Pacific Northwest Jan/Feb events presented by Jeff Paterson
- Corvallis, Oregon – Monday, January 30 at 7:00pm – Oddfellows Hall, 223 Southwest 2nd Street, Sponsored by Veterans for Peace-Corvallis. With musician David Rovics.
- Eugene, Oregon – Wednesday, February 1 at 7:30pm – First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St. – Sponsored by Community Alliance of Lane County. With musician David Rovics.
- Portland, Oregon – Thursday, February 2 at 7:00pm – First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon, Buchan Room, Sponsored by the Alliance for Democracy. With musician David Rovics.
- Bellingham, Washington – Friday, February 3 at 7pm – Whatcom Peace & Justice Center, 1155 N. State Street, Ste. 300, Sponsored by Veterans for Peace-Bellingham
- Seattle, Washington – Saturday, February 4 at 3pm – Revolution Books, 89 S. Washington Street
- Seattle, Washington – Sunday, February 5 at 3pm – University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd Street, Sponsored by Veterans for Peace-Seattle
- Olympia, Washington – Monday, February 6 at 3:30pm – South Puget Sound Community College, Bldg 26, Rm 102 Lecture Hall
- Lakewood, Washington – Monday, February 6 at 7pm – Coffee Strong Café, 15109 Union Avenue SW
- Olympia, Washington – Tuesday, February 7 at Noon – The Evergreen State College, Lecture Hall 3, Sponsored by SDS and the “Re-Interpreting Liberation” program
Bradley Manning, a 24-year-old Army intelligence analyst, faces life in prison for allegedly sharing the “Collateral Murder” video of a US helicopter attack that killed 11 civilians and wounded two children in Baghdad, Iraq with the WikiLeaks website. Bradley has also been charged with blowing the whistle on the “Iraq War Logs”, the “Afghan Diaries”, the “Gitmo Files”, and embarrassing US State Department cables. All of the documents released have added significantly to public knowledge of war crimes, civilian casualties, government corruption, and the over-classification of information. No one has been harmed and the information has helped fuel pro-democratic protests globally.
God knows what happens now. Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms… I want people to see the truth… because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.
–an online chat attributed to Bradley Manning
Bradley Manning Support Network campaign organizer Jeff Paterson will provide a multi-media presentation to include:
• An overview of US v. Bradley Manning
• His report from the Fort Meade courtroom where Bradley had his first court hearing after 18 months of pre-trial confinement
• Updates on the international grassroots campaign
• An opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to Bradley’s defense fund, which in addition to supporting public education efforts is responsible for 100% of Bradley’s legal expenses
• Introduction to the new Courage to Resist book, About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War—from Army Lt. Ehren Watada to PFC Bradley Manning, and two dozen other stories. Published by PM Press, September 2011.
In August 1990, Marine artilleryman Corporal Jeff Paterson became the first of many US military personnel to refuse to fight in Iraq. Today, Jeff is the project director of Courage to Resist, an Oakland-based organization dedicated to supporting GI war resisters and conscientious objectors, and helps lead the campaign to support Bradley Manning.