Army Officer Lt. Ehren Watada Poised to Refuse Orders to Deploy to Iraq
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.
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.
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I've just re-activated the ability to access user profiles. This is a convenient way to send a personal message to people, and learn a bit about them (whatever they're willing to put in the profile). Which brings me to my second point: check your profile and make sure you're ok with the information contained there. If not, please edit it to your comfort level. Please also feel free to say something interesting about yourself, if you are so moved.
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Instruction 1332.38 on disabilities in the US military classes being gay under the same heading as mental retardation, personality disorders and alcoholism.
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So I'm wondering if you are gay can you qualify as disabled and receive appropriate benefits. We already know being gay seems to make a person a second class citizen, I was not aware until now that being gay was a mental illness. Are we back in the old days of WWII where the Red Cross refused to give the blood of white soldiers to black soldier and vice versa? I am amazed that America has evolved so little since then.