The Days of Action to Support Bradley Manning kicked off with packed hall in Oakland, Thursday, September 16, “Afghanistan: Occupation, Wikileaks, and accused Whistle-blower Army Pfc. Bradley Manning” with Daniel Ellsberg, Col. Ann Wright (ret.), and Ray McGovern. Watch the event here.
Videos, photos, and reports from San Francisco (photos: one, two | video: one, two, three), San Diego (report/photos | video), Seattle/Fort Lewis (report/video | video | report/slideshow), Quantico (videos), Creech AFB (photos below), Keene (photos below), Knoxville (report), Los Angeles (report | photos below), Minneapolis (video: one, two), Oklahoma City (photos below), and Toronto (video). Events also took place in Byron Bay, Ann Arbor, Cambridge, Corvallis, New Haven, New York City, Norfolk, and Rochester. All available videos via bradleymanning.org
“I spoke with PFC Bradley Manning today…. Brad is aware of the fact that events are happening from today through the 19th. He has asked me to express how very thankful that he is for the support that he has received so far. Brad also told me that he looks forward to the day that he can express his gratitude in person to those that have rallied to his defense.” – Pfc. Manning’s attorney David Coombs
As of September 23rd, 1,050 individuals have donated a total of $59,300 towards Bradley’s defense. Another 38 supporters have given $6,800 directly to the legal trust account. With this, the defense team has been able to hire a computer forensics expert, a classified information security expert, and will soon include a psychiatrist as well as a criminal investigator.
Next steps for the international campaign to free Bradley Manning will include outreach and education at upcoming events on the anniversary of the US occupation of Afghanistan next month, the Stephen Colbert/Jon Stewart “Keep Fear Alive!/Be Reasonable” rally in Washington DC on October 30th, and a bold public declaration, “We Stand with Bradley Manning”, that we hope will be signed by thousands and reprinted widely.
Bradley’s pre-trial Article 32 hearing has not yet been scheduled, but is likely to take place in either December or January 2011, with a possible court martial around April 2011. We only have a few months to build an international campaign to save Bradley’s life.