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From mcr@sandelman.ottawa.on.ca  Mon Nov 23 14: 14:46 1998
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From: ad207@freenet.carleton.ca (Richard Sanders)
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Subject: "School of the Americas" prisoners in town, Nov 29
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Resent-From: "Michael C. Richardson" <mcr@istari.sandelman.ottawa.on.ca>

Three of the prisoners of conscience who were jailed for six months, as a
result of a peaceful protest at the School of the Americas, have recently
been released and will be in Ottawa on Nov. 29. 

School of the Americas = School of Assassins 
The US Army School of the Americas (Fort Benning, Georgia) has trained 
60,000 Latin American soldiers in combat skills, commando tactics, 
military intelligence and torture techniques.  Hundreds of thousands of 
Latin Americans have been tortured, raped, assassinated, "disappeared," 
massacred and forced into exile by graduates of the "School of 
Assassins."  SOA graduates target educators, union organizers, religious 
workers, student leaders, the poor and those who work for the rights of 
the poor. 
On November 22, 2,000 people, including actor Martin Sheen, were taken 
into custody during a demonstration at the SOA.  
On November 16, 1997, the eighth anniversary of the murder by SOA 
graduates of six Jesuit professors and two women in El Salvador, 601 
protesters entered Fort Benning in a solemn funeral procession.  They 
carried crosses bearing the names of victims of massacres and eight 
symbolic coffins filled with petitions from thousands upon thousands of 
North and South American citizens.  All 601 were arrested.  Twenty-five 
of the marchers, targeted as "repeat offenders," received sentences of 
six months in prison and $3,000 fines.   
Three of these prisoners of conscience, who have finished serving their 
six month sentence, will visit Ottawa and participate in: 
Sunday service on Nov. 29, '98,  10:30 a.m. 
Sermon by Rev. Nick Cardell  
First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Street 
Rev. Nick Cardell,  
Minister Emeritus, Syracuse Unitarian Congregation, New York.  Serving 
as a parachutist in the US Army during World War II, he was a prisoner 
of war for three months. 
Anne Tiffany, 
Retired mental health nurse and clinical supervisor with a master's 
degree in counselling/psychology.  She has four children and 12 
grandchildren.  She lives in Syracuse, New York.  
Sr. Megan Rice, 
Sister of the Holy Child who served for over 30 years as a missionary, 
science teacher and school administrator in West Africa.  She has worked 
with homeless persons in the South Bronx and currently serves in an 
inner city parish in Syracuse, New York. 
Organized by: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa and First 
Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa 

For information, or for interviews, contact: 749-3147  or  741-3984


This email is being forwarded to you by Richard Sanders.
(I'm not an organizer of this event. I'm just a messenger, so please don't
call me for information about this important event, thanks.)

Richard Sanders, Coordinator, Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)
COAT, 489 Metcalfe St., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  K1S 3N7
Tel: (613) 231-3076     Fax (613) 231-2614   
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