International Days of Action in
Solidarity with Bradley Manning
Individuals and activists will take to the streets to show support for accused WikiLeaks whistleblower on September 16-19.
On September 16-19, groups and individuals will call on the United States government to drop the charges against Army Private First Class Bradley Manning. Twenty-two year old Manning, held in solitary confinement since May, has been charged with releasing classified documents including a video that shows American troops shooting and killing Reuters journalists in 2007. (Watch the video at www.collateralmurder.com) Manning’s imprisonment has resulted in an international outcry, with groups and activists throughout the US and abroad demanding his release and calling for transparency in America’s war policies. Famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has called Mr. Manning, “A new hero of mine.”
Activists should work within their communities to organize events locally during the International Days of Action. If you aren’t involved with a local group, contact your local affiliate of Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War or Code Pink, or look for activist groups in your area.
Many activist groups are planning vigils, marches and rallies in support of Bradley Manning – but there are other ways to get involved. Some ideas:
Anything that spreads the word about Bradley Manning’s wrongful imprisonment will help. If you act during the International Days of Action, your actions will be part of a global support effort.
Coordinate Your Event with the Bradley Manning Support Network!
If you are organizing an event locally, please email Support [at] bradleymanning [dot] org– we can help!
Promote Your Event!
If you’re organizing an event, let people know. Many groups have shown support for Bradley Manning – you just have to get the word out!
Follow the Law
If you are hosting an event in a public space, be sure that you do not block traffic or prevent people from using the sidewalk. If you are having a large event, examine whether you need to get permits.
The National Lawyers Guild can offer legal observers for events. Contact your local or regional National Lawyers Guild chapter or email Support [at] bradleymanning [dot] org if you are unable to reach a nearby chapter.
o AFGHANISTAN: OCCUPATION, WIKILEAKS, AND ACCUSED WHISTLE-BLOWER ARMY PFC BRADLEY MANNING
DANIEL ELLSBERG, Pentagon Papers
Thursday, September 16, 7pm – 9pm
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland CA (Between Telegraph and Broadway) (map)
Presented by Courage to Resist, with the help of National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Military Law Panel, Veterans for Peace-Bay Area Chapter, CodePink, War Resisters League-West, Iraq Veterans Against the War-Bay Area, and BAY-Peace.
The Bradley Manning defense fund is hosted by Courage to Resist in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network. $5 requested donation at the door for event expenses, with a pitch during the event for the Bradley Manning defense effort.
Wheelchair accessible via the 411 28th Street entrance. For more info, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact Courage to Resist at +1 510-488-3559 or courage(at)riseup.net
Global Days of Action in Support of
Friday, September 17th
Join us on Friday, September 17th for a rally to urge the United States government to drop the charges against Bradley Manning. Along with the rally, we will also be hosting a public showing of the Wikileak’s classic, Collateral Murder. We have reserved the bookstore from 5-6 p.m. for indoor viewings of Collateral Murder and short statements from local anti-war activists and groups. For those who prefer to stay outside the entire time, we will have signs, petitions to sign, and literature to pass out from 4:30 onwards at the nearby plaza.
Are you a local peace activist or organization? If you would like to sign on or issue your own statement in support of Bradley Manning, let us know.
Details: There will be a training Sept. 16th, 6 p.m., at the Mott House located at Maryland Avenue and First Street NE for those wishing to engage in the door-to-door peace mission. Carpooling will be organized, and the Amtrak also goes to Quantico. To sign up for training and/or carpooling, contact Pete Perry, pete4peace (at) gmail (dot) com