Our spiritual assistant arrested and charge...
> Our spiritual assistant arrested and charged for living the[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> Hi-I wanted to inform the region that, in case you hadn't heard, one of the
> co-spiritual assistants of the San Damiano Fraternity, Sr. Dorothy Pagosa,
> SSJ-TOSF, was arrested during a prayer vigil while " joining 98 others in
> stepping on to the base at Ft. Benning to try to bring prayer and peace to
> the School of the Americas. "
> I asked Sr. Dorothy if I could write about this in the San Damiano
> newsletter, and she kindly wrote the following for me. I want to share it
> with you-her trial date is set for January 27, and it is my hope that the
> whole region will be praying for her, since she faces a possible huge fine
> and imprisonment. Let us arm her with our prayers, the prayers of our
> families, the prayers of all our loving intercessors in heaven, and
> certainly every soul any of us have ever sprung from purgatory, as Sr.
> Dorothy is persecuted (and prosecuted) for the sake of righteousness.
> It is probably too late for your December newsletter, but maybe it could be
> mentioned in the January newsletter, as the date of her trial approaches-
> With love and peace and all good to you all,
> Kathleen Swan, Secretary, San Damiano Fraternity
> "The Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation (the renamed
> School of the Americas) has been teaching soldiers from Latin and Central
> America methods for counterinsurgency warfare for years. Graduates of this
> school have been involved in some of the worst human rights abuses in the
> Western Hemisphere (according to U.N.
> Commission on El Salvador and Human Rights Watch). Graduates have been
> to the assassinations of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the four churchwomen, the
> six Jesuits their housekeeper and her daughter and 700 people in the
> of El Mozote. Currently the largest number of students come from Colombia.
> Some of the worst human rights abuses are currently happening in Colombia.
> This does not suprise those of us involved in this issue.
> St. Francis once said "Preach constantly and if necessary use words." (I'm
> sure I'm paraphrasing here.) I preached on Sunday November 17 by joining
> others in stepping on to the base at Ft. Benning to try to bring prayer and
> peace to the School of the Americas. We 98 (which included 9 sisters, 1
> priest, lots of wonderful young people and other human rights activists)
> were arrested and sent to the Muskogee County jail where I spent two nights
> in solitary confinement until released on bond on Tuesday, November 19.
> We have a trial date set for January 27 (could take at least a week for the
> trial). The maximum sentence for this misdemeanor charge is six months in
> prison and a $5000 fine. I am preparing to receive the maximum since I
> gone onto the base several times. I am fine. Everything that has happened
> truly pales in comparison to what people in Latin and Central America have
> had to endure at the hands of the graduates of this infamous school.
> Please tell your congresspeople the stories and ask them to vote to close
> the SOA/WHISC.
> Peace and All Good,
> Sr. Dorothy Pagosa, SSJ-TOSF"