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Color of Change Supports Investigation Into Army Murders
LaVena JohnsonLaVena Johnson was a 19-year-old private in the U.S. Army, serving in Iraq, when someone from her military base raped and murdered her, and  burned her body says the people at Color of Change.  Despite what her family calls 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 have felt that the Army has closed its doors to them or presented them with lies. The Johnson family has appealed to the U.S. Congress, the one body that can hold the military accountable. But, as in other cases where female soldiers have been raped and murdered, the Army has called it suicide.  Congress has failed to act.

Color of Change, whose goal is to empower its members, Black Americans and our allies, is asking that Americans join Johnson’s parents in calling on Congressman Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, to mount a real investigation into Johnson's death and the alleged Army cover-up.

Click here for more information on the case.

Click here  to sign the electronic petition.
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