After a prosecution which starkly showcased US government officials’ misplaced priorities when it comes to human rights, whistleblower and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Army Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The information that Manning gave to the public exposed the unjust detainment of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, shown us the true human cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and changed journalism forever. There is no evidence that anyone died as a result of the leaked information.
Like Manning, we believe a healthy democracy requires public information. Take action now to support Chelsea and demand that our government focus on preventing human rights violations instead of punishing whistleblowers.
The legal appeals process is the most important avenue to hold the U.S. military to accountable for the many ways in which Chelsea Manning’s due process rights were violated throughout her trial, from the months of unjust and abusive solitary confinement to the utter failure to provide a speedy trial. Chelsea Manning’s legal defense will target appeals at all of the ways in which her trial violated her rights under the U.S. Constitution and the UCMJ. Your donation can help support this crucial process.
By contributing, you’ll also be helping to uphold Americans’ right to a speedy trial, to be treated as innocent until proven guilty, and to be made fully aware of the nature of the charges against them without fear those charges may change midway through the trial.
President Obama has already granted pardons to 39 other prisoners, but the White House has stated it will not respond to Chelsea’s request for executive clemency until her appeals process is complete, which could take years. Showing public support for Chelsea Manning’s application for pardon is the best way to get a response from Obama, and to give her a real chance of being released in 3 years, or even sooner. Sign the petition now.
You can share the petition with others through e-mail, facebook, and printing out copies to take with you to community events.
While our current focus is on the White House petition, that is only the beginning of our effort to demonstrate our support for military whistleblowing to the Commander in Chief. You can write to and call the White House in order to express your views in a more personal manner. You can also help by organizing a letter-writing drive with others in your community!
Near the end of her trial, Chelsea Manning expressed gratitude to the countless numbers of supporters who have written her letters in prison. Now that the trial is over, she is looking forward to having the ability to write people back.
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Write an Op-Ed for your local paper!
Traditional media is a good way to help educate community members about PVT Manning’s case, and to show the Defense Department and others monitoring news coverage online that there is ongoing support for Chelsea’s freedom. When you see coverage in your local paper of defense issues, whistleblowing, freedom of information or a related issue, submit a letter of your own explaining why Chelsea Manning needs to be remembered!