Organizing Toolkit

The Chelsea Manning Support Network has created a Toolkit for organizers around the world who want to help the cause! It is packed with info and strategy.  (While PVT Manning, who identifies as transgender, announced a public name change on Aug 22, 2013, it will take some time to fully update our materials to reflect her request.)

The Chelsea Manning Support Network Organizing Toolkit (each section in .pdf format)

  1. Individual action.
    • If you have 60 seconds.
    • If you have 5 minutes.
    • If you have 20 minutes.
    • Other recommended actions.
      • Raise awareness about Chelsea Manning at existing events.
      • Tabling.
      • Activism from home.
      • Use social media.
      • Donate.
      • Volunteer with the Chelsea Manning Support Network.
      • Contact your government representatives.
  2. Event organizing guide.
    • Host a fundraising house party.
    • Host a public education event.
    • Plan a demonstration.
    • Finding help to organize your event.
    • During the event.
  3. Guide to working with the media.
    • Creating a media advisory.
    • Pitching the story.
    • The post-event press release.
  4. Contacts.
    • Chelsea Manning Support Network contacts.
    • Allied organizations.
    • Places to find and advertise events.
  5. Our core beliefs.
  6. Chelsea Manning fact sheet.
  7. What did WikiLeaks reveal.
  8. Petition.

Download the entire organizing guide here (.pdf)

Other materials



Bradley Manning Fact Sheet
Bradley Manning Fact Sheet
Wikileaks fact sheet
Wikileaks fact sheet
Download (.pdf) Download (.pdf)
Spanish version(.pdf)
Download (.pdf)

Posters and Signs





Pardon PVT Manning Petition View
1 Pg Bradley Manning Factsheet View  
Sample Media Advisory Download (.doc file)
Sample Press Release View Download (.doc file)
Letter to the Editor View Download (.doc file)
Letter to Quantico Brig View Download (.doc file)
Sample Event Flyer
Download (.doc file)
Outreach Letter for ally organizations View Download (.doc file)

25 thoughts on “Organizing Toolkit

  1. had a problem with the “state” in your pre-form thing.
    Being from Denmark Europe… 🙂 (wrote TX)

  2. By its actions, the U.S. government–and its shameful, guilty president admit that the U.S. is committing crimes in its treatment of Bradley Manning.

    The rationale is simple: if they can drive Bradley crazy with their constant torture, they can lock him away somewhere for the rest of his life. And only half a million Americans think that this is wrong, immoral, illegal, criminal.


    Bert G. Hornback
    Emeritus Professor of English
    University of Michigan
    Former captain, USMC

  3. Great idea, Great Movement! I’m including Brad in my own fasting, in conjunction with Sojourners in Washington and a numbeer of secular progessive organizatdions…in the spirit of Ghandi, M.L. King, and Caesar Chavez. I’m contemplating some further private action at Quantico, but am American living in Canada and with some family problems.

  4. Bradley is one of the great heros of our time. I’m glad thousands are praying for him and when he walks out of Quantico, I’ll be there with bells on. Keep up the good work, and don’t get discouraged–it’s worth it,and thank you all the heros who are working on this cause. Love ya all, Carol

  5. We should make a dedicated effort to get the Nobel Peace Prize commitee to award PFC Manning an Juliane Assange this prize. It their efforts result in stopping more U.S. foreign wars I doubt if Washington could withstand the aftermath around the world. steve, WW2, USN

  6. Obama is one of those persons who cannot stand unpleasantness. I believe he was sincere in his intentions at the beginning of his term. However, when someone opposed him, he caved. You cannot negotiate with supporters of greed which is what most members of the Republican Party are.

  7. While I can understand the anger directed at our disappointing president, our country is run by people with money not by our elected officials. The hope we have in an elected official vaporizes the moment the lobbyists get their hands on the pol. Bradley Manning’s freedom lies with centralized activism where our entire nation can set things right for him and other whistle blowers. Of course, laking a centralized site for activism, this site is the next best thing. I commend their efforts.

  8. Please do something to spread information about Bradley Manning’s case in my country, Italy! The majority of the people is totally unaware about it!

  9. Don’t be afraid to raise your voice in protest at this injustice! Write your congressperson; contribute both financially and actively by joining forces with others! March, protest if you are physically able, if not contribute what you can financially! A little can go a long way. Remember YOU ARE THE ONE YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!

  10. “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”

    Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)

  11. There is no change even if Bradley goes free, unless the criminals whom he exposed are charged , and punished for their war crimes(including and especially the top commanders).The treason that has been exposed by Manning’s act of conscience must be punished and the victims of the injustices must be compensated as much as can be. Then justice can start to bring peace. The talk should be of bringing all the villains to justice and righting the wrongs that he exposed. Finish what he started, is the route to helping him, it’s him, or them.

    • That is so right on Ron. From that perspective, one might almost think it better he lose as the resultant outrage might spark something, shall we say unpleasant and not desired by the powers that be.

      As a matter of fact, they are in a bind here. They can’t disappear him now, too much exposure. They can’t put a tight enough lid on the proceedings to stymie leaks and they know that their propaganda is weak and fading with an increasingly sceptical public.
      Their conundrum is should they roll the dice and go for B’s balls, or backtrack as far as it takes to sweep this mess PFC Bradley Manning has lured them into under the rug.

      An interesting and dangerous conundrum for our powered friends.

  12. Adrian Lamo is not a human – he would fail the empathy test from the “Blade Runner”. huh. seriously, I have a deep compassion for Bradley. I hope he will survive somehow this hell. world needs people who have courage to uncover dirty secrets. otherwise, there is no difference between goverment and a mafia

  13. We have just started our activists web site and named Bradley an honorary White Rose Hero.

    The recent pattern of American violations of international law are ultimately based in the corruption of the USA domestic legal system. The reality is that the United States of America, which proclaims itself the “land of freedom”, has the most dishonest, dangerous and crooked legal system of any developed nation. Legal corruption is covering America like a blanket. Bradley doesn’t stand a chance in this environment.

  14. It’s ashaming how the US doublethink works…

    War-Criminals remain unpunised while those who inform are subject to illegal detention and propably torture (or why is the UN spechal rapporeur on torture denied to speak with Manning alone and face-to-face?)

    Unfortunately, hee in Germany it’s the same… We don’t torture, we asked the Lybians (under Ghaddafi) and nowadays the USA to extract information via rubberhose-cryptography…

  15. Shameful but predictable behaviour from a government that is notorious the world over for its criminality and brutality.

  16. This is one of the most frustrating and outrageous situations. Bradley Manning is a Hero. The men who have stood up and decided they could not watch these crimes go by unaccounted for and blameless, have started OUR REVOLUTION! TIME FOR THE AWAKENING! Power and Greed are coming to an end, and all of the animals who are in either of those specific shadows will be driven away with the only thing shadows cannot exist in! LIGHT. The light of truth!
    Everyone can do something! Just anything! Stop talking about it and just DO IT!
    Print 20 posters off and sit them on your desk at work, Talk to people about these Crimes-Because when Injustice Becomes Law-Resistence Becomes DUTY.

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