Despite Constitutional Court Striking Down Base Agreement
The Fellowship of Reconciliation’s article on the expansion of US military presence in Colombia gives an important view into how the US military’s reach in Colombia continues to adapt to potential roadblocks to the US/Colombia Base Agreement of 2009—so that military intervention is not lessened or weakened. It is also important to note that military aid to Colombia does not just “benefit” military expansion in Colombia, but has regional and worldwide implications, that stretch beyond Colombia even to the Afghanistan War.
Two more activists, Nancy Smith and Chris Spicer, were given maximum sentences by a Federal Judge for trespassing onto the grounds of Fort Benning, home of WHINSEC, during the SOA protest last November.
Once again, the justice system's complicity with the abuses taught at the School of the Americas was exposed yesterday at the trial of anti-militarization activists Nancy Smith and Chris Spicer. Nancy, from New York, changed her plea to no contest and was immediately sentenced to 6 months in prison by Magistrate Judge Stephen Hyles. In the SOA Watch tradition of using the court to put a spotlight on the SOA/WHINSEC, Nancy affirmed that she “felt a strong moral imperative” to carry out her nonviolent act of civil disobedience “on behalf of those who have suffered so terribly”.
We know that in this season you are receiving many requests for help and giving. After careful consideration the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship is asking for an additional emergency gift. For the last six years we have had a strong and prophetic partnership of Accompaniment with our sisters and brothers of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia. Over the last few months, Colombia has experienced the worst rainy season on record—which has left over 2 million inhabitants of this country homeless and destitute. Infrastructure is heavily damaged and non-existent in some places. It is impossible to overstate how devastating this flooding has been and the challenges it presents in a country already so deeply conflicted.