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New York Times - January 14, 2002
Military School Protesters Freed
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) -- Seven women, including an 89-year-old nun, were released
from federal custody Monday after serving six-month sentences for
trespassing at a Georgia school that trains Latin American soldiers.
The women were convicted last summer of trespassing during a protest at what
was once known as the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Ga.
Among the seven were three Roman Catholic nuns: Sisters Dorothy Hennessey,
89, Gwen Hennessey, 68, of Dubuque, Iowa, and Elizabeth Anne McKenzie, 72,
of St. Paul, Minn.
At a news conference at the Pekin Federal Prison Camp, McKenzie and others
pledged to continue protesting at the school, now called the Western
Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, which they accuse of training
soldiers who have been linked to murder, torture and other human rights
``It's just a matter of, `Here's a job to be done, with a risk,''' McKenzie
Rebecca Kanner, 44, of Ann Arbor, Mich., said: ``Our effect has been felt,
and we won't stop until the school is closed down.''
Most of the women served their sentences at the Pekin prison camp. Dorothy
Hennessey, Gwen Hennessey's sister, was released from a halfway house in
Iowa, where she served her sentence because of health concerns.
A total of 26 people were convicted of trespassing during the November 2000
protest in which 3,400 people crossed onto the Army base without permission.
Nineteen people remain in various federal prisons; two more women were
scheduled to be released Tuesday and another will get out next month.
Military officials have said the school's goal is to teach democratic
principles to future Latin American leaders.
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