Many Still in Prison in Genoa, Including Susanna Thomas, a Quaker Pacifist and Honorsstudent; She Faces 15 Years in Jail

August 10, 2001

Many people who protested at the summit in Genoa are still in jail, including several U.S. citizens. One of them,Susanna Thomas, who is fluent in French and Spanish, was arrested with two dozen members of Publix Theatre, apolitical theater troupe based in Vienna, Austria, and travels throughout Europe to protest immigration laws and topromote the "no borders" movement.

She could face a 15-year sentence on charges of conspiring to destroy property.

Susanna Thomas, who is a Quaker, a pacifist, and an honors student majoring in urban planning, had taken the year tostudy theology and politics at Jesuit University in Paris. After finishing her studies in May, she worked at aQuaker youth conference in Paris and then started following the theater troupe as part of research for her seniorthesis on nonviolence and social activism.

We’re joined right now by Susanna’s mother, Kathy Thomas.


  • Kathy Thomas, mother of Susanna Thomas.