Reports from the June 1-8th International Call to Action
Leading up to one of the most important court martial proceedings in American history supporters of the heroic whistleblower Bradley Manning took action at the military base Fort Meade and across the world. With almost 2000 attending, the Fort Meade demonstration was the largest rally for Bradley Manning yet. And in London, protesters swamped the US embassy with music, chants, and variety of speakers – including activist and punk fashion legend Viviane Westwood. All in all over 40 events were held in solidarity with Bradley Manning.
National events were held in Phoenix AZ, Tuscon AZ, Dublin CA, Los Angeles CA, Montrose CA, West Hollywood CA, San Diego CA, San Fracisco CA, Santa Cruz CA, Hartford CT, Tallahassee FL, Tampa FL, Des Moines IA, Chicago IL, Cambridge MA, Boston MA, Portland ME, Minneapolis MN, Honolulu HI, Highland Park NJ, Delmar NY, Medford OR, Toledo OH, and Seattle WA.
International events were held in London, UK, Brisbane, Australia, Sydney, Australia, Vancouver, Canada, Toronto, Canada, Heidelberg, Germany, Berlin, Germany, Cardiff, Wales, Rome, Italy, and Seoul, South Korea.
Bradley Manning’s lawyer David Coombs issued a statement thanking supporters for all their hard work:
“On behalf of both myself and PFC Manning, I would like to thank everyone for their continued support over the last three years. I especially appreciate the the tireless fundraising and awareness efforts of Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network. Finally, a special thank you to those journalists who have been reporting on PFC Manning since the beginning and who have brought worldwide attention to this important case. I AM BRADLEY MANNING.”
Democracy Now covering the start of the court martial: