The following is a letter to a US activist by the name of Theresa Cusimano. Theresa is serving a six month prison sentence in an Alabama county jail, for crossing the line onto Fort Benning, Georgia, to speak out against unjust U.S. foreign policy and the continued existence of the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC). SOA, more appropriately called the School of Assassins, is a military training facility located in Ft. Benning, GA. Among the more notorious human rights violations on this organizations resume is the murder of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero in 1980, the assassination of 6 Jesuit priests in 1989, and most recently participation in the ousting of the democratically elected President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya in 2009. Despite these egregious assaults the organization remains open to this day under the new name Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. I urge my peers to write a letter to Theresa to express their support for her struggle. For more information on the SOA visit this site http://www.soaw.org/soaw/index.php
Theresa Cusimano, #49903
Lee County Sheriff’s Jail – Section D-3
1900 Frederick Road
Opelika, AL 36801-7212
My name is Xavier Best and I am a mechanical engineering undergraduate student at Georgia Southern University. I am writing this letter to let you know that I find your act of civil disobedience against the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC) to be quite courageous.
In my estimation your act ranks with the countless other acts of moral courage that have helped to instill a certain degree of humanity in a far too often inhumane culture. The young people of America and abroad will do well to follow your example and speak out when we see injustices taking place under the authority of the United States.
Stay strong and persevere in the face of these grievous assaults against fundamental human rights. The oppressed people of the world are on your side and we will not relent until your spirit and body are free.
Sincerely and in solidarity,