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Petitioning United States Secretary of State John Kerry (United States Secretary of State) and 27 others

Keep Black Soldiers Out of Jail For Choosing not to Stand for National Anthem

America, Janaye Ervin is one of the many African American service members refusing to stand for the national anthem. Ervin has served in the United States Navy for 8 years. She is stationed in California as an Intelligence Specialist, a member of the American Legion and finishing up a Masters in Medical Science in hopes of becoming a doctor. She has served this great nation with respect, courage and dignity.

A couple of days ago, she made the clear choice in uniform to not stand and salute the Star Spangled Banner played. After this, her security clearance was taken away, received several threats, belittled from military personnel & civilians and in danger of going to jail.

Service members across the nation are standing with her during this time and need your help to prevent her from going to jail, receiving a dishonorable discharge and having any adverse actions taken against her. 

The Navy has also taken her equipment that she needs to do the job that she has done for all of this time.

Irvin admits she loves her country and will fight for it at all cost. However, she states that "her patriotism should not be defined by her refusing to stand for the national anthem as the land she is fighting for is discriminatory towards people that look like her." She is a black woman who constantly witnesses what minorities deal with while she is in uniform.

We fully understand that military law is different than civil law. However, this is no reason to have her jailed possibly, dishonorably discharged, security clearance revoked and her uniform taken away so she can not serve her country. 

We are doing everything in our power to help this young lady & will gladly appreciate an immediate intervention of what stands against her currently. Do not allow her to be punished for standing up for what she believes.

America, one of our own, needs all of the help she can get. Please do the right thing and sign this petition.

God Bless you, and God Bless, the United States of America.

 

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