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Keep the Oregon National Guard in Oregon

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Dear Governor Kulongoski, I respectfully request that you uphold your oath to the Constitution of the United States by legally challenging the unlawful scheduled deployment of our Oregon National Guard into Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009. Waging aggressive, illegal wars are crimes against humanity and are in violation of our U.S. Constitution, U.S.-signed treaties, and international laws which the U.S.A. helped to establish after World War 2. The Nuremburg Principles make clear that it is the responsibility of ALL citizens to challenge illegal orders, and that complicity and silence in the face of genocide and war crimes are punishable to the full extent of national and international laws. We, the people, are standing with you to protect and support our troops, and we ask that you take immediate action to stop any further deployments of our state's people and resources into these illegal, immoral wars.


My name is Michele Darr. I am a mother of 6 children and hail from Corvallis, OR. On November 1st, 2008, I left my family, the comforts of my home and "deployed" for the steps of the Oregon State Capitol Building where I and Camp Homebound have spent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the past 2 months. For the first 40 days, I held a water-only fast and finally succeeded in garnering a meeting between Governor Kulongoski and National Guard soldiers and family members. We asked that he mount a legal challenge to the deployment orders and keep our overburdened, beleaguered National Guard troops home in Oregon next year. He refused, contending that he is "powerless" to prevent this illegal deployment, and is subject to obey the illegal federalization orders of the Commander-in-Chief. Oregon grieves the high price of multiple deployments being extracted from our brave troops that have resulted in grievous harm to them, to their families, and to the State of Oregon. They've gone far beyond the call of duty. It's time to keep them here at home.


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