Three folks have refused bond conditions and are locked up in a county jail in southern Georgia after being arrested for climbing over the fence onto Ft. Benning as part of a resistance action calling for the closure of the School of the Americas/WHISC.
Their bond conditions include money, and a promise that they will not violate the law or go back onto Ft. Benning. These three are refusing to agree to those terms.
The three, Ben Jiminez, Mike O'Grady and Gary Ashbeck are all being prosecuted wth an unlawful entry charge, along with about 40 other people who were arrested two weeks ago for acting to close the SOA. They will likely recieve three to six months in prison once they go to trial on Jan. 26th, in federal court in Columus GA. Jiminez and O'Grady are also Jesuit priests.
You can write to these three (but only one letter/envelope per name of course)
Muscogee County Jail
700 10th St.
Columbus, GA 31909
The SOA/WHISC is a terror training school run by the US Army in Ft. Benning GA that trains Latin American soliders in counterinsurgency warfare, torture, pyshological operations, and various other combat tactics. The graduates of this school make up a who's who list the most notorious human rights abusers in recent Latin American history, including dictators and the leaders of numerous death squads. Along with a legistative campaign to cut the SOA's funding, there is a direct action campaign that has resulted in thousands of arrests over the past 13 years, and about 130 people sent to prison (and about 50 placed on probation) for their acts of resistance.
At least one person from Oregon is being prosecuted this year, and is out on bond and at home pending trial Jan. 26. There have been 6 Oregonians sent to prison for 3-6 month sentences each for previous resistance actions at the SOA.
For more info www.soaw.org
For coverage of the action www.atlanta.indymedia.org
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