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Salem City Council Sends Letter to SOA Judge

The Salem City Council passed a resolution on Monday, July 1 calling for compassionate sentencing of Chani Geigle, one of the SOA 37. In addition to the letter, the council voted to send an addendum listing all of Ms. Geigle's service to the people of Salem and a video transcript of the debate.
July 1, 2002
The Honorable G. Mallon Faircloth
U. S. Magistrate Judge
P. O. Box 117
Columbus, GA 31902

Dear Judge Faircloth:

We are writing today to express our strong support for Ms. Chani Geigle, a Salem citizen who is being tried for civil
disobedience at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), formerly the School of the
Americas (SOA). Ms. Geigle is a courageous young woman willing to put her support for human rights above her
own well being. In this case, she stands with many Americans who are appalled at the SOA's record of educating
large numbers of officers later implicated in mass murder, torture, and other crimes and are now concerned about
its continued operation as WHISC.

Ms. Geigle's actions harmed no one, but sent a message to America's leaders that we demand that our country's
institutions live up to its principles in defending freedom and human rights. There is no doubt that the U.S. record in
Latin America is quite mixed in that regard, and that the SOA certainly was involved in the training of a large number
of leaders who committed atrocious crimes such as Manual Noriega (Panama), Roberto D'Abuisson (El Salvador),
and Roberto Viola (Argentina). By protesting against the school's operations, citizens like Ms. Geigle defend
America's most cherished ideals in accordance with the legacy of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

We urge you to consider the context in which Ms. Geigle carried out her non-violent action, her aims, and her
outstanding record as an engaged citizen and peace-activist.

Mike Swaim, Mayor William Smaldone, Council President

Kasia Quillinan, Ward 1 Councilor Brad Nanke, Ward 3 Councilor

Wes Bennett, Ward 4 Councilor Rick Stucky, Ward 5 Councilor

Bob Wallace, Ward 6 Councilor Anna Braun, Ward 7 Councilor

Linda Bierly, Ward 8 Councilor

homepage: homepage: http://www.oregonpeaceworks.org
phone: phone: 503-378-7812

Celebrate true patriots on July 4 04.Jul.2002 01:37


What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than to pay tribute to the SOA 37, who will soon go on trial, for being true Patriots & for opposing U.S.-trained terrorists at the Army's School of "Assassins" in ft. Benning, GA.

Bravo to all you non-violence activists who put your bodies on the line against State-sponsored terrorism. Today they'll try dozens, tomorrow they may have to try hundreds, and perhaps the day after that, there may be thousands...

Proud to be a Peace supporter on this historic day.

Good on you, Salem 04.Jul.2002 10:12

sue tduncan@pacifier.com

It's so inspiring to know that City Councils like Salem's exist. Thanks all for this message. We will carry it today during our rally calling for the protection of the Bill of Rights and the end of the endless war.

It was sad 06.Jul.2002 08:46


This 4th was pretty sad, because it became obvious that all the sacrifices people may have made in the past were given up by this comfortable, complacent society which doesn't even seem to care what the government has done.

Not everyone has given up hope of a free society governed by the people, but so many seem to have. It makes me sick to see all the patriotic songs and parades to twist our emotion, while the media and government defile the very spirit those sacrifices were made for.