Category Archives: Pvt. Manning

‘It’s hard to show the world I exist’

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Chelsea Manning’s Final Plea to Be Seen

By Diana Tourjee, Broadly (Vice). December 29, 2016

In 2010, Chelsea Manning leaked thousands of classified documents in an attempt to shed light on the “true cost of war” in the Middle East. But while other whistleblowers continue to attract media attention and concern, Manning is locked in a maximum-security prison, six years into a 35-year sentence. On the heels of a last appeal to President Obama for clemency, Manning tells Broadly about her struggle for visibility and justice. Continue reading at Broadly (Vice)

Chelsea Manning: Solitary for her books and toothpaste?!

contraband250UPDATE. August 18, 2015

Just heard from Chelsea following her hearing: “I was found guilty of all 4 charges @ today’s board; I am receiving 21 days of restrictions on recreation–no gym, library or outdoors.”

So while she was convicted of all four crimes (yes, even the expired toothpaste!), she did not receive any time in solitary confinement. We believe that had everything to do with the outpouring of support for Chelsea, and the attention focused on the Fort Leavenworth board.

Chelsea added, “Now these convictions will follow me thru to any parole/clemency hearing forever. Was expecting to be in min custody in Feb, now years added.” So, this is good news, but not without significant ramifications.

By the Chelsea Manning Support Network. August 13, 2015

Aside from her 35-year prison sentence, Chelsea Manning is now facing indefinite solitary confinement to be determined in a closed hearing August 18th. Donate today to Chelsea’s legal defense fund, to beat back this attack and to help her challenge her unjust 35-year prison sentence.
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Can we pay Chelsea Manning’s legal fees? Yes, we can!

fpf-tiNew crowd-funding campaign for Chelsea Manning’s legal fees now underway!

Trevor Timm, Freedom of the Press Foundation. July 15, 2015

Today we’re proud to announce a major new crowd-funding campaign in support of whistleblower Chelsea Manning to help pay for her important legal appeal. Chelsea is currently in the process challenging of her unjust Espionage Act conviction and draconian 35-year jail sentence at the Army Court of Appeals.

First Look Media, publisher of The Intercept, will match donations up made to Chelsea up to $50,000, and journalist Glenn Greenwald, a founding editor of First Look and co-founder of Freedom of the Press Foundation, will also personally match up an additional $10,000—for a total of $60,000 in matching funds! We hope this will give everyone even more incentive to donate, knowing that any contribution you make will automatically be doubled.

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Pride 2014: We stand with Chelsea Manning

San Francisco, CA Sunday, June 29
SF PRIDE! 2014
Chelsea Manning Parade Contingent

Organized by Courage to Resist & Chelsea Manning Support Network
Meet up 9:30am at Howard & Beale Streets

This summer, we are once again marching in celebration of our heroic US Army WikiLeaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning in Gay Pride events across the United States. Last year, our San Francisco Pride contingent was awarded the “Most Fabulous” award–the highest honor given. Over 1,500 people made the contingent one of the largest in the history of SF Pride, the largest Gay Pride parade on Earth. This year, Chelsea is an official Grand Marshal of SF Pride! Chelsea Manning contingent are also confirmed for Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York City.

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Chelsea Manning celebrates formal name change

Chelsea ManningBy Chelsea Manning. April 23, 2014

Today is an exciting day. A judge in the state of Kansas has officially ordered my name to be changed from “Bradley Edward Manning” to “Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.” I’ve been working for months for this change, and waiting for years.

It’s worth noting that in both mail and in-person, I’ve often been asked, “Why are you changing your name?” The answer couldn’t be simpler: because it’s a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been –a woman named Chelsea.

But there is another question I’ve been asked nearly as much, “why are you making this request of the Leavenworth district court?” This is a more complicated question, but the short answer is simple: because I have to.

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Portrait by Alicia Neal of how Chelsea Manning sees herself (image above-right). Commissioned by the Chelsea Manning Support Network with direct input from Chelsea herself.

Chelsea Manning: Defending Democracy DC event

On April 13th, Chelsea Manning’s new legal defense team, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward, gave their first public presentation alongside NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, FBI whistle-blower Mike German, and Courage to Resist organizer Emma Cape. Video of this event is now available on YouTube here.


Message from Chelsea Manning

By Chelsea Manning. March 17, 2014

In preparing for the appeals phase of my legal proceedings, I have worked with Courage to Resist and the Chelsea Manning Support Network to hire excellent civilian defense council, Nancy Hollander and Vincent Ward of…Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I would like to thank all of you for your support. Without your efforts–including organizing, fundraising, and public education–my court martial would not have been nearly as visible to the public, and many of the serious issues in my case would have gone unnoticed.

Currently I’m doing well.  I spend most of my time working, but when I’m not working I’m either at the library doing legal research and drafting, reading books, magazines, newspapers, and your mail, or working out–running, calisthenics, and various cardio regimens.

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Pvt. Manning attorney to speak in LA, Oakland, Seattle

David Coombs, attorney for American prisoner of conscience US Army Pvt. Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, will speak at three upcoming West Coast events hosted by the Private Manning Support Network. Mr. Coombs continues to represent the heroic WikiLeaks whistle-blower recently sentenced to 35-years in military prison.

Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:00pm — Los Angeles CA
The Church in Ocean Park, 235 Hill Street, Santa Monica CA 90405

Monday, Dec. 9 at 6:30pm — Oakland CA
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland CA 94612

Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:00pm — Seattle WA
University Temple United Methodist Church (Fireplace Room), 1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle WA 98105

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Team Manning: How a grassroots crew took on the US Army

By Rena Guay, Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild. September 30, 2013

Thanks to help from the Task Force, I was able to attend the first days of the Manning court-martial, and also attended the June 1 rally outside the main gate to Ft. Meade, which was organized by the Bradley Manning Support Network (now the Private Manning Support Network).

I wanted to witness the court-martial for myself and more clearly understand the case and the support campaign developed around it. MLTF executive director Kathy Gilberd reflects the general consensus among military law professionals (and progressive activists like me) that the Manning court-martial is “one of the most important cases in our military’s history.”

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Pvt. Manning post-sentencing press conference

August 21, 2013. Pvt. Manning post-sentencing press conference hosted the Bradley Manning Support Network and Courage to Resist. Featuring a statement from Bradley Manning, his family, and attorney David Coombs reacting to the 35 year prison sentence.

August 22, 2013. “The next stage of my life” by Pvt. Chelsea Manning 

I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years. Throughout this long ordeal, your letters of support and encouragement have helped keep me strong. I am forever indebted to those who wrote to me, made a donation to my defense fund, or came to watch a portion of the trial. I would especially like to thank Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network for their tireless efforts in raising awareness for my case and providing for my legal representation.

As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.

Thank you, Chelsea E. Manning

In response to her request, the Bradley Manning Support Network has been renamed the Private Manning Support Network, and we’ll be using “Chelsea Manning” and female pronouns here on forward. Chelsea has communicated that continued use of past images of her are fine, as updated images may not be forthcoming anytime soon. Additionally, for her mailing address and petitions to authorities, we’ll still need to use her legal name, “Bradley E. Manning.” – Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist project director. August 23, 2013