On Sun., Jun. 11, at 7:00 p.m., Lt. Ehren Watada will appear at St. Leo Catholic Church (710 S. 13th St., Tacoma -- corner of S. 13th & Yakima) to tell his story of conscience.  --  On Thurs., the U.S. Army indicated it is beginning proceedings to silence Lt. Watada; Sunday's event is expected to proceed as planned, but Lt. Watada may soon be prevented from speaking out.... R

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WHAT: First commissioned officer to refuse to deploy to the Iraq on grounds that the war is illegal
WHO: U.S. Army First Lt. Ehren K. Watada
WHEN: Sunday, June 11, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Leo Catholic Church, 710 S. 13th St., Tacoma (corner of S. 13th and Yakima)

[From Sallie Shawl]

Come and Hear Lieutenant Ehren Watada -- First Commissioned Officer to Refuse Deployment to the Iraq War

DATE/TIME: Sunday evening, June 11, at 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: St. Leo Catholic Church, 710 So. 13th St. (corner of So. 13th and Yakima)

Hear his story of conscience and find out what you can do to support him and stand with him.

Lt. Watada will be joined by Jeff Paterson, former USMC Corporal, the first military service person to publicly speak out against and be imprisoned for opposing the 1991 Gulf War.

"I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to watch families torn apart,while the President tells us to 'stay the course.' I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression. I wanted to be there for my fellow troops. But the best way was not to help drop artillery and cause more death and destruction. It is to help oppose this war and end it so that all soldiers can come home." --Lt. Ehren Watada.

SPONSORS: South Sound Peace & Justice Center (at Associated Ministries), St. Leo Social Justice Commission, Pax Christi Tahoma, First United Methodist Church

For more information please contact Mary Bradford at St. Leo's, 253-272-5136, Ext. 102 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Find out more -- and thank Lt. Watada for his stance -- at www.ThankYouLt.org.