Letter from Father Alberto to those arrested during the November Vigil
2010 November Vigil speaker Father Alberto, a Colombian priest and the executive secretary of Inter-religious Justice and Peace Commission, wrote the following letter to those who were arrested during the vigil.
For over 20 years, Fr. Alberto has worked for human rights and supported Afro-Colombians, indigenous communities and farmers, crucial work in a country at war.

Father AlbertoBogotá, November 24th 2010

To all the Prisoners of Conscience at the gates of the School of the Americas

Greetings and all my admiration and recognition for your prophetic action.

Your free decision to go to jail questions the lack of freedom of those that have been repressed through the mechanisms and procedures taught at the School of the Americas: social leaders, peasants, indigenous peoples, African descendant communities, professors, politicians, journalists, defenders of Human Rights... The dignity of your walk to prison contrasts with the way many prisoners had their dignity taken from them, in clandestine centers of torture, through disappearance and death.  

The way in which you confronted the law - with your heads held high - contrasts with the humiliation caused by “the law” to all those immigrants that have sought to escape the poverty generated by the economic policies that benefit from militarization and state violence.

Thank you, because your imprisonment helps denounce the injustice behind so many imprisonments.

The scene last Saturday was shocking: police, patrols, weapons, handcuffs, the alert and vigilant look put on those participating in the vigil, the barking repetition from the loudspeakers of laws and articles contrasted with the slow joyful, and dignified walk of the “disobedient” towards the line prohibited by the law. We all knew what was going to happen, the consequences and motivations moving each person. Then, crossing the line, arrests, prayers, vigils, and solidarity as the supreme affirmation of ethics and morals, in the face of the immorality of many laws.

How many people there have there been who were detained, tortured, disappeared by military who crossed that line to study, and then crossed  back to their countries to apply what they had learned?

Thank you, because you have been and you are, from prison, the conscience of the people of the United States.

A loud applause for you, who from the moment when you crossed that line and were imprisoned, denounce that jails are a business that repress the cry for justice and announce that SOLIDARITY IS THE DIGNIFICATION OF THE MEMORY OF OUR VICTIMS. 

In your detention, the words of Jesus of Nazareth gain new strength: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for the cause of justice…”   Blessed are you who are pursued, insulted and slandered, because this was how the prophets before you were persecuted.  

A big hug,

Father Alberto Franco, CSsR.
Ecumencial Commission for Justice and Peace of Colombia

Write to the prisoners:
Two of the 26 people who were arrested during the vigil are currently incarcerated in a Georgia jail. Because they may be transferred at any time, cards and letters to David may be sent to his community for forwarding: David Omondi, c/o The Los Angeles Catholic Worker, 632 N. Brittania St., Los Angeles, CA 90033. Louis' mail may be sent to the Nuclear Resister for forwarding at P.O. Box 43383, Tucson, AZ 85733. Please ad a message of solidarity and support for everyone who was incarcerated and/or charged last weekend in the comment section below.
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written by John Earl, November 26, 2010
Thank you.
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Hope has two beautiful daughters
written by Hendrik Voss, November 26, 2010
Much love and respect to the prisoners of conscience! You were arrested and jailed but this attack was aimed at all of us. While you were/are in there for us, we are and continue to be out here for you! Together, we will create change and a better future for all of us. As Bill Quigley, a lawyer for the movement, quoted St. Agustin, “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage. Anger at the way things are and courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”
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written by dan hitt, November 26, 2010
Father Franco is indeed right: you truly are the conscience of America. Because of the noise of our profoundly Godless society, you are the silent voice ("the still, small voice") from which the Lord comes onward.

I pray for you, and for all of our victims in Central and South America, and elsewhere.

May God show mercy both to those we have oppressed, and to us whose sins are so great.

And i hope we wake up and realize that peace and righteousness will be good for everybody, ourselves included.
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"justice"
written by Tim Gray, November 26, 2010
"...and the courts gave them justice, as justice could be given by well-mannered thugs"
-Cristy Moore
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written by Joe Boland, November 26, 2010
Thank you for your willingness to endure this suffering on behalf of those who suffer due to ignorance and violence. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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written by Madolynn Cronk, November 26, 2010
Thank you all for being so brave. My husband and I were there last year and saw the abuses committed. They were arresting people everywhere.
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written by Rob Currie, S.J, November 26, 2010
Un gran abrazo solidario to all of you for continuing to resist US militarism, torture, and agression that has cost us so many lives here in Nicaragua and all of Central America for more than two centuries. Your resistance becomes an important part of our own resistance to the permanente imperial designs in this part of the world. Thanks for not forgetting us. Abrazos fuertes y solidarios,

Rob Currie, S.J. and all the members of Grupo de Solidaridad-Arenal (GRUDESA), Nicaragua
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written by Malachai, November 26, 2010
With each arrest, a hammer stroke rings driving a nail deeper into the flesh of Jesus and his message of peace and justice, But neither Jesus or his message will be destroyed, and the call to justice will echo from the hillsides:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
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written by John Heuer, November 26, 2010
Dear Fr. Louis,

I regret missing a chance to speak with you on 11/21 at the SOA, but I am inspired by your actions and those of your comrades.

Blessings and Peace,

John
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written by (Rev.) Joan M. Saniuk, November 26, 2010
Dear David and Father Louis,
Thank you for your witness. May you know and feel God's love and presence during the next six months.
Joan Saniuk, Boston, MA, USA
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Professor of Peace and Justice Studies
written by Lonnie Valentine, Ph.D, November 26, 2010
Thank you for your witness, to our government and to us. You remind us to think and pray for so many who have suffered and who have given witness to this injustice.
I, along with student from my school, Earlham College and the Earlham School of Religion, have been to the vigil at the SOA several times. Now, I feel connected to those who have gone this year and you who have been unjustly arrested. There is a great cloud of witnesses to give you support, as you do to us.
Blessings and Peace
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Wrong People In Prison
written by Richard D. Ward, November 26, 2010
As a Correctional Officer in a county jail I see inmates come in every day who deserve to be there.....murderers, rapists, child molesters, etc. When we incarcerate people for using their First Amendment rights to expose injustice, we become no better than Hitler, Stalin, et al. Your efforts for the cause are indeed laudable.
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written by Betsy Lamb, November 26, 2010
Blessings, peace and love to you both, David and Louie, as you begin your long sentence. You and the other two who crossed the line onto Fort Benning property quietly continued the long tradition of SOAW resistance, while others of us were simultaneously taking SOAW nonviolent action in another direction "cityside". Thank you for your witness in action, courthouse and jail/prison (and thanks to you, Louie, also for being there when I was released from MCJ). Please know that my prayers are with you.
--Betsy Lamb
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written by Susan Bradford, November 26, 2010
Thank you for fighting the Good Fight!
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written by Denise Lytle, November 26, 2010
I'm thankful for your scarifice & all that you do for the greater good! You're in my thoughts & prayers- stay strong!
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written by Chris Spicer, November 26, 2010
I was privy to this moment of truth in Columbus District Court when U.S. magistrate Stephen Hyles begged the question. "On the one hand I see the portrait of a deliberate act. On the other, I hear from you counsel, that this was a "last minute decision." Which is it?"
“Your honor, for clarification, I came to the SOA protest from Los Angeles with the intention of crossing the line. With respect to my lawyer, I regret that I did not make this clear to him.”

In these words, David Omondi refuted the argument put forward by his own council--not a member of the SOAW legal collective--who alleged that while David’s deliberation carried him to the protest, his decision to climb the fence was “last minute”.

Dan Gregor of the National Legal Guild called the argument “amateurish”.

Captain Gladding prosecuted with a single sentence: “In the defendant’s own words he makes clear that this was a deliberate act of defiance.”

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Human Being
written by Lynn, November 26, 2010
Thank you for your witness and courage. May you be profoundly blessed in all your comings and goings, and may you be a blessing to all who cross your path now and always.
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Retired Carpenter, Catholic Worker, Industrial Worker Of The World
written by Terry Callan, November 26, 2010
The Torture and punishment of the compassionate just is endemic of the evil of capitalism.
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written by Bill T., November 26, 2010
Never...never.....NEVER give up!
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Thank you for your courage
written by Matteo Berni, November 26, 2010
Father Alberto is right: the prophets before you have always been persecuted (Jesus Christ had been the first of them all; I even remember about Shantidas, who many times was charged by French police.). But Jesus' words have been alive for millenniums, because he helped the world to become better, fighting the oppressors and the imperialists, without any form of violence, only through the mighty force of his mind, his words, his actions, much like YOU are doing!! You're very courageous to perform such an action, and for this I totally appreciate and estimate you. You should come to Pisa, my city, as I have a military school near my house but haven't got enough courage to contest them! I love you, thanx for existing. I have a political (zapatista) death metal band called Devastation and I want to write a song about you.
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written by James, November 26, 2010
Hang in there. You're hanging with and for Christ, and all the rest of us.
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written by Elaine DesRosiers, OP, November 26, 2010
You are so much braver than I! Thank you for speaking and acting for all of us.
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written by Elaine DesRosiers, OP, November 26, 2010
You are so much braver than I! Thank you for speaking and acting for the rest of us.
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written by Sara, November 26, 2010
David, knowing that you will get more grief in the prison industrial complex because of the way you look than, say, Father Louis will, I am even more moved that you were called to do this witness. It is a serious commitment to willingly go into a prison industrial complex that seems determined to lock up as many young men of color as it possibly can - and to go willingly in solidarity with young men of color further South who not only get locked up by but killed by that same complex and mindset, really, in its larger military form. Towards the day when we are all free of these bars that lock up bodies and hearts and minds.
much love,
Sara
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Thank you for your brave actions
written by Chris, November 26, 2010
In solidarity overthe other side of the Atlantic with your peaceful actions drawing attention to the real crimes.
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written by Melissa, November 26, 2010
Your actions have changed the energy of the world and this movement in ways you'll never know - thank you for your testimony, in actions and in words!
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written by Sandra Gardner, November 26, 2010
Thank you for your actions. Those who should be in prison go free.
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written by Marian Cruz, November 26, 2010
Hello Fr. Vitale,

I want to thank you so much for your being at the SOA demonstration and for being arrested.

Several years ago, I was with a group of friends and we stood at the gates to protest. I did not cross the line, but I found it to be a memorable experience.

You are so brave and I do wish you the very best. I am fortunate to live very close to the St. Francis Retreat near San Juan Bautista. I have a special place in my heart for the Franciscans and commend you for your commitment to justice and peace,
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written by Joseph Madden, OFM Conv., November 26, 2010
Peace my brothers Michael David and Louis. I write a brother in Christ and St. Francis.

I write simple but sincere words of admiration and love. Your actions speak and contradict those with power to imprison. Your actions contrast true justice to apparent justice. The image shocks my imagination. May it shock others too. There is true work for peace and lip service to peace. You demonstrate true peace. You speak peace and justice boldly. I thank you.
Shalom,
Joseph
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written by Sandra Wagner, November 26, 2010
Thank you for the courage you displayed. Thank you for speaking for all of us.
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persecuted for justice's sake
written by Susan temere, November 26, 2010
You are my heros! Harrah for your courage and standing up for all of us!
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written by Steve Schatz, November 26, 2010
The world needs to know of the continuous terror born in Fort Benning. You've made a very loud voice. I have much admiration and gratitude for your great courage and commitment to the cause. May Peace Prevail!
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It is good to stand for freedom and peace
written by Laura Borst, November 26, 2010
The U.S. government has often brought tyranny to those in other lands and sometimes in its country. The School of the Americas has trained the dictators. We should stand up for freedom and oppose this repression. It is great that SOAW is exposing how our government's policies could be covertly imperialistic because the SOA, now renamed WHINSEC, has been abetting this imperialism by training the very dictators that it has sometimes installed. For info on this, please read "The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins.
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written by Laura Hanks, November 26, 2010
I admire you greatly!
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written by Aimee, November 26, 2010

...a man's first duty is to his own conscience and honor; the party and country come second to that, and never first. --Mark Twain

Thank you for your courage.
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written by Aimee, November 26, 2010
...a man's first duty is to his own conscience and honor; the party and country come second to that, and never first.
--Mark Twain

Thank you for your courage.
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written by Richard Chasen, November 26, 2010
This should come as no surprise. When one protests evil near the property of evil it would be insane to expect less than evil in response.

The SOA has incriminated themselves in the same way as when a thief runs when he sees the police car makes himself obvious to the cop inside the car.

I can imagine the face of the criminal who had the first idea for SOA when he sees God (who he doesn't believe in) after death as his reward is given to him.
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written by Sarah Melici, November 26, 2010
To all who attended the SOA especially those who crossed the line, I offer my thanks and my prayers.







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written by Jane Goldthwait, November 27, 2010
Dear Dvid and Father Loius,
Thanks you for dedicating this part of your life for the people of Latin America. It is too bad that they need your dedication in order to have basic human rights. God be with you as you spend your time confined.
Jane
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written by Mary Robertson, November 27, 2010
It's inspiring to read of your actions. I hope that you in turn feel strengthened and comforted by the solidarity of others.
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written by Mike Trollinger, November 27, 2010
Blessed aare the peace makers for they shall be clalled the children of God.
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written by Jeanne Foley, November 27, 2010
Francis of Assisi and Dorothy Day are proud of you! We are all proud of you! Thank you for taking a concrete and prophetic stance for justice and peace. We will keep you in prayer these weeks and month while you are in prison. May your witness be fruitful for the cause and also for all the prisoners around you.
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written by Joe Feinstein, November 27, 2010
You have my great respect and admiration for what you are doing for all of us.
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written by Jason, November 27, 2010
Thank you for taking this action. Although the names change and the rationalizations have always been ever shifting, many more now know that SOA is still murderously wrong. We will win.
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written by Gene and Doris Peters, November 27, 2010
Thank you for standing for all of us.

May your lives (continue to) be filled with peace and strength and love!
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written by Eileen LeFort, November 28, 2010
The solemnity of the processiion in front of the Fort Benning gates, the lives represented by the endless chant of presente,the strength and committment of those who were arrested and the many who attended, the insight of the founder who has inspired and opened the eyes and hearts of so many to this reality in our US world where so many enjoy exceeding and oblivious comfort --- this event brings the underbelly of repression in our society into the light to be recognized. It must continue. Can we the human race reach for a humanity that elevates all and rejects inflicting massive suffering as an acceptable way of life?
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written by Tiffany, November 28, 2010
Thank you for your courage and determination.
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written by Shelley Ottenbrite, November 29, 2010
It is really something to be rounded up and sent to jail for speaking out against something that is recognized, internationally, by a consensus of moral thinkers, as a grave and heinous wrong. We live in such a punishing culture. The powers of the SOA that you protest are reflected in the "corrections" industry we wreak on our own vulnerable peoples. I think of the U.S. as the castigation society. I understand jail, especially in the South, is quite appalling; and it seems many of you protesters weren't interested in that particular awfulness to impinge on you. Good luck practicing love and patience. Good luck in your endeavors to stop the torture school. Good luck bringing this mess to the American consciousness. Good luck finding traction on this issue. You all make me so proud. Gracias.
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Courageous witness
written by bob sauerbrey, November 29, 2010
Your action of disobedience to an immoral law and your actions against an unjust institution are hammer blows on the idolatrous monument to nationalism we have built by perverting our own Constitution. We the people have sinned by permitting power to supplant compassion and exploitation to supersede justice. We have done nothing to "form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity," but have instead assured the ongoing oppression of people yearning for liberation in Central and South America as well as the rest of the occupied world. Thank you. You are our hope as the Divine is yours.

Bob Sauerbrey
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a smiling buddha mountain
written by Sister Rosemarie, November 29, 2010
Peace, my brothers David and Louie,
My heart weeps for you and our nation even as pride fills it for your courage and self giving to Peace, Non-violence and Justice. I am in the desert and Big Bear has a new image... a reclining Buddha smiling peace and enlightenment. It joins the Christ Light on trees and city streets shining a prayer from the psalms:
All the trees of the forest clap for joy at His Presence... for He comes... may we welcome Him in His plea to Love One Another... Blessings
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written by Bernie, November 30, 2010
A participant in the SOAW described his weekend as the most religious experience of his life - a true communion of saints.
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written by Sharon, November 30, 2010
Much love and respect for your bravery. We all remember you in our thoughts and prayers for your unstinting bravery in the face of evil.
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written by Sandi Mann, November 30, 2010
Keep the faith! Thanks for what you all did. I didn't have the money or time to attend, but we had a little vigil here, in Eugene, OR, the same day/same time you did. We had a canopy over us in the pouring rain, but we were with you in spirit! How can they put you all in jail while Geo. W. Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rummesfel, Rice, Powell, Iraq/Afghanistan contractors are out loose!!! That makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE! Life is NOT fair. That is one thing I have learned FOR CERTAIN, but it doesn't stop me from trying, nor should, I hope, it stop you! Namaste. Sandi Mann
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written by Bethany Loberg, November 30, 2010
Greetings from El Salvador!
Thank you so much for your commitment and dedication, and this courageous and deliberate step you have taken. Here in El Salvador I have met so many people whose lives have been ripped apart by graduates of the SOA and yet who continue forward in faith, telling their stories and working for a more just and loving world. Two years ago when meeting with Madre Alicia, cofounder of COMADRES, the Mothers of the Disappeared here in El Salvador during a delegation, delegates asked her what they could do, and she said, "Close the School of the Americas." She lost her brother and two sons, and she and her daughter were both imprisoned and tortured horribly, as were all the women of COMADRES. Yet she was a light and a rock of stability for the other women at COMADRES always sharing her story and working for truth, for recognition of the disappeared, and for laws against forced disappearance around the world. She passed away this summer, but I know that you and others carry on her light.
Michael, you are a beatiful, centered, thoughtful, and inspiring person. I am proud to know you and to have been your classmate.
God bless you both.
Bethany Renata Loberg
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I am telling everyone I can
written by Robert Kolbe, December 01, 2010
Thanks for your commitment.

This saddens me greatly, but leaves me inspired to help.

May God bless all of the protesters. I love you all!
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written by solo el pueblo salva al pueblo, December 15, 2010
Respect and Solidarity greetings from Belgium. The word here is spread by "Justicia Y Paz en Guatemala"
http://users.skynet.be/Guatemala.RenVr/sp1/sp1.html
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written by Roberta Horton, December 16, 2010
To all those imprisoned for seeking peace and justice, thank you. Would that I had the courage that you demonstrate! However, I promise you that you are in my prayers daily. Father Louis, I heard you speak in Hartford and, as always, I was challenged by your courage and your dedication to peace. God be with you and keep you atrong in your conviction! You represent all of us who believe as you believe but lack the courage that you demonstrate.
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written by Roberta Horton, December 16, 2010
To Father Louis and others,

Thank you for your courage and your dedication to peace! I have been appalled at the continuation of the School of the Americas and the attempt to mask the real purpose of the school by changing the name a few years ago. It is what it is: a training place for violence. I am ashamed of my country and of those who insist on keeping the School of the Americas open. I am grateful for people like you who have the courage of their convictions, even to the point of being jailed. I want to assure you that you are in my prayers.

Father Louis, I heard you speak in Hartford a while ago. From that time forward, I have kept you in prayer. To quote Jesus' words from John: "As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake i consecrate myself, that they too may be consecrated by the truth... Father, they are your gift to me..."
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written by solo el pueblo salva al pueblo, December 18, 2010
Respect and Solidarity greetings from Belgium. The word here is spread by "Justicia Y Paz en Guatemala"
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Rural Advocate, Mom, Grandma, Great-grandma, activist
written by Marietta Thompson, January 04, 2011
Thank you for your commitment! My life is too busy to do the actual foot work you do. You are so appreciated! I'm so sorry it is costing you time in jail. I hope the days go by fast! Love & Prayers,Marietta
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written by Aida Ashouri, January 04, 2011
peaceful thoughts and positive energy.
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written by Katherine Black, January 04, 2011
You have my admiration, support and gratitude for acting with courage on your convictions of justice and peace.
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written by Patricia Parker, January 04, 2011
Bless you for doing the work for all the rest of us. And paying the price.
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KEEP YOUR HEADS HELD HIGH, YOU ARE HEROS
written by Kenneth Schufflar, January 04, 2011
I applaud your courage in confronting the evil that has become the United States Military Establishment,
School Of The Americas!
You all are true heros and we shall fight endlessly to close this terrorist training school and set you free.
GOD BLESS THE RESISTANCE! DIOS LOS BENDIGA!
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What are we doing out here?
written by Ken Nahigian, January 04, 2011
In 1846, Henry David Thoreau went to jail for refusing to pay an illegal and immoral poll tax. Emerson visited him in jail and asked, “Henry, what are you doing in there?” Thoreau replied, “Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?” Now you are prisoners of conscious in jail because you had courage to act on an idividual ideal, and accept the consequences of that. The question is, what are we doing out here?
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written by SANDRA APPLEBAUM, January 04, 2011
Bless you for your dedication and courage!
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written by Mary Ann Maikish, January 04, 2011
Thank you for your courage and self sacrifice to bring to light the atrocities of the Schools For The Americas(SOA)--that the United States has created and supports. These organizations are totally not what theis country was founded for but the exact opposite.
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I wish I could be free to join you.
written by Judy Ladd, January 04, 2011
We need your activism and strength. It will come a time when everyne will need to be on the street protesting the actions of our current government. The SOA is symptomatic of what ails us as a country. I support your efforts and appluad your stalwartness in the face of corporate evil.
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written by Matthew Swyers, January 04, 2011
You are not alone - we are grateful for your courage and strength in these times. Good luck tomorrow.
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Leader, Valley Interfaith Project
written by Patricia Orlinski, January 04, 2011
I am so grateful to you for your courage and integrity. I wish I could have been with you, though I'm not sure I would have been as courageous. I send my spirit of strength and caring to stay with you as you spend your time in prison. I send you blessings and all the joy and lightness I can give you, to make your days brighter.
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written by Mallory , January 04, 2011
Best Wishes and my admiration
Mallory
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written by Peter Lockwood, January 04, 2011
I am watching the activities of the SOA and the protesters. Many U.S. citizens have no idea of SOA Watch, or even of SOA. I will try to stay abreast of your trials and jail sentences while I also will remember you in all my prayers. At my weekly mass, we always petition Our Heavenly Father for many things. I will make it a special point to pray for my brothers and sisters who suffer for the sake of justice, including all of you at SOA Watch. May the heavenly angles be at your side constantly, protecting you from all harm as you proceed to bring light into the world. God bless you all for speaking up for justice and humanitarian values.
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COURAGE! YOU ARE REMEMBERED and LOVED!
written by Jackie Leavy, January 05, 2011
To David and Father Louie: The sick distorted "justice system" that would put people of conscience in prison is made weaker by your sacrifice. Like many others who've written to you, I'm trying to tell as many people as I can about SOA Watch and your personal ordeals. I've been an organizer and advocate since my teens. I was inspried by the Berrigan Brothers to oppose the VietNam War. Hopefully thru SOA WATCH, we can all do a little to help educate and liberate the thinking of the American people, and especially our youth, who are kept IGNORANT of such crucial human rights campaigns and the vicious crimes that you are protesting. David: I want to under-score what another supporter wrote about a MAN of COLOR in the grips of the U.S. Prison system - I pray every day for your release, that you stay SAFE AND STRONG. Please know that all across Chicago and our suburbs there are YOUTH GROUPS protesting against the incarceration of youth and men of color- YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Father Louie: A local church here in Oak Park, IL teaches about SOA Watch regularly, so you ARE BEING HEARD! Now we all have to help the Legal Defense Fund, and convince Congress to SHUT DOWN THE SOA! Hopefully, my husband and I will be able to be at the gates in 2011 to join all of our heroes of conscience. With love, hope, and everlasting concern and support - Jackie
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written by Lavonne Heacock, January 05, 2011
Today, January 5, is my Father's birthday. He passed away this past August, and would have been 85. It is because of his life's dedication to Peace and Justice, that I owe him any knowledge at all of this "school". He had many friends who he admired, who also chose the difficult task of civil disobedience. I know he would be up early this morning and every morning after, writing and communicating to all of you if he could. Instead, it is my heart that I send to those of you who are the true "soldiers" of PEACE. It is a much more difficult road to follow than most of us can imagine.
Thank you for your strength. You are greatly admired and appreciated.

Lavonne Heacock, daughter of Richard K. Heacock, Jr. of Fairbanks, Alaska
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written by Miguel Detonnaciones, January 05, 2011
Dear SOA Resisters,

As the U. S. state-capitalist "RICO" Government, utter prostitute to the petroleum-finance-military-industrial plutocracy, sinks deeper into lawlessness, proto-police-state proto-totalitarianism, war crimes, crimes against humanity in general, and multi-genocidal -- humanocidal -- mass murder, worldwide, including towards its own citizens [cf. New Orlenas, Louisiana, etc.], as well as towards the citizens of all other nations, and especially towards those residing in its "Third World" "free fire zones", that ultra-criminal government will seek to increase the cost, to its own citizens, of even the slightest resistance on their part to its crimes, without limit.

Only the concerted non-violent revolutionary action of the majority of the citizens of the United States can end this nightmare, and open the first GLOBAL Renaissance in recorded human history.

From the fact that the peoples of the former Soviet Union, and of Stalinist Eastern Europe, were able to overthrow their vicious Stalinist state-capitalist police-states with very little bloodshed -- until the U. S. plutocracy re-asserted itself there, to punish those peoples for their democratic aspirations -- we also know that the citizens of the U.S., once awakened to their moral -- and mortal -- peril from the continued global rule of this vicious, Caligulan, Neroan plutocracy, can overthrow that plutocracy, and rid the world forever of its Sauronic rule, BEFORE that plutocracy -- as it presently plans -- plunges humanity into a new, nearly-totally depopulating, and, this time, likely FINAL Dark Age.

Thank you for risking so much to help toward awakening the citizens of the United States to their moral, and mortal, peril, under the continued Obama = Bush = plutocratic police-state stealth-dictatorship regime!

Regards,

Miguel
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written by Catherine, January 05, 2011
Thank you for your courage and inspiration. You are setting an example of true solidarity and love in the footsteps of Christ. May you both be blessed with peacful hearts.
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written by Catherine, January 05, 2011
Thank you for your courage and inspiration. You are setting a true example of what it means to follow in the foorsteps of Christ, in solidarity and love. May your time in prison be peaceful. We will hold you in our prayers.
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written by Dorothy Ritter, January 05, 2011
As a Registered Nurse and for the health of our world, I thank you for your non-cooperation with our Empire. My prayers that your prophetic witness of non-violence continues to touch the lives of all those you encounter in your prison term.
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written by Mike Ellison, January 05, 2011
Thank you for being the Light of Christ incarnate for all of us. May that Light be joy and power to you.
Thank you for being the conscience of the US and the church incarnate for us.
May the Peace of Christ be with you.
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