Friends continue to support conscientious objector to war, Kimberly Rivera, who Amnesty International has labeled a “prisoner of conscience”. Canadian Friends as well as Friends from Colorado Springs Meeting have been active in monitoring Kim’s well-being and in supporting her.
We are awaiting clarification on the charges being brought against Kim, but at this time it appears that she has been charged with being Absent Without Leave (AWOL) and with Desertion.
Local Friend Bill Durland, who has a degree in Military Law, has been to visit Kim at the Fort Carson military base, providing her with donated items like a laptop and phone, and connecting her with an art therapist to help her work through the stress she’s under.
Canadian and American Friends and other supporters have also made donations to Kim’s husband Mario to help the family as he and his four children re-establish themselves in the US.
Letters and cards of support can be sent to Kim Rivera through her lawyer: James M. Branum, Attorney at Law, PO Box 721016, Oklahoma City, OK, USA 73172.