When: Sunday, June 30, meet at 11 am Where: 4500 N. Broadway, Chicago, one block south of Wilson stop on Red Line What: Gay Liberation Network contingent for Bradley Manning & Marriage Equality in Chicago Pride Parade
Look for World Can’t Wait’s banner: “We take PRIDE in Whistleblowers – Bradley Manning & Edward Snowden!”
Inside Ft. Meade , a U.S. military base near Baltimore that houses the headquarters of the NSA, Bradley Manning is on court martial in front of a military judge. Manning is the Army private who made available a huge trove of classified information about U.S. war crimes and torture to Wikileaks in 2010.
Bradley Manning has supporters around the U.S. and the world who recognize him as a hero. But in the fourth week of his trial, those attending it, joined by some press, are being taunted by the prosecutor because the public seats in the courtroom are not filled every day.
It’s time to get our bodies in that courtroom and in the streets and manifest support for this brave, principled man who acted to expose the government’s crimes. And it’s time many more people learn about and support Bradley Manning. World Can’t Wait is proud to join GLN to demand “Free Bradley” and reach out to almost a million people who come to one of the biggest pride parades in the country.
As Bradley Manning said, “I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information contained within the [Iraq and Afghan War Logs] this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as well as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan.” Learn more about Bradley Manning and read his words.
Watch video and read about the Emergency Forum in New York last week: NO to government surveillance, hands off Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden! Close Guantanamo NOW!
Defending Dr. Cheryl Chastine, A Hero!
Women and men supporting Dr. Cheryl Chastine outnumbered the “pro-life” demonstrators trying to shame and threaten this brave doctor who travels from her family practice clinic in Oak Park to provide abortions to women in Wichita, KS, where Dr. George Tiller was murdered in May 2013, a tremendous loss to women everywhere. Here’s a short, inspiring video of the action last Wednesday.
This must be just the start, however, since we know from bitter experience that these anti-women groups will not stop until all women are robbed of the right to determine when and if to bear children. To get involved with Stop Patriarchy in Chicago, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride is coming through Chicago in late July as it crosses the country. Be part of welcoming them, join all or part of the ride, and donate whatever you can to support these brave women and men! Learn more at stoppatriarchy.org.
If you missed the live webcast of the Emergency Forum: We Will Not Be Complicit-We Do Not Consent that was held at Cooper Union’s Great Hall in NYC in response to the prosecution of Bradley Manning, the slandering and calls for prosecution of Edward Snowden for leaking about NSA spying , and the ongoing crime of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center you can watch it here:
Join the Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo on Fridays at 4:30 pm to keep vigil for the 166 men who remain at Guantanamo. On Friday will be at a new location-Jackson and Dearborne. Tomorrow is day 144 of the heroic and desperate hunger strike at Guantanamo. It is also 37 days since Obama promised (again) to close that torture camp. How many men have been released in more than a month since that promise was made? ZERO. This will not happen without a powerful political demand from people with a conscience in this country. Join us at Dearborn & Jackson (4:30 – 5:30) tomorrow/Friday to demand: Close Guantanamo NOW! End the Torture!
FRIDAY, June 14: Stand with Edward Snowden, Free Bradley Manning, Hands Off Julian Assange!
When: 4 pm – 6 pm
FRIDAY, June 14: Close Guantanamo NOW!
When: 5:30 pm
: 2828 N. Clark, in front of the Landmark Century Theatre We will NOT be at State & Jackson this week. Instead, as the hunger strike reaches Day 128, we will be inviting people attending the premiere of “Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield” to support the hunger strike and demand that Guantanamo be closed NOW! Join us there! It is more important than ever that we “Don’t Forget the Hunger Strike
,” (Andy Worthington) as some may be lulled into thinking (again!) that Pres Obama will keep his empty promises. It is now three weeks since his speech and not a single man has been released from the torture camp. Instead, more are being forced fed (a form of torture) so the Obama administration can avoid having more prisoner deaths on its hands.
FRIDAY, June 14: Premiere of “Dirty Wars,” followed by talkbacks with Jeremy Scahill, producer/writer
When: 7 pm Friday, 4:10 and 7 pm on Saturday (talkbacks at these screenings)
2828 N. Clark, Chicago – Landmark Century Theatre Don’t miss this groundbreaking new documentary, “Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield.” You won’t want to once you watch the trailer here
Save the Date: Wednesday, June 26
* Amnesty Summer Concert
On International Torture Awareness Day, World Can’t Wait will be tabling at Amnesty’s Summer Concert, featuring great young bands at the Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, 7 – 10 pm, all ages. Tickets just $5. See you there! Save the Dat
e: Sunday, June 30
* Join the “Free Bradley Manning”
Contingent at the Chicago Pride Parade! More details soon.
Day 126 of the prisoner hunger strike at Guantanamo: Still no prisoners have been released. Indefinite detention is the status quo under the Obama administration.
Our message “Close Guantanamo NOW” is more relevant than ever. It appeared in the NY Times on May 23 and will appear in the July issue of The Progressive. Sign the statement here!
Donate to spread the “Close Guantanamo NOW!” message! More than half of the $60,000 raised to date has been from donations of $50 or less so, yes, every dollar counts! Thank you!
Over 100 people gathered in Grant Park, Chicago, on Monday as Bradley Manning’s
trial opened at Ft. Meade, the largest rally in support of him to date. The
headline speaker was Cindy Sheehan, whose Tour de Peace came through Chicago
that day. As she said, “When we found out
we were going to be in Chicago on the same day that Bradley Manning’s trial
started we thought it would be perfect to be in solidarity with Bradley because
my son Casey and millions of others have already gotten death sentences. I
already got my life sentence, a life without my son [who was killed in Iraq in
April 2004]. Andy Thayer of Gay Liberation Network reported on the demonstration
at Ft. Meade on Saturday that he attended and denounced “Gay, Inc.” – mainstream
gay rights groups – for failing to speak out for Bradley Manning. Both Andy and
Jay Becker of World Can’t Wait Chicago pointed to the long list of information
and understanding for which we are indebted to Bradley Manning and his courage
in disclosing to the world US war crimes and bullying, including about the
prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo. Everyone was urged to live up to the
slogan “I Am Bradley Manning” and build much stronger support for the “most
important political trial of the new century.”