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Supporters vigil in Crescent to protest Manning sentence

Thirteen Oklahoma residents, from Tulsa, Stillwater and Oklahoma City, gathered in Crescent for a candlelight vigil on the evening after the sentence for the Wikileaks whistleblower was announced. OCC statement…

Statement on Manning gender transition story

The Oklahoma Center for Conscience issues the following statement in regards to the announcement of the desire of Bradley Manning to transition to female and be known as Chelsea Manning.…

Statement on the sentencing of Bradley Manning

The Oklahoma Center for Conscience has issued the following statement in response to today's announcement of a 35 year sentence for Bradley Manning, marking the conclusion of his court-martial and…
Christopher Munoz

Army to deploy conscientious objector

Editor's note: The lawyer representing PVC Munoz, James M. Branum, is legal director for OCC. Private still scheduled for upcoming deployment to Afghanistan Killeen, Texas - A soldier seeking a discharge from the Army based on a conscientious objection to war has been told by the command at Fort Hood that it still intends to deploy him to Afghanistan sometime in the coming weeks. PVC Christopher MunozPrivate Second Class Christopher Munoz, 22, applied for a C.O. (conscientious objector) discharge on June 25, 2013. He has also asked for his deployment to be delayed until request for discharge would be given a fair hearing. Servicemembers are eligible for C.O. status if they can prove to military authorities that they are opposed to all wars, and that the opposition is grounded in religious belief or moral conviction that is sincere and occurred at some point after enlistment. PV2 Munoz's application asserts that he qualified for this status according to the provisions of Army Regulation 600-43. As a C.O applicant, PV2 Munoz cannot be made to carry weapons or munitions if deployed. “If deployed, PV2 Munoz will be at significant risk for harassment by his fellow soldiers since he will effectively be a 'dead weight' on the unit. Despite these very real risks, PV2 Munoz's command has said that a delay of his deployment will not be considered,” said James M. Branum, an attorney who represents PV2 Munoz.