Monday, June 26, 2006

Proud to support Lt Watada; Military Families Speak Out - Washington state chapter

Military Families Speak Out - Washington state chapter stand in support of Lt. Ehren Watada.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, at podium, is applauded by supporters, including Lietta Ruger, right, of the group Military Families Speak Out, as he arrives to address the media and supporters, Wednesday, June 7, 2006, in Tacoma, Wash. Watada said he feels the Iraq war is illegal and immoral and that he is refusing to deploy when his Army brigade, stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., leaves for Iraq later this month. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren Published: Thursday, June 8, 2006

Military Families Speak Out- Washington State Chapter members, Jenny Keesey, Judy Linehan and Lietta Ruger, supporters Lt. Watada initial press conference,June 7, 2006, Tacoma, WA. Lt. Watada's message was broadcast since he was not allowed to attend the press conference in person.

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Judy Linehan, Military Families Speak Out - Washington state chapter. Sat, June 24, 2006. Today dozens of supporters of Lt. Watada gathered outside the gates of Fort Lewis, Washington in a small preview of the upcoming

Tuesday, June 27th, National Day of Action to Stand Up with Lt. Ehren Watada.

video; hear it from Lt. Watada

Across the country, friends of Lt. Watada are staging actions as a first step towards regional mobilizations leading up to a possible court martial in the fall.

Contact: Cindy Sousa 206 734-5054
David Solnit 510 967-7377

Cities currently planning rallies and events to “Stand with Lt. Watada” include:

Ft. Lewis, WA - 7am - Morning bannering on the Exit 119 (DuPont Rd.) bridge over Interstate 5.

Ft. Lewis, WA - 4pm - Bannering and support rally on the Exit 119 (DuPont) bridge over Interstate 5.

Atlanta, GA - 10:30am - Press Conference, The King Center, 450 Auburn Ave.

Atlanta, GA - Noon - Vigil, State Capitol

Charlotte, NC - 6:30pm - Speaker/"Sir No Sir" Film Showing, Public Library, Main Branch, Francis Auditorium

Cleveland, OH - 4:30pm - Rally, Federal Building

Corvallis, OR - 6pm - Rally, Benton County Courthouse

Evanston, IL - 5pm - Vigil and gathering, Fountain Square

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - 5pm - Support Rally, Military Recruitment Office, 1406 North SR 7

Harrisburg, PA - Noon - Vigil, 3rd and Walnut

Hilo, HI - 4pm - Support vigil, Kamehameha Ave. and Pauahi St.

Honolulu, HI - 4pm - Rally and bannering, Ft. Shafter, just before Moanalua Gardens

Medford, OR - 4pm - Vigil and support rally, corner of Riverside and Barnett

New York City, NY - 5pm - Rally at Chambers St Recruiting Station, Chambers between W Broadway and Greenwich

Oakland, CA - Noon - Vigil, Oakland Federal Building

Oklahoma City, OK - 10am - Rally, S. Plaza of State Capitol Bldg. (on Lincoln Ave)

Philadelphia, PA - Noon - Leafleting and support protest, National Constitution Visitor Center, Market St. between 5th & 6th St.

Pittsburgh, PA - Noon - Counter-recruitment picket, Army Recruiting Station, Market Square, Downtown

Seattle, WA - 5pm - Vigil and sign holding: (1) Westlake Park, 4th and Pine Streets; and (2) Greenlake, East Green Lake Way N and N 64th St.

San Diego, CA - Noon - Support rally, Federal Building, 880 Front St.

San Francisco, CA - 5:00pm - Support rally, Justin Herman Plaza (Market and Embarcadero)

Tacoma, WA - 7am - Bannering: (1) McKinley Way overpass above I-5; and (2) Pedestrian Bridge over Route 16 near Narrows Bridge.

Tacoma, WA - 4pm - Bannering: (1) McKinley Way overpass above I-5; and (2) Pedestrian Bridge over Route 16 near Narrows Bridge.

Toronto, Canada - 4:30pm - Support vigil, across from US Consulate, University Ave. & Armoury St.

Ventura, CA - 6pm - Support rally, Ventura County Government Center, Telephone Rd. & Victoria Ave.

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Contact: Cindy Sousa 206 734-5054
David Solnit 510 967-7377

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