Fifteen SOA Watch Activists Go to Trial for Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Print

On May 10th, 2011, fifteen of the the 27 SOA Watch activists arrested at the White House on April 10th were arraigned in the D.C. Superior Court, in front of Judge Ringell, for their protest against the SOA/WHINSEC and the continued US militarization of the Americas. The activsts were arrested while recreating a die-in, representative of the innumerable massacres of poor people in Latin America at the hands of SOA graduates, at the service of big business.

Represented by attorneys Ann Wilcox and Mark Goldstone, the fifteen defendants were given a trial date of September 12, 2011.  An additional charge of "Blocking/Incomoding" was added to the original charge of "Failure to Obey".

The fifteen defendants are:

Alice Gerard, NY
Ann Tiffany, NY
Chris Gaunt, IA
David Barrows, DC
Ed Kinane, NY
Eve Tetaz, DC
Jack Gilroy, NY
Judith Kelly, VA
Maia Rodriguez, VA
Megan Felt, IA
Nico Udu-gama, DC
Paki Wieland, MA
Priscilla Treska, OH
Sarah Sommers, OH
Scott Wright, DC

The defendants plan to use their trial to shed light on the past and present history of US militarization and economic domination of Latin America, and to repeat the call to President Obama to shut down the School of the Americas by executive order.

We ask you to use the actions of our sisters and brothers in solidarity and to please contact your representatives and ask them to sign on to the Congressional letter to Obama!  Yes, we can!

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