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Katherine Jashinski Sentenced to Prison - Update

Katherine Jashinski is a Conscientious Objector whose application for a
discharge was denied by the Army after almost 18 months. On May 23 she was
court-martialed for refusing to train with weapons and received a bad
conduct discharge and a sentence of 120 days imprisonment.
Katherine Jashinski is a Conscientious Objector whose application for a
discharge was denied by the Army after almost 18 months. On May 23 she was
court-martialed for refusing to train with weapons and received a bad
conduct discharge and a sentence of 120 days imprisonment.

In this posting you will find:
1. Katherine's mailing address in prison
2. Press release on court-martial
3. Links to media coverage

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1. PRISON MAILING ADDRESS

Katherine is currently incarcerated in the Harris County Jail in southwest
Georgia. She may be transferred soon, so please send urgent letters of
support to:

Katherine Jashinski
Harris County Jail
PO BOX 286
Hamilton, GA 31811

Suggestions for writing to a prisoner:

-All letters must have a return address on the envelope.
-Please also put a return address on the letter itself, as prisoners often
not given the envelopes.
-Keep in mind that all mail is read by authorities.
-Most facilities will NOT accept stamps or envelopes mailed to prisoners.

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2. PRESS RELEASE ON COURT-MARTIAL

23 MAY 2006 - for immediate release
Contact: Aidan Delgado, 941.685.7941

FIRST FEMALE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR SENTENCED FOR REFUSING DEPLOYMENT TO
AFGHANISTAN

FT. BENNING, GA -- Army National Guard Specialist Katherine Jashinski
received a bad conduct discharge today and was sentenced to 120 days
confinement after pleading guilty to the charge of "refusal to obey a
legal order". She was acquitted of the more serious charge of "missing
movement by design". With 53 days already served (on Fort Benning), and 20
days off for good behavior, Ms. Jashinski has 47 days of confinement
remaining.

On November 17, 2005, Jashinski made a public statement of conscientious
objection on the eve of her scheduled deployment to Afghanistan. Eighteen
months after filing, the Army denied her application for a discharge. She
was then court-martialed for refusing to train with weapons.

Jashinskišs superiors testified that they believed in the sincerity of her
CO claim, and the Judge noted that he was convinced of the same.

Aidan Delgado and Camilo Mejía, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War,
attended Ms. Jashinskišs trial today to support her. They described the
atmosphere of the courtroom as initially tense, but said that Jashinskišs
powerful heartfelt testimony changed the tone of the room.

Iraq Veterans Against the War supports the right of every soldier to
follow their conscience, said Delgado. As the first woman GI to publicly
take a stand against this war and to declare herself a CO, Katherinešs
actions are very significant. She is a fine example of a young person
standing up for her beliefs.

Ms. Jashinski is feeling triumphant and happy to have resolution. After
completing her sentence she will return to school at the University of
Texas at Austin and continue her work with the newly founded Austin GI
Rights Hotline.


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3. MEDIA COVERAGE OF COURT-MARTIAL

 http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/local/14650990.htm
NATIONAL GUARD CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTOR GETS BAD CONDUCT DISCHARGE
Associated Press

FORT BENNING, Ga. - An anti-war group said a National Guard cook who
refused deployment to Afghanistan received a bad conduct discharge Tuesday
and was sentenced to 120 days of confinement at Fort Benning.

The Iraq Veterans Against the War said Spc. Katherine Jashinski, 22, of
Austin, Texas, pleaded guilty to refusing to obey a legal order but was
acquitted of the more serious charge of missing movement by design.

A post spokeswoman, Tracy Bailey, confirmed that Jashinski received 120
days confinement but could not confirm other details.

Jashinski was said to be the first female soldier to seek conscientious
objector status in a stand against fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Army denied her application for a discharge as a conscientious
objector, and she was court-martialed for refusing to train with weapons.

The veterans group, which said it had members who attended the hearing,
said that with 53 days of confinement already behind her at Fort Benning,
and 20 days off for good behavior, Jashinski has 47 days remaining.

She plans to return to school at the University of Texas in Austin and
continue working with the newly founded Austin GI Rights Hotline, the
group said.



The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer ran a longer piece about Katherine:
 http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/local/14651604.htm

Listen to a story about the court martial from Wisconsin Public Radio:
 http://www.wpr.org/news/newsstories.cfm

News story from Texas Channel 7:
 http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4941650&nav=1TjD

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Katherine Jashinski is a Conscientious Objector whose application for a
discharge was denied by the Army after almost 18 months. On May 23 she was
court-martialed for refusing to train with weapons and received a bad
conduct discharge and a sentence of 120 days imprisonment. With credit for
time served awaiting court martial, Katherine has to spend 47 more days
in prison.

For more information about Katherine, visit www.mypace.com/freekatherine

After completing her sentence, Katherine will return to school at the
University of Texas at Austin and continue her work with the newly founded
Austin GI Rights Hotline.

homepage: homepage: http://www.myspace.com/freekatherine


A lot of us don't know the extent of what the war machine expects... 24.May.2006 11:32

Pravda or Consequences

If she wanted to be a cook and then realized that she would be a more direct part of the killing apparatus, she may have decided that no position would be immune.

She made the right decision and seems to accept the consequences.

Peace to all.

Good work,sister! 24.May.2006 15:45

Another woman for peace

Congratulations to this brave young woman for taking a stand. May more follow her example.

Go Girl! 28.May.2006 20:58

Joe Anybody

A beautiful smile!
I wish her the best!