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Support imprisoned SOA protester Chani Geigle-Teller

School of the Americas Update

Included in this e-mail:
Salem Vigil
Chani address
SOA Benefit
Fort Benning Rally/Action
Salem Vigil/Rally This Thursday

Please Support Chani Geigle-Teller
and speak out against an attack on Iraq
every Thursday, 5:30-6:30 pm
at the corner of High & Court in Salem
Info: 503-585-2767, 378-7812
 http://www.oregonpeacefestival.org/

Chani's address (She's doing OK but she wants more letters)

Federal Prison Camp Dublin
Chantilly Geigle 90968-020
5775 8th St., Lamp Parks
Dublin, CA 94568

Benefit Dinner

There wiil be a Benefit Spaghetti Dinner & Dessert Auction to
raise funds for this year's SOA Oregon Delegation. The event will be held
at the First Congregational Church, 700 Marion St NE, in Salem. We will
show the new SOAWatch video and provide an update on Chani. We also hope
to provide musical entertainment.
Please tell your friends, co-workers and family about this
important event. And, if you'd like to volunteer to work in the kitchen,
registration table or make one or more desserts for the auction,contact:
Trey Smith: 503-378-7812,  vote4pgp@wvi.com


Close Down the School of Assassins!
Massive Rally and Nonviolent Civil Resistance Actions
Fort Benning, GA: November 15-17, 2002

WORK TOWARDS A CULTURE OF JUSTICE AND PEACE AND DEFY THE SYSTEM OF
TERROR AND VIOLENCE

The surge of dissent against increasing U.S.military and economic
intervention in Latin America and the Carribbean has been met in
recent months with violence and repression. Meanwhile plans for US military
action in Iraq intensitfy and the fire of the Bush administration's "war
on terrorism" flares with big oil and disregard for real domestic
social problems.

Not a month goes by in which we don't learn about civil resistance
actions and massive demonstrations by campesinos, union workers,
students and others in Latin America. In response to this, we must
show our solidarity with our sisters and brothers. The people are standing
up against the selling out of their natural resources to US and
multinational corporations, to military repression, and to
intimidation.

Massive organizing has taken place in Ecuador, as the people mobilize
civil resistance actions against the Free Trade of the Americas
Agreement (FTAA) summit that is going to take place in Quito, the
capital of Ecuador from October 27 - November 3. In Colombia, masses
of women organized by the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) and others
have taken to the streets in opposition to the deadly US-funded war.
In Argentina hundreds of thousands bang on their "caceroles" (pots and
pans) against the neoliberal order.

It is obvious and understood that the repression of the poor in order
to maintain the status quo-to keep the rich powerful and the poor silent
is unable to happen without the military muscle trained at the SOA.
The School of the Americas renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for
Security Cooperation is playing a crucial part in this project. If we
really are serious about eliminating terrorism around the world, it
is imperative that we should begin in our own backyard and shut down our
own terrorist training camp, the SOA/WHISC.

The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation/ School of
the Americas is a US military training school established in Panama in
1946, ostensibly "to bring stability to Latin America." Currently located
at Fort Benning, GA, the SOA, often dubbed the "School of Assassins,"
trains hundreds of soldiers each year, at a cost to US tax payers of
millions of dollars annually. Graduates of the SOA training program
have done little to promote stability in their countries. In fact,
hundreds have already been cited in the rape, "disappearance," torture, and
massacre of thousands of Latin Americans. Their primary targets have
included educators, union organizers, religious workers, student
leaders, indigenous communities and those who speak out on behalf of
the poor.

A Resistance movement to challenge and change corrupt and oppressive
US foreign policy and ultimately to close the School of the
Americas/WHISC formed after the truth about the SOA came to light. This
movement,
which began 10 years ago, is deeply rooted in the spirit of nonviolence and
has been able to educate and empower broad sectors of society. As a
result of uncompromising nonviolent civil resistance actions on the
US Army base, Fort Benning, 70 SOA Watch human rights defenders have
cumulatively spent 50 years in prison, serving sentences ranging from
one to 24 months. An additio nal 28 prisoners of conscience are
currently serving between 3 and 6 months in prison across the US.

WORK TOWARDS A CULTURE OF JUSTICE AND PEACE AND DEFY THE SYSTEM OF
TERROR AND VIOLENCE

On November 15-17 2002, thousands of people of faith and conscience
will converge in Georgia at the gates of the Fort Benning military base
and engage in nonviolent direct action to say NO to torture, rape and
murder in our names and to shut down the School of the Americas (SOA). We
will walk along with the spirits of the martyred in remembrance and to
demand justice.

For more information about the November 2002 vigil and nonviolence
civil resistance actions, visit www.soaw.org
For Oregon info call OPW at 503-585-2767.

Oregon PeaceWorks
Oregon PeaceWorks Fund
104 Commercial St NE
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 585-2767
Fax (503) 588-0088
 opw@oregonpeaceworks.org
www.oregonpeaceworks.org

phone: phone: (503) 585-2767
address: address: 104 Commercial St NE, Salem, OR 97301

more about chani 15.Oct.2002 22:55

friend of SOA activists

In July 2002, Chani Geigle-Teller was sentenced to 6 months in a federal minimum security prison and fined $1000 for her role in last year's national protest at School of the Americas (SOA) in Georgia. She entered Federal Prison Camp Dublin in September. As an activist, a former OregonPeaceWorks program assistant, and as a person, she is much loved by her community. During her trial, she received public support from the City Council and residents of Salem. Chani was one of many activists, who received six months sentences for speaking out against the brutal violence carried out by SOA graduates. Other Oregonians also protested at the SOA last year. Like all political prisoners, she deserves our support. Take a few minutes to write her a letter and let her know she is loved, missed, and admired.

When is the dinner? 16.Oct.2002 00:14

sue

On what date and at what time is the SOAW benefit dinner? Thanks!

time/date of dinner 16.Oct.2002 11:29

wrote to trey, he wrote back

The dinner is scheduled for Friday, October 25, 6:00 - 8:30
p.m.