Birgitta Jonsdottir, Icelandic MP, NYC event Apr. 5. with Kevin Gosztola, Alexa O’brien, Peter Hart and Sam Seder
On April 5, 2013, the anniversary of the release of the Collateral Murder video, Birgitta Jonsdottir held an event in NYC to raise awareness about Bradley Manning’s brutal treatment and his upcoming trial. She visited the United States against the advice of her legal advisors, who had concerns that she may get caught up in the US persecution of WikiLeaks.
Watch a recording of the discussion panel held with Birgitta Jonsdottir, Kevin Gosztola (journalist with FireDogLake), Alexa O’Brien (independent journalist long covering the Bradley Manning trial), Peter Hart (FAIR media critic). The discussion was moderated by film director, producer, writer and radio host Sam Seder.
And if you haven’t already, consider watching the Collateral Murder video, released by Bradley Manning, which exposed the murder of innocent civilians and two Reuters journalists (bottom).
Recorded from April 5th:
Photos from the event:
Friday April 5th,
We invite you to an evening of art and discussion to sow the seeds of resistance against illegal wars, and to discuss the present state of free speech and freedom of the press. Your presence at Judson Memorial Church would send a clear signal that we the people value truth and stand against the unbelievable lack of ethics and accountability this, and other leaks, consistently reveal.
Doors open at 5:30 PM, for two hours of drinks, refreshments, and artwork , including stills from Collateral Murder, art prints by Molly Crabapple, and Laura Poitras’s five-minute documentary.
Then at 8 PM, we’ll move to a discussion among Birgitta, independent journalist Alexa O’Brien, FireDogLake’s Kevin Gosztola, and FAIR media critic Peter Hart, moderated by Sam Seder.
See more information about their discussion here, and see how to bid on Molly Crabapple’s art prints of Bradley Manning here.
Birgitta will be speaking in order to raise awareness about Bradley Manning and his trial that is coming up in June, as well as to help raise funds for his ongoing legal defense.
Along with helping Bradley we would like to help the families in Iraq effected by this war crime, and Ethan McCord the soldier on the scene in the video who helped the injured children – he now has severe PTSD. In interest of sparking discussion and more shifts in awareness levels printed stills from the video will be on exhibit for the very first time.
Please come stand with Birgitta Jonsdottir and support hero Bradley Manning, and the ethics and values he so clearly embodies.
RSVP for this event by emailing: [email protected]
Schedule of other events for Birgitta’s visit:
— Thursday April 4th 5pm Yippie 9 Bleecker St, NYC
— Thursday, April 4th 7pm Yeslabs Hemispheric Institute 20 Cooper Square, NYC
— Sunday April 7th 5-7pm Culture Project 45 Bleecker St, NYC
Other informal gatherings, a press conference and discussions are planned – she will be in NYC from April 3rd through the 8th.
Watch the Collateral Murder video: