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Support Lt. Watada - petition and demos Fri Oct 19
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Subject: Support Lt. Watada - petition and demos Fri Oct 19

Update:  On Oct 5, the last possible day before the army was set to re-try Lt. Watada for refusing to deploy to Iraq, a federal judge issued a stay order, stopping the court-martial until at least Oct 26, or until further order of the court.  This Friday, Oct 19, the judge will hear oral arguments on “double jeopardy” – whether Lt. Watada can be tried again for the same “crime”.


Support pickets are being held on and around Oct 19 in cities in the US and elsewhere.  Your support is needed now to stand with Lt. Watada against the illegal war in Iraq, to demand his right to protection from repeated persecution, to keep him out of jail and to continue to show support to all military refusers.  See urgent petition below.
 

Support refuser Lt. Ehren Watada – No court-martial!


Lt. Watada, the first commissioned officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq and who invited other soldiers to refuse too, faced court-martial on February 5 in Fort Lewis, Washington state, risking up to six years in jail. In a stunning turn of events, the government’s case against Lt. Watada fell apart. A widespread international campaign of support contributed to this victory.  Now the army wants to re-try him, violating laws and Constitutional protections against “double jeopardy”.
       

Lt. Watada with mother Carolyn Ho

(photo credit: Jeff Paterson)
   
Urgently sign the Petition to Support Lt. Ehren Watada’s principled, moral and legal position to refuse deployment to participate in the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, initiated by Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (see below, and online at http://justiceforwatada.2mpower.net/).  Signatures will be forwarded to U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin H. Settle this Thurs, Oct 18, for the hearing on Friday.


Ø       For info on support demonstrations outside of Ft. Lewis, in San Francisco, New York and elsewhere, contact Gerry Condon who is coordinating events around the court-martial: 206-499-1220 or email projectsafehaven@hotmail.com or soldiersayno@yahoo.com.

Ø       In the Los Angeles area, a vigil in support of Lt. Watada and all refusers is held every Monday, organized by Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress and Asian American Vietnam Veterans Organization. For more information, call (213) 680-3484 or (310) 710-1449 or (626) 482-6637, or e-mail ncrrla@yahoo.com

Ø           For info on demonstrations in Philadelphia and London, contact Payday men’s network   payday@paydaynet.org  or 215-848-1120

Ø           Send info on your actions to nadshiroma@aol.com so it can be publicized on the Lt. Watada campaign website www.thankyoult.org.  Also let us know so we can publicize it on our website www.refusingtokill.net. Or contact Global Women’s Strike which organized the Nov/Dec 2006 East Coast speaking tour of Lt Watada’s mother, Carolyn Ho.   philly@crossroadswomen.net   www.globalwomenstrike.net

Ø   View Lt. Watada’s historic speech to the 2006 Veterans for Peace convention here.

Ø   Listen here to a recent interview with Ret. Col. Ann Wright, Lt. Watada’s lawyer, and Mark Masaoka of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, on KPFK’s Sojourner Truth program hosted by Margaret Prescod of Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike.

Please sign petition online: http://justiceforwatada.2mpower.net/
  
Petition: Support Lt. Ehren Watada’s principled, moral and legal position to refuse deployment to participate in the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.
  
We demand all charges against Lt. Watada for "missing movement and "conduct unbecoming an officer" be dropped and oppose all efforts to bring him to trial again in violation of his 5th Amendment protections against "double jeopardy."

Lt. Ehren Watada has dutifully refused participation in the US war on Iraq, as prescribed by the US Army Field Manual, since the war violates International law and was initiated by the Bush Administration's deception of US Congress and the American people with lies that Sadam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and connections to Al Queda. He is the first US military officer to refuse deployment to Iraq and part of a growing worldwide movement of soldiers and civilians in opposition to the most unpopular war in US history.

The US Army has already brought Lt. Watada to trial once and failing to present a credible case, the prosecutors sought and received a mistrial in order to attempt to bring Lt. Watada to trial a second time.
The US District Court in Tacoma, Washington  must now decide whether the US military can bring Lt. Watada to trial for a second time.

We the undersigned:

    * Support Lt. Watada’s stand against the Bush administration’s illegal war in Iraq.
    * Demand the US District Court uphold Lt. Watada’s 5th amendment protections against "double jeopardy".
    * Oppose any retrial of Lt. Watada on charges of missing movement and conduct unbecoming an officer and drop all charges immediately.
    * Oppose the continued persecution and harassment of Lt. Watada and other military war resisters.


Signers Include (partial list):

June Hibino
Keike Mao
Kathy Masaoka
Robin McLaren
Robin McLaren
Craig Wong
Gayle Wong
Reed Wong
Janice Yen

Please get others to sign this petition. We will forward all petitions to U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin H. Settle.  For futher information: NCRR http://ncrr-la.org  ncrr@charter.net   213.680.3484

More updates on Lt. Ehren Watada’s case can be found at: http://www.thankyoult.org/ or http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/

 

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