March & Vigil for Fallen Private Danny Chen on Thursday

Posted on: December 13th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

The New York chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA-NY), a nonprofit civil rights organization for justice, is mobilizing later this week on behalf of Private Danny Chen.  A nineteen-year-old son of Chinatown, Private Chen died from non-combat related injuries at an American Army base in Afghanistan in early October.  The circumstances surrounding his death are somewhat suspicious, and many fear a cover-up reminiscent of Pat Tillman just a few years earlier.

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There will be a march and vigil this Thursday to demand more transparency during the ongoing investigation.  In the meantime, a petition is making the rounds, and will be sent to the Secretary of the Army.  More information from the press release:

On Oct. 3, 2011, Pvt. Danny Chen died from noncombat in- juries at an American Army base in Afghanistan. He was 19 years old and the only child of parents from the Manhattan Chinatown community.

The Army has admitted Danny was “mistreated” by superiors. The cause of his death is still under investigation. Recently, the Dover Air Force Base mortuary that takes care of America’s war dead was found to have mishandled body parts. This is the same place where the Army did their autopsy on Danny’s body.

The Army has covered up suspicious deaths before–the death of Patrick Tillman, NFL football player, is a notorious example.

On December 15, 2011, please join us for a march and vigil to seek justice and demand a thorough and transparent in- vestigation for Private Danny Chen.We will march from the Army Recruiting Center (take 1,2,3, A, C to Chambers) to Columbus Park (Bayard & Baxter), where the vigil will take place.

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