Saturday, June 19, 2010

Judge Faircloth Change of Heart? Michael Walli Released from Jail!

    6/18/2010// Today, only three days after he was sentenced to six months of federal
    prison for carrying the protest against the School of the Americas
    onto Fort Benning, Michael Walli was released from jail.

    Early Thursday, Michael was ordered to pack up his belongings from his
    jail cell. He expected that he would be transferred to a federal
    facility but was then told by the wardens that he is free to go, without any further explanation.

    From the jail, Michael managed to get to Father Roy Bourgeois'
    apartment at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia. The two celebrated
    his release and Michael is now on a bus headed to his home in Washington, DC.

    According to the Columbus Ledger Enquirer, U.S. Magistrate G. Mallon
    Faircloth, who had only days ago handed down the maximum sentence to
    Michael, reduced Michael's sentence to time served.

    SOA Watch activists are full of joy that Michael is out and that he will soon be
    reunited with the great folks at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House
    in DC. Michael can be reached at 503 Rock Creek Church Road
    Northwest, Washington, DC 20010-1612. Phone: (202) 882-9649

    At the same time, the human rights defenders Ken Hayes, Father Louis
    Vitale and Nancy Gwin, all of whom were arrested with Michael during
    the 2009 vigil at the SOA/WHINSEC, remain in federal prison where they
    serve their harsh prison sentences.

    Please contact Judge G. Mallon Faircloth to commend him for doing the
    right thing in Michael Walli's case and to also demand the release of
    ALL Prisoners of Conscience that he incarcerated. There is no
    justification that our friends Nancy, Ken, and Louis are spending
    their days and nights in prison for speaking out against the SOA,
    while those responsible for the training of human rights abusers and
    for the use of torture manuals at the SOA have never even been investigated:

    G. Mallon Faircloth
    U.S. Magistrate Judge
    Post Office Box 117
    Columbus, GA 31902-0117

    Courtroom Clerk:
    Terrie Smith - (706) 653-2942

    Please also send messages of support to the Prisoners of Conscience
    who are still incarcerated in federal prisons across the United States
    and let them know that you are keeping up the work to close the School
    of the Americas and to change U.S. foreign policy! You can find their
    prison addresses here:

    Consider engaging in nonviolent direct action:
    Keep the pressure on! People who put their bodies on the line to speak
    in solidarity with the people of Latin America are crucial in the
    struggle to close the SOA/ WHINSEC.

    Stand up for justice at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia in November:

    For more information:
    SOA Watch, PO Box 4566, Washington, D.C. 20017, USA
    Telephone: (202) 234 3440
    Click here to fund the campaign to close the SOA.
    [I'm happy to have some good news to share today!]


One Fly said...

Good news has happened. Not often it does.

Border Explorer said...

I know. Must celebrate the small successes when one finds them. Thanks for joining in that joy, One Fly!