Charges Dropped for 13 Colombia Mobilization Defendents Print

Six days before their trial for singing, praying, and chanting in the entrances to the U.S. Capitol, the U'Wa Life Affinity Group was notified that their charges of "obstructing capitol grounds" had been dropped. These thirteen were planning to stand trial for their acts of resistence during the Colombia Mobilization in April. A total of 37 people participated in affinity group actions were arrested for their actions, calling for an end to the deadly war in Colombia, fumigations, and the training of soldiers at the SOA. They were released later that day and were charged with ?Obstructing Capitol Grounds.?

Two affinity groups were arrested that day: the Rainbow Revolutionaries and the U?Wa Life Affinity Group. With the dropped charges for U'Wa Life, who were to stand trial on July 10th, the seven dedicated women of the Rainbow Revolutionaries continue to await trial on July 17th.

We celebrate the bravery, persistence, and sacrifice of the U'Wa Life Affinity Group and all who embrace resistence into their message of justice and peace. Please continue to support all SOA Watch activists who are currently awaiting trial: the SOA 43 facing charges in Columbus, GA for November, 2001 actions (trial beginning July 8th), the activists who occupied Senator Durbin's office in Chicago, and to those who occupied DeWine's office in Ohio. Any support, both within and outside the courtroom, would be greatly appreciated. Any support, both within and outside the courtroom, would be greatly appreciated.

Direct Action has been an essential part of every successful social change movement for hundreds of years. In the U.S., movements for women's suffrage, civil rights, anti-war, environmental rights, and Central American solidarity are just a few examples of effective direct action campaign. Well-planned nonviolent direct action intervenes in political processes that exclude ordinary citizens, forcing the issues into the public agenda through the creation of a moral crisis.

U'Wa Life Affinity Group
Steve Baggarly, Cynthia Banas, Susan Crane, Matt Daloisio, Art Lafflin, Scott Langley, Colleen McCarthy, Fr. Bill Pickard, Sheila Stumph, Ruthy Woodring, Lenore Yarger, Joe Gump, Jean Gump

Rainbow Revolutionaries
Kate Berrigan, Jackie Downing, Shauna Farabaugh, Ann George, Anna Hendricks, Becky Johnson, Sarah Saunders

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