Saturday, June 24, 2006

Support First Lieutenant Ehren Watada for REFUSING TO GO TO IRAQ! 

"I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression. My oath of office is to protect and defend America’s laws and its people. By refusing unlawful orders for an illegal war, I fulfill that oath today." --U.S. Army First Lt. Ehren Watada

On Thursday June 22, First Lieutenant Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer of the US Army to publicly refuse to go to Iraq and to campaign for an end to this war, was confined to his base and put under a complete gag order without being charged. We urge you to support his principled and courageous stand, to demand that he be freed to move and to communicate with his family and supporters and the public, and that he not face any further punishment for his actions.

"Normally, those in the military have allowed others to speak for them and act on their behalf. That time has come to an end… I hope that my example shows other soldiers that they too have the power to choose right over wrong and that freedom is something that can never be taken away". --U.S. Army First Lt. Ehren Watada

The Day of Action has been called by the US group
Courage to Resist and actions have been planned across the US. The Watada family is pleased and excited that Payday will internationalize the support by calling for groups and individuals in other countries to take action with them.

International Day of Action
Tuesday June 27, at the
National Constitution Visitor Center,
Noon – 1pm
Market St. between 5th & 6th St.,

Protest in Philadelphia called by Payday with
Global Women's Strike (GWS) & Women of Color in the GWS and endorsed by AFSC Youth & Militarism Program, Brandywine Peace Community, Survivors Taking Action Against Abuse by Military Personnel (STAAAMP), Veterans for Peace (VFP), Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), with involvement by Michael Berg, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Phila Grandmothers for Peace, Phila Regional Anti-War Network (PRAWN) (for info or to endorse, call 215-848-1120

FREE showing of AWARD WINNING Documentary
Monday, June 26 @ 7 p.m.
1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia

AFSC & PRAWN invite ALL activists to attend a FREE showing of the Award winning documentary, Sir, No Sir!
A panel, after the 90 minute movie, includes VietNam Vets who participated in the ground breaking Winter Soldier Investigation, the 1971 documentary that exposed VietNam war crimes and atrocities.
Dr Jon Bjornson-VietNam '64-'65
Bill Perry-VietNam '67-'68
These panelists, and the movie, will be available for YOUR groups' film showings, throughout July.
A female Iraq war Veteran, and IVAW organizer, M.P. Kelly Dougherty will draw comparisons based on her Iraq experiences, v. the suppressed history of the G.I. movement, ONLY on Monday evening, June 26.
AFSC contact: Janine Schwab 215-241-7165
PRAWN contact: Rich Gardner 215-443-9213

posted by CAConrad,
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