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Four SOA Watch activists are currently incarcerated in federal prisons across the country.

Nancy, Ken, Louis and Michael - the ‘SOA 4’ - were arrested by the military during the 2009 November Vigil, when they crossed onto Fort Benning to carry our message that the School of the Americas must be closed onto the base. 

Their nonviolent civil disobedience action was an act of love and solidarity with the people of the Americas.  

In January 2010, federal judge Mallon Faircloth sentenced Ken, Louis and Nancy to six months in prison - the maximum allowed for the charge of tresspass. The extremely harsh sentences are intended to deter others from following the example of the ‘SOA 4.’ Michael, who resisted the judges orders to voluntarily return to Columbus for the court date in January, was arrested by federal marshals and is awaiting his trial while in jail in Georgia.  

Letters of support written to Nancy, Ken, Louis and Michael would be much appreciated and can be sent to the following addresses: 

nancygwinsmall.jpgNancy Gwin #94046-020

FCI Danbury

Federal Correctional Institution

Route 37

Danbury, CT 06811  

Kenneth Wayne Hayes #94045-020

FCI Fort Worth

Federal Correctional Institution

P.O. Box 1

c/o SOA Watch

5330

Fort Worth, TX 76119  

louisvitalecr.jpgLouis Vitale #25803-048 mwallismall.jpg

FCI Lompoc

Federal Correctional Institution

3600 Guard Road

Lompoc, CA 93436 

 

 

 Michael Walli

PO Box 4566

Washington, DC 20017

 

 

You can jail the resister, but you can’t jail the resistance! See you in November at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia!

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