Last week I spent two days in court for a pretrial motions hearing in the court martial of Bradley Manning, the private accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks that showed widespread unethical and illegal behavior by the Department of Defense and State Department. Manning has suffered the fate the Queen put on Alice when she was in Wonderland, ” Sentence first — verdict afterwards. ” By the time his court martial is actually held he will have been incarcerated for more than two years, one of those years was spent in solitary confinement. But, that is only one of many obvious injustices Manning is being subjected to.
From Michael Thurman, recent GI resister. March 8, 2012
I applied for a conscientious objection discharge from the US Air Force in 2007. With the help of Courage to Resist, I was able to navigate that process successfully and I received an honorable discharge eight months later. However, today as a counselor to US military objectors, I know that things do not always go as well for others, regardless of the merits of their application. We have a lot of work to do to better support the troops who refuse to fight. It’s because of the financial support of thousands of folks like yourself that I’m able to do this work as a Courage to Resist staff member.
Today, I’m interested in making sure our mission of supporting GI resisters—accused WikiLeaks truth-teller Army PFC Bradley Manning, for example—adapts to and becomes part of the broader forces gathering against US militarism and empire.
We have an atrocious and seemingly endless war and uncertain future in Afghanistan. We have not actually “withdrawn” from Iraq. We have covert wars and an expanding military presence all over the world. We have the most significant military whistle-blower of our generation, Bradley Manning, facing life in prison. And every day we’re hearing threats of an attack on the nation of Iran—not unlike the propaganda fed us in the lead up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2004.
Court martial expected in early May
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. February 13, 2012
The US Army last week scheduled a formal arraignment hearing for PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower. The arraignment is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST, February 23, 2012 at Fort Meade, Maryland, just northeast of Washington DC. While the hearing itself is expected to be brief, PFC Manning is expected to be present, and the proceedings are open to the media and public. Washington DC area supporters of the Support Network are encouraged to attend the arraignment.
By Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist project director. February 16, 2012
The Courage to Resist organizing collective was formed in late 2005 as a fiscally sponsored project of the International Humanities Center (IHC). In October 2010, we ended our relationship with IHC and have since operated as a project of the Alliance for Global Justice ("Now a program of the Alliance for Global Justice", October 12, 2010) In light of IHC’s recent very suspicious closure, this turned out to be a very good move on our part. ("Vanishing act: Activist groups say donations disappeared with fiscal sponsor", NonProfit Quarterly, February 3, 2012). I'm able reassure our friends and supporters that Courage to Resist, and the Bradley Manning defense fund which we currently host, were not financially affected by IHC's closure.
By John Grant (photos by John Grant), In the Mind Field. December 18, 2011
Photos of Bradley, the vigil and rally, and courtroom sketches from the pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade
Saturday, December 17th was Bradley Manning’s 24th birthday, and at least 300 supporters gathered outside Fort Meade, Maryland, where the military was in its second day of a preliminary hearing process that’s expected to take about a week. Manning worked in military intelligence and is alleged to have released military secrets to WikiLeaks, which released the material publicly.
After collecting at the main gate, Manning supporters set off for a two-mile march to a gate nearer the military hearing site. The group was quite spirited and, despite Anne Arundel County Police efforts to keep marchers on the sidewalk, insisted on taking up a lane of the street. The police wisely did not attempt to stop them and there were no problems.
Legal team for Army PFC Bradley Manning fights for fair deal at pre-trial “Article 32” hearing, supporters rally
Jeff Paterson, December 12, 2011
Lead lawyer for accused WiliLeaks whistle-blower US Army PFC Bradley Manning, attorney David Coombs released the defense’s witness list for his pre-trial hearing, known as an “Article 32” hearing in military lingo, last week. On December 16th, PFC Manning may finally get his first day in court following his arrest in May 2010. The pre-trial phase is scheduled to begin at Fort Meade, just northeast of Washington DC, and last through December 22nd. The witness list represents an expansive range of 48 witnesses that offer significant insight into the brewing legal battle.
From Emma Cape, Bradley Manning Support Network & Courage to Resist organizer. December 1, 2011
A few days ago we finally got word that PFC Bradley Manning’s first day in court will be Friday, December 16th at Fort Meade in the Washington DC area. Our campaign team has spent months preparing for this announcement. On Saturday, December 17th--Bradley’s 24th birthday--we’re gathering hundreds of friends at the Fort Meade Main Gate to rally for Bradley and speak out against his injust imprisonment. We’ve been working on event announcements, press calls, and recruiting speakers. U.S. Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.), Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, and LGBT veteran Lt. Dan Choi will be joining us, along with Iraq War veterans, representatives from local labor and teachers unions, Occupy Movement activists, and supporters like you. It is deeply inspiring to watch so many different Americans coming together to send a strong message to our political and military leaders. December 17th is a day of solidarity with Bradley with dozens of events planned internationally for those that can’t make it to Fort Meade. If Bradley released this information about government corruption and military war crimes, he is a whistle-blower who deserves to be freed.
By Courage to Resist. November 24, 2011
Last week the Army finally set a pre-trial hearing date for Bradley Manning, the heroic soldier accused of releasing information to WikiLeaks. Vigils and rallies are planned for the Fort Meade Main Gate, located between Washington DC and Baltimore MD, on Friday, December 16th, and Saturday, December 17th--Bradley's 24th birthday. December 17th is also an International Day of Solidarity with Bradley, with scores of actions nationally and worldwide. For more information, including how to donate to the Bradley Manning Support Network, please visit: www.bradleymanning.org
Photo above: Supporters rally and march in response to pre-trial news, San Francisco 11/22/11. Additional photos.
Scott Olsen. November 16, 2011
Scott is a Marine veteran who did two tours in Iraq. He was hit by a police projectile during the October 25, 2011 brutal police crackdown of Occupy Oakland. He was in serious condition at an Oakland hospital for weeks with a skull fracture and swelling of the brain. He's been released from the hospital, and shares this message:
"I'm feeling a lot better, which a long road in front of me. After my freedom of speech was quite literally taken from me, my speech is slowly coming back, but I've got a lot of work to do with rehab. Thank you for all your support, it has meant the world to me. You'll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we'll see you in our streets"
Michael Thurman, Courage to Resist. November 16, 2011
I recently had the privilege to travel to Colombia to share my experiences as a conscientious objector in the US military with youth in a country that has been struggling for the right to conscientiously object to obligatory military service for decades. It was a very moving and inspiring to see the tremendous efforts of numerous youth groups and sectors of Colombian society organizing to establish this fundamental human right.
Courage to Resist. November 11, 2011
Courage to Resist, working on peace/anti-militarism issues and located in Oakland, California, has just been awarded $3,500 by RESIST, Inc., a national progressive foundation located in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Courage to Resist received funding to bring together community members, veterans and military families in support of GI resistance and counter-recruitment efforts. “We are very excited to have received this grant from RESIST,” noted Courage to Resist project director Jeff Paterson. “These types of grants make up less than 15% of our budget, yet are extremely important overall as we undertake very public campaigns--such as that of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower US Army PFC Bradley Manning--and less splashy day-to-day activities like Individual Ready Reserve and Conscientious Objection-related assistance.”
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