The online grassroots organization, a black advocacy group founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, has lent its support to the family of LaVena Johnson. The group has launched a new petition addressed to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and its chairman, Representative Henry Waxman. From the petition page:

Justice for LaVena Johnson
Tell Congressman Waxman to investigate the Army’s cover up of Pfc LaVena Johnson’s murder.
While overwhelming evidence shows that LaVena Johnson was raped and murdered while serving in Iraq, the US Army refuses to acknowledge the crime and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Join the Johnson family’s call for Congressman Waxman to hold a Congressional hearing that uncovers the truth behind LaVena’s tragic death. is perhaps most widely known for its advocacy on behalf of the Jena Six – young African-American men facing racial bias and inflated charges of murder in Jena, LA.

The organization has sent a letter to its membership, encouraging them to call on Congress to investigate the Army’s cover-up of Lavena Johnson’s murder. From the letter:

LaVena Johnson was a 19 year old private in the Army, serving in Iraq, when she was raped, murdered, and her body was burned–by someone from her own military base. Despite overwhelming physical evidence, the Army called her death a suicide and has closed the case.

For three years, LaVena’s parents have been fighting for answers. At almost every turn, they’ve been met with closed doors or lies. They’ve appealed to Congress, the one body that can hold the military accountable. But, as in other cases where female soldiers have been raped and murdered and the Army has called it suicide, Congress has failed to act.

Will you join Mr. and Mrs. Johnson in calling on Congressman Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, to mount a real investigation into LaVena Johnson’s death and the Army’s cover-up? Will you ask your friends and family to do the same?

You are encouraged to read the full text of the letter, and then to lend your voice to thousands of others in an appeal to Rep. Waxman and the House Oversight Committee.