|Theresa Cusimano is Free!|
"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice" - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Welcome Home, Theresa! Our Resistance Continues...
Exciting news! Today, July 11, 2012, at 8:35am EST, SOA Watch Prisoner of Conscience Theresa Cusimano was released from the FMC Carswell federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. She is reported to be "extremely happy" and is expected to arrive at her Florida home today. We are very excited that Theresa will be joining her loved ones and going back home!
Theresa was sentenced to 6 months in prison by Magistrate Judge Stephen Hyles in January for her nonviolent action of crossing onto Fort Benning, in protest of the continued existence of the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC). Theresa had previously served a 2-month sentence in 2009 for similar actions. While peaceful actions like hers continue to be met with harsh prison sentences, those who continue to train the art of killing have never been investigated or sent to jail.
We are grateful to Theresa for her courage and vision to continue SOA Watch's nonviolent direct action campaign at the gates of Fort Benning. As the healing begins for Theresa, we continue to work for the healing of our Americas - free of militarization and oppression!
The Importance of Nonviolent Direct Action to Close the SOA/WHINSEC
Theresa is one of the 300 different individuals who have endured harsh sentences for their peaceful actions at Fort Benning. All throughout history, we know that real change has not come about without a fight. During the Civil Rights movement, hundreds of activists endured beatings, jail time - or worse - for their actions to change a culture of racism and oppression. Now, in Honduras, peaceful protest against SOA-led violence is being met with similar repression.
Our actions against the SOA/WHINSEC do not go unnoticed in Latin America. SOA Watch prisoners of conscience have consistently been a topic of discussion for Latin American press, social movements and even presidents. Click on the image at right to see this blast from the past: during a visit from then-Senator Bob Dole with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, Fr. Roy's unjust 18 month prison sentence was a point of embarrassment for the US.
Also, see this video of SOA Watch Field Organizer Nico Udu-gama being interviewed on Russia Today about the legacy of the SOA and the continued militarization of Latin America.
See you at the gates of Fort Benning, November 16-18, 2012!
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