Carolyn Ho's letter to her sisters in spirit
Dear Sisters in Spirit,
Metaphorically and literally, women are vessels within which
transformation gestates and expresses in the world. I am appealing to this
power deep within your being for tangible, ongoing support as I continue
the work of building a public opinion campaign in defense of my son, Lt.
Ehren Watada. When I first heard of his decision to be the first American
Army officer to refuse deployment to Iraq in Jan. 2006, I could only
comprehend its impact in a personal way. As a mother, I experienced shock,
dismay and untold grief for him and his future. “What would it be like to
be a stranger in one’s own country, to be vilified, hated, and demeaned?”
Contrary to expectation, the response of the American public has been both
profound and visceral. Despite the hate-mongers, there exists a
groundswell of support that has grown exponentially. I have come to
realize that my son, in a small part, embodies the hope of the nation ---
to end an illegal, immoral war that has brought death and destruction to
over 650,000 Iraqis and Americans. Beyond this, his act of conscience adds
momentum to the call for an end to the insidious erosion of our democratic
institutions and the rule of law.
Ultimately, he models for others the fact that we can no longer hide
behind the cloak of fear while all is crumbling around us. Despite the
consequences on this plane, he demonstrates the courage to live
authentically. After all, what is freedom if a man betrays the inner voice
The 3 charges leveled against him amount to a maximum of 8 years in a
military prison. The battle must be waged not only legally but in the
court of public opinion. Time is of essence. We need your support now. You
can drive the lieutenant’s campaign forward through numerous activities.
Educate and dialogue with your network of family, friends, and
acquaintances through classroom activities, house parties, church,
community and political gatherings. Circulate a petition. Communicate to
your elected representatives, the military (write a letter to Lt.
Commander General Dubick of Ft. Lewis) and the media. Banner, rally, and
demonstrate on the Lt.’s behalf. For information concerning these
activities, how to’s, and for upcoming events, consult www.ltwatada.org
Reach deep within the well of your creativity and devise actions that
resonate for you.
As women, you are in a unique position to effect change. Let your voices
In peace and gratitude,