Nobel Peace Prize nominee PFC Chelsea Manning has been in prison for over three years for sharing documents that expose US war crimes, government corruption, and corporate influence on US foreign policies. (Learn what WikiLeaks revealed.) We believe exposing these crimes makes her 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 Manning’s arrest. The first eleven months of her imprisonment were spent in solitary confinement in conditions the UN special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, has since called “cruel and inhuman”. The government also ignored the soldier’s 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 Manning’s mistreatment that she has many public supporters. We will not let our voices be ignored. Take to the streets and show your support for PVT Manning. Support her ongoing legal defense. Get your friends involved. Let everyone know PVT Chelsea Manning must be freed! Here are six important ways you can help.
President Obama has already granted pardons to 39 other prisoners, and a White House spokesperson said he would give consideration to PVT Manning’s request. Showing public support for PVT Manning’s application is the best way to give her a real chance of being released in 3 years, or even sooner. Sign our petition on Whitehouse.gov, and then submit your photo with a personal message.
You can share the petition with others through e-mail, facebook, and printing out copies to take with you to community events.
Maj. Gen. Buchanan has the power to reduce PVT Manning’s sentence for the first 6 months after the trial. Convening Authorities reduce soldiers’ sentences when they believe the court martial failed to deliver justice. We think Chelsea Manning deserves clemency more than anyone, and we know it’s important to show it!
While our current focus is on the White House petition, that is only the beginning of our effort to demonstrate our support for military whistleblowing to the Commander in Chief. You can write to and call the White House in order to express your views in a more personal manner. You can also help by organizing a letter-writing drive with others in your community!
The legal appeals process is the most important avenue to hold the U.S. military to account for the many ways in which PVT Manning’s due process rights were violated throughout her trial, from the months of unjust and abusive solitary confinement to the utter failure to provide a speedy trial. PVT Manning’s legal defense will target appeals at all of the ways in which PVT Manning’s trial violated her rights under the U.S. Constitution and the UCMJ. Your donation can help support this crucial process.
By contributing, you’ll also be helping to uphold Americans’ right to a speedy trial, to be treated as innocent until proven guilty, and to be made fully aware of the nature of the charges against them without fear those charges may change midway through the trial.
Near the end of her trial, Chelsea Manning expressed gratitude to the countless numbers of supporters who have written her letters in prison. Now that the trial is over, she is looking forward to having the ability to write people back.
You can write to PVT Manning at the address below. While the outside of the envelope must be marked “Bradley Manning,” PVT Manning will be happy to accept letters that refer to her with her chosen name Chelsea on the inside.
PVT Bradley E Manning
1300 N Warehouse Rd
Ft Leavenworth KS 66027-2304, USA
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Help pressure President Obama to pardon PVT Chelsea Manning!