After a prosecution which starkly showcased US government officials’ misplaced priorities when it comes to human rights, whistleblower and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Army Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The information that Manning gave to the public exposed the unjust detainment of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, shown us the true human cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and changed journalism forever. There is no evidence that anyone died as a result of the leaked information.
Like Manning, we believe a healthy democracy requires public information. Take action now to support Chelsea and demand that our government focus on preventing human rights violations instead of punishing whistleblowers.
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 for pardon is the best way to give her a real chance of being released in 3 years, or even sooner. Sign the petition now.
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.
Bradley E Manning 89289
1300 North Warehouse Road
Ft Leavenworth, Kansas 66027-2304, USA
Write an Op-Ed for your local paper!
Traditional media is a good way to help educate community members about PVT Manning’s case, and to show the Defense Department and others monitoring news coverage online that there is ongoing support for Chelsea’s freedom. When you see coverage in your local paper of defense issues, whistleblowing, freedom of information or a related issue, submit a letter of your own explaining why Chelsea Manning needs to be remembered!
Help pressure President Obama to pardon PVT Chelsea Manning!