Dear Members and Supporters:
We have received an outpouring of support and offers to help seek justice for Private Danny Chen and his family and to stop hazing in the military. Below is a list of action items you can do to help.
Sign OCA-NY's petition demanding that the court martials be convened in the U.S. (click here)
Spread the word about this petition.
If you belong to an organization, let OCA-NY know if you can commit to sending one person to observe the court martials, which if held in the U.S. will likely take place in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, the location from which Danny's unit was dispatched to Afghanistan.
If you know of families or churches in Alaska who could house people attending the court martials, please let OCA-NY know.
Hold a teach-in at your home, church, school, or organization about Danny Chen's case and hazing in the army. Outreach to our youth is critical-they must be informed. OCA-NY can help provide suggested speakers.
Write or call your local city council person to introduce a resolution calling for reforms in the army dealing with hazing and effective diversity training. Currently, New York City's Councilwoman Margaret Chin introduced a resolution calling for reforms of the military's diversity training. (click here)
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or online publication to call for a greater awareness about Pvt. Danny Chen's case.
Write songs, poetry, plays, or other creative works to help spread the word about Danny's case.
Let OCA-NY know of interested persons who would like to be added to our listserves to receive updates on Danny Chen's case.
Join OCA-NY as a member, see www.oca-ny.org to download our membership form or join a local OCA chapter in your area, see www.ocanational.org for more information.
Please stay tuned. We will be announcing more public awareness projects in coming weeks that will need your input and suppport, particularly what you can do on a federal level to help push reforms in the military. If you have additional ideas on how people can help, please let OCA-NY know.
Liz Ou Yang, President OCA-NY
--submitted by Bonnie Palecco