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National Day of Action June 27: Stand up with Lt. Watada

Army Officer Lt. Ehren Watada Poised to Refuse Orders to Deploy to Iraq
Stand up with Lt. Ehren Watada
Tuesday June 27th, 4-6pm
Ft. Lewis, WA (I-5) exit 119
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.

homepage: homepage: http://www.thankyoult.org

Lt. Ehren Watada 21.Jun.2006 23:46

one of the heroes who will stop this war!

Also see - Soldier's Iraq War Stance Backed ( http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0620-08.htm) - June 20, 2006.
Soldier's Duty: Say No to Illegal War ( http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0616-31.htm) - June 16, 2006.
Lieutenant Watada's War Against the War ( http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0613-20.htm) - June 13, 2006.

a letter printed today in my local paper:

Moral high ground

The assumed moral high ground taken by the anti-Code Pink crowd does nothing but perpetuate the excuses of the pro-war mentality. When a person realizes that Bush has lied to get us into Iraq, and that he continues to lie to keep us there, then any and all times are appropriate to protest this reckless and needless destruction of human life.

Unfortunately, the majority of military families have been suckered into a flag-waving, patriotic fervor. I suggest these folks read the views expressed by Major General Smedley Butler ( http://www.fas.org/man/smedley.htm).

The soldiers with real guts are the ones who refuse to serve Bush and the neocon agenda. Troops like Sgt. Kevin Benderman ( link to www.topia.net) are the ones who are worthy of our support.