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November 28, 2012

Brian TerrellBrian Terrell

Friends,

A last message as I prepare to ‘surrender’ to federal authorities in Yanton, SD, for six months on Friday:

Thank you for the outpouring of support, prayers and solidarity in the weeks since my sentencing. My own responses to these many kindnesses have been haphazard and diffuse- if I have not replied to each one individually, it is not for lack of gratitude.

I have tried to use this time well. At home on the farm I have planted garlic, trimmed the goats’ hooves. done some winterization, spent time with community and friends here. I have also traveled to Syracuse to support another courageous and creative act of resistance against drone warfare at Hancock Air Field and made a tour of the midwest, speaking in Minneapolis, Madison, WI, Chicago, and Columbia, MO.

There seems to be in these last weeks a new openness to speaking about the issue of the drones. It is as if with the dreadful distraction of the presidential election over, people are wiping the sleep from their eyes and are shocked to see the evil that had been festering while they were not looking.

I have had countless media interviews, both in the ‘movement’ venues and in the mainstream where I have experienced a more sophisticated level of discourse than usual. One you might want to listen to it with David Swanson here.

TeleSUR, Latin American TV out of Caracas included an interview with me in a pre-election news feature. They talked with activists in Occupy, SOAW, etc, on the state of the US. My interview is about 18 minutes here.

The footage by Rodger Routh that TeleSUR used is on Youtube here.

My timing could not be better and I am happy to have had the opportunity to speak to so many people and to be making a modest contribution to this crucial discussion.

My mailing address until the end of May will be:

BRIAN TERRELL 06125-026 FPC YANKTON FEDERAL PRISON CAMP P.O. BOX 700 YANKTON, SD 57078

Yankton is one of the more comfortable berths that the US penal system provides. There is access to email, even, but it is strictly controlled through the government’s own system, expensive and with messages sent or received only to and from approved contacts. I will wait until I know more before I decide if and how I might use it.

Fran Fuller has agreed to pass on messages from me to this list. Letters are welcome, but I may be limited in out-going mail. If you write, I will be especially anxious to hear about acts of resistance and peacemaking in your communities. If you are too busy working for peace to write to me, I will be just as grateful!

Many have asked about mailing me books, thank you. Paperback books and magazines may be sent with the notation “CONTENTS—AUTHORIZED PUBLICATIONS” on the package. Hard cover books must come from a publisher or business like Amazon. If you wonder if I might have already been sent a book or subscription, Fran has agreed to coordinate- please ask her, franafuller@gmail.com, and you might let her know what you have sent. I will let Fran know what is lacking from the prison library after I get settled there.

Betsy and the others here on the farm will see that my commissary account is provided for. To contribute to my needs in prison and to the ongoing work here in Maloy, please send checks to Strangers and Guests CW Farm, 108 Hillcrest Drive, Maloy, Iowa 50836.

As I go away I am especially grateful for support of Betsy and our grown children, Elijah and Clara, and to Veronica and Becky at the Farm. I go in solidarity with the many friends working for peace, those around the US, Europe, Pakistan resisting the drones and my colleagues in Voices for Creative Nonviolence, some who are right now in Gaza and in Iraq and with Catholic Workers everywhere. I go in solidarity with prisoners every place, my heart especially hurting for friends I marched with in the streets of Bahrain last February who are now in prison there enduring torture and abuse that I will not be facing in my more privileged cage in Yankton.

I go without regret and with only a little anxiety. I look forward to a time of reflection and contemplation after several busy years. Hold me in the light, as the Quakers say. My love and prayers are with you all.