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Two important developments, one conclusion: #FreeChelseaManning

This important announcement was delivered by lawyer David Coombs on prime-time US television the morning after his client, Pvt. Manning, was sentenced to 35 years detention in a military prison.

As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.

Thank you, Chelsea E. Manning

As Amy Davidson of The New Yorker put it, “In becoming Chelsea, Manning seems to say that life doesn’t end with a long prison sentence–which in itself is brave.”

Allowing for time served and deducted, David Coombs predicts that his client will be able to apply for parole in seven years’ time.  (This interview, conducted by Alexa O’Brien yesterday, is well worth watching in full). In the meantime, Coombs has pledged to fight for his client’s right to receive hormone therapy at Fort Leavenworth.

Yesterday, the Private Manning Support Network and Amnesty International launched a campaign for a Presidential Pardon for Chelsea – or, at the very least that her sentence be commuted to time served. I encourage all those reading this blog to sign that petition.

A note on names

It is important that all supporters of Chelsea Manning recognise her wishes and I wanted to say a few words about how this blog intends to do that. From now on, this website will have a home at www.ukfriendsofchelseamanning.org. Its masthead has also been changed.

The blog now called UK Friends of Chelsea Manning was set up in January 2011 to campaign for Chelsea Manning’s release from the inhuman conditions of solitary confinement imposed on her in the Quantico marine brig. It sought to do this primarily by involving the UK Government in her case. This was achieved in early April 2011.

As such, this is largely an archival site. Within its archives are an almost day-by-day account of what happened during that busy period. The blog also details early developments in the Manning support campaign, especially as they happened in the UK. External links to this site dating from that period redirect to either blog.ukfriendsofbradleymanning.org or the underlying wordpress.com address ukfriendsofbradleymanning.wordpress.com.

For reasons of continuity and preserving that historical record, I have decided to maintain both these addresses and mentions of Chelsea’s historical name as they appeared before today’s announcement. References to Chelsea from this point on will always use her preferred name and the female pronoun.

Update (26/8)

The Private Manning Support Network have made a formal announcement about their change of name here. Note that PVT Manning will remain correct style until her sentence has been served and she is formally discharged from the military.

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UK Friends of Bradley Manning meet on Thursday 15th September in Central London

RSVP: 
Please reply to ukfriendsofbradleymanning@gmail.com
Or subscribe at: http://www.ukfriendsofbradleymanning.org/

When:
Thursday 15th September
From 7:00pm (til 10:00pm)

Where:
Upstairs at The Plough
27 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH

Tube:
Holborn

Map:
http://bit.ly/lUALYZ

UK Friends of Bradley Manning meet on Thursday, 15th September from 19:00.   We are now beginning to plan for the autumn when we expect Bradley’s legal case to get underway.

If you have thought about getting involved in the campaign, want to know what we’re up to nationwide or just want to find out more about Bradley Manning then please join us!

RSVP:
Please reply to ukfriendsofbradleymanning@gmail.com
Or subscribe at: http://www.ukfriendsofbradleymanning.org/

 

London meetup flyer

Join us at the Plough, Holborn on Thursday 15th September

Next London Meeting this Thursday 4th August

We’ll be meeting again in central London this Thursday evening — full details follow below.

If you can’t make it to the Plough, please consider joining us online at the following link:

https://02.chat.mibbit.com/?server=irc.chatspike.net&channel=%23ukfriendsbm&nick=

(If you use an IRC client, you can find us here: irc.chatspike.net:6697 #ukfriendsbm).   We meet online daily at 9pm UK time (8pm GMT).

 

***UK Friends of Bradley Manning***

***RSVP:***

Please reply to ukfriendsofbradleymanning@gmail.com
Or subscribe at: http://www.ukfriendsofbradleymanning.org/

***When***
THIS Thursday 4th August From 7:00pm (til 10:00pm)

***Where***
Upstairs at The Plough
27 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH

***Tube:***

Holborn

***Map***
http://bit.ly/lUALYZ

UK Friends of Bradley Manning meet for an informal plenary this Thursday,
4th August from 19:00.

If you have thought about getting involved in the campaign or just want
to find out more about Bradley Manning then please join us!

See you there!

***RSVP:***

Please reply to ukfriendsofbradleymanning@gmail.com
Or subscribe at: http://www.ukfriendsofbradleymanning.org/

London meetup flyer

Join us at the Plough, Holborn this Thursday

Next London Meeting this Thursday 28th July

We’ll be meeting again in London this Thursday evening – full details follow below.  If you can’t make it to the Plough, please consider joining us online here (irc.chatspike.net:6697 #ukfriendsbm).   We meet daily at 9pm UK time (8pm GMT).

***UK Friends of Bradley Manning***

***RSVP:*** Please reply to ukfriendsofbradleymanning@gmail.com
Or subscribe at: http://www.ukfriendsofbradleymanning.org/

***When***
THIS Thursday 28th July From 7:00pm (til 10:00pm)

***Where***
Upstairs at The Plough
27 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH

***Tube:*** Holborn

***Map***
http://bit.ly/lUALYZ

UK Friends of Bradley Manning meet for an informal plenary this Thursday,
28st July from 19:00.

If you have thought about getting involved in the campaign or just want
to find out more about Bradley Manning then please join us!

See you there!

***RSVP:*** Please reply to ukfriendsofbradleymanning@gmail.com
Or subscribe at: http://www.ukfriendsofbradleymanning.org/

London meetup flyer

Join us at the Plough, Holborn this Thursday

Next London Meeting this Thursday

***UK Friends of Bradley Manning***

***RSVP:*** Please reply to ukfriendsofbradleymanning@gmail.com
Or subscribe at: http://www.ukfriendsofbradleymanning.org/

***When***
THIS Thursday 21st July From 7:00pm (til 10:00pm)

***Where***
Upstairs at The Plough
27 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH

***Tube:*** Holborn

***Map***
http://bit.ly/lUALYZ

UK Friends of Bradley Manning meet for an informal plenary this Thursday,
21st July from 19:00.

If you have thought about getting involved in the campaign or just want
to find out more about Bradley Manning then please join us!

See you there!

***RSVP:*** Please reply to ukfriendsofbradleymanning@gmail.com
Or subscribe at: http://www.ukfriendsofbradleymanning.org/

London meetup flyer

Join us at the Plough, Holborn this Thursday

RevolutionTruth: an Open Letter to Bradley Manning

RevolutionTruth Bradley Manning campaign

We are thrilled that citizen-driven media project RevolutionTruth have decided to launch a campaign in solidarity with Bradley Manning. This is their second major campaign, following a hugely successful appeal for Wikileaks, which has now resulted in the production of a short film that includes contributions from around the world (as well as from a US film director of note). A further film on Bradley Manning will be forthcoming and has the full support of this campaign and the Bradley Manning Support Network: we encourage you to sign the open letter and submit your video message.

Bradley,

We hope that this letter finds you healthy and strong. You have already seen adversity that most people do not bear in a lifetime, and we are sadly aware of the hardships you face. We are sending this letter to you in the hopes that our feelings of support may help you to bear these days. We want you to know that we, people all over the world, are fighting for you. We can gladly say that we are many.

Your case has become a great symbol to all of us. It has bound us together in an awareness of our shared interests, shared responsibilities, and shared fate. There is much that we do not know, but irrespective of the truths of your particular case, your flag has become the standard of an indefatigable civil movement, straddling generations and borders, striving inexorably against the great injustices of our time, for which the injustices you suffer are the tragic emblem. Your tenure in that small prison cell has reached across the world, moving many people, ushering a generation to awareness and action. Your name is on all our lips, and your face, for us, is an icon of moral courage.

You stand accused of upholding justice when her bearers let her banner fall. You are accused of actions that no law should rightly prohibit while remaining law. When the law is turned against conscience and courage, it is turned against itself. Our society has lost its way.

Your prosecution under this ruse of justice is already written into history as a persecution, not of one man, but of us all. It is not a single injustice, but an injustice to end the pretense of justice. It is unique and urgent. It is wrong that you suffer, while those who committed the crimes that were exposed, who started a horrific and unjustifiable war based on lies, are excused. Whether you did what you are accused of or not, what you have gone through since your arrest would be unimaginable for most of us. You are a hero among us. We cannot, and will not, turn away from supporting you.

We are keenly aware of your sacrifice. Be strong for us, Bradley, because we know that you suffer as one of us, for us. We will be relentless in our efforts to see justice done by you. Accept our fellowship, and know this: you are forever ours now and we salute you, and forever thank you.

We hold you in our hearts. We stand with you.

We are all Bradley Manning.
Your brothers, sisters, friends,

The undersigned.

Next London Meeting This Thursday

We’ll be meeting again in London this Thursday (please note change of venue this time around) – hope to see you there!

*UK Friends of Bradley Manning*
*RSVP:* Please reply to ukfriendsofbradleymanning@gmail.com
Or subscribe at: http://www.ukfriendsofbradleymanning.org/

*When*
THIS Thursday 7th July From 7:00pm (til 10:00pm)

*Where*
The Plow
(Outside if the weather’s nice enough, upstairs if not)
27 Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LH

*Tube:* Holborn

*Map*
http://bit.ly/lUALYZ

UK Friends of Bradley Manning meet for an informal plenary this Thursday,
7th July from 19:00.

If you have thought about getting involved in the campaign or just want to find out more about Bradley Manning then please join us!

See you there!

*RSVP:* Please reply to ukfriendsofbradleymanning@gmail.com
Or subscribe at: http://www.ukfriendsofbradleymanning.org/

London meetup flyer

Join us at the Plow, Holborn this Thursday