After a prosecution which starkly showcased US government officials’ misplaced priorities when it comes to human rights, whistleblower and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Army Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The information that Manning gave to the public exposed the unjust detainment of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, showed us the true human cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and changed journalism forever. There is no evidence that anyone died as a result of the leaked information.
Like Manning, we believe a healthy democracy requires public information. Take action now to help us set a strong precedent for supporting whistleblower protections and human rights worldwide!
Chelsea Manning’s legal appeals will be a turning point for U.S. history. The outcome of her appeals will have enormous influence on how the the U.S. deals with whistle-blowers. Shockingly, the current presidential administration has prosecuted more whistle-blowers under the Espionage Act than every previous president combined. Chelsea was the first whistle-blower to be convicted under Espionage Act-related policies; if her prosecutors have their way, then Edward Snowden will be next.
By supporting the appeals you will be contributing to a process that can reduce Chelsea’s sentence by decades, and provides our best chance for overturning the unconstitutional and abusive use of the Espionage Act. We are fortunate to have a truly impressive legal team that has agreed to partner with us. Already, our new appeals attorney Nancy Hollander and her team have begun to research legal strategies, and are collaborating with Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the international news media to highlight the significance of this case.
This appeals process can finally hold the U.S. military accountable for the many ways in which Chelsea Manning’s due process rights were violated throughout her trial, from the months of unjust and abusive solitary confinement to the utter failure to provide a speedy trial. And this appeals process can make the world a safer place for whistleblowers. However, the defense team can’t continue it’s work without your help. With tens of thousands of supporters around the world, every donation helps!
President Obama has already granted pardons to 39 other prisoners, but the White House has stated it will not respond to Chelsea’s request for executive clemency until her appeals process is complete, which could take years. Showing public support for Chelsea Manning’s application for pardon is the best way to get a response from Obama, and to give her a real chance of being released in 3 years, or even sooner. Sign the petition now.
You can share the petition with others through e-mail, facebook, and printing out copies to take with you to community events.
While our current focus is on the White House petition, that is only the beginning of our effort to demonstrate our support for military whistleblowing to the Commander in Chief. You can write to and call the White House in order to express your views in a more personal manner. You can also help by organizing a letter-writing drive with others in your community!
Near the end of her trial, Chelsea Manning expressed gratitude to the countless numbers of supporters who have written her letters in prison. Now that the trial is over, she is looking forward to having the ability to write people back.
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Write an Op-Ed for your local paper!
Traditional media is a good way to help educate community members about PVT Manning’s case, and to show the Defense Department and others monitoring news coverage online that there is ongoing support for Chelsea’s freedom. When you see coverage in your local paper of defense issues, whistleblowing, freedom of information or a related issue, submit a letter of your own explaining why Chelsea Manning needs to be remembered!