Friday, January 05, 2007

SF Asian Americans and Peace Activists hold die-in and rally to support Lt. Ehren Watada and bring the troops home now

On the first day of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's tenure as Speaker of the House, hundreds of Asian American and peace activists held a die-in and rally at the San Francisco Federal Building highlighting a National Day of Action to support Lt. Ehren Watada for his pre-trial hearing for resisting the 'illegal and unjust' war on Iraq. Above - Reverend Lloyd Wake calls for support for Watada and to bring the troops home now.

Sacramento activists Andy Noguchi and his daughter accompany Rev. Wake at the rally.

Campaign for Justice [for Japanese Latin Americans] activist leader Grace Shimizu, longtime peace activist Ying Lee Kelly, NCRR and Watada Support committee activist Mike Tsukahara and dozens of others participate in the die-in at the doors of the chilly SF federal building.

Global Exchange and Code Pink Founder Medea Benajamin leads the chant - "Money for Schools and Education, Not for War and Occupation. " Benjamin, Rev. Dorsey Blake, AFSC Director Steven McNeil and others challenged Pelosi to "de-fund the war" and bring the troops home now. The die-in and rally were organized by the Watada Support Committee, APIs Resists!, Declaration of Peace, First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, American Friends Service Committee, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Episcopal Peace Fellowship and San Francisco Friends Meeting.

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