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The Bradley Manning Support Network and Courage to Resist:
Update on the Trial of Bradley Manning
Occupy Forum continues Monday, May 13th 6:00 – 9 pm at Global Exchange
2017 Mission Street (at 16th St) second floor near the 16th Street BART Station
“If you had free reign over classified networks… and you saw incredible things, awful things…
things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored
in a dark room in Washington DC… what would you do?”
Nobel Peace Prize nominee PFC Bradley Manning, a 25-year-old Army intelligence analystwho released the Collateral Murder video that shows the killing of unarmed civilians and two Reuters journalists by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. Manning also shared documents known as the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and a series of embarrassing US diplomatic cables. These documents were published by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks and they have illuminated such issues as the true number and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq along with a number of human rights abuses by U.S.-funded contractors and foreign militaries and the role that spying and bribes play in international diplomacy. Given the war crimes exposed by these documents, PFC Bradley Manning should be given a medal of honor. Not a single person has been harmed by the release of this information. Yet the Obama administration has chosen to persecute the whistle-blower rather than prosecute the war criminals who were exposed.
After more than three years of imprisonment, including nine months of torture, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning’s trial is finally scheduled to begin June 3, 2013 at Fort Meade, Maryland. The outcome of this trial will determine whether a conscience-driven 25-year-old WikiLeaks whistle-blower spends the rest of his life in prison. Bradley believed that the American people have a right to know the truth about what our government does around the world in our name. We the People must send a message to the military prosecuting authority and to President Obama that Bradley Manning is a patriot and heroic truth-teller.
June 1st is the International Day of Action to Support Bradley Manning on the eve of his court martial. OccupyForum will educate and mobilize us to join with the Bradley Manning Support Network to free Bradley Manning. The Bradley Manning Support Network is a grassroots effort involving thousands of people and organizations around the world advocating for the freedom of WikiLeaks whistle-blower PFC Bradley Manning by raising money for his legal fees, promoting public education, and organizing creative actions to gain media attention and influence our officials.
Emma Cape, Campaign Organizer – Emma, an advocate for social justice, human rights and environmental protections, believes that saving Bradley is as important as anything she’s worked on, because the information attributed to him sheds light on a system of foreign policy that routinely hides abuse from public scrutiny. Freeing Bradley is key to holding our leaders accountable and creating a more just and sustainable future.
Farah Muhsin Al Mousawi, Assistant Campaign Organizer – Farah was born and raised in Iraq. She has been living in the United States since 2008. Farah joined the Iraqi Student Project in 2007 and is a member of the Civilian Soldier Alliance. She is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Junior award presented by the Human Rights Commission in Marin County.
Michael Thurman, Campaign Support – Michael Thurman is a Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) era Air Force veteran. Michael’s military experience, specifically working with surveillance aircraft, led him to oppose our nation’s wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. With the help of Courage to Resist, Michael received an honorable discharged as a conscientious objector. Today Michael is a Courage to Resist staff organizer working in support of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area and national special events.
Time will be allotted for Q&A and open discussion. Monday May13th: 6:00 – 9 pm.
2017 Mission Street, second floor #200, near Mission and Sixteenth Street BART
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