manningQuantico 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 being organized.

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. Donate here.

"Free Manning" campaign materials
Order 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.

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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.

photosPrivate 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. Organizations 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

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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 Lawyers Guild.

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 international law.”

“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 defense.


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 (, 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."