ARMY OFFICER LT. EHREN WATADA POISED TO REFUSE ORDERS TO DEPLOY TO IRAQ -
NATIONWIDE ACTIONS IN OVER TEN CITIES PLANNED TUESDAY JUNE 27TH TO SUPPORT WATADA AND HIS COURAGEOUS STAND
US Army Lieutenant Ehren Watada stands poised to refuse orders to ship to Iraq with his unit at the end of June. Lt. Watada has publicly stated his belief that the Iraq war is illegal based on US and International law, and that he has an obligation to his unit and his country to refuse to participate. Though the exact date that he will refuse orders is unknown, actions around the country highlighting Lt. Watada's courageous stand are being planned for Tuesday, June 27th. These actions will include marches, vigils, protests, nonviolent direct action or civil disobedience in support of his legal and moral refusal, and against the war and occupation of Iraq.
On Thursday, June 8, 2006 following the Army's attempts to silence Watada for speaking out by launching an official investigation into his public speech in opposition to the illegal war, Watada stated: "I have a legal and ethical obligation to speak out against, and refuse to fight, this patently illegal war in Iraq."
Supporters have planned events across the country in places including Ft. Lewis, WA, Charlotte, NC, Cleveland, OH, Harrisburg, PA, San Francisco, CA, and Oklahoma City, OK.
Stay tuned to www.thankyoult.org for more details and an updated list of cities holding support actions.