War Hero 1st Lieutenant Watada’s Mother’s, Carolyn Ho, Chicagoland Speaking Tour

Thank You Lt. Ehren Watada Speaking Tour

A mother’s voice:
Carolyn Ho, mother of Lt. Ehren Watada, on mini speaking tour of the US

“When I first heard of Ehren’s decision to be the first American Army officer to refuse deployment to Iraq, I wondered: “What would it be like to be a stranger in one’s own country, to be vilified, hated, and demeaned?” … I have come to realize that my son 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.” – Carolyn Ho, mother of Lt. Ehren Watada

Who: Lt. Watada’s mother Carolyn Ho

What: She is calling the country to action in support of her son, who is being court-martialed for his refusal to deploy in support of the Iraq War and Occupation. His refusal is based upon his strong belief that the invasion and occupation of Iraq constitutes an illegal, unjust, immoral war in violation of the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, as well as U.S. law, including the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

When: Ms Ho will be speaking in

Advance Press & Media: All members of the media desiring to speak with Ms Ho for advance articles or interviews, please contact either Darlene Gramigna or Nick Egnatz (Tour Contacts listed below).

Chicago, IL
Tuesday January 30
5:30PM Tentative Operation Push Chicago event
Josina Morita is working on booking this

7:30PM Japanese American Citizens League
5415 N. Clark, Chicago

Wednesday January 31
AM Darlene Gramigna, AFSC (312) 427-2533 ext 17,is trying to schedule
Northwestern University

Noon Global Initiatives
Harold Washington Center
Downtown Chicago

3:00-5:00PM Center for Race, Politics & Religion
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

7:00-9:00PM St. Xavier University
3700 West 103rd St. (103rd & Pulaski)
McGuire Hall
Professor Peter N. Kirstein (773) 298-3283
Kirstein@sxu.edu

Indiana
Thursday February 1
10:00-12:00AM Emerson High School
716 East 7th Avenue
Gary, Indiana
Carolyn McCrady (219) 938-1302
Jim Spicer (219) 938-9615

12:30-2:30PM Purdue Calumet University
2200 169th St.
Hammond, Indiana
Professor Kathy Tobin
(219) 989-3192
tobin@calumet.purdue.edu
Classroom Office Building CLO 110

Tentative 4-6PM Meet and Greet Fundraiser
Coffee Creek Studios
109 South Calumet Avenue
Chesterton, IN
Helen Boothe (219) 916-4575
aluminumwelding@verizon.net

7:00-9:00 Valparaiso University
U.S. Hwy 30 & Sturdy Rd
Room 234
Neils Science Center
Valparaiso, Indiana
Libby A’Hearn
Partners for Peace (student group)
(309) 834-2199
Libby.AHearn@valpo.edu
Lorri Cornett
Northwest Indiana Coalition Against the Iraq War
(219) 916-0449
la_cornett@yahoo.com

Friday February 2

Noon Purdue University
Wesley Foundation
435 West State St.
West Lafayette, Indiana
Sheila Rosenthal (765) 404-5489
Lafayette Area Peace Coalition

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