Convictions: Prisoners of Conscience
- Contemporary Issues, Human Rights, Politics, Religion, and Public Affairs
Non-violent human rights activists face federal prison after peaceful civil disobedience action, calling for closing the US Army School of Americas on the grounds of Ft. Benning, GA.
- Show treatment
Since 1990, tens of thousands of Americans have made pilgrimages every November to the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia, to call for the closing of the Pentagonâ€™s School of the Americas (SOA), now renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.
Convictions: Prisoners of Conscience focuses on some of the 200 SOA protesters who collectively have served more than 80 years in prison for their non-violent civil disobedienceâ€”some receiving sentences as long as 18 months and fines up to $10,000.
They give up their freedom as a matter of conscience and in the hope that doing time in federal prison will call attention in their home communitiesâ€”and in Congressâ€”to the grassroots campaign to shut the school.
Profiled are Father Joe Mulligan of Detroit; seminary student Sarah Jobe of Durham, NC; teacher Shirley Way of upstate NY; and Leisa Barnes, a Sacramento mother of five sons, whose brother was killed in action in the US military.
- Running time
- 20 minutes
- Robert Richter ... Producer/Director/Writer
- Prod. Co.
- Richter Productions, Inc.
- United States
- Years of Production
- Ft. Benning GA, Columbus GA
- Prod. Partners
- SOA Watch
- Release year
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