Supporters cause ruckus over Bradley Manning at President Obama's fundraiser this morning
Accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower becomes focus of breakfast with President Barack Obama
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. April 21, 2011
This morning President Obama met with 150 donors for his 2012
reelection campaign over breakfast at the St. Regis Hotel in San
Francisco, California. However, the event turned interesting when nearly
two dozen of his contributors pressed the president in song on the
unjust confinement and tortuous treatment of alleged WikiLeaks
whistle-blower US Army intelligence analyst PFC Bradley Manning. As the
President spoke of the creative organizing that won him the 2008
election, over 10% of the attendees held up “Free Bradley Manning” signs
and launched into a song entitled “Where’s our change?” As Secret
Services agents attempted to grab the signs, Speaker of the House Nancy
Pelosi, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and President Obama looked on.
Military moves to further isolate
Bradley Manning with transfer to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. April 19, 2011
moved away from attorney and DC-area backers;
however, Kansas residents already preparing to spearhead support with June 4th rally at Fort Leavenworth.
military and Administration has been shocked by the support Bradley
Manning has garnered globally--specifically at the gates of Quantico.
Related: Why was PFC Bradley Manning moved?
By Bradley's attorney David Coombs
"Although the news of the move came as a surprise to the defense, the
timing did not... the defense was in the process of filing a writ of
habeas corpus seeking a court ruling that the Quantico Brig violated PFC
Manning’s constitutional right to due process."
Colton Turner—Conscientious Objector
By Bob Meola, Courage to Resist. April 13, 2011
U.S. Army Pfc.
Colton Turner is a twenty year old conscientious objector. Presently
the Army is playing mind games with him and has been acting less than
honorably in processing his application for Conscientious Objector
classification. On April 11th, after nearly six months of stalling and
failing to properly address Turner’s request for recognition as a C.O.
based upon his Christian faith and sincere beliefs, and instead
responding to him in inappropriate ways, the Army issued Turner a whole
new set of gear—the kind that is issued to a soldier who is about to be
deployed. Turner received a new bulletproof vest, an assault pack, pocket knife, ammo pouches, grenade pouches, and a seatbelt cutter among
other things. According to his attorney, James Branum, on April 11th,
“It is unclear at this time what the command’s intentions are, but it
appears that they may be planning to ignore the alleged AWOL and instead
pressure Colton to go on a deployment and fight in violation of his
conscience.” Turner’s defense team hopes to dissuade the command of
this idea as Colton is resolved that he cannot deploy. But as of today,
April 13th, Turner is now on a deployment list.
Manning Organizing Toolkit now online!
For those of you who want to participate more
actively in the campaign to free Bradley Manning, we have created an
activist toolkit, jam-packed with useful info, strategy and resources.
Months in the making, this toolkit is
designed with you in mind. It contains a breakdown of how to take
individual action and encourage others, create and host events, outreach
to the media and ally organizations, and plenty more.
Everyone is an activist.
View, download and/or print the PDF