- Howdy local Codepinkgainesville: I know many of you have asked how the Peace Ribbon Project is going. The Ribbon is currently in Maui at the Public LibraryMessage 1 of 1 , Feb 4, 2007View Source
Fwd: Lt. Watada Benefit Feb 4: Film & Concert by Daine Pat
Sunday, February 4th, 8pm
Lt Watada Film and Concert by Diane Pattersonat Mandala Ethnic Arts in Paia, andFeb. 5 Opening of Maui Peace Ribbon Project and National Day in Solidarity with Lt. Ehren Watada, 12 noon, MCC Library (see below)
For complete Lt Watada information go to http://ThankYouLt.org
To see a 3 minute video message from Lt Watada to his supporters, click on this link:
Court Martial Set for February 5
On June 22, 2006, U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada stepped forward as the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to the Iraq War and occupation. He faces court martial and up to 6 years imprisonment for refusing to deploy and for speaking out against a war that he believes is illegal.
In support of his courageous action, the Lt. Ehren Watada Campaign is working to educate and broaden the dialog on constitutional rights while mobilizing grassroots action to insure that our government upholds Lt. Watada's right to speak out and refuse to participate in illegal military action in Iraq.Feb 5 Opening of Maui Peace Ribbon Project and National Day in Solidarity with Lt. Ehren WatadaOn Monday, February 5, 2007, Maui Community College Library 12 noon to 1pm, free to public. Speakers - W. S. Merwin, Pulitzer prize-winning author, and Dick Mayer, Retired MCC Professor who will speak on "The Good American: Why Watada is Right". Plus updates on Lt. Watada's court-martial and how to help. The program starts at noon on the library ground floor. After the speakers there will be live music by Diane Patterson and refreshments. The public can view the 125 Peace Ribbon panels which are mounted on all 3 floors of the library and which are from all over the country, remembering US and coalition soldiers and Iraqi civilians who have died in the Iraq invasion and occupation. New memorial fabric panels for someone who has died in the war can be added by anyone to the cross-country traveling exhibit. Instructions will be given at the event, or go to http://www.codepink4peace.org/article.php?list=type&type=17. For more information on the event Feb. 5, call 573-3255. (Ample parking is available in the Wahine Pio St. MCC lot across from the MACC.)About Lt. Ehren Watada
1st Lt. Ehren Watada, 28, was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai`i. He was an exemplary Eagle Scout by age 15.
Lt. Watada worked while attending Hawai`i Pacific University, where he earned a degree in Finance and graduated magna cum laude in 2003. He received no financial assistance from the Army for his education.Friends and family consider him a born leader and were not surprised by his determination to pursue a military career immediately upon graduation in a post 9/11 era. He enlisted in the Army as an officer candidate and was stationed in Korea from late 2004 to early 2005, where his superior officers evaluated and described him as "Exemplary," with "Unlimited Potential" and "Likes challenges and moves toward the fight."
In early 2005, Lt. Watada was re-assigned from Korea to Ft. Lewis, Washington. Knowing that he would be expected to lead his soldiers into Iraq, he undertook to learn all that he could about the war and what he and those he commanded would likely face. Lt. Watada read widely and researched how and why the Iraq War began and the evidence that was presented to convince the U.S. Congress to approve the war. After a year of study and reflection, Lt. Watada came to the courageous decision to refuse deployment to Iraq.
Lt. Watada's parents have both expressed their support for their son's actions and have traveled the country to speak on his behalf His mother, Carolyn Ho of Kaneohe, Hawai`i, is a high school guidance counselor. His father, Bob Watada of Honolulu, Hawai`i, is the former Executive Director of the State Campaign Spending Commission of Hawai`i.
Lt. Watada is assigned to administrative duty at Ft. Lewis pending his court martial on February 5, 2007.--------------------------------Maui Peace Action is on the web at www.mauipeace.org, and our voice mail is 808 573-3255.
Mission Statement: Maui Peace Action is a diverse group of citizens
committed to ho'omaluhia (making peace). We encourage disarmament through
peaceful international cooperation, protest pre-emptive aggression, promote
nonviolent solutions to world conflict, and educate for social justice.
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