“You amaze me with your support”- Chelsea blogs on Pride

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Reflections on SF Pride

June 26, 2016 by Chelsea Manning

Hello everyone,

Rainey Reitman at SF Pride 2003 - Photo by Steve Rhodes

Rainey Reitman at SF Pride 2003 – Photo by Steve Rhodes

First, I’d like to thank all of you for your warm love and strong support over the years. You never cease to amaze me with how truly extensive and long-lasting your support has been. I am always hearing about your messages being posted on Twitter and Facebook, and more than anything else, I love getting letters and cards from you all. I often receive so many that I can hardly keep up with them.

This time last year many of us were here celebrating the Supreme Court ruling across the United States. This year, tragedy looms over the entire queer and trans community, and this month’s shooting in Orlando reminds us. Our community had already suffered its fair share of loss, setbacks, anger, and devastation, during all the countless years before the movement’s rise at Stonewall Inn.

The San Francisco Bay Area community has had a lot to deal with over the years. The Harvey Milk assassination and Dan White’s subsequent acquittal. Watching thousands of our siblings die during the HIV epidemic in the 80s and 90s. Suffering through Prop 8 passing and then rejoicing later at achieving full marriage equality, once and for all. At the same time, as we face this violent tragedy, we are fighting against mean and discriminatory bathroom laws. Today, we witness a dangerous militarized presence here at Pride, theoretically for our own protection. Despite the circumstances, it truly warms my heart that you’ve all come out to support me today—In San Francisco, New York, and even Seattle—and earlier this month, in Boston, Philadelphia, and Salina.

I needed a little time by myself last week to mourn. I went over the profiles of the victims in Time, People, and the New York Times. In the absence of a vigil to attend, I instead meditated in my cell listening to soft ambient music.

A few weeks ago, I filed my appeal. Among other things, I challenge the length of my sentence, the unfairness of the conditions my pre-trial solitary confinement, and the unconstitutionality of the Espionage Act.

Thanks for all your continued support during the duration of my ongoing fight.  I am hearing your outspoken voices. I can see your beautiful pictures. I can read all of your colorful and thoughtful words. I feel your endless love. I know that—despite our distance apart, and the fact that the public is not allowed to see me or hear my voice—I am not forgotten. I want you to know that you all are not forgotten either. You all mean a lot to me and give me the strength to keep going, every day.

Have a wonderful day! Chelsea =)

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6 thoughts on ““You amaze me with your support”- Chelsea blogs on Pride

  1. i am personally outraged at your inhuman treatment chelsea.
    Hang in their girl… and remember you have a powerful gang of supports downunder in Oz.
    Your strength girl has me in awe.
    Regards, glenn radnell

  2. If i personally had the resources available to me, i would gladly donate all that i could to support Chelsea’s long overdue release from her condemnation for telling the truth & the deplorable treatment since she has endured.i say this without regret or hesitance,i can no longer, in good conscience, fly a flag that represents immorale,unethical,prejudicial,self serving practices as this would be compromising my personal integrity & beliefs. If President Obama could find the courage & decency to perform just one courageous move prior leaving office, he needs to grant Chelsea Manning a full presidential pardon. Unadulterated history will reflect the serious wrongs committed during his presidency, the failed promises & incarceration of whistleblower under false and trumpted up charges, exile of journalists for truth in reporting. What a terrible legacy our future generations will learn.Imagine the heroic effort that could reverse the damage done by using his power to release Chelsea Manning from a punishment she continues to endure merely for exposing the horrific deeds of government officials weilding excessive power to save face, send fear mongering messages to any who dare attempt to unveil the secrets of our perpetual wars. Every other country on planet Earth is open season for the u.s. military to murder innocent civilians,the numbers never reported, too staggering to imagine. All referenced as merely “collateral damage”. Virtual computer combat games reprogrammed into reality drone warfare. A community anihilated ny the stroke of a joystick, and then “oops, we thought it was the target”. Another few hundred civilians wiped out. Our form of justice :Imprison the messenger who tells us what horrendous acts are being performed in our names & continue to this day.While the u.s. military wages meaningless wars in secret, the daily manufacture of yet more “terrorists” continues & why do we wonder or question the reason for this anymore. Tyranny is not welcome here or anywhere else. The people who deserve to be in the capacity of indefinite detention for their crimes are enjoying their freedom and are responsible for the torture and imprisonment of Chelsea for exposing their dirty secrets. How is this justice? Who can, with a clear mind, heart & soul, place their hand over their heart & pledge allegiance to a flag that represents such hypocrisy,hatred & deceit? The country i was taught about in school over 40 years ago,to honor & respect, was a lie. I”ve lost confidence in a system that teaches our children to be honest, right a wrong when possible – then imprison a young man for sacrificing everything by telling a horrific truth.So many ugly scenarios under Obama watch these past misguided 8 years. Is this what his message meant? ..”Yes we can” WHAT??. A sell out indeed * disappointment for many looking for “Change” in a positive way. DO SOMETHING TO BE REMEMBERED IN A POSITIVE WAY. GITMO NEVER CLOSED – PARDON CHELSEA MANNING, You know she didn’t committ any crime, own up to the horrible mistake = RIGHT THE WRONG .

  3. After all that, let it be told, Chelsea Manning is one of the greatest heroines of our times & i look forward to the day she is respected & honored for the bravery & sacrifices she should never have had to endure by giving up liberty, justice & pursuit of happiness. You are an inspiration for generations to come. Thoughts are with u always, so many will greet you the day you are released, it will happen, even I, a skeptic otherwise, believe fate will prevail & a conscientous effort will release you from the unjust & overdue incarceration. Yhere os strength in numbers, & there are many, many in support. Peace will prevail & see you through. Take care, please..

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