Turned away by military police, Sgt. Micah Turner says he’s “on the run”

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Turned away from Fort Hamilton for a second time, AWOL soldier and anti-war protestor Sgt. Micah Turner says he’s “on the run.”

This is how he recounts his attempts to turn himself in on his blog, Unoccupier:

Just before midnight on Sunday, October 7, 2012, the anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, I drove into Fort Hamilton with five activist friends… The police took me into custody for about 15 minutes, or perhaps a little longer. They told me to come back the next morning as they couldn’t process me at that time. So, one cheap hotel room later, and one awesome night with my friends, I reported to the military police at Fort Hamilton again at 0800 hours sharp. I was handcuffed and searched. But once again, I was told to come back as they didn’t have personnel to process me at that time.

While he tweets that he’s a fugitive and uses the hashtag #ontherun, at the same time Turner believes his actions have given him a temporary reprieve:

[My lawyer] said that my having appeared at Fort Hamilton to try to turn myself in automatically gives me a 30-day extension of my AWOL status. (After 30 days, I become a fugitive and the sentencing could get much harsher!)

He’s looking into obtaining status as a conscientious objector. In the meantime, he’s hitting the road with Occupy the Roads, an RV piloted by Tino Fuentes and Janet Wilson. They visited the anniversary celebration of Occupy Buffalo, and next destinations are Erie and Cleveland.

In addition to an active Twitter account, he’s upped the social media campaign with a Facebook page and blog.

Occupy the Roads

One of the most amazing things about the Occupy movement is all the people it has inspired to go out on the road–walking hundreds of miles, hitching or driving from Occupation to another.

Then there are those who for whom the road is the Occupation, like Tino Fuentes and Janet Wilson. They–with their RV–are Occupy the Roads.

After what Tino calls the “Brooklyn Bridge debacle” on October 1, Janet was compelled to return to Washington state, get her RV and drive down the West Coast. Tino later joined her on an East Coast leg. They’ve driven 16,000 miles through 30 states and visited 109 Occupations.

“Everywhere we’ve gone we’ve met great hospitality,” Tino says.

And everywhere along the way, they stop and talk to people about the Occupy movement. In general, Tino says, they receive a good response.

But not everyone has even heard of Occupy. News of Occupy, for example, hadn’t reached a little Texas town called Goldthwaite, pop. 900. There, Tino says, they talked for two hours with a couple of guys, one of whom began to question his signing up for the Air Force.

Occupy the Roads on Facebook


Occupy the Roads website