Final arguments for Bradley Thursday, DC demo Friday
July 25: Vigil for Bradley Manning, Ft. Meade Main Gate, 7-8:30am
The trial of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning will open again Thursday, July 25 at 9:30am for the defense and prosecution to make closing arguments. The judge will rule on two defense motions in the morning, after which the defense will face off against the prosecution with its compelling argument for why Bradley should not be convicted of Aiding the Enemy and other major changes. This will be an especially important and intersting day to attend the proceedings at Ft. Meade.
If you plan on attending the proceedings Thursday, please join us first to vigil outside the Main Gate of Ft. Meade during media check-in hour, from 7-8:30am.
The judge will rule on 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.
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July 26: Demonstrate at Ft. McNair, Washington D.C. Tell the Convening Authority to free Bradley Manning!
Court will be closed on Friday, July 26, the date of our Mass Demonstration at Ft. McNair in Washington DC 3-5pm to call upon Convening Authority Major General Buchanan to free Bradley Manning.
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:
Amnesty International proclaimed last week that the Aiding the Enemy charge is a travesty of justice. Manning was imprisoned three years before he was tried, including 9 months 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 Manning's homophobic supervisor to testify for the prosecution after they'd officially closed their argument.
Our 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.
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Please join us for what will be the last demonstration of Bradley's court martial.
It is not only a well-meaning 25 year-old soldier on trial, but also our right as Americans to stay informed.
Thank you for your support!