Getting to Ft. Meade to support Army whistleblower Bradley Manning
Here are 5 reasons that we think attending the court martial is one of the most important things you can do to support Bradley Manning. We look forward to having you join us! Below is some information to make planning your trip to Ft. Meade easier…
Find directions from airports to charter buses OR from Amtrak and Greyhound stations to charter buses in Baltimore, DC and NYC using public transit.
If you’re arriving at the BWI Airport, there is also a regional bus from the airport to Arundel Mills Shopping Center (Bus 017), from which you can then take the CTC K to the Main Gate. The entire trip is approximately 45 minutes. For a Google Maps public transit view of this option: http://alturl.com/3ehis
Still interested in organizing a bus or van from your city? We’re offering small grants to help.
From most locations, driving will be the quickest way to access Ft. Meade. If you plan to fly into the area and rent a car, priceline.com and hotwire.com are two useful sites for finding budget rentals.
Once you go through the Main Gate at 175 Maryland and Reece Rd (get directions from Google maps), you can stop at the Visitor Control Center to pick up a map and ask directions to the courtroom, which has its own parking lot. Please make sure you have up-to-date vehicle registration and driver’s license before entering the base.
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Ft. Meade Security
Our event on June 1st will take place outside the Fort Meade Main Gate at 175 Maryland and Reece Rd. However, if you plan to stay to attend Bradley’s court martial, which begins June 3rd, you’ll need to be prepared to go through security checkpoints.
To enter Ft. Meade, you’ll need a government issued ID, such as a state issued drivers license or passport. Non-US passports are accepted. Be prepared to remove any shirts or buttons that show support for Bradley Manning while on base.
The courtroom is located 1 mile past the main gate, and maps are available at the Visitor Control Center immediately inside the gate and to the right. There is parking by the courtroom, space allowing. To drive onto Ft. Meade:
- Have your up-to-date vehicle registration
- Have your up-to-date vehicle insurance (printed copy–not a electronic version on your mobile phone)
- Obey posted speed limits (they are strictly enforced by military police–especially for “special visitors”)
- Be prepared to cover “political” bumper stickers on your vehicle with tape
Unlike most trials, the government is refusing to release any official transcripts of the trials. It is up to the public to attend, and comment on, what happens inside the otherwise secretive court room. Thank you for your support and please join us at Fort Meade!