Benefactor issues $50K matching grant challenge in support of Bradley Manning

We have successfully raised over $50,000 in the last three weeks, surpassing the Brightwater Fund matching grant challenge ahead of our Nov. 6 deadline. Thank you!
-Bradley Manning Support Network. October 24, 2012

By the Bradley Manning Support Network. September 26, 2012.

The Darien, Connecticut-based Brightwater Fund — Gloria Jarecki, President — issued today a matching grant challenge in support of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower US Army PFC Bradley Manning.  Through November 6, 2012, the Brightwater Fund will contribute one dollar for every dollar donated to the Bradley Manning Defense Fund, up to $50,000.

“This grant challenge comes at a critical time in our 27-month-old campaign to give Bradley Manning every opportunity for justice both inside and outside of the Fort Meade military court room,” notes Jeff Paterson of the Bradley Manning Support Network. “After endless prosecution delays that long ago denied Bradley his right to a speedy trial, Bradley’s court martial trial is finally scheduled to begin February 4, 2013.”

This Sunday, September 30, fellow whistle-blowers will stage a special fundraising event for PFC Manning at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, which will benefit from this matching grant. “Truth on Trial” will feature former National Security Agency senior executive Thomas Drake, former Department of Justice ethics adviser Jesselyn Radack, former State Department diplomat US Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.), and author Chris Hedges (via Skype). Additionally, fundraising house parties for PFC Manning in scores of cities in October will be bolstered by the Brightwater Fund’s generosity.

PFC Manning’s legal defense team lead by civilian attorney David Coombs is preparing to argue the defense motion to dismiss all charges due to the extreme and illegal pre-trial punishment that Manning was subjected to for nine months at the Marine Brig at Quantico, Virginia. The “Article 13” motion is scheduled to be heard at Fort Meade, November 27 to December 2.

“Without the continued support of thousands of concerned individuals, there is simply no way that we can guarantee that Bradley’s legal team will have the resources they need to advance every defense argument,” explains attorney Kevin Zeese of the Bradley Manning Support Network.

The Bradley Manning Defense Fund is responsible for 100% of PFC Manning’s considerable legal expenses and supports a diverse international public education effort. Hosted by the Oakland, California-based organization Courage to Resist in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network, tax-deductible donations to the Defense Fund can be made online at www.bradleymanning.org/donate

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    • Checks should be made payable “Courage to Resist / AFGJ” and mailed to: Courage to Resist; 484 Lake Park Ave #41; Oakland CA 94610. Please note “Manning Defense” on the memo line and/or include a note with your check to specify that it should be earmarked for Bradley’s defense fund.

    • Absolutely! Money orders (like checks) should be made out to “Courage to Resist / AFGJ” and mailed to: Courage to Resist, 484 Lake Park Ave #41, Oakland CA 94610. Or if you wish for 100% of funds to go towards legal expenses only, make it out to “IOLTA / Manning”, and send to the same address. Note that IOLTA contributions are NOT tax-deductible.

  1. We did it! With two weeks to spare, hundreds of donors stepped up to make sure we made the most of the generous matching grant provided by the Brightwater Fund. As of today, we’re over $55,000 for this period. During this challenge, we’ve been able to pay off our $7,000 debt carried over from previous months, make another $20,000 payment to Bradley’s legal team (bringing us up to date on those expenses), and are now in a much better position with very important Ft. Meade hearings between now and the new year. Thanks again for making our efforts possible!

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