JOURNAL OF THE 24TH YEAR
Japan's Fukushima Disaster
The Shura Case
Death Row Inmates Exonerated
NUGGETS FROM THE NUT HOUSE
From Netanyahu to Mladic
Edward S. Herman
GAY & LESBIAN COMMUNITY NOTES
Veterans Support Manning
Double Dip Recession
Iara Lee's Culture of Resistance
Len Weinglass (1933-2011)
Michael Steven Smith
Checkmate In The Great Game
Nicolas J.S. Davies
The Colonial Predator Legacy
Against Corporatocracy Rule
Bruce E. Levine
The Mideast & South Central Asia
Bin Laden and the Arab "Awakening"
From Poppies to Fentanyl Lollipops
The Lacandon Jungle and the Carbon Market
Displacing People for Profit
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Veterans for Peace Stand Up For Bradley Manning
Over 250 activists from all over the
Manning has been held without trial since May 2010. He was held in solitary confinement at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia from July 2010 until his transfer to
Veterans For Peace (VFP) organized the protest that began with a rally in
Eighty-six- year-old Sally-Alice Thompson made the trip from
Ed Flaherty of Iowa Chapter 61 Veterans for Peace agrees. “If we wind up convicting him of treason for releasing information about war crimes, what some people feel we fought for in World War II and the
What is a soldier to do when he becomes aware of war crimes? Bob Meola of the War Resisters League says like every American soldier, Manning took the oath to defend the Constitution and that once a soldier knows of a war crime, he has a duty to report it. “If he did what he is accused of, then he is an American hero and a patriot and he should get a Congressional Medal of Honor for telling the American people about war crimes,” Meola says.
Among the thousands of documents Manning allegedly released to Wiki Leaks, a video called Collateral Murder shows
After the rally, protestors marched to Leavenworth Prison chanting, “I am Bradley. You are Bradley. We are Bradley Manning” and “What do we want? Peace and Freedom. When do we want it? Now.” Across the street, a small group of counter protestors held signs calling Manning a traitor. “He did not commit treason,” says Flaherty, noting that the documents Manning allegedly released had a lesser security classification than the ones Daniel Ellsberg released in 1971. “Ellsberg is recognized rightfully as a hero, at least by anyone who knows anything. Even Defense Secretary Gates says there has been no harm to people in the armed forces or our ‘allies’ in
Jeff Strottman came from
Ralph Earls and his wife Roma of Baldwin City, Kansas say they think people who reveal the truth should be rewarded not punished. “Especially people who are in a position that is ruled by the uniformed military code of justice that makes it clear to every soldier that their true loyalty is to the
Brian Terrell visited
Manning has been charged with “transferring classified data onto his personal computer and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system in connection with the leaking of a video of a helicopter attack in Iraq in 2007,” and “communicating, transmitting and delivering national defense information to an unauthorized source and disclosing classified information concerning the national defense with reason to believe that the information could cause injury to the United States,” between November 19, 2009, and May 27, 2010. In March, the government issued 22 additional charges against him. “If we really believe what he has done or has been suspected of doing actually frees us as a society, that it creates the transparency we need to make correct decisions, then we need to fight for him,” says Stewart-Stark. “We need to fight for due process of law.”
An artist who graduated with a fine arts degree from
Though most of the media continues to overlook the Manning case, public pressure succeeded in getting him out of solitary confinement where his treatment was described by many of his supporters as torture. Amnesty International and Psychologists for Social Responsibility both sent letters to Secretary Gates calling for an end to the inhumane treatment of Manning.
Gloria Williams is a freelance journalist, activist, and member of the War Resisters League. For more information on the case, go to www.bradleymanning.org. Photos by Williams.
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CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike- A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides, music, exhibitors, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mailbikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://veganfest.org/.
ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16 in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; convention @adc. org http://convention.adc.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5-day Seminar at the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.globaljustice center.org/.
NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
Contact: 164 Robles Way, #276, Vallejo, CA 94591; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.netrootsnation.org/.
MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http://namle.net/conference/.
IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; email@example.com; http://www. peacestockvfp.org.
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://yeacamp.org/.