On February 23, international protests of Bradley Manning’s 1,000th day in jail without trial

Map of upcoming events in support of Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning. Full event listing below.

Map of upcoming events in support of Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning. Full event listing below.

By Nathan Fuller, Bradley Manning Support Network. February 15, 2013.

PFC Bradley Manning has been in jail awaiting trial for nearly 1,000 days for exposing war crimes, corruption, and widespread abuse. When he returns to court in Fort Meade, MD, for a pretrial hearing from February 26 to March 1, Judge Denise Lind will rule on the defense’s motion to dismiss charges for lack of a speedy trial.

As defense lawyer David Coombs said in the motion, “PFC Manning’s statutory and constitutional speedy trial rights have been trampled upon with impunity.” In court, he laid out the ways in which the government has made an “absolute mockery” of Manning’s right to a speedy trial by violating the 5th and 6th Constitutional Amendments, Rule for Court Martial 707, and Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 10. Prosecutors were supposed to arraign Manning within 120 days but took well over 600. They’re also supposed to remain actively diligent throughout the proceedings, but Coombs has showed substantial periods of their inactivity and needless delay. Manning’s due process rights have been clearly violated, and the only legal remedy is to dismiss charges. Judge Lind could dismiss charges with prejudice, if she determines the government intentionally delayed Manning’s trial, which would set the young Army private free. She could also dismiss without prejudice, which would allow the government to simply retry the case and restart the speedy trial clock. If she dismisses the motion altogether, she will condone the government’s unconstitutional delays and the deprivation of Manning’s due process rights. Manning would then proceed to trial, currently scheduled to start June 3, 2013 — over three years after his arrest in May 2010.

We’ll also hear Manning’s updated plea offer, in which he’s expected to offer to plead guilty to several lesser-included offenses, which could carry a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.

“This allows Bradley to accept responsibility for exposing these documents to public scrutiny, and debate the merits and impact of these releases, while fighting the most serious charges against him at court martial,” noted Jeff Paterson, project director of the Bradley Manning Support Network.

The government can still charge as planned, including using the Espionage Act and UCMJ Article 104, alleging Manning indirectly “aided the enemy” simply because he knew Al Qaeda could access WikiLeaks. By the time that pretrial hearing begins, Manning will have been in jail for over 1,000 days. In response to this historic abuse, supporters around the country and around the world are planning demonstrations, rallies, and marches on February 23. From California, to Florida, to Italy, to Germany, supporters of PFC Manning will make their protests known.

U.S. Events

Tucson, AZ Feb 23, 11am-5pm

Tempe, AZ  Feb 23, 5:30-6:30pm

Guerneville, CA Feb 23, 12-1pm

Cahuenga (L.A.), CA Feb 23, 9-11am

Los Angeles, CA Feb 23, 5:30-6:30

Long Beach (L.A.), CA 
Feb 23 at 1pm until Feb 24 at 2pm

Montrose (L.A.), CA Feb 23, 5:30-7pm

Studio City (L.A.), CA  Feb 22, 6:30-7:30pm

San Francisco, CA Feb 23, 1-4pm

San Diego, CA Feb 23, 7-9pm

Denver, CO Feb 23, 12-3:30pm

Washington, DC (march) Feb 23, 12pm

Washington, DC (concert & teach-in) Feb 24, 6:30-9pm

Daytona, FL Feb 24, 11am-2pm

Ft. Lauderdale, FL Feb 23, 12-1:30pm

Pensacola, FL Feb 23, 5:30-6:30pm

St. Petersburg, FL Feb 23, 7pm

Tallahassee, FL Feb 23, 12-1pm

Hilo, HI Feb 22, 3:30-5pm

Honolulu, HI Feb 22, 4-5:30pm

Chicago, IL Feb 23, 12-1:30pm

Ft. Leavenworth, KS Feb 23, 1-3pm

New Orleans, LA  Feb 23, 2-6pm

Boston, MA Feb 23, 1-2pm

Augusta, ME Feb 23, 11:30am-12pm

Portland, ME Feb 23, 12pm

Detroit, MI Feb 23, 3-8pm

Kalamazoo, MI Feb 23, 2-3pm

Minneapolis, MN Feb 23, 9:30am-12pm

Wilmington, NC Feb 23, 12-1:45pm

Eatentown, NJ Feb 23, 12-1:30pm

Highland Park, NJ Feb 23, 11:30am-12:30pm

Albuquerque, NM Feb 23, 10am-12pm

Santa Fe, NM Feb 23, 12-1pm

New York, NY Feb 23, 2-4pm

Rochester, NY  Feb 23, 10am-12pm

Toledo, OH Feb 23, 12pm

Corvallis, OR ongoing

Philadelphia, PA Feb 23, 2-4pm

Newport, RI Feb 23, 1-2pm

Austin, TX Feb 23, 10:30am

Houston, TX Feb 23, All Day

Norfolk, VA Feb 23, 1-4pm

Bristol, VT Feb 23, 10am-12pm

Bellingham, WA Feb 23, 1-3pm

Seattle, WA Feb 23, 12-4pm

International Events

Brisbane, Australia Feb 23, 10am-12pm

Melbourne, Australia Feb 22, 2-4pm

Sydney, Australia Feb 23, 11am-2pm

Brussels, Belgium Feb 23, 1-2pm

Vancouver, Canada Feb 23, 1-5pm

Paris, France Feb 23, 3-5pm

Berlin, Germany  Feb 23, 12:30-3pm

Kaiserslautern, Germany Feb 23, All Day

Rome, Italy  Feb 23, 4-5pm

The Hague, Netherlands Feb 25, 7:30-9:15am

Oslo, Norway Feb 23, 10am-12pm

Oporto, Portugal Feb 23, 3-6pm

Seoul, South Korea Feb 23, 11am

Kampala, Uganda Feb 23, 10am-12pm

Dublin, Ireland Feb 23, 1-3pm

Birmingham, UK Feb 23, 2pm

Edinburgh, Scotland Feb 23, 12pm

London, UK Feb 23, 2pm

Peterborough, UK Feb 23, 12-2pm

Yorkshire, UK Feb 23, 11am

Fairford, UK Feb 23, 9:30am-12pm

Bangor, Wales, UK Feb 23, 11am-2pm

Cardiff, Wales Feb 23, 10:30am-2:30pm

Newport, Wales Feb 23, 12pm

Wrexham, Wales Feb 23, 10-11:30am

Wales/Ireland/Scotland/England ongoing

42 thoughts on “On February 23, international protests of Bradley Manning’s 1,000th day in jail without trial

  1. Why nothing in Portland OR, or Seattle WA? I know I’ll be holding my Bradley Manning sign up in Portland on the 23rd! I guess let me know if there are more people in the area that want to help organise a rally here too!

    I am Bradley Manning..

  2. Pardon Private Bradley Manning Stand-Out-Park Street Station-Boston Common –Saturday February 23, 2013

    Support And Build The Bradley Manning International Day Of Solidarity February 23, 2013–The 1000th Day Of Pre-Trial Confinement-Park Street Station- Boston Common-Downtown-1:00 to 2:00 PM

    From The Bradley Manning Support Network website:
    “On February 23, 2013, the Bradley Manning Support Network is asking supporters to take action internationally in protest of Bradley’s 1000th day of being imprisoned without trial. Enough is enough. Bradley has been denied his right to a speedy trial.
    For following his conscience and standing up for Americans’ right to know what our government is doing with our tax dollars, young whistle-blower Bradley Manning has spent three birthdays in prison. His excellent legal defense continues to fight hard against a government prosecution that hinders access to important evidence at every turn.

    In addition to aggressively persecuting Bradley with the Espionage Act and an egregious “aiding the enemy” charge, the military subjected him to unlawful pretrial punishment and has denied him his constitutionally mandated right to a speedy trial. Bradley’s pretrial treatment has been wholly un-American. It’s up to us as fellow citizens to see that our constitutional rights are upheld and to ensure that the military isn’t given a free pass for their mistreatment of Bradley…”

  3. There will be a vigil on 23 Feb. in Brisbane, Australia, in support of Bradley Manning.

    cnr. Adelaide and Albert Sts, City.

  4. God help you, PFC Manning. The tentacles are tightening and everyone on your side feels helpless before the injustice of it all.

  5. What about Oslo in Norway…?

    My wife and I will be out protesting, hopefully there are some other people in Oslo with some brains, guts and heart (so we aren’t alone).

    Brains – to understand what is happening
    Guts – to have the courage to protest
    Heart – to feel the injustice

    Free Bradley Manning!

  6. Bravo for all. We all have been praying with all of our hearts for Bradley Manning and by the world output. My heart is singing with love and joy for you Bradley, God be with you.

  7. My wife and I will be out front of the Recruitment Building in Middletown Ohio, Don’t care if no one else is there we will be!

  8. Sadly there is nothing in CT and I am housebound, however that won’t stop me from putting a big sign my front yard and handing out literature about Bradley to anyone that stops.

    I’m hoping the events planned are well attended for a couple reasons.

    1. Bradley needs to know people haven’t forgotten and they still care. Part of that is seeing the number of enlightened increase exponentially over time.

    2. The bastards in charge need to see that WE THE PEOPLE are NOT happy, and most of all… we’re not going to shut up OR go away!!

    Bradley, we can’t possibly know all you’re going through, please know you are in thoughts, hearts and prayers ALWAYS!! We can NEVER EVER thank you enough for your courage and love of country. Not nearly enough have your kind of moral compass. America is in your debt, whether or not they realize it yet or not.


  9. Sorry i couldn´t make a protestrallie in Sweden, but, you guy´s now, we support you, world wide, anyway! If you´r able read the newspaper DN debatt and the report of nationalaccountant Jan Landahl about the corrupt system of Sweden and you realise why the prosecutor of Assange is addicted to your gowernments intrest, to keep whistleblowers in jail or under “house arrest” to give them PTSD, like the rest of the citicens to make them shut up.

  10. Adrienne must be busy, I guess. Seriously, my hometown of Long Beach, Ca. seems it will be getting radical over the 1000-day mark… INDEED!

  11. Bravo, Bradley Manning. From the remote hamlet of Elkton, Oregon, I salute your courage, integrity and the guts to stand up for what you know is right. May you see justice done and freedom regained. And don’t let the bastards get you down, lad. Take care. JD

  12. Werkelijk schandalig dat deze man nog steeds vast zit. Geeft wel weer aan hoe een criminele organisaties die overheden zijn.

    Het wordt hoog tijd dat de Nederlandse minister van buitenlandse zaken, minister Timmermans het vastzetten van deze man gaat veroordelen en de politiek de Amerikaanse ambassadeur op het matje gaat roepen.

    Maar ja, als het hun eigen criminele vriendjes betreft geven criminele politici helaas niet thuis.

      • Many of our moderators are volunteers, and it’s a very imperfect process. We actually do approve many “anti-Bradley” messages, as long as they make a thoughtful point.

  13. Today a vigil including a picture petition were held together in the centre of Galway on the west coast of Ireland:

  14. I am currently the victim of prolonged unjust persecution from this police state we live in and am unable to attend the protests. I am from Portland Oregon and normally would be at the front line of such an event. Therefore I say to you my fellow warriors for peace; do what is right for humanity and attend in my absence. The atrocious carnage and butchery of the rampaging sadists must be stopped. The burning indignation in each of us who still retains our God given soul and conscience was and is intended by our creator to motivate us to act with vigor against such evils. Good men must act now to stop the perpetration of escalating human genocide by the insane insatiable blood thirsty madman who kill men, women and children for power and profit. In these end times the only thing that can stop our demonic pseudo government and the killing machines is public dissent and disobedience on an epic scale.

    To Mr Manning I say to you; I am honored to know such a brave and selfless warrior for peace exists and emanates from a nation of such brainwashed war mongers. You are a profound inspiration and example to us all. What one man can accomplish if we follow our heart. There is great power in numbers. Please know you are not alone and we are here with you in solidarity and spirit. Your deeds are great. Your blessings are eternal. You deserve not only freedom but sainthood. May you live long and know happiness.


  15. I hope many people showed up.
    Unfortunately, I don’t have the courage to show my face at a protest in this virtual police state we now live in.
    I will donate some money to try to make up for it though.

  16. As Americans, we have had atrocities committed in our names. We need to shine the light of day on these things and bear witness to what we failed to prevent, I think that is what PFC Manning was trying to do, shine a light on tragedy and immorality. It is our moral duty to bear witness to the good and bad done in our names. We must insist that our Constitution be upheld and PFC Manning given his day in court in a timely manner. The fact that he has not should make us all wonder about what has happened to our justice system. Being “at war” is not an excuse to let justice lapse.

  17. Please provide debit card facility in donate option so that persons with debit card facility can also donate without facing much hassles

    • We really do try to make it as easy as possible to donate. We understand that the automatic fraud prevention stuff makes it difficult for non-US donors. We’re always trying to find the right balance between ease of donations, and preventing fraudulent donations (that later cost us in cancelled charge fees). Some international donors find it easier donating via PayPal–the link as at the bottom of the Courage to Resist page — http://couragetoresist.org/donate/bradley-manning.html (Courage to Resist is the host of Bradley Manning Support Fund, administered in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network). Note that unlike check and directly credit card donations, PayPal contributions are unfortunately NOT tax-deductible.

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