I need to introduce you to Janaye Ervin – an Intelligence Specialist in the Navy and an 8 year veteran who has served our country with honor and discipline.
She is currently stationed in Hawaii.
On Monday, she made the conscious decision, while in uniform, to not stand for the Star Spangled Banner. As a result, her security clearance has been revoked and she has even been threatened with jail. We must stand with her during this time as she has so boldly sacrificed her own comfort because of injustice and racial violence in America.
Here is her official statement:
My fellow Americans,
I have been proudly serving in the US Navy Reserve Force since November 2008. I have pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to spread freedom and democracy around the world. I will never waver from that pledge.
On September 19,2016, while in uniform, I made the conscious decision to not stand for the Star Spangled Banner because I feel like a hypocrite, singing about “land of the free” when, I know that only applies to some Americans. I will gladly stand again, when ALL AMERICANS are afforded the same freedom.
The Navy has decided to punish me for defending the Constitution and has taken away my equipment I need to do my Naval job. It was my pleasure serving my country, I love it dearly, that is why I must do this for you. I will keep you all posted on what happens next!