Celebrate the soon-to-be liberation of Afghan War Resister Travis Bishop!
You are invited to a celebration of the release of war resister
from the Fort Lewis Stockade
Friends and local supporters of Travis Bishop are invited to a celebration starting at 3 p.m. On Sunday, March 28th at Coffee Strong, (15109 Union Avenue Southwest, Lakewood, WA, near Fort Lewis).
This event will be Travis’ first public speaking event since his release from the stockade at Fort Lewis.
Local supporters are encouraged to come and show your support. Admission is free but donations are welcome to help Travis with his legal fees and to help him get reestablished in his civilian life.
BACKGROUND: In 2009, Travis Bishop received a 12 month sentence in a court-martial at Fort Hood for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan for reasons of conscience. He was sent to the notorious NWJRCF (Northwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility) at Fort Lewis to do his time.
While in the brig, Travis Bishop was recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience and wrote a blog from jail.
He also received support from hundreds of people from around the world who wrote both letters of encouragement to him but also wrote letters to the Fort Hood Commanding General asking for Travis to be released from prison. Bishop also spoke out about the bad conditions at the Fort Lewis brig, which resulted in some reforms at the facility as well as Travis being placed on the facility’s “most difficult” prisoners list.
In February 2010, Travis Bishop was granted a 3 month reduction in his sentence by the Fort Hood Commanding General as a result of a successful clemency application. He is scheduled to be released this week from the stockade.
Following his release, Travis hopes to continue to speak out about conscientious objection, as well as to pursue a career in country
PRESS: Members of the press are encouraged to come to the celebration. Individual interviews with either Travis or his defense team can be scheduled by contacting Coffee Strong at (253) 581-1565 or James Branum at (405)476-5620.
For more information:
- Free Travis Bishop blog – freetravisbishop.wordpress.com
- Courage to Resist – www.couragetoresist.org
- Coffee Strong – www.givoice.org/coffeestrong
- Under the Hood Cafe – www.underthehoodcafe.org/
- GIRightslawyer.com – www.girightslawyer.com
- Disposable Warriors – www.disposablewarriors.com/