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Ruckus over Bradley Manning at President Obama fundraiser; Bradley moved to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; PFC Turner – Conscientious Objector

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From: Courage to Resist <courage@riseup.net>
Date: Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 9:14 AM
Subject: Ruckus over Bradley Manning at President Obama fundraiser; Bradley moved to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; PFC Turner – Conscientious Objector
 


Supporters cause ruckus over Bradley Manning at President Obama’s fundraiser this morning

fundraiserAccused WikiLeaks whistle-blower becomes focus of breakfast with President Barack Obama

By the Bradley Manning Support Network. April 21, 2011

This morning President Obama met with 150 donors for his 2012 reelection campaign over breakfast at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, California. However, the event turned interesting when nearly two dozen of his contributors pressed the president in song on the unjust confinement and tortuous treatment of alleged WikiLeaks whistle-blower US Army intelligence analyst PFC Bradley Manning.  As the President spoke of the creative organizing that won him the 2008 election, over 10% of the attendees held up “Free Bradley Manning” signs and launched into a song entitled “Where’s our change?” As Secret Services agents attempted to grab the signs, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and President Obama looked on. (Video)

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Military moves to further isolate Bradley Manning with transfer to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

manning kansasBy the Bradley Manning Support Network. April 19, 2011

Alleged WikiLeaks source moved away from attorney and DC-area backers; however, Kansas residents already preparing to spearhead support with June 4th rally at Fort Leavenworth.

The military and Administration has been shocked by the support Bradley Manning has garnered globally–specifically at the gates of Quantico.

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Related: Why was PFC Bradley Manning moved?
By Bradley’s attorney David Coombs
“Although the news of the move came as a surprise to the defense, the timing did not… the defense was in the process of filing a writ of habeas corpus seeking a court ruling that the Quantico Brig violated PFC Manning’s constitutional right to due process.”


Pfc. Colton Turner—Conscientious Objector

turnerBy Bob Meola, Courage to Resist. April 13, 2011

U.S. Army Pfc. Colton Turner is a twenty year old conscientious objector.  Presently the Army is playing mind games with him and has been acting less than honorably in processing his application for Conscientious Objector classification.  On April 11th, after nearly six months of stalling and failing to properly address Turner’s request for recognition as a C.O. based upon his Christian faith and sincere beliefs, and instead responding to him in inappropriate ways, the Army issued Turner a whole new set of gear—the kind that is issued to a soldier who is about to be deployed. Turner received a new bulletproof vest, an assault pack, pocket knife, ammo pouches, grenade pouches, and a seatbelt cutter among other things.  According to his attorney, James Branum, on April 11th, “It is unclear at this time what the command’s intentions are, but it appears that they may be planning to ignore the alleged AWOL and instead pressure Colton to go on a deployment and fight in violation of his conscience.”   Turner’s defense team hopes to dissuade the command of this idea as Colton is resolved that he cannot deploy. But as of today, April 13th, Turner is now on a deployment list.

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Bradley Manning Organizing Toolkit now online!

org kitFor those of you who want to participate more actively in the campaign to free Bradley Manning, we have created an activist toolkit, jam-packed with useful info, strategy and resources.

Months in the making,  this toolkit is designed with you in mind.  It contains a breakdown of how to take individual action and encourage others, create and host events, outreach to the media and ally organizations, and plenty more.

Everyone is an activist.

View, download and/or print the PDF

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