March 20th, 2011 is International Bradley Manning Support Day. It will see coordinated rallies all over the world in support of Manning, the alleged whistleblower incarcerated under cruel and inhumane conditions in a marine brig in Quantico, Virginia.
Since Manning was arrested 10 months ago, and began to endure solitary confinement, international support and advocacy of his cause has grown. This has intensified in the last few months, when the full import of the Wikileaks releases – which Manning is accused of having leaked – began to dawn on the international citizenry.
The official policy towards Manning, however, has not alleviated, but intensified. In the last month, Manning was subjected to even more unusual treatment in Quantico, and an array of new charges opened up the possibility of a death sentence.
The United States government has not been persuaded of the gravity of its transgressions against Manning. It is therefore necessary to escalate the campaign for Manning, globally, and show that our support is unswerving, through articulate, peaceful and resolute demonstration.
Please visit our Bradley Manning Action page, at http://wlcentral.org/bradley-manning, and in particular, consult the Offline Action Calendar, to see if there is already an International Bradley Manning Support Day Rally near you. If there is not, consider organizing one yourself. If you do, make sure to publicize your efforts by contacting WL Central, by tweeting @popularch, and on this facebook page.
In the runup to March 20th, and afterwards, please consider carrying out some of the suggested actions under Online Actions. These will not take much of your time, but may make a great deal of difference.
Please be wary of fringe groups attempting to hijack International Bradley Manning Support Day. The key to successful action is widespread popular articulation of a concerted and clear message. If the message is diluted by other groups, it may make Bradley’s cause easier to dismiss for the mainstream media, and the authorities. For Bradley’s sake, this is to be avoided.
Please do everything within your power to spread the world about International Bradley Manning Support Day. Come out and join us on March the 20th. We will not abandon Bradley Manning, and will not forget about him.
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