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LaVena PDF handout updated

by Philip Barron on August 26, 2008 · 2 comments

The one-page color handout on LaVena Johnson so kindly created by Kriss Avery of the Gateway Green Alliance in St. Louis has been updated to reflect the current petition to Rep. Henry Waxman and the House Oversight Committee which he chairs. The link has been updated in previously published entries mentioning the handout. The document [...]

Press release from

by Philip Barron on August 19, 2008 · 2 comments

This week, advocacy group sent out a press release regarding LaVena Johnson and the petition to Rep Henry Waxman to a number of media and activist organizations. Readers here are encouraged to copy and send the text below to such news outlets and other parties which may be interested. As of yesterday, the petition’s [...]

Danielle Vyas calls for justice

by Philip Barron on August 10, 2008 · 9 comments

Danielle Vyas, an activist and the author of, first learned of the story of LaVena Johnson via Electronic Village and immediately set about spreading the word. She submitted the story to the Care2 network of activists and added it to stumble, and digg, casting for the widest audience possible. After learning of the original [...]

LaVena in song, art, and verse

by Philip Barron on August 9, 2008 · 5 comments

As the story of LaVena Johnson makes itself more widely known, many people have registered their concern and outrage through political action, through letters to media sources, through writing and blogging and discussing the story with friends and family. For some, activism has taken the form of creative expression. Correspondent Luke Easter who publishes poetry [...]

LaVena PDF handout available

by Philip Barron on August 1, 2008 · 1 comment

Kriss Avery of the Gateway Green Alliance in St. Louis created a one-page handout for use by Dr. John Johnson when he spoke at this year

Kim Brummell, an Army veteran and member of the North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union, has written about PFC LaVena Johnson in a post titled “Deadly Wall of Silence.”

How will cases like this affect women signing up for the service and staying in the military? How will it affect the respect citizens have for [...]