Today Sunday June 24th Chicago World Can’t Wait will be joining Gay Liberation Network and others in the annual Gay Pride Parade to say Free Bradley Manning! There is still time to join us in this contingent. Meet up with us at:
11 AM in front of the new Target at 4500 N. Broadway1 block south of the “Wilson” Red Line el station
Manning is the LGBT Army Private accused by the U.S. Government of leaking information to Wikileaks that revealed the extent of war crimes by the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan. In our eyes Manning is a hero if he did as the government alleges because he exposed these heinous crimes to the world. He deserves our support.
Also this week:
Tuesday, June 26, is the International Day of Support for Survivors of Torture, which will be marked in 20 cities in this country. Here in Chicago, we will honor the strength of survivors by demanding an end to torture by closing Tamms prison and justice for victims of Chicago police torture.
The highlight will be a noon press conference at the State of Illinois Building (Randolph & Clark, Chicago) to demand that funding for the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission is restored. This commission is the last hope for many prisoners who are victims of Jon Burge and his Chicago Police torture team. Speakers will include Rob Warden, Executive Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern Law, and Neil Toppel, members of the Torture Commission. We also demand the closure of Tamms prison, where hundreds of men continue to suffer the torture of solitary confinement. A gathering in support of survivors will follow the press conference.
The day will start at 8 am with banners at Hollywood & Sheridan and 57th & Lakeshore Drive, and a vigil at Occupy headquarters (LaSalle & Jackson, Loop). And it will culminate with a dinner and program hosted by the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center at 6 pm at Coffey Hall, Loyola University, 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago. The keynote address will be given by Jobi Petersen Cates, Director of the Midwest Region, Human Rights Watch.
Please join us tomorrow, join our Facebook event and invite friends!
Also Please continue to show your support of Gregory Koger!
Stop the Vindictive Political Prosecution of Gregory Koger!
· Stop the Vindictive Political Prosecution of Gregory Koger!
· Videotaping is not a crime!
· Former prisoners who stand up against injustice and oppression should be supported, not repressed!
At an historical moment when people are stepping forward in dissent and protest around the world from Tunisia to Wall Street, political attacks on those who document these courageous acts are escalating. For nearly 3 years, Gregory Koger has been fighting a completely outrageous political prosecution and 300 day jail sentence for attempting to videotape a statement by Sunsara Taylor opposing the censorship of her talk prior to a public event at the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago.
This prosecution is premised on a dangerous reinterpretation of the trespass law, and the near-maximum sentence Gregory was given is an attack on all former prisoners who turn their lives around, as he has, and their right to challenge the injustices of this society.