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You are invited to march with our banner
Defend Chelsea Manning & all whistleblowers!
Saturday 27 June,
meet 12.15pm outside Baker St
(march starts 1pm)
Queer Strike, Payday,
Compassion in Care,
whistleblowers from Yarl’s Wood detention centre, women from the
Julian Assange Vigil and many more...
Finally Chelsea Manning
is getting some official recognition at this year's Pride. After
pressure from us and others, she is now a
She's also being celebrated internationally, including at Pride
St Petersburg (USA).
This is what Pride should be for: to represent grassroots
lesbian gay bi trans queer campaigns, not pink washing of
corporate / government / military interests. Racist and
xenophobic UKIP has been banned, but shamefully Barclays is
leading the march again, despite last year’s objections.
Chelsea, a former
US army intelligence analyst,
bravely released to WikiLeaks the
collateral murder video
of the airstrike killing civilians in Baghdad, as well as some
250,000 US diplomatic cables and nearly 500,000 army reports
from Iraq and Afghanistan exposing US and UK and other
governments war crimes, including rape and other torture and
corruption. For her commitment to humanity and truth
she's been sentenced to
35 years in prison.
She has appealed against this
sadistically long sentence while winning her rights as a trans
woman. We must get her out!
Compassion in Care and others demonstrate for
whistleblowers protection law, Downing Street, 27 May 2015.
We must defend Chelsea
and other whistleblowers in the military, government, police,
prisons, detention centres, care homes, hospitals and other
institutions. We also need to protect the many people – women
the vast majority – who do the invisible work of caring for and
giving voice to loved ones trapped in institutions.
Whistleblowers are under threat of imprisonment, physical
attack, isolation, and sacking, leaving them destitute. They are
punished for caring about others and society as a whole.
Defending them is a priority for the lgbtq and all our
movements, especially in these increasingly repressive times.
They need and deserve our support. They are an example for us
all. It could be one of us any day.
Bring your banners, placards, make some noise!
Queer Strike Payday men's Network
(020) 7482 2496 (020) 7267 8698