Update 1/19/12: Support Network activists discuss Occupy, attorney asks why civilian casualties go ignored

Photo of Bradley from the Article 32 Pretrial Hearing

On January 19, 2012, RevolutionTruth.org will hold a live video panel featuring a number of prominent Bradley Manning supporters. Pro-Bradley Manning activists Michael Moore, Kevin Zeese, Birgitta Jonsdottir, Margaret Flowers and Tangerine Bolen will be joined by Chris Hedges as they discuss the Occupy Movement. Read here why the Bradley Manning Support Network supports the Occupy Movement, and how the two movements relate to one another. (To learn how you can advocate for Bradley Manning while supporting the Occupy Movement, click here.)

Attorney Chase Madar, writing for counterpunch.org, analyzes claims about whether the information releases endangered people. He points out that while debates around whether Bradley Manning endangered civilians continues intensely in the public sphere, discussion over the real documented civilian casualties caused by U.S. forces has gone largely ignored. He argues that civilian casualties caused accidentally or deliberately by U.S. troops creates the best messaging tools for anti-U.S. terrorists, and therefore poses a more significant danger to national security than WikiLeaks.

Supporter Catherine Connor wrote an excellent letter summarizing the result of Bradley’s pretrial hearing. Her letter was published in the Morgan Hill Times. Writing a letter to a local newspaper is always a worthwhile way to educate your community about Bradley’s struggle. If your letter gets published, please let us know!

It’s reassuring to know that Bradley Manning has supporters around the world.

Shubhangi Joshi, from India, sent in the following poem this week which she dedicated to PFC Manning:

Title : Miseducation

Why teach us
never to lie,
when you cannot
hear the truth yourself?

Why teach us
to stand up for what we believe,
when you threaten
to stifle our voices if we do?

Why ask us
to be compassionate, kind
when doing that
means hate, defamation, torture?

you must decide
just what you want to teach us as children,
the fantasy, or the truth.

Clark Stoekley, the former WikiLeaks truck driver, is performing this weekend at the EIDIA House Studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He will be re-enacting a day in the life of Bradley while held in solitary confinement at the marine prison in Quantico, VA.

Another supporter, Marv Hain, Jr., has gotten the first Bradley Manning tattoo of that we are aware. His tattoo features both Bradley Manning and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, as well as the words of musician-activist Woodie Guthrie, “This Machine Kills Fascists.”

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