September 8th, 2010 10:43 EST
Global Action Days Supports Accused WikiLeaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning
Can Your Group Plan an Event to Show Support for Bradley Manning
Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, age 22, has been held in isolation since May, charged with releasing classified documents. One of those documents is a 2007 video that shows American troops shooting and killing 11 people, including two Reuters employees. I was proud to join the advisory board of BradleyManning.org and now I am writing to urge you to support Bradley Manning and join in days of action on September 16-19 when we will call for the dropping of charges against Manning.
Manning`s imprisonment has resulted in an international outcry, with groups and activists throughout the US and abroad demanding his release. More and more people are calling for transparency in America`s war policies so we know what U.S. elected and military leaders are doing in our name.
I agree with Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers whistleblower who recently said that if Mr. Manning is related to the leak, then he is "a new hero of mine." Michael Moore, who is also on the Bradley Manning Support Network`s Advisory Board, similarly said, "Whoever is responsible for the Afghanistan leaks is a courageous patriot who should be celebrated for bringing the truth of this war to the American people. Whether or not Pfc. Bradley Manning is the leaker, he must be set free."
The timing of these International Days of Action coincides with the approximate dates of WikiLeaks` next scheduled document release.
The Bradley Manning Support Network is calling for Manning`s immediate release and that all charges against him be dropped.
Events and rallies have already been confirmed for: New York City; Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco in California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Houston, Texas; London in the UK; Fort Lewis, Washington (the Seattle area); Columbus, Ohio; and Quantico, Virginia--near the Marine brig where Bradley is being is currently being held in pre-trial confinement. It`s not too late to organize something in your community! Email support [at] bradleymanning.org to discuss your ideas and plans.
Voters for Peace will be promoting these events to all of its members. If you plan an event, let BradleyManning.org know so you can be included in our promotional efforts.
Go to the website for ideas and resources for planning your own event or joining one already in motion: http://www.bradleymanning.org/days-of-action/
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