Three days ago, Iraq War resister Kimberly Rivera gave birth to a son, Matthew Kaden, in a military hospital in San Diego. As soon as her hospital stay ends (which may have already happened), Kim will be taken back to prison. Her newborn baby will stay with his father and his siblings... but his mother will be forced to finish her prison term. Her release is scheduled for mid-December.
The US Army has rejected all appeals for clemency, and is insisting Kim serve the final weeks of her sentence, even though it means separating a mother and a newborn infant.
On Sunday, December 1, people of peace and conscience around the world will be holding actions in solidarity with Kimberly and her family.
See Free Kimberly Rivera on Facebook for updates on vigils and actions.
In Toronto, a vigil will be held at 12:00 noon at the US Consulate, 360 University Avenue. Please note this is the correct time. Actions in most other locations are taking place at 3:00 p.m.
If, like me, you cannot attend a vigil, you can still help.
- Write Brigadier General Michael A. Bills and urge him to grant clemency to PFC Rivera. Kim's lawyer has filed the official clemency request, but says that letters can still be written in support.
Brigadier General Michael A. Bills
c/o Fort Carson Public Affairs Office
1626 Ellis Street
Suite 200, Building 1118
Fort Carson, CO 80913 USA
Sign a petition on Kim's behalf.
Donations to assist the Rivera family can be made here.
You can send words of encouragement to Kim at:
P.O. Box 452136
San Diego, CA 92145-2136
I hope with all my heart she will soon have a new address.