Dan Schwankl of Siler City is much involved in social concerns. On November 21, 2005, he was one of fifteen activists arrested for climbing over the fence at the U.S. Army's base at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He, along with 15,000 other people, were there to protest the army's Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation. The United States operates the school as a combat training facility for Latin American soldiers. Many have been implicated in human rights violations and killings when they returned to their own countries. Schwankl can receive six months in a federal prison if convicted of crossing the line.