As the start of PFC Bradley Manning’s military court martial approaches (currently scheduled for June 3), we are encouraging everyone to organize events and actions in support of this brave whistle-blower. Learn six of the most important ways you can help below, and if you decide to become an organizer in your community, be sure to check out our Organizing Toolkit!
Nobel Peace Prize nominee PFC Bradley Manning has been in prison for over three years. He is accused of sharing documents that expose US war crimes, government corruption, and corporate influence on US foreign policies. (Learn what WikiLeaks revealed.) Whoever did expose these crimes is a hero and a patriot. Yet the government has chosen to persecute the alleged whistle-blower rather than pursue the criminals.
The injustices have continued after Bradley’s arrest. The first eleven months of his imprisonment were spent in solitary confinement in conditions the UN special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, has since called “cruel and inhuman”. The government has also ignored the soldiers right to a speedy trial, as well as full and timely disclosure of evidence.
It’s time to take action. We want to show the current Administration officials responsible for Bradley’s mistreatment that he has many public supporters. We will not let our voices be ignored. Take to the streets and show your support for PFC Bradley Manning. Support his legal defense. Get your friends involved. Let everyone know PFC Bradley Manning must be freed! Here are six important ways you can help.
Click here to join the tens of thousands of people who are publicly taking a stand for Bradley Manning. This is our primary petition asking the government to drop all the charges against Bradley, and to release him from pre-trial confinement. For every person that signs the petition, we mail two letters on their behalf–one to the Secretary of the US Army, and the other to the Chief of Staff of the US Army. Each letter is sent separately with First Class postage so that officials at the Pentagon get bags of mail regularly in support of Bradley!
You can share the petition with others through e-mail, facebook, and printing out copies to take with you to community events.
Donate to the
Bradley Manning Defense Fund
Donate here to help us help PFC Bradley Manning. The Bradley Manning Defense Fund is responsible for 100% of Bradley’s legal fees. Additionally, the Defense Fund engages in worldwide public education efforts regarding the charges against Bradley, which have so far included: Hundreds of community events; Protests at Quantico, Leavenworth, and Fort Meade; Call-in and letter writing campaigns to top officials; Media outreach; Daily management of this website and our “Save Bradley” Facebook and Twitter feeds.
The Bradley Manning Defense Fund is hosted by Courage to Resist in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network. Courage to Resist is a program of the Alliance for Global Justice, a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Your donation to the Defense Fund is tax-deductible. More information regarding the Defense Fund.
You can also organize a dinner party fundraiser to educate friends and raise more money for Bradley’s defense. Sign up!
Submit your photo to the
“I Am Bradley Manning” campaign
“I stand for due process. I stand for a nation of fair and just laws. I believe the public deserves to know the truth.” Do you agree with this statement? If so, add a human face to the campaign by submitting a photo of you holding an “I Am Bradley Manning” sign at iam.bradleymanning.org. We will share the photos to help promote support for Bradley, and use them throughout this website. We encourage you to use the photo on your Facebook profile, and anywhere else you can.
Attend or host an event
Attend a rally, or host your own! Planning an event is a good way to educate community members, enlist other volunteers to take action, gather signatures for the free Bradley petition, and raise funds for the Defense Fund. We can help provide signs, posters, stickers, and other materials to help promote PFC Bradley Manning’s case.
Right now, we are asking people to attend a June 1st protest at Ft. Meade on the eve of Bradley’s court martial. If you are unable to attend, you can organize a solidarity event in your community! Learn more here.
For additional ideas for possible actions, see our organizers toolkit.
Attend the court proceedings. Bradley’s lawyer, David Coombs, recently issued a statement thanking all of Bradley’s supporters for efforts, and especially those who have attended the court proceedings at Fort Meade. In a military trial with little public transparency, the more public supporters who can participate as observers and activists the better. Updated court dates are posted on our main page. We may be able to help a limited number of supporters pay for travel. Check out our application.
Click here for more information about attending the proceedings at Fort Meade, Maryland.
We are looking for volunteers to become campaign organizers on an ongoing basis in their local communities. Also, if you are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we can use assistance with administrative and other work in our Oakland office. Videographers and other artists who can attend events or have ideas for special projects are welcome as well. Contact [email protected] for more information. Finally, if you’re a student or someone else with significant time to spare on a weekly basis, check out our internship opportunities!