FREE BRADLEY MANNING!
Sunday at Quantico for Bradley
Join Courage to Resist and friends
for a public rally in support of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning
this Sunday, Aug. 8 near the Marine Corps brig at Quantico, VA where Bradley is being held in pre-trial confinement. Meet at noon, 550 Railroad Ave., Quantico VA.
Defense fund established
The Bradley Manning Support Network, a grassroots initiative formed to defend and support
accused whistle-blower Bradley Manning, has partnered with Courage
to Resist. With assistance from WikiLeaks, we're taking responsibility for covering Bradley's legal fees. Donate here.
"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)
The Nation: "WikiLeaks in Baghdad". By Sarah Lazare, Courage to Resist, and Ryan Harvey. July 29, 2010 (thenation.com)
Rally in Support of Bradley Manning
This Sunday, August 8, noon at
Quantico Marine Corps Base
Where Bradley is now
being held in pre-trial
Meet at the Amtrak station in Quantico (map)
550 Railroad Ave., Quantico VA 22134
Private First Class Bradley Manning, a 22-year-old intelligence analyst
stationed in Iraq, stands accused of disclosing a 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.
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.
“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.
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.
“No top-level officials in the Bush and Obama administrations have
been held accountable for their roles in dragging us into the Iraq war
on the basis of lies or for potential war crimes in Iraq and
Afghanistan. But whistle-blower Bradley Manning sits in jail in Quantico,
facing up to 52 years in prison,” says Medea Benjamin of CodePink. “It’s totally unjust and that’s why we’re going to Quantico to call for Bradley’s release.”
Members of Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, International ANSWER, and others are also encouraging supporters to attend this first of many public demonstrations worldwide now being planned in support of Bradley Manning.
Quantico is an open military installation without access control. The Amtrak meeting location is at 550 Railroad Ave., Quantico VA 22134.
Bradley Manning defense fund established
August 5, 2010 update - The Bradley Manning Support Network has accepted about 350 individual donations for a total of about $20,000 over the last week 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 this morning.
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."