Human Rights Advocate Sentenced for Civil Disobedience at the School of the Americas

June 14, 2010
For Immediate Release

         Human rights advocate sentenced to six months in federal prison for                         Civil Disobedience at the School of the Americas.           

    Washington, DC CWer Michael Walli was one of four human rights
    advocates who were arrested during the annual November Vigil to close
    the School of the Americas / Western Hemisphere Institute for Security
    Cooperation (SOA/ WHINSEC). Michael Walli was sentenced on Monday,
    June 14, 2010 to six months in federal prison.
    During his November arraignment, Michael told judge Malon Faircloth
    that he would not pay any bail and that he would not voluntarily
    return for the trial. Michael Walli made good on his promise and
    Faircloth issued a warrant for Michael's arrest. Federal marshals
    arrested Michael in March 2010 at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker
    House in Washington, DC.
    Ken Hayes, Father Louis Vitale and Nancy Gwin, the three human rights
    advocates who were arrested together with Michael Walli, were each
    sentenced in January 2010 to six months in prison as well – the
    maximum allowed for the charge of tresspass. The extremely harsh
    sentences are intended to deter others from following the example of
    the 'SOAW 4.'
    "Those who speak out for justice are facing prison time while
    SOA-trained torturers and assassins are operating with impunity," said
    SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois.
    The SOA/WHINSEC is a combat training school for Latin American
    soldiers. Its graduates are consistently involved in human rights
    atrocities and coups, including the El Mozote Massacre in El Salvador
    and last year's military coup in Honduras. In 1996 the Pentagon was
    forced to release training manuals used at the school that advocated
    the use of torture, extortion and execution.
    SOA Watch works to stand in solidarity with people of Latin America,
    to change oppressive US foreign policy, and to close the SOA/WHINSEC.
    In November 2010, thousands will return to the gates of Fort Benning
    to call for justice and accountability.

    Send a message of solidarity to the prisoners:

    Make plans to join the November Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning:

    School of the Americas Watch,


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