be set aside by a planetary desire for truth, peace, and justice.
lloyd petty

MO
Let Freedom Ring
Esty Dinur

WI

mansoor shah

SC

David Ericson

CT
Signing on behalf of Sister Parish, Inc., of which I am the US Coordinator. Yours in Christ, David
Christopher and Mary Fogarty

IL
Stop the murders and tortures. in 1980-82, during nighttime toques de queda, the Salvadoran army's SOA-trained Atlacatl brigade used to scatter body parts from new U.S. supplied trucks along the Panamerican highway. I would see the trucks but the body parts would be found after daylight. At the time I was the Resident Engineer on the San Lorenzo hydroelectric dam on the Rio Lempa upstream of the PanAmerican highway bridge.
Malissa Haslam

NM

Ruth Sheridan

AK

J Burger

IL
Do the right thing, uphold the constitution and let this protest continue as it has for many years. If you must deny an entity, deny the military base participants from attending training at the base.
Jerry Pendergast

IL Chicago-Cinquera Sister Cities Chief Boren, you have no reason to consider those honoring victims of SOA Graduates a threat to public safety. I urge you to honor their first amendment rights.
Hilary Goodfriend

WA

Sabrina Johnson

ON

Judith Rosenbaum

NY

Pat Dooley

MO

Judith Lee

WA
Police Chief Boren, What are you afraid of? The right to gather in peace is one of the freedoms we in the USA must treasure and hold dear.
Jeanne Thatcher

CA

carol hurd green

MA

Richard Abbott

MB

SUSAN MCCORRY

CA

Frank & Jean Forbath

CA
As a WWII Naval Officer, and a many yearsupporter and some 10 years ago attendee of The Annul March at & in Fort Benninng, I urge you to allow a full public support of this program.
Janice Rose

OR

Joanna Carroll

CA Loyola Marymount University
Mary Lou Finn

IL

Ilmari Valkola

ot

Rodger Routh

IA
Let the people speak. 1st amendment rights is import U.S. law that can NOT be denied!
Andre Dembowski

MD
Not allowing us to gather is "adding insult to injury." Our demonstrations have always been peaceful and law abiding. I have been several times with never a negative exchange though the hundreds that gather come from near and far.
Richard Kanak

IL
History repeats, public funds being used to silence the ideas of dissenters.
bill salvatore

MD
Please reconsider, or publicize your reasons for this new restriction.
Beatrice Caulson

FL n/a I am sorry that you have taken your action.
Frank Lopez

NY

Carlos Arredondo

MA

Mary Shesgreen

IL Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Speech are sacred. You have a responsibility to uphold the Constitution.
Peggy Gish

OH

Nancy Oetter

IL

Steve Books

WI
Freedom of Speech is a protected right protected by the U.S. Constitution. Who pays the salary for Police Chief Boren?
Anna Mantikas

NY

James Knight

CA
The right to dissent is an all American institution. Stop the steady erosion of that right!
David Warsow

MI
Welcome to AMERIKA!! Thank-you for standing on the right side of society,,,or are you.
fHelen Neder

NJ
Please reconsider your ban on the annual gathering at Fort Benning, GA in November.
Jeannine Pitas

NY SOA Watch Please respect our constitutional right to free speech and assembly.
Joanne LaFreniere

VT
Please allow the annual gathering at Fort Benning in November.
Rev.Jim Conn

CA United Methodist Church - Retired
Marilyn Porcino

OH

Judy Mugerauer

WI

Miguel Ramos

WA

Vicki Cervantes

IL La Voz de Los de Abajo
George h

NY

Dale Sorensen

CA Marin Interfaith Task Force The annual vigil is a peaceful affair with financial benefits for your city. The local population seems happy to receive the annual guests and welcome the extra income. Please reconsider.
Lucia Vasquez

VA
Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Speech are constitutional rights that have to be respected. You have a responsibility to uphold the Constitution.
M.A. Sullivan

SC

Barbara Trent

NC
Let all voices be heard.
Jade Youngquist

MT
The past can not simply be swept under the proverbial rug and forgotten about. Too many have died, too many are suffering to not discuss these issues and understand the lasting rammifications.
Alex Peshkoff

CA
Dear Police Chief Boren, while it is understandable that your job is to protect and serve the interests of the people, you are not serving them nor anyone else, when you deny the right to protest. Severely limiting the number of protesters and the equipment needed during the rally, is a form of denial of free speech. It is imperative to allow people in a democracy to raise their voices in a peaceful protest. Please reconsider - the country is watching.
Dr. Kate Rohde

TX

Giulia Mannarino

WV
What local laws/regulations have been enacted that no longer permit this gathering? Let free speech reign.
Sarah Aubry

IL

Karolina Babic

NY

Eric Stone

NV

Gerard Sullivan, SM

TX

Paul Mitchell

NC

Greg Speltz

WA SOA Watch Washington State Dear Chief Boren, I have been at the gates of Fort Benning with SOAW some sixteen times and am now 90. I fail to understand how you can prohibit citizens from expressing their convictions, as we always have. Please reconsider. Greg Speltz
Moya Atkinson

VA
Uphold the Constitution by allowing people to assembly peaceably and protest injustices of our government.
Janet Holden

IL

Leal Portis

CA

Jeannine Daly

MI
If the truth hurts, it needs to be heard!
Elizabeth Perkins

KY

Preston Gilmore

TN
Shut down the School of Assassins, NOT free speech!
Erika Cruz

NY
Close the school that teaches to murder others
Mary Rutecki

PA
Please do not stop the peaceful assembly at the School of the Americas
Jamie Leslie

OH

Danny Dyche

OR
Any policy against a victimless action is unacceptable.
Maureen McDonnell

WI SOA Watch Madison What possible rationale can be given for this that respects the U.S. Constitution?
Bridget Mann

NY
I urge you to consider this letter and grant people the right to mourn, remember, and demonstrate peacefully.
laura (marks) Frey

NC
Let the Truth be heard, let the people gather Peacefully as they intend and have always done when attending. In your attempt to Violate the rights of those who attend, it once again gives me a bitter taste that only solidifies the truth of the horrendous viciousness that the victims of the School of Assassins endure.
Denise Streng

IA

Jean Heberle

MN
Denying people to demonstrate outside the gates of Fort Benning is a denial of their constitutional rights of free speech and assembly. We all have the right to peacefully assemble and protest injustice by government. Demonstrations have been held at Ft. Benning for 25 years. Do not deny them that right!
Kathy Casillas

IL

Rosemary Huddleston, OP

WI
"We the people" are the government. In this country "with liberty and justice for all" we have a constitutional right to gather and to inform those whom we elect/employ that we have different ideas for how we spend tax dollars. Using them to teach military leaders of other countries how to coerce/control their people is contrary to our Constitution as is trying to silence our voices.
Rebecca Little

PA

Renee Wolters

NM

Julie Dobson

NC

Patrick Ecclesine

IL

Glenda Struss-Keyes

TN
The gate of Ft. Benning has been established as a vigil site for 25 years. This is sacred space and we have a right as citizens of the US to gather peacefully in this space.
 

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