Protesters also said they wanted to send a message to San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who became the country's first female Speaker of the House on Thursday morning."We're here to send a message to Nancy Pelosi. She was elected to defund the war and bring the troops home," said demonstrator Nancy DeStefanis.
Thanks to Grace Shimizu of the Watada Support Committee and the Campaign for Justice for the links below. The photo above of Lt. Ehren Watada, father Bob Watada, mother Carolyn Ho and stepmother Rosa Sakanishi is from former War Resister Jeff Paterson/Courage to Resist.
1/4/07 Pre-trial hearing at Fort Lewis in Washington State - from INDYBAY.ORG Lt. Watada hearing tackles free speech for soldiers, relevancy of truthby Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist. January 5, 2007
Media Links of SF Event:
- Bob Egelko from the SF Chronicle: 28 are arrested at courthouse protest
- CBS 5: 28 Antiwar Protesters Arrested At SF Federal Bldg
- NBC 11: 28 Arrested At SF Federal Building
- SF Bay Area Indymedia: Die in at Federal Building
Support Lt. Watada – Refuse Illegal War
Supporters are asked to write Lt. General James Dubik, Commanding General Fort Lewis, 1 Corps Building 2025 Stop 1, Fort Lewis WA 98433. Please request that General Dubik “Dismiss all charges and honor Lt. Watada's long-standing resignation from the U.S. Army.”
A Citizens' Hearing is being convened January 20-22 at Evergreen State College, Tacoma campus in order to fully evaluate Lt. Watada’s claims regarding the legality and morality of the Iraq War. Confirmed witness include: Daniel Ellsberg, military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers in the Vietnam War; Denis Halliday, former UN Assistant Secretary General; Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University. For more information: http://www.wartribunal.org/
Finally, help spread the word about the regional mobilization at Fort Lewis on day Lt. Watada’s court martial is scheduled to begin on February 5, or organize your own local protest in solidarity on that day. We will try to post info on local San Francisco/Berkeley/Oakland solidarity events later.
For more information: http://www.thankyoult.org/ or www.CourageToResist.org