We did it! DC Metro ads for Bradley going up now
April 20, 2012 update: We did it! With the help of about 400 donors, we raised the need $14,800 to make this happen. The ads are going up throughout the Washington DC Metro immediately!
We have until April 21st , 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern, to raise funds to put up 21 “Bradley Manning: Whistle-blower” ads in the Washington DC Metro subway system. If we are successful, these ads will coincide with Bradley’s next hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland, which begins April 24. Each ad is 46″H x 60″W.
Bradley Manning needs your help. His next court appearance will be on April 24th and the Bradley Manning Support Network is calling on supporters to stand up and show the government that war crimes must be exposed and that whistle-blowers must be set free. The military has done its best to limit public exposure to Bradley Manning’s case by holding the trial at Ft. Meade, a relatively difficult location for the public to attend, and they have not released transcripts of the pretrial hearing, thereby limiting media exposure and making it difficult for laymen to follow the proceedings. Let’s bring the case back to Washington!
Furthermore, the government has gone out of its way to purge WikiLeaks from its employees’ memories. State Department officials are categorically banned from visiting WikiLeaks.org or even linking to it personally. The word “WikiLeaks” in any government email gets that whole message blocked, or sent to a spam filter. These ads will force government workers to remember WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning, remind them that the public is behind Bradley, and explain that what Bradley is accused of doing is a public good. Exposing wrongdoing is to the benefit of transparency, justice, and democracy. Help us bring Bradley’s case into the public eye.
There are two ways to support the campaign, either by making a donation on the EpicStep Ad Campaign website, or by donating directly to the Bradley Manning Defense Fund. In addition to the $14,800 cost of the ads, we’ll also have to pay $600 for the use of the photo of Bradley.
Previous campaigns have included billboards in Kansas City near Fort Leavenworth were Bradley is often held, and on Highway 50 leading into downtown Washington DC from Fort Meade, the site of Bradley’s court hearings. Of course our grassroots campaign is fueled primarily by supporters’ handmade banners and picket signs, but these selective billboards are an important aspect of building public awareness and support for Bradley.
With your help Bradley Manning’s case will be known by every metro rider in DC – particularly the thousands of government and military persons on their way to work, who due to the government’s censorship of employee access to WikiLeaks, may have no idea what kind of war crimes Bradley Manning exposed.
Let the truth shine.