Tuesday 17 December 2013  3-4.30 pm

Vigil at St Martin in the Fields 

Trafalgar Square London WC2N 4JJ  Charing Cross tube

(St Martins request that vigils on the steps are silent)

Other actions include Philadelphia and San Francisco

If you organise an event, let us know and we will publicise it

Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning is the US soldier sentenced to 35 years in jail for leaking thousands of documents to Wikileaks exposing US and other governments’ war crimes and corruption.  She is 26 years old on this day. Ever since she was detained and tortured in 2010, international protests, including from LGBTQ people, have demanded her release. Demonstrate your support for her courageous whistleblowing, and for all who blow the whistle on corruption, dictatorship and dirty government secrets.

Thanks to Chelsea we know about

The “collateral murder” video of a US helicopter crew killing Iraqi civilians the cover-up of rape in Iraq & Afghanistan the extent of drone strikes US dirty tricks in Haiti, Venezuela & elsewhere the corruption of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali that spurred the 2011 revolution Israel consulting Egypt & the Palestinian Authority before invading Gaza...

Protest in Berlin


Sign petitions demanding her immediate release and President Obama's pardon and for the jail to respect her identity and allow her  hormone therapy.

"I’m thankful for people who . . . dare to ask probing, even dangerous, questions. Such people are often nameless and humble, yet no less courageous. I’m also grateful for having social and human justice pioneers who lead through action, and by example, as opposed to directing or commanding other people to take action."  

Chelsea Manning Time Magazine 25 Nov 2013



The sentence imposed on Chelsea Manning is harsher than that on most soldiers convicted of murder and definitely more than those found guiltly of rape and other torture. The US government wants to make an example of Chelsea Manning to discourage whistleblowing on any of their crimes, including surveillance of all of us. Defending whistleblowers is vital to defending ourselves against these state crimes.  And defending Chelsea is vital to encouraging more whistleblowers to come forward.

Julian Assange

Founder of WikiLeaks, confined by the UK to the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he was granted asylum in June 2012.  Join the daily vigil.

USA – Computer expert exiled in Russia for revealing massive spying by government agencies NSA & GCHQ widely covered by The Guardian.

Edward Snowden

Jeremy Hammond

USA –Stitched up by the FBI.  Jailed for 10 years in November 2013 for hacking the intelligence contrac- ting firm Stratfor, exposing the use of paid informants

USA – Journalist who reported on firms like Stratfor and linked to hacked information.     Now gagged by Federal Court, he faces over 100 years in prison

Barrett Brown

Information on supporting whistleblowers: www.refusingtokill.net

More on Chelsea Manning at www.bradleymanning.org

Payday men’s network  payday@paydaynet.org

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Queer Strike  queerstrike@queerstrike.net

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