May 17 events to celebrate Chelsea Manning release


Update: Photos and reports from May 17 events now available

On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Chelsea will come out of prison after seven years.

Our friends at Payday and QueerStrike helped organize a number of these events. They explained, “Her 35-year sentence was commuted by Obama. It was a victory for Chelsea of course, but also for all of us in many countries who supported her and benefited from her courageous whistleblowing: the international women and lgbtq+ movements, the anti-war and anti-racist movements, the movements of whistleblowers, war veterans, refuseniks and everyone who stands for justice.”

Chelsea's Welcome Home Fund

Organized by Chase Strangio, Chelsea’s attorney and fund administrator


San Francisco, California

Harvey Milk Plaza (Castro & Market street). 6-7pm.
Gathering and speak-out Co-sponsors: Courage to Resist, Code Pink, Gays Without Borders, Queer Strike, and the South African Human Rights Coalition. More info

San Diego, California

Hillcrest Pride Flag, University Ave and Normal Street. 6-7pm
Chelsea is going to be released! Gather, rally, and celebrate at the Pride Flag on May 17th! More info

Seattle, Washington

New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S. 7pm
Chelsea Manning Release Celebration organized by Veterans For Peace Greater Seattle Chapter 92. More info

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

N 8th St and Hudson. 5-7:30pm
Hosted by Amnesty International Oklahoma City, Center for Conscience in ActionOklahoma Friends of Chelsea Manning. More info

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

15th and JFK Boulevard (across from the NW corner of City Hall). 4:30–6:30pm  (Speakout at 5:30)
Called by Payday men’s network (215-848-1120) with Brandywine Peace Community, Delaware Valley Veterans for America, Global Women’s Strike and Women of Color in the GWS, Veterans for Peace Chapter 31.

Portland, Oregon

Director’s Park. Noon-2pm
Organized by Veterans for Peace Chapter 72

Chicago, Illinois

4745 N. Beacon St, #3S. 6-10pm
A house party / fundraiser for Chelsea Welcome Home Fund. No one turned away for lack of funds. Sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network

Boston, Massachusetts

7pm. Pot luck dinner celebration. Committee for International Labor Defense & Boston Chelsea Manning Support. For more info: email

New York City, New York

Union Square, 14th Street & Broadway. 3-5pm
Gathering to Celebrate the release of Chelsea Manning in Manhattan.

Kansas City, Kansas

J.C. Nichols Fountain, 47th Street, between Broadway & Main St., KCMO. 4:30-5:30pm
“Thank You, Chelsea” rally organized by PeaceWorks, Kansas City

Tucson, Arizona

Military Recruiting Offices on Speedway (between Campbell and Tucson Blvd.). 8-9am
Local chapters of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Veterans for Peace and other peace groups to celebrate Chelsea’s release during morning gathering. More info


Reykjavik, Iceland

Pirate Party Headquarters, Tortuga, Síðumúli 23, 105 Reykjavík. 8pm

Auckland, New Zealand

We are celebrating Chelsea’s release with a toast to freedom at Verona Cafe on Karangahape Rd, as part of the Amnesty International Auckland Central Group’s Happy Hour. 6pm

Beer Sheva, Israel

Near where Palestinians prisoners are on hunger strike. Refusenik and supporter of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment movement against Israel Yonatan Shapira will dedicate his concert to Chelsea. Evening event

London, UK

St Martin-in-the-Fields (Trafalgar Sq. WC2 N 4JJ). Celebration vigil organized by Payday & Queer Strike. 5:30-7pm

Housmans bookshop Peace News party, 5 Caledonian Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9DY. 7pm

Cardiff, Wales

Roath park, picnic for freedom with Croeso Teifi. Tea time

Events on other days

Baltimore, Maryland (May 19th)

Mt. Vernon Park, N. Charles and Centre Sts. 5-7pm

Dublin, Ireland (May 21st)

Remembering, Celebrating, Solidarity Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square, 1 – Music, song and words with Joe Black, Donal O’Kelly, RoJ, Robbie Sinnott and more. Organized by Action from Ireland (AFRI). 5-8:30pm

Berkeley, California (May 15th)

2180 Milvia Street. Peace flag raising and celebration of Chelsea Manning’s coming release. Hosted by Courage to Resist. 11:30am. More info

Mannheim, Germany (May 15th)

Celebration at the inauguration of “André-Shepherd” footpath, Fritz-Salm-Str. 12 in 68167 Mannheim. By Connection e.V. 6:30-9:30pm