Feb. 5th, 2007 – Lt. Ehren Watada the 1st commissioned officer

of the US Army to refuse to go to Iraq faces Military Court Martial


The Global Women's Strike invites you to see:


A remarkable 15 minute

speech by Ehren Watada at the Veterans for Peace Convention



Film Showing


Refusing to Kill

 in which refuseniks around the world speak out


 Payday (International men's network working with the Global Women’s Strike)


7:00pm, Monday 5th February

Science Building


University College Dublin

Hosted by UCD Students’ Union

For more information on Dublin events contact: 086 8617427


Events in Galway:

Refusing to Kill & Ehren Watada Speech

Global Women’s Strike film showing hosted by

 The Huston Film School & Women’s Studies Centre


National University of Ireland, Galway

6:00pm, Monday 5th February

For more information on this and other events in Galway contact:  087 7838688


For updates on his case & how you can support, see Family and Friends of Lt. Watada website:

For Ireland events contact the Global Women’s Strike in Ireland at 

See also & visit Payday website:


An appeal for International Support for Lt Ehren Watada,

the first commissioned officer

of the US Army to refuse to go to Iraq, by his mother

Carolyn Ho

Dear Friends,


As the first commissioned officer in the US Army to refuse deployment to Iraq, Lt. Watada speaks for all men and women in uniform who oppose this illegal and immoral War.  His courage and will to defend the US Constitution, uphold the rule of law, and stop the wanton loss of life poses a threat to the powers that be. They are intent on putting him behind prison walls hoping that people will forget his message and that the so-called “surge” in troops will continue unabated.


His court martial scheduled for Feb. 5, 2007 promises to be a mockery of justice.  In disallowing the Nuremberg defence and declaring the movement order to deploy to Iraq legal, the judge has in effect found Lt. Watada guilty. In addition the judge’s refusal to dismiss the “conduct unbecoming…” charge signals the military’s intent to prosecute him despite his constitutional right to free speech. It is ironic that higher ranking officers, both retired and active duty, have spoken out but have not been charged. Yet, Lt. Watada, a junior officer farthest from the top, is being made an example to suppress dissent among other officers and the rank and file


Lt. Watada faces a maximum of six years in a military prison.  Although officials claim that they do not care what the public thinks, they are certainly tuned in to the pulse of the national and international community.   Public opinion is a critical part of the defence and the prosecution must know that the world is watching. 


You can help to build international support for Lt. Watada by contacting people in your personal, professional, and religious networks. Please forward the attached email alert with a brief explanation. Ask people to go to: to learn more about Lt. Watada's case. Under “Take Action”, supporters can click on SIGN THE PETITION & GET ACTION ALERTS by email. There are suggestions that can galvanize support and perhaps change the course of the court martial. Write, demonstrate, demand justice and no punishment for Lt. Watada.  His voice of resistance to this heinous war cannot be silenced!


In Solidarity,


Carolyn Ho (Lt. Watada’s Mother)