Mass Rally for Bradley @ Ft. Meade, June 1
• 1:00 pm Gather at the Fort Meade Main Gate at Reece Road and US 175, Fort Meade, Maryland (map). Parking and transit info below.
• 2:00 pm March (one mile south along US 175)
• 3:00 pm Rally and Speak Out at Llewellynn Ave and US 175 (map)
• 4:40 pm Return to Reece Road (one mile north along US 175)
• 5:30 pm Chartered buses depart from Reece Road
Sponsored by the Bradley Manning Support Network and the national Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War organizations, with the help of Courage to Resist, and many other groups.
After more than three years of imprisonment, including nine months of torture, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning’s trial will finally begin June 3, 2013, in military courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland. The outcome of this trial will determine whether a conscience-driven 25-year-old WikiLeaks whistle-blower spends the rest of his life in prison. Bradley believed that the American people have a right to know the truth about what our government does around the world in our name. We will send a message to the military prosecuting authority, and President Obama, that Bradley Manning is a patriot and heroic truth-teller.
Join us at Fort Meade on the eve of Bradley’s court martial. However, if you can’t make the trip, dozens of solidarity actions are scheduled worldwide–many local events are being sponsored by Veterans for Peace chapters. Complete list of solidarity events.
Free parking has been arranged at Meade Heights Elementary School, 1925 Reece Rd, Fort Meade, MD 20755. This parking lot is a half mile (11 min. walk) east of the Ft. Meade Main Gate.
Additional parking is available at Van Bokkelen Elementary School, 1140 Reece Road, Severn, MD 21144. This parking lot is a half mile further east on the same road–a 24 min. walk from the Ft. Meade Main Gate. Shuttle vans will be helping folks along Reece Road.
Please do not park in the the mini-shopping center parking lots along US 175 or Weis Market near Llewellyn Ave on Blue Water Blvd.
Portable toilets: Regular and handicap toilets will be available at both Reece Road and Llewellyn Ave locations.
First aid: First aid support is being organized, but please come prepared for a hot day. Bring water, sunscreen and snacks. There are no stores or services near the Reece Road gathering spot. What services exist near Llewellyn are on the other side of well-traveled US 175.
Shuttle vans: Two vans will assist folks who may have to park in the overflow parking lot at Van Bokkelen Elementary School, and to transport individuals who are not able to march the one mile from Reece Rd to Llewellyn Ave, and back.
FEATURED RALLY SPEAKERS
Speakers for the rally include: Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower; Ethan McCord, the soldier who saved the children attacked in the Collateral Murder video; US Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.), the most senior state department official to resign in protest of the Iraq War; Sarah Shourd, hiker imprisoned by Iran turned prisoner rights activists; US Army Lt. Dan Choi, prominent anti-Don’t Ask Don’t Tell activist.
STAYING FOR THE TRIAL START?
Join us in the courtroom for the trial beginning June 3, 2013. Drive (or taxi) to the Fort Meade Visitor Control Center at the Fort Meade Main Gate (all the other gates are for military ID holders only), Reece Road and US 175, Fort Meade, Maryland. We suggest arriving when the visitor center opens at 7:30 am, and certainly before 8:15 am. The proceedings are scheduled to begin at 9:00 am daily. The multiple layers of security take time to navigate, and procedures often change from day to day. Each person will need a valid state or federal photo ID such as a driver’s license, state photo ID card, or passport. Foreign passports are accepted. Anyone driving on to Fort Meade will be required to submit their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and printed (not digital) proof of insurance. Your vehicle will be subject to search, and you may be required to cover over political bumper stickers on your vehicle. Consider walking on base if there are any questions at all regarding your vehicle and paperwork.
The proceedings will be held at the Magistrate Court, 4432 Llewellyn Ave, Fort Meade, MD 20755 (this is one mile from the Visitor Center). Electronic devices, including cell phones, computers, cameras, are not allowed in the courtroom, and should be left in your vehicle.
There are no pre-registration requirements for the public to attend the proceedings. However, those wishing to attend as credentialed media should contact the US Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office at 202-685-4645.