Friday, May 26, 2006

Support Your Local Conscientious Objector on Memorial Day Weekend

Freeway Banner at Fort Lewis on May 27th from 12pm to 2pm at the Dupont-Steilacoom Rd overpass on Interstate 5 at Exit #119 --and subsequent 4th Saturday's of each month until Kevin is released. This web page will have up to date info. about Benderman bannering: www.standupseattle.orgRemaining banner dates:Mar. 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22 and August 26th unless Kevin is released sooner.

Help hold a banner, sign or distribute fliers. Park just north and west of the overpass in the gravel parking lot. For more information: _Call_ Doug or Linda @ 206.524.2207 Or _email_ or "Day of" Cell Phone Number: 206.850.1283 Report on our last, April 22, outing:

For the first time last month we experienced being outnumbered by the pro-War group. It resulted in us only being able to pass out only 50 fliers rather than the normal 100 or more. They outnumbered us by more than two to one and so were able to get in our way when we tried to talk to people.If you haven't come out yet, we could really use your help at this next bannering.

The banner for the May 27th will say,"FREE KEVIN BENDERMAN Conscientious Objector FROM FT. LEWIS STOCKADE"Bannering Endorsed by Olympia Amnesty International Sponsored by Stand Up! Seattle WHY KEVIN BENDERMAN IS IN THE STOCKADE: "For making a public application of Conscientious Objection, Sgt. Kevin Benderman was charged with Desertion and Missing Movement. His first court martial was thrown out when the judge ruled that an investigating officer had shown biased in stating her belief of Kevin's guilt before she had even conducted an investigation. A new hearing was ordered, the Army piled it on, and added trumped up Grand Larceny charges to the new orders, and dared Kevin to continue with his actions. Kevin did. His beliefs are firmly held. The Army manipulated evidence, lost witnesses, and gave false and contradictory testimony. In the end, the military judge ruled that Kevin was guilty of Missing Movement, basically that he did not get on a plane, and sentenced him to 15 months confinement, loss of pay and dishonorable discharge. All of this because the US Military was threatened by the public expression of free thought and humanity displayed by one Army Sergeant." from

Please visit and to learn more aboutKevin Benderman's case. Contribute to the BENDERMAN DEFENSE TRUST here:

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