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Rally for War Resisters at Fort Lewis

Coffee Strong - G.I. Voice - Know Your Rights / Stop Stoploss Rally Sunday, October 18, 2009
Rally for War Resisters at Freedom Bridge, Fort Lewis

Travis Bishop and Leo Church are being detained in the Fort Lewis brig.

Meet at Coffee Strong at 3PM
15109 Union Ave SW, Lakewood, Washington

Carpool from Olympia: meet at the Artesian Well Downtown at 2 PM

Background information from GI VOICE:

Fort Lewis, Washington, October 9, 2009 – Veterans’ groups are reacting with alarm to reports that two Army soldiers imprisoned in the Fort Lewis Regional Correctional Facility (RCF) have been subjected to human rights abuses. Travis Bishop (recognized by Amnesty International as a “Prisoner of Conscience”) resisted deployment to Afghanistan, and Leo Church left his unit to prevent his family from going homeless. Their civilian defense attorney James M. Branum reports that they have been strip-searched while being possibly filmed. Bishop and Church have also been watched by female guards during strip searches, while using the restroom and in the showers. The prisoners were denied one in-person visit by counsel and all phone calls with their attorneys have been illegally monitored by guards. G.I. Voice and other veteran-led groups are holding a press conference with Branum and other spokespeople, on Tuesday at 10:00 am in the East Room of the Marriott Renaissance Hotel Seattle (515 Madison).

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