COLUMBUS, Ga. - Wearing white masks and black robes and carrying cardboard coffins and crosses, thousands of demonstrators marched slowly through the gates of Fort Benning.
I was impressed with the article in the paper about Brainerd resident Mary Benson facing charges for trespassing at the School of the Americas in Georgia. I was intrigued that a citizen could face six months in federal prison for trespassing on publicly owned property. Six months is more time than most repeat offense drunk drivers, domestic abusers, and many other violent criminals receive for crimes committed in this area. Why is the federal government so worried about a non-violent protester on land owned by the taxpayers?
"For the marginalized, I have protested in Las Vegas, in Omaha, Hunger March in C.C., for gay rights and against the bombing of Iraq. My Maryknoll missioner brother spent 34 years in Central America. He was a friend of Archbishop Romero,
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Mary Benson, a Brainerd mother of four, was sentenced Wednesday to six months in a women's federal prison after being convicted of trespassing on Fort Benning last fall as part of a massive demonstration to demand the closing of an Army school that trains Latin American soldiers.
PEKIN, Ill. - Nine women - including four nuns and Mary Benson of Brainerd - reported to a federal prison camp Tuesday to begin serving sentences for trespassing on an Army base in Georgia that's home to a school for Latin American soldiers.
I don't have an opinion about the School of the Americas. A well-informed newspaper reader should probably have reached one by now, given the significant news coverage surrounding this place and the protesters who trespassed there.
On Nov. 28, 2001, someone stole some of the Christmas lights from in front of our house.
Mary Benson, a Brainerd mother of four who spent the past six months in federal prison for protesting an Army school that trains Latin American soldiers, was grateful to be back home with her family today.
I am thankful and relieved that Mary Benson is home from prison. I am upset that she had to go through such a severe punishment for her acts of civil disobedience. Our congressmen (Oberstar, Wellstone and Dayton) said it
Dianne Schwerin will be presenting an educational and entertaining program entitled "Lasagna Gardening" for the Lakes and Woods Horticultural Club at 7 p.m. Monday. Other 2002 programs include
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