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Torture on Trial: Ft. Huachuca

The Torture on Trial Protest at Ft. Huachuca in mid-November was held in tandem with the Close the School of the Americas Vigil.  Ft. Huachuca, located 70 miles southeast of Tucson, Arizona, houses the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School (USAICS). Ft. Huachuca has a long history of complicity in U.S. crimes of torture.  Read the website for more info on Ft. Huachuca and the event itself.

Three people were arrested😦each is linked to their respective statements)
Sr. Megan Rice, 78, from Las Vegas, Nevada
Fr. Louie Vitale, 76, from Oakland, California
Dennis Duvall, 66, from Prescott, Arizona

(Deanna’s aside:  I am proud to say I have been arrested at the Nevada test side alongside Father Louie and Sister Megan, two individuals who have highly inspired me in my peace and justice work.)

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See the photo gallery of the Ft. Huachuca Protest here.

The Sanctuary of Presente

This poem was created by Kenneth Kennon in Arizona, organizer of the Ft. Huachuca event, sister action to the Close the School of the Americas vigil:

The Sanctuary of Presente

by Kenneth Kennon

The fence was transformed

Once again

Into an unseasonable sacred space

A sanctuary of nonviolence

By the power of the spirit

Festooned on chain-links and barbed wire

White crosses and stars hung

Carrying names of the disappeared

Their holy images

And banners with messages of hope

This quiet metamorphosis

Emerged from simple acts of many hands

As tears welled

Names rang through stately wood

Of brillant and falling leaves of autumn

 

In solemn preparation

Of a joyous spring

Presente