Chelsea still faces charges for suicide attempt: Daniel Ellsberg, Michael Stipe release videos of support
September 13, 2016 by the Chelsea Manning Support Network
After years of inhumane treatment from the Army, and still facing 30 years in her prison sentence, Chelsea Manning attempted suicide on July 5th, 2016. Although happy to be alive, Chelsea is now facing charges related to her own attempt on her life.
If convicted of these absurd “administrative offenses”, Chelsea could face indefinite solitary confinement for the rest of her prison term.
Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and musician Michael Stipe released videos today in support of Chelsea.
Daniel Ellsberg: “I stand with Chelsea Manning. I hope you will too.”
Michael Stipe: “I support human rights for all people. As an American patriot it is my duty to stand with Chelsea Manning… Instead of giving her the treatment she needs, the government is now threatening her with indefinite solitary confinement. This is unjustifiable. It is unfair, and it needs to be stopped. You can help me stop it now- sign the petition at freechelsea.com.”
Chelsea is being charged for:
- Resisting the force cell move team (Chelsea was unconscious when this team arrived, which makes this charge particularly absurd.)
- Prohibited property (For a book she had mislabeled in her cell)
- Conduct which threatens (For somehow putting the prison at risk while attempting to take her own life, quietly, in her own cell.)
Chelsea will face a disciplinary board later this month, and could very likely be charged for her own suicide attempt. Join Daniel Ellsberg and Michael Stipe in demanding the government drop these unnecessarily cruel charges against Chelsea. Sign the petition, submit your own video of support to [email protected], or tweet with #StandWithChelsea.