On Thurs. morning, Jan. 4, 2007, the day of Lt. Ehren Watada's pre-trial hearing at Fort Lewis, a rally in support of his courageous and principled stand in support of the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law and against the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq will be held outside the gates of Fort Lewis near I-5's Exit 119.[1]  --  Speakers will include Lt. Watada's father, Bob Watada, and Sara Rich, the mother of Suzanne Swift.  --  More details below....


WHAT: Lt. Watada support rally
WHO: Bob Watada (Ehren Watada's father), Sara Rich (Suzanne Swift's mother), Darrell Anderson, Chanan Suarez Diaz, Michael Cuzzort, Pia Rivera, Carrie Hathorn
WHEN: Thursday, January 4, 2007, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Off I-5's Exit 119, near Fort Lewis, WA

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"The war in Iraq is in fact illegal. It is my obligation and my duty to refuse any orders to participate in this war. An order to take part in an illegal war is unlawful in itself. So my obligation is not to follow the order to go to Iraq." -- Lt. Ehren Watada.

Stand Against Illegal and Immoral War
Lt. Watada Pre-Trial Hearing

Thurs. Jan. 4, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Lt. Watada Support Rally
Fort Lewis, off I-5, exit 119

6 Actions to Support Lt. Watada

1. Take action Now to support Lt. Watada during his pre-trial hearing. Send letters or call Lt. Watada's commanding officer. Urge him to:

Dismiss all charges
Honor Lt. Watada's resignation

Lt. General James Dubik
Commanding General Fort Lewis
1 Corps Building 2025 Stop 1
Fort Lewis, WA 98433
Phone 253-967-1110

Copy to:

The Honorable Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the U.S. Army
1500 Army Pentagon
Washington, D.C., 20310-1500

2. Plan to attend the Jan. 4th support rally and help spread the word. Forward this email and post on blogs, MySpace, student, activist, social justice, and media websites. Help poster and flyer your neighborhood for the Jan. 4 rally. For flyers email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. Volunteer to help build the Northwest Watada support campaign. We need help with research, transportation, events, petition gathering, postering, and flyering. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. Organize your community. Organize a student walkout on Feb. 5 and join us to rally at Fort Lewis. Hold a local event in support of Lt. Watada. Help build awareness and mobilize for Feb. 5, 2007. Please tell us about your event or student walkout This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

5. Sign the petition to support Lt. Watada and register for campaign updates. Go to www.thankyoult.org and click take action.

6. Donate online to Lt. Watada's Defense Fund: http://www.thankyoult.org Join Lt. Watada's supporters including military families, veterans, youth and students, people of color, workers, religious communities and activists to rally at the gates of Ft. Lewis for a peaceful non-violent demonstration. We have a great lineup of speakers so don't miss out!

Speakers Program begins at 10:00 a.m.

1. Bob Watada -- Ehren Watada's father
2. Sara Rich -- Suzanne Swift's mother
3. Darrell Anderson -- Iraq War Resister, Iraq Vets Against the War (IVAW)
4. Chanan Suarez Diaz -- IVAW, president of Seattle Chapter
5. Michael Cuzzort -- IVAW
6. Pia Rivera  -- Anakbayan-Pilipino Youth & Students
7. Carrie Hathorn -- Watada Support Campaign Mobilizer

We are excited to welcome several members of Iraq Vets Against the War who will arrive in the Northwest just in time for Lt. Watada's pre-trial hearing. This group of IVAW members has been traveling the country talking to students about military recruiters and educating the public about the realities of the war. They have begun passing out holiday gift baskets to GIs. If you are interested in supporting IVAW's efforts locally, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To donate holiday treats and goodies for the gift baskets, please drop donations of 4-7 cookies or treats in plastic zip lock bags at the following locations:

Tues., Jan. 2, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
2111 E. Union Street, in Seattle's Central District.

Sally Shawl
Tues., Jan. 2, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
1224 South I Street, Tacoma

Traditions Cafe, in downtown Olympia
Tues., Jan. 2, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
300 5th Ave SW, Olympia

Let's show the military we support Lt. Watada! Brave the rain and weather -- wear your raincoat and bring an umbrella.

See you in the streets!