Worldwide Welcome Home Celebrations for Chelsea
This morning, Chelsea Manning shared her first portrait photo of herself. “Okay, so here I am everyone!! =P,” she declared on her Instagram and Twitter accounts. “Here’s to freedom and a new beginning.”
Meanwhile, supporters continued to gather worldwide to celebrate her freedom, and the success of the six-years-plus grassroots movement that made it possible.
“After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived. I am looking forward to so much! … exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me.”
Organizers of the former Chelsea Manning Support Network describe how the fight to win Chelsea’s freedom was won, and share their reactions to this amazing victory.
In this podcast, lead court martial defense attorney for Chelsea Manning, David Coombs, reflects on the case, working with the Support Network, and her release this week.
On Wednesday, May 17, Chelsea Manning will walk out of Fort Leavenworth military prison a free person. She has served seven years behind bars, more than any whistle-blower in American history.
In our new podcast, Internet privacy advocate, and Chelsea Manning Support Network co-founder, Rainey Reitman talks about helping launch a movement that would eventually free an American political prisoner and hero.
Chelsea Manning: “Freedom used to be something that I dreamed of but never allowed myself to fully imagine…. I am forever grateful to the people who kept me alive, President Obama, my legal team and countless supporters.”