Benefactor issues $50K matching grant challenge in support of Bradley Manning
We have successfully raised over $50,000 in the last three weeks, surpassing the Brightwater Fund matching grant challenge ahead of our Nov. 6 deadline. Thank you!
-Bradley Manning Support Network. October 24, 2012
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. September 26, 2012.
The Darien, Connecticut-based Brightwater Fund — Gloria Jarecki, President — issued today a matching grant challenge in support of accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower US Army PFC Bradley Manning. Through November 6, 2012, the Brightwater Fund will contribute one dollar for every dollar donated to the Bradley Manning Defense Fund, up to $50,000.
“This grant challenge comes at a critical time in our 27-month-old campaign to give Bradley Manning every opportunity for justice both inside and outside of the Fort Meade military court room,” notes Jeff Paterson of the Bradley Manning Support Network. “After endless prosecution delays that long ago denied Bradley his right to a speedy trial, Bradley’s court martial trial is finally scheduled to begin February 4, 2013.”
This Sunday, September 30, fellow whistle-blowers will stage a special fundraising event for PFC Manning at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, which will benefit from this matching grant. “Truth on Trial” will feature former National Security Agency senior executive Thomas Drake, former Department of Justice ethics adviser Jesselyn Radack, former State Department diplomat US Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.), and author Chris Hedges (via Skype). Additionally, fundraising house parties for PFC Manning in scores of cities in October will be bolstered by the Brightwater Fund’s generosity.
PFC Manning’s legal defense team lead by civilian attorney David Coombs is preparing to argue the defense motion to dismiss all charges due to the extreme and illegal pre-trial punishment that Manning was subjected to for nine months at the Marine Brig at Quantico, Virginia. The “Article 13” motion is scheduled to be heard at Fort Meade, November 27 to December 2.
“Without the continued support of thousands of concerned individuals, there is simply no way that we can guarantee that Bradley’s legal team will have the resources they need to advance every defense argument,” explains attorney Kevin Zeese of the Bradley Manning Support Network.
The Bradley Manning Defense Fund is responsible for 100% of PFC Manning’s considerable legal expenses and supports a diverse international public education effort. Hosted by the Oakland, California-based organization Courage to Resist in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network, tax-deductible donations to the Defense Fund can be made online at www.bradleymanning.org/donate