Update 4/18/12: Video for Bradley’s freedom, Kathy Kelly on Bradley’s sacrifice, and how you can help today
New video demands Bradley Manning’s freedom. In a brief video created by a supporter of Bradley’s, we’re shown images of murder, torture, and cover-ups, and asked, If you saw what Bradley saw, what would you do?
Kathy Kelly speaks out for Bradley Manning. Kelly, a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, writes an essay expressing deep gratitude for Bradley for the sacrifice he’s alleged to have made, and what that sacrifice means to her as an advocate for peace:
Looking through the clear plastic of the shields into these young soldiers’ faces, I couldn’t fail to think of Bradley Manning, outside whose prison (though he has been, and will likely be, in many prisons) we had stood vigil the previous day. Such an act of unbearable, unbelievable courage, repaid so terrifyingly by my government — by the greatest military power my world has ever, and may, perhaps, ever come to know. For how much of his life, over the past few years, for how many hours has he even seen the sky? Not discounting the discipline of these young men before me, could I think of a greater hero, making at such great risk such sensible and visionary choices, as Bradley Manning? I wondered how many decades of suffering lay before him, not merely because of his near-unfathomable courage, but because he was so alone in his courage. None of us have faced what he is facing, and if more of us had, would his sacrifice have even been needed?
Releases attributed to Bradley have been credited with helping end the occupation of Iraq and spark democratic revolts in North Africa, spurring similar protests across the Middle East. (Read more…)
Please see today’s Call-In to Eric Holder — call the DOJ to demand Bradley’s freedom.
Also, please take a minute to donate to our campaign to put Bradley Manning posters in the DC subway, where Washington politicians will be forced to remember the Nobel Peace Prize nominee the military is trying to lock away for life. More info is here.