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JUNE 27 "National Day of Action" To Stand With Lt.Watada!
On June 7th, 2006, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada
became the first commissioned officer to publicly announce his
opposition to the Iraq war and his intent to refuse to deploy with
his unit to Iraq.
“My son, 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, is not the same person who
entered the military service three years ago. His decision to refrain
from deploying to Iraq comes through much soul searching. It is an act of
patriotism. It is a statement to all Americans, to men and women in
uniform, that they need not remain silent out of fear, that that they have
the power to turn the tide of history: to stop the destruction of a
country and the killing of untold numbers of innocent men, women, and
children. It is a message that states unequivocally that blindly
following orders is no longer an option. My son, Lt. Watada’s stance is
clear. He will stay the course. I urge you to join him in this effort.”
-Carolyn Ho, Ehren's mother
To demonstrate our support for Ehren, and his couregeous stand, we call for a
National Day of Action on June 27th to support Ehren as he officially resists deployment
We are urging you today to join with people across the country and attend or organize
a coordinated action in your community on June 27th supporting Ehren’s refusal of orders!
Supporters have planned events across the country.
HERE is a list of participating events including ones in
Ft Lewis, WA; Charlotte, NC; Cleveland, OH; Harrisburg, PA; New York, NY,
San Francisco, CA; Oklahoma City, OK and more!
Not one in your city? Plan one today!
1) Choose a time and place
2) Download the organizing kit HERE
(includes sample press release, flyer and poster with room for local info)
3) Let us know what you're planning!
Send an e-mail to: email@example.com
Please include the following info:
*Your group or organization, and a contact person's
e-mail and phone number.
*Info about the support action (what, where, when, etc.)
*Public contact info: a website (if you have one), e-mail ,etc.
*Media contact (name and phone number)
4) Use this action to build awareness and momentum
for planning even bigger actions around the dates of Lt. Watada's
court martial. We'll update people immediately when the military
sets Ehren's court martial date.
5) Send pictures and reportbacks from your local June 27 support action.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A war can end when the soldiers choose to stop fighting it,” says
Ehren in the spirit of the GI resistance movement that played a major role in
ending the Vietnam War, along with civilian support. We need you to be
part of making this movement rise again.
Ehren's Message to Supporters