|Letter from Opelika Jail|
Theresa Cusimano - SOA Watch Prisoner of Conscience sentenced to 6 months for her nonviolent action against the School of the Americas - wrote a few words to be shared with the SOA Watch community. Theresa will be released on July 11, 2012. At the time of writing, she was had served almost half of her sentence at the Opelika County Jail in Opelika, Alabama. On February 23, her cellmate committed suicide, and Theresa was the one who cut her down. Theresa has since been moved to Federal Medical Facility Carswell, in Texas.
UPDATE: JULY 11, 2012 - Theresa has been released from FMC Carswell!
"Within this context, my cellmates offer me their underwear, their socks, their sheets when they notice my shaking won't go away. They share everything that they buy off the stores if anyone put $10 or $20 in their accounts. You can see in their eyes a desire to be loved and listened to. The cable T.V. is a luxury they enjoy in jail as they schedule their days at the pop culture of the Kardashians, Locked Up, Mob Wives, the Bachelor and Sweet Home Alabama. Things get really exciting when horror movies or "A Thousand Ways to Die" comes on. I've not yet seen their ability to absorb violence challenged. The words hardy, resilient, survivors were created in our collective vocabulary because of them. I sit in awe.
"So I wake up and thank God that mine is NOT a life sentence and write my silly little letters to legislators begging them to stop exporting our culture of violence. I feel ridiculously insignificant as I observe all of this around me. But my presence seems to provide entertainment... as if I am E.T. instead of T.C. I'm convinved my purpose for being here was to hold my cellmate, gently as she died and pray over her. It makes me wonder how we, as a society might more gently hold the living. ..."
Theresa also asks the movement to write letters to the commander of Ft Benning, "to ask him to cut WHINSEC from Ft. Benning's budget as he makes recommendations for Congress for military cuts!!":
Major General Robert B Brown
PO Box 4566
Washington, DC 20017