Thursday, September 16, 7pm ~ Oakland, California
Afghanistan: Occupation, Wikileaks, and accused whistle-blower Bradley Manning
A benefit for the Bradley Manning Defense Fund featuring: Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistle-blower; US Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.), former US diplomat; Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst; Aimee Allison, author and KPFA Morning Show host; WikiLeaks "Collateral Murder" video screening. Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland, California.
Saturday, September 18, 2pm ~ San Francisco, California
March and rally: Free Bradley Manning
Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime!
2pm rally in front of the SF War Memorial Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California. 3pm march. 4pm end at Union Square. Organized by Courage to Resist, Veterans for Peace-SF Bay Area, ANSWER Coalition, and CodePink.
“Exposing War Crimes is Not a Crime”
Daniel Ellsberg Kicks off Nationwide Days of Action for Alleged Wikileaks “Whistleblower” Bradley Manning on September 16 in Oakland
* Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistle-blower.
* US Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.), former US diplomat to Afghanistan
* Ray McGovern, senior CIA analyst (ret.).
WHAT: Ellsberg, Wright, and McGovern call for public support of accused Wikileaks whistleblower Army Pfc. Bradley Manning in Berkeley as part of campaign in 18 US cities .
WHEN: Thursday, September 16, 7pm.
WHERE: Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland, California.
Army Pfc. (Private First Class) Bradley Manning was not even born when Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers that helped end the Vietnam War. Now Ellsberg is speaking out for Manning. Ellsberg, US Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.), a former US diplomat to Afghanistan, Ray McGovern, senior CIA analyst (ret.) will speak out against the jailing of Manning and call for his immediate release at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland, California.
Manning is incarcerated for allegedly leaking, among other things, combat video showing the gunning down of Iraqi civilians and Reuters journalists (released by Wikileaks, video at www.collateralmurder.com). Manning has been held in isolation since May 2010 and, if convicted, faces up to 52 years imprisonment. The twenty-two year old Manning is now held in Quantico, Virginia.
Ellsberg, McGovern and Wright will also demand transparency in United States war policies, at the Oakland event, the first of three days (September 16-19) of public events and support demonstrations in 18 cities across the country and internationally. An online live simulcast of the event will be co-hosted by Michael Moore at his website MichaelMoore.com.
Presented by Courage to Resist
with the help of BAY-Peace, Veterans for Peace-Bay Area, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club, CodePink, Iraq Veterans Against the War-Bay Area, Asian Americans for Peace and Justice, National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Military Law Panel, World Can’t Wait-Bay Area, Grandmothers Against the War, War Resisters League-West, ANSWER Coalition, Bay Area United for Peace and Justice, and Western States Legal Foundation.