On July 1, Prisoners of Conscience Nancy Smith (Claverack, NY) and Chris Spicer (Chicago, IL) will be released from detention after 6 months for crossing the line at Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA. Nancy spent most of her time at FCI Danbury, in Connecticut, while Chris spent some time in FDI Seaton, in Washington State, and was later remanded to a halfway home in Chicago.
Nancy and Chris, along with the other 243 other individuals who collectively have served 100.5 years in prison, represent the strength of the movement to close the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC): a commitment to speaking truth to justice that transcends borders, nationalities or the stone walls of a prison cell. They can jail the resisters, but they can't jail the resistance!
If you are interested in putting your body on the line and taking a stand for justice, there are many former Prisoners of Conscience (POC) who can advise you and help you discern whether this action is right for you. Nonviolent direct actions send a powerful message of resistance to those in power and a message of love and solidarity to those affected by our government's policies. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in crossing the line this year at the 2011 SOA Watch Vigil in Ft. Benning, GA.
For more information on the 2011 vigil, click here.