Magazine article U.S. Catholic

An Investment in Peace. (Editors' Note)

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

An Investment in Peace. (Editors' Note)

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Last weekend my parents and I traveled to Georgia for what has become an annual family trip--to Fort Benning for a protest against the School of the Americas, the U.S. Army's own "terrorist training camp" for Latin American soldiers, who have often returned home to torture their fellow citizens. We joined thousands of peace activists who converged outside the military base to demand closure of the recently renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

Ninety of them trespassed onto the base and were arrested and jailed. In past years, protesters who have done the same have been sentenced to up to six months in prison and fined up to $5,000. These so-called "prisoners of conscience" consider their acts of civil disobedience a statement of protest against immoral U.S. foreign policy.

Still, the organizers, S.O.A. Watch, insist that those who choose not to "cross the line" are no less important to the cause than those who do. For that matter, so are those who are unable to make it to the protest. I was reminded that we all do our part in different ways when I spotted a T-shirt with an anonymous quotation that said, "I will not raise my child to kill your child. …

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