From: SOA Watch Legal Team <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Jan 26, 2009
Today, on January 26, six human rights advocates appeared in a federal
found "guilty" of carrying the protest against the School of the
were among the thousands who gathered on November 22 and 23, 2008
outside the gates of
The "SOA 6" spoke out clearly and powerful in court today. They made a
compelling case for the closure of the school and creation of a
culture of justice and peace, where there is no place for the SOA
mindset that promotes military "solutions" to social and economic
problems. The six spent the weekend preparing for their trials with a
team of lawyers, legal workers and volunteers, and today they stood up
for all of us working for a more just world.
The "SOA 6":
Father Luis Barrios, 56, from North Bergen, NJ, was sentenced to 2
months in federal prison and a $250 fine
Theresa Cusimano, 40, Denver, Colorado, found guilty and awaiting sentencing
Kristin Holm, from Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to 2 months in
federal prison and a $250 fine
Sr. Diane Pinchot, OSU, 63, from Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced to 2
months in federal prison
Al Simmons, 64, from Richmond, Virginia, was sentenced to 2 months in
Louis Wolf, 68, from Washington, DC, found guilty and awaiting sentencing
Support the "SOA 6" http://www.soaw.org/site/article.php?id=129
Fr. Luis Barrios
Father Luis Barrios is the Chairperson of the Department of Latin
American & Latina/o Studies at
Examiner with the
an Associate Priest at St. Mary's Episcopal Church,
Foundation for Community Organizing-Pastor for Peace. Professor
Barrios is a columnist with El Diario La Prensa and has been honored
with the Media Award-2006-GLAAD as an Outstanding Spanish Language
Newspaper Columnist and was nominated again in the year 2008. He
teaches courses on gangs, criminal justice, cultural criminology,
Studies, race and ethnicity, and Latina/os Studies.
Theresa M. Cusimano, J.D., served as a public interest advocate for
twenty years. Her Italian/Irish passion for social justice has led her
to work with: the
and refugee issues, the federal Department of Education on the
Americans with Disabilities Act and more recently with
Compact to support college campus engagement in community problem
solving. Cusimano was born in New York, raised outside of
and has the joy of living in the
is both honored and extremely humbled to have participated in
nonviolent civil disobedience with her five co-defendants who
together, face trial on Monday, January 26th.
On November 23rd, 2008, Kristin Holm, a first year student at the
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), along with five others,
entered the base of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation's (WHINSEC).
Kristin is the third seminary student from
civil disobedience at the WHINSEC vigil in the past five years. The
others are Elizabeth Deligio, CTU, 2005; and Le Anne Clausen, CTS, 2008.
Sister Diane Therese Pinchot, OSF
Born and raised in
Diane Pinchot entered the Ursuline Sisters of
teaching since. Her assignments have included
College in Pepper Pike. After completing several degrees -- an MALS at
degree an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture in 1990 at
come and help design and build an altar on the spot where the
Churchwomen were found in a shallow grave after they were raped and
killed. This significant action slowly changed Diane's life and over
time the Central American martyrs, especially Dorothy Kazel, a member
of the Ursuline community, inspired her to become more active in
social justice groups within the community and other national
organizations. Her artwork has also reflected this transformation,
becoming more narrative and engaging the viewer to question the
meaning behind the form. She has exhibited her work internationally,
nationally and regionally and has come to realize the sacred
connection of justice and art making especially when it is grounded in peace and love.
I' m a 64 year old pre-school teacher who retired last year. I was a
teacher and director in pre-school programs in
been married for 32 years to Marcia Deckinson.
We enjoy birding, camping, scrabble, reading, silliness and each other.
had to be a better way. The past forthy years I've been involved in
peace, social and economic justice, gay rights, woman's rights and
death penalty issues.
As I had said often to my four year olds in pre-school "Don't hurt-
use words". I have been saying that, in various ways, to my government
for many years.
Born October 31, 1940 in
Spent one year (1961) in
Officer (1964) with Flanner House,
as a conscientious objector to military service in
building wells, water-seal latrines, and a school.
Did postgraduate studies (1967-72) at the University of the
Philippines.(1969-72) with Dispatch News Service International and
American Report. Freelance writer and researcher in
with Transnational Research Associates International.
Co-founder and research director (1978-2005) of CovertAction
Information Bulletin renamed
Staff member (2007-present), Rock Creek Free Press,
Co-editor of two books, "Dirty Work: The CIA in
and "Dirty Work II: The CIA in