Each week we highlight different aspects of what Bradley Manning has done for the movement.

Thank You Bradley Manning!

“If the public, particularly the American public, had access to this information, it could spark a debate on the military and our foreign policy in general as it applied to Iraq and Afghanistan, it might cause society to reconsider the need to engage in counter-terrorism while ignoring the human situation of the people we engaged with every day … I felt I accomplished something that would allow me to have a clear conscience.”

US opposition to minimum wage increase in Haiti revealed

WikiLeaks public cables have showed how the U.S. Embassy in Haiti worked closely with factory owners contracted by Levi’s, Hanes and Fruit of the Loom to block an increase to the minimum wage for Haitian workers.

In 2009, the minimum wage was $1.75 per day. In June 2009, responding to workers’ pressure, a parliamentary bill proposed to raise it to $5 per day. Factory owners opposed it saying they would only pay $2.50 “to make T-shirts, bras and underwear for US clothing giants like Dockers and Nautica”. Backed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Embassy, they urged then Haitian President René Préval to intervene.

The Haiti cables reveal how closely the US Embassy monitored widespread pro-wage increase demonstrations and the political impact of the minimum wage battle. UN troops were called in to quell workers and students protests, sparking further demands for the end of the UN military occupation of Haiti.

A man of exceptional courage and principle

In a statement he read in court on 28 February 2013, gay US Army PFC Bradley Manning proudly admitted having leaked information to Wikileaks in order to inform the public of US war crimes and government skulduggery that was being kept from us.

He faces charges that could lead to life in prison.

He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for the third time in a row.

"200 Gourdes ($5) right now!"

Because of these fierce demonstrations, sweatshop owners and Washington were unable to keep the minimum wage as low as they had wanted to for long.

In August 2009, President Preval negotiated a deal with Parliament to have two minimum wages: $3.13/day for textile workers and $5/day for other workers. But Parliament also adopted a progressive increase over three years so in October 2012 textile workers minimum wage finally went up to $5/day ($6.25 for other sectors).

Was head of UN forces murdered?
On 7 January 2006, Brazilian General Bacellar, head of the UN occupation forces in Haiti, was found dead. Bacellar had resisted pressure from Canada, France and the US to raid grassroots areas; the day before his death he opposed plans to occupy Cité Soleil – a stronghold of support for democratically elected President Aristide who was ousted by a US coup. A Wikileaks cable revealed suspicions of Dominican President Fernandez “that the Brazilian government is calling the death a suicide in order to protect the mission from domestic criticism. A confirmed assassination would result in calls from the Brazilian populace for withdrawal from Haiti.”

1 - 8 June: International Actions to Free Bradley Manning

So far actions in Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, UK, USA, Wales…

Bradley Manning’s court-martial begins 3 June

The Bradley Manning Support Network is calling for a week of actions across the US and around the world from Saturday 1 June to 8 June.

On 23 February, an unprecedented groundswell of international support for Bradley emerged when 70 communities in 19 countries took action.

Some actions already planned:

Canada: 1 June, Rally at US Consulate in Toronto  Germany: 31 May, Meeting at Clearing Barrel GI Café, Kaiserslautern. 1 June Solidarity Rally in Berlin, Brandenburg Gate. South Korea, 3-8 June Press conference and demonstration at US Embassy in Seoul. UK: 1 June, 2 pm Picket outside the US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London US: 1 June Rally at Fort Meade, Maryland, where the court-martial will take place.


Information on latest actions here.


Join your nearest protest or organize a solidarity event in your area, register it on the BMSN website, and let us know about it so we can help publicise.

Other ways to support Bradley

·         Write your local press why you support Bradley’s courageous whistleblowing.

·         Translate this message and/or send to your networks.

·         Demand media access to the trial, and that court records be released. See BMSN Action Alert.

·         Show the Collateral Murder video at meetings / put on websites / local TV programs.

·        Demand San Francisco Pride reinstate Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal 

·         Send messages of support to BMSN. (cc  and we’ll publish on our website.)

·         Sign Daniel Ellsberg’s petition (Pentagon Papers whistle-blower).

·         Write to Bradley

"Let us follow the example of Bradley, let’s battle for peace, let’s battle against wars, without fear of reprisals, let’s learn from Bradley to be truly human."


Hugo Blanco, Director of Lucha IndigenaPerú

“This material [passed to Wikileaks] has contributed to ending dictatorships in the Middle East, it has exposed torture and wrongdoing in all the corners of the world”.


Julian Assange Wikileaks founder, who remains in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, protected from extradition to Sweden and to the US

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