Grand Rapids Dominicans Carol Gilbert, OP, Ardeth Platt, OP and
Jackie Hudson, OP from Dominicans
in Latin America and the Caribbean
Lima, January 30, 2007
“Faith is the guarantee of the good things
that we hope
for…it is the full certainly
of realities not yet seen.”
Dear Sisters Ardeth, Carol, and Jackie,
Here in Lima, Peru, we are 70 participants of the XII Assembly
of CODALC (Confederation of Dominican sisters of Latin America
and the Caribbean). Representatives from Argentina, Bolivia,
Brazil, Chile, Colombia, United States, Honduras, México,
Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Peru, Trinidad y Tobago, and Venezuela
have convened to share Dominican life and to strengthen our commitment
to preaching the Word.
Your witness helps us to be aware of our responsibility to speak
with conviction against the militarization of our world. Your
voice has spoken truth to power and resulted in jail time for
each of you in the cause of exposing weapons of mass destruction.
We support and affirm your belief that militarization is not
the answer to frayed relationships between peoples, the earth
and space. Our faith recognizes that another world is possible. “Otro
mundo es posible.”
Your names have become household words in Dominican communities
around the globe. We send prayers of support and concern for
you as you live under continued sanctions of probation and house
“Individuals with a new conscience will release our preaching” is
the theme for our conference. Your bold creative actions and
preaching have raised our moral conscience and therefore challenged
us to release our preaching. Your recent effort to pay restitution
fees through collecting food for the needy accompanied by ingenious
slogans found many joining in the rally for peace and reformed
priorities. Your faith leads you and us a greater understanding
of realities many cannot yet see.
Congratulations on your perseverance and consistent call for
disarmament and sacredness of all creation! God bless you in
your preaching. We stand together with you in your faith and
in your preaching.
Lovingly in Dominic, Rose, John Macias and Martin,
Your Dominican Sisters and Brothers
70 Dominican sisters and brothers attending the
of the Confederation of Dominicans in Latin America and the Caribbean
"Your names have become household
words in Dominican communities around the globe."
Carol Gilbert, OP, Jackie Hudson, OP and Ardeth
Platt, OP are currently under house arrest in Baltimore, MD and
Seattle, WA after being released from federal prison on probation.
The three served multi-year federal prison sentences
for defacing a U.S. Air Force missle silo northeast of Denver.
In addition to the prison sentences, the sisters were placed
on probation and ordered to pay $3,082 in restitution for damage
they caused to a fence and the dome of the silo. Instead of paying
the fines, the group's supporters raised money to feed the poor.
of the Grand Rapids Dominicans, the three have found world wide
support for their efforts to raise issues of nuclear disarmament.
For more infomation you can view the documentary film "Conviction"
produced by Zero
to Sixty Productions
PO Box 1027
Boulder, CO 80306
or on line at: www.ztsp.org