In this post
- Update on Bradley Manning & “Free Bradley Manning” in Pride Parades
- Emergency Protest on Tue. 7/5 to Demand that the U.S. Flotilla sail to Gaza
- Summer of Trust-All Out to Germantown, MD to stand for women’s right to abortion and birth control
Bradley Manning’s attorney reports that his “overall mood and demeanor has improved greatly” since his move to Ft. Leavenworth. He can now meet with his defense team and receives regular visits. He also “wishes to extend his sincere appreciation for those who have taken the time to send along their thoughts and well wishes.” (Details on writing to him are here.) This improvement has everything to do with the international outcry against his treatment at Quantico, which was widely condemned as inhumane. The demand to Free Bradley Manning must grow and spread.
This year’s Pride Parade in Chicago was another record breaker, which made it all the more important that our Free Bradley Manning Contingent was part of it. Initiated by the Gay Liberation Network, the contingent included World Can’t Wait, Code Pink, South Siders for Peace, Stop F.B.I. Repression, Vietnam Veterans Against the War and others. The face of Bradley Manning and his story got out very widely, with thousands of flyers grabbed up by crowds lining the street. World Can’t Wait marched with the “Hands Off Wikileaks, Prosecute War Criminals – Not Julian Assange” banner (left), and the GLN truck featured an enormous 20 foot banner that read “Free Bradley Manning – Gay Alleged Wikileaker.” Full reports from Bradley Manning contingents in the Pride Parades in Chicago, San Francisco and New York are here.
Overall the energy from the crowd was very positive. One VVAW activist who has marched in DC and at many anti-war actions around the country said, “I definitely never received such strong and positive a response/reception by spectators. It was a great feeling of support I never felt before. REAL nice change of pace from what I’ve been used to.” We also know that Bradley Manning’s story and what it all means in the larger context of these expanding U.S. wars and occupations needs to get out more broadly. So the newly coalesced Chicago Bradley Manning support network will be marching in three local parades over the July 4th weekend. Please lend your support if you’re at the Hyde Park or Oak Park parades on July 4!
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Jimmy Cliff singing We Don’t Want Another Vietnam in Afghanistan at Glastonbury 2011
Emergency Protest in Chicago
Tuesday, July 5
A boat waiting at Athens. Greece, with a cargo of love letters from people in this country to the people of Gaza has seen its captain arrested, eight passengers on a hunger strike in front of the US embassy in Athens arrested, and its journey to Gaza stopped before it could leave Greek waters. These outrages must stop, the captain and passengers must be released, and the boat allowed to sail. Many groups are calling for an emergency protest on
Tuesday, July 5, 5 pm – 7 pm
In front of the Israeli Consulate
111 E. Wacker Drive (at N. Michigan Ave.), Chicago
Why the international Freedom Flotilla to Gaza? Watch this moving video here.
Latest updates are here.
Save the dates * Spread the word * July 30 to August 6 * Defend Dr. Carhart in Germantown, MD * Read more about it at
Summer of Trust
Summer of Trust is a counter-protest to “Summer of Mercy 2.0,” an event being organized by Operation Rescue. Operation Rescue, an anti-choice group responsible for harassing patients and doctors across the country, is mobilizing its members to terrorize Dr. Carhart’s clinic from July 31st to August 7th. Join the Facebook event here, and follow the blog at http://summeroftrust.tumblr.com/