FREE BRADLEY MANNING!
Quantico rally kicks off international effort
120 supporters rallied to "Free Bradley!" in Quantico, VA, a small town within a Marine Corps base, this Sunday. Just down the road from
where Bradley is being held, this was the first of many solidarity protests
March to Oklahoma State Capitol tonight
In solidarity with Oklahoma native Bradley Manning. Tonight, Thurs., August 12. Meet at
8pm, NE 16th and Lincoln (map). Organized
by the Oklahoma Center for Conscience.
Defense fund established
The Bradley Manning Support Network, a grassroots initiative
has partnered with Courage
to Resist. With help from WikiLeaks, we've taken responsibility for covering Bradley's legal fees.
"Free Manning" campaign materials
shirts, posters, and buttons, or download
graphics: "Blowing the whistle... is not a crime" PDF poster (11"x17" PDF) (large JPG). Leaflets and more coming soon.
Photos of Bradley Manning (facebook.com/couragetoresist)
Quantico rally kicks off international effort
120 supporters rallied to "Free Bradley Manning!" in Quantico, VA, a
small town within a US Marine Corps base. Pfc. Manning was transfer
after two months in solitary confinement in Kuwait to Quantico only
seven days earlier. Organized by CodePink and Courage to Resist in only five
days, the rally was covered by CNN, ABC, New York Times, international and local media.
Despite being declared off limits to all service members stationed at
Quantico, a number of Marines stopped by to talk about the issues.
Private First Class Bradley Manning, a 22-year-old intelligence analyst
stationed in Iraq, stands accused of disclosing classified video
depicting American troops in Iraq shooting civilians from an Apache
helicopter in 2007. Eleven people were killed, including two Reuters
employees, and two children were critically injured. No charges have
been filed against the soldiers who did the killing. News sources have
also speculated about Manning's involvement in the leak of over 90,000
secret documents (collectively known as the Afghanistan "war logs") made
public by WikiLeaks on July 25.
Speakers included: Jeff Paterson, Bradley Manning Support Network and project director of Courage to Resist; Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CodePink; Phyllis
Bennis, writer and peace activist; Josh Stieber, Iraq veteran of the
ground unit that appears in the leaked "Collateral Murder" video; Matt
Southworth, Iraq Veterans Against the War; Ray McGovern, retired CIA
officer and officer, founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for
Sanity; Ellen Barfield, Veterans for Peace; Andrew Castro, ANSWER
Coalition; Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus.
that mobilized groups of individuals to attend included: CodePink, ANSWER
Coalition, Truth 911, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace,
World Can't Wait, Food Not Bombs, along with regional Washington DC activists.
March to Support Alleged Whistle-blower, Oklahoma native Bradley Manning
Thursday, August 12, 8pm.
Meet at the corner of NE 16th and Lincoln, Oklahoma City OK, for a march to the State Capitol
Oklahomans will show support for and solidarity with Pfc. Bradley Manning,
accused of leaking documents about the Afghanistan War, with a march at
dusk near the state capitol. The Army intelligence analyst, originally
from Cresent, Oklahoma, is being held in the brig at Quantico Marine
Corps Base in Virginia.
The action is being organized locally by the Oklahoma Center for
Conscience, with support from the Oklahoma Chapter of the National
James M. Branum, an attorney that works with OCC on military law
cases, calls the Pentagon’s treatment of Manning “extreme” and designed
to set up the case “as an example of the punishment waiting for others
who would consider exposing violations of military regs and
“We are saying that exposing war crimes is not a crime,” he said.
The whistle-blower behind the Vietnam era’s Pentagon Papers, Daniel
Ellsberg, has called Mr. Manning a hero. ”I admire the courage of
Bradley Manning for sacrificing himself to make the public aware of the
futility of the war in Afghanistan,” says Ellsberg.
“Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime,” says former
Marine Corporal Jeff Paterson of Courage to Resist, a group teaming up
with the Bradley Manning Support Network to raise funds for Manning’s
Bradley Manning defense fund established
August 12, 2010 update - The Bradley Manning Support Network has accepted donations from 632 individuals for a total of $33,114 as of 1pm PST Aug. 11 for the defense of Private First Class Bradley
Manning (photo right).
The Network (bradleymanning.org), a grassroots initiative formed to defend and
support accused whistle-blower Pfc. Bradley Manning, has partnered with
Courage to Resist, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting
military objectors to host the fund.
"WikiLeaks confirmed late Tuesday it will split with Courage to Resist,
an Oakland, Calif.-based group, the expected $100,000 cost of hiring a
civilian defense attorney to supplement the military lawyers assigned to
Manning's case," noted the Associated Press.
As of this writing, Manning
has not yet chosen a civilian attorney to
defend him in the expected
trial. "We have heard from the family
and the military lawyers assigned to
Bradley that the cost of his
defense will be significant," said Mike
Gogulski, an online activist and
founder of the Bradley Manning Support
Network. "We are also concerned
that Bradley may choose his legal
counsel based on his available funds.
If he fears his family will
absorb the cost of the trial, he might
choose a less experienced, less
expensive attorney. We're very concerned
about the ramifications of
such a decision."