Closing arguments July 25, actions 26th and 27th.
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Closing arguments Thursday, July 25
Judge Lind drawn by Clark Stoeckley
The trial of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning will open again Thursday at 9:30am for the defense and prosecution to make closing arguments. The judge will rule on two defense motions to dismiss charges in the morning, after which the defense will spar with the prosecution, making its case for acquitting Bradley of 'Aiding the Enemy' and other major charges. It will be an especially significant day at Ft. Meade, and Bradley Manning Support Network staff will be in attendance to provide coverage for our website as always.
The judge will likely rule on Bradley's guilt vs. innocence sometime by next Wednesday, July 31, which is when the 2-3 week sentencing phase of the trial is scheduled to begin.
Read more about joining our vigil and attending the trial.
Tell Convening Authority Maj. Gen. Buchanan to free Bradley Manning, July 26!
Maj. Gen. Buchanan
This Friday we'll hold a Mass Demonstrationat Ft. McNair in Washington DC from 3-5pm to call upon Convening Authority Major General Buchanan to free Bradley Manning. Location: 4th St and P St SW, near the Waterfront metro, Washington DC
The military justice system dictates no minimum sentence, so as Convening Authority Maj. Gen. Buchanan has wide latitude to decrease a sentence. We believe there are numerous reasons he should step up now to do the right thing and release Bradley.
Amnesty International proclaimed last week that the 'Aiding the Enemy' charge is a travesty of justice. Bradley was imprisoned three years before he was tried, including 9 months alone in a 6x8 ft cell, conditions which the judge determined to be "unlawful pretrial punishment" and which NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden referenced in his pursuit of asylum. Additionally, last Friday the judge permitted a supervisor who'd been disciplined for making homophobic remarks to Bradley to testify for the prosecution after they'd officially closed their argument.
Our DC event will include speakers from the veteran and anti-war communities, banners, protest puppets, noisemakers, and presentation of the 2013 Peace Prize of the US Peace Memorial Foundation to Bradley Manning.
View our website for more information.
RSVP on facebook.
Worldwide solidarity events July 27
On Saturday, July 27, there are more than 30 events registered worldwide. Please join us for what will be the last coordinated international day of action of Bradley's court martial! Remember, it is not only a well-meaning 25-year-old soldier on trial, but also our right as citizens to stay informed of what government officials do in our name. Actions are taking place in the following cities:
Los Angeles, CA.Solidarity RallyDetroit, MIBradley Manning Solidarity RallySt. Louis, MIBradley Manning Support RallyHelena, MT.Justice for Bradley ManningHorsham, PA.Support gay whistle-blower Bradley ManningBerkeley, CA.We Are All Bradley ManningTampa Bay, FLFlashmobs for Bradley!Chicago, ILFree Bradley ManningPhoenix, AZPhoenix rally to stand with Bradley ManningNew Orleans, LAFree Bradley Manning (French Market)Portland, ME.Support Bradley Manning RallySan FranciscoWe Are Bradley Manning Bay Area Benefit ShowSan FranciscoFree Bradley Manning Flash MobSeattle, WA Take action for BradleyFort Leavenworth, KSFt. Leavenworth July 27th Solidarity Rally New York City, NY#FreeBrad Support Event in Central ParkBoston, MA.Solidarity with Bradley Manning Stand OutSeattle, WATake action for Bradley!The Hague, NetherlandsMarch for Bradley ManningParis, FranceAnti-War Vigil for Bradley ManningBrussels, Belgium.March for Bradley ManningBerlin, Germany.#PRISM #TEMPORA #INDECT Solidarität mit Edward #Snowden Bradley #Manning #freebrad #wikileaksMinneapolis, MN July 27th Solidarity Rally for Bradley ManningOklahoma City, OKRally and Vigil to Honor Truthteller Bradley ManningBerkeley, CAJoin CODEPINK Women for Peace to say “Free Bradley”Vancouver, BC.Rally and banner drop. (pdf poster)Toronto, ON.Toronto Believes in Bradley Manning and Peace!London, UK.Peaceful vigil in front of the Amnesty International Secretariat officeLondon, UK.International Day of Action for Bradley London, UK.Vigil at St Martin in the Fields, LondonPeterborough, UKStandout in SolidaritySeoul, South Korea1 person protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in SeoulHaverfordwest, UK.Join us in Wales to stand in solidarity with Bradley! Perth, Australia.Education and Awareness-Whistleblowers Don't see an event listed for your community? Consider holding a vigil in a highly visible location, organizing a letter-writing campaign to Maj. Gen. Buchanan's office, or handing out flyers and collecting petition signatures at a local community event. You can registeryour action on our website.
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