International Days of Action – 19-20 March
DEFEND BRADLEY MANNING
RALLY AND SPEAKOUT IN
PHILADELPHIA & LONDON
Bradley Manning is a young, openly gay US Army intelligence analyst, accused of leaking video and documents to WikiLeaks. He has not yet been put on trial and therefore must be presumed innocent, but since May 2010 he has been jailed, put in solitary confinement and subjected to terrible abuse (see the Bradley Manning Support Network’s press release below).
Asked about Bradley Manning’s harsh treatment in US military custody, US state department spokesman P.J. Crowley commented that it was "stupid" and "counterproductive" – he was subsequently forced to resign.
The US government intends to make an example of Bradley Manning and is trying to wipe out a long tradition of whistleblowers – women and men who have exposed the crimes and wrongdoings of governments or those in authority. Bradley Manning’s courageous stand in releasing this information encourages and strengthens our movements against war and for justice.
We urge anti-war, lesbian & gay, prisoner rights organizations, and all who campaign for justice to recognize his contribution and campaign internationally for an end to his persecution. PLEASE COME TO THE RALLY AND/OR ADD YOUR GROUP’S NAME AS A CO-SPONSOR. We ask co-sponsors to contribute by sending people to the rally, helping to advertize the event and/or give a donation.
Rally organized by Payday men’s network, co-sponsored by American Friends Service Committee Youth & Militarism Program, Brandywine Peace Community, Delaware Valley Veterans for America, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, Queer Women in the Global Women’s Strike, and Veterans For Peace.
Payday men’s network working with the Global Women’s Strike
REFUSING TO KILL IS NOT A CRIME!
Press release from the Bradley Manning Support Network:
MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Jeff Paterson
press [at] bradleymanning [dot] org, +1-202-640-4388
Global Bradley Manning Action Days in Support of Accused WikiLeaks Whistleblower
Individuals and activists plan events around the world to show support for the accused WikiLeaks whistleblower on March 19-20.
Washington DC, March 14, 2011 — On March 19-20, 2011, activist organizations and individuals will take to the streets to protest the U.S. government’s treatment of accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Army Private First Class Bradley Manning. Manning, 23, has been held in isolation for nearly 300 days, charged with releasing classified documents, including a video that shows American troops shooting and killing 11 people, including two Reuters employees, in 2007.
Organizers are calling on supporters around the world to take public action to protest Manning’s inhumane treatment at the Quantico brig, which P.J. Crowley, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s former assistant for public affairs, declaimed last week as "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid."
The primary rally will take place outside the brig in Quantico where Manning is being held. In addition to the Quantico rally, the Bradley Manning Support Network is pleased to announce events in cities around the world, including Minneapolis, London, Montreal, The Hague, Phoenix, San Diego, and Vienna
“On March 2nd, Manning was stripped of his clothing and forced to spend the night naked, then stand for inspection the next morning without his clothes. This happened again the following night, and we don’t know how long this will keep going,” said Jeff Paterson, steering committee member of the Bradley Manning Support Network and project director of Courage to Resist. “This pre-trial punishment is inhumane.”
Despite the recommendations of three forensic military psychiatrists, the MCB Quantico Commander refuses to lift PFC Manning's Prevention of Injury (POI) status and change his confinement classification from MAX to Medium Custody In (MDI).
Manning’s imprisonment has resulted in an international outcry, and his conditions are the subject of an investigation by the UN special rapporteur on torture and a recent campaign by Amnesty International. Famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who will be speaking at a rally in Quantico on the 20th, has called Mr. Manning “a new hero of mine.”
• See currently scheduled list of events: http://www.bradleymanning.org/events
• Details about the Quantico rally: http://www.bradleymanning.org/16125/rally-for-bradley-quanitco-virginia-sun-march-20/
• Details are also cross-posted at WLCentral http://wlcentral.org/node/1461
• Learn how to host a rally for Bradley Manning: http://www.bradleymanning.org/16362/how-to-have-an-event-for-bradley-manning/
The Bradley Manning Support Network is a grassroots, nonpartisan organization which works to:
• Stop the extreme, inhumane and illegal pre-trial punishment of Bradley Manning
• Ensure that Bradley Manning receives top-notch legal representation from the lawyer of his choice
• Stop any effort by the United States government to hold a secret court martial trial, unchecked by public and media oversight
• Free Bradley Manning!