Congress must investigate crimes against women soldiers

April 28, 2008 by Philip Barron · 1 Comment 

The effort to prompt a renewed investigation of the suspicious death in Iraq of PFC LaVena Johnson has always had a strong ally in retired Army Colonel Ann Wright. Today, Col. Wright speaks out on LaVena’s case and that of other military women – in-theater and in the US – who have died following sexual assault. The introduction from the article at CommonDreams.org:

The Department of Defense statistics are alarming

The petition is reopened!

April 19, 2008 by Philip Barron · 1 Comment 

The petition to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees asking the members of those bodies to direct the Army to revisit the investigation of the suspicious death of Pfc. LaVena Johnson is once again open for signatures and supportive comments. This reopening of the petition comes just one day after its announced closing. The reason for the reversal is that LaVena’s father, Dr. John Johnson, requested that the petition remain open for a while longer. I am more than happy to oblige him in this.

An earlier goal for this petition effort was ten thousand names; that mark was met and surpassed, and the current count stands at just over twelve thousand signatories. I hope that the additional time given the open period of the petition will result in even more public support for the effort to uncover the truth behind LaVena’s death.

No new deadline for the end of the name-gathering phase has set; that info will be posted here and elsewhere as soon as it has been determined.

Thank you, again, for your attention and support.

The petition closes, moves to next phase

April 18, 2008 by Philip Barron · 2 Comments 

As announced earlier, the name-gathering phase of the LaVena Johnson petition effort has come to an end. The next phase will consist of weeding out duplicate entries, formatting and printing copies of the document, and arranging for their delivery to the members of the two Armed Services Committees.

Information on the status of the petition effort and related news will continue to be posted on on this site.

Many, many thanks to all who have lent their names to this effort. More news to come.

KKFI interview with LaVena Johnson’s father

April 12, 2008 by Philip Barron · Leave a Comment 

On a program originally broadcast on August 3, 2007, Tom Klammer – host of Tell Somebody on Kansas City

LaVena’s father goes to Washington

April 9, 2008 by Philip Barron · Leave a Comment 

KMOV in St. Louis reports today that Dr. John Johnson, father of LaVena, will travel to Washington to speak with legislators about his daughter’s story.

Johnson will get to tell his story on Wednesday in Washington as Congress investigates the war in Iraq.

Johnson will meet with key members and staff of several congressional committees with the help of retired army Colonel Ann Wright who is a 29 year military veteran who is now an anti-war speaker and author.

Wednesday, Johnson will meet some members of congress who will at least listen as he visits Capitol Hill.

Colonel Wright introduced Dr. Johnson when he spoke at the national convention for Veterans for Peace which was held last year in St. Louis.

The article at KMOV also makes note of the petition to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, which closes on Friday, April 18.