Tell the Obama campaign it’s time to free Bradley Manning
There’s a War on Truth, and Bradley Manning needs YOU to share the facts at an Obama campaign office during Brad’s next hearing, June 6-8th.
*If you are interested in attending Bradley Manning’s next hearing at Fort Meade, MD, check out the details here. Keep reading for information on how to act locally to support his freedom.*
Alleged WikiLeaker PFC Bradley Manning has won the 2012 Global Exchange People’s Choice Human Rights Award, and been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, but the struggle for his freedom is far from over. The results of his pretrial hearings have major implications for the rights of soldiers as well as the public’s right to know important truths about our wars and other overseas engagements.
Shamefully, at the last hearing which took place April 24-26, the government declared that it does not believe that PFC Manning’s motives, or even whether or not the U.S. was actually damaged in any way by the releases, are relevant to its case for the “Aiding the Enemy” charge. The government contends that life in prison is warranted for soldiers who release information that hypothetically could be used by the enemy. The prosecution also considers irrelevant the issue of whether making the information public might benefit citizens of the U.S. or its allies.
Furthermore, the government is attempting to ban any discussion of whether harm was or was not caused to the U.S. from future court proceedings, saying it could neither help nor hurt either argument. This would prevent the defense from accessing government-commissioned assessments of the impacts of WikiLeaks’ releases. Neither the content nor the conclusions of these assessments have been made public, despite the public’s obvious interest in this information.
We must use support actions during Bradley’s June 6-8th hearing as opportunities to show the Obama Administration we demand greater government accountability, as well as Bradley Manning’s freedom.
1. Choose a location and register your event. If there is an active Obama campaign office located near you (click on your state below to look), we consider in front of its doors to be the perfect stage for a Bradley Manning support action. Otherwise, a government building or popular public gathering area might be more appropriate. (International supporters can stage their action at a U.S. Embassy.) Campaign offices are likely to be most active on weekday evenings, 5-8pm. Once you have chosen a date, time, and location for your action, you should register it here.
2. Prepare to read the chat logs. One of the Bradley Manning Support Network’s goals is to raise public awareness about Bradley Manning’s whistle-blowing, thereby increasing public pressure on official decision-makers. Who more important to educate than volunteers for Commander-in-Chief President Obama? And what better way to do it than through sharing with them the words of Bradley Manning himself? With that in mind, you can go here to download a script version of the chat logs created especially for this action. Designate 1-3 people to read them out loud while the rest of the group adds visual support and helps flyer.
3. Promote your action! You can look up local chapters of some partner organizations that may want to be involved here. Registering your action in step 1 also ensures that we can help promote your action to existing Bradley Manning Support Network members.
4. Print flyers and petitions. We have created flyers to help explain to Obama volunteers and other members of the public the purpose and importance of our action. You can download the flyer here. You can also print out our petition, and if someone seems supportive ask them to sign it.
Click on your state and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find Obama campaign offices near you (if we don’t have a link for your state but you happen to know the location of some Obama campaign offices, please leave them in the comments):
- Washington, DC
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia