OCA-NY Timeline: Leading the Advocacy for Private Danny Chen’s Case and for Army Reforms,
October 3, 2011: 19-year-old Pvt. Danny Chen is found dead at a guard tower in Afghanistan.
October 13, 2011: OCA-NY attends Danny's funeral in Chinatown and meets with the family
October 17, 2011: OCA-NY holds its first press conference with local elected officials, community leaders, and Danny's supporters to demand a thorough and transparent investigation. OCA-NY initiates 1st petition demanding a thorough and transparent investigation and requesting a meeting with Secretary of the Army--more than 5,000 signed in less than a month.
October 31, 2011: The New York Times covers Danny's case- interviews Danny's family and OCA-NY
November 1, 2011: OCA-NY receives letter from Secretary of the Army and holds second press conference with Danny’s family to share the response and update the community on next steps to find out what happened to Danny.
November 14, 2011: OCA-NY convenes organizing/advocacy committees
November 23, 2011: OCA-NY releases first video, “What Happened to Danny Chen?”