March – to stop wars & occupations for empire
March – to stop deportations and criminalization of millions driven to this country by the destruction of their homelands
March – with people around the world on May Day
Meet World Can’t Wait in the “BRADLEY MANNING” contingent – Blowing the Whistle on War Crimes is NOT a Crime!
Rally at 2 pm at Union Park, Ashland and Lake Street, Chicago.
March to Plaza Tenochtitlan, 18th & Blue Island, Pilsen, begins at 3 pm from Union Park.
For months, alleged leaker of the infamous WikiLeaks documents, Private Bradley Manning has been held in solitary confinement at Quantico military prison, allowed only one hour to walk with his legs shackled, and forced to sleep naked. A UN official was denied a private meeting with Manning to investigate his treatment. To most human rights advocates and legal experts around the world, the treatment of Bradley Manning amounts to torture. To many of us, Manning is a hero if, as the government charges, he leaked these documents. Now the U.S. government has moved Bradley Manning to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas just last week.
The documents that Manning allegedly leaked confirm the illegitimacy and immorality of the U.S. wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the U.S. government’s widening war into Pakistan and Yemen. It is not a crime to expose the crimes committed by one’s own government, in fact, it is the duty of any soldier who witnesses such crimes. But war crimes like the ones exposed in the WikiLeaks documents ARE crimes.
In the last week, new documents on Guantanamo have been released that reveal that most of the detainees there were held indefinitely without there ever being any evidence against them of wrong doing. Most of them never had a hearing. Many were tortured and forced to confess to crimes they did not commit, and at other times they were forced to point fingers at one another in order to make the torture stop. The treatment of the people held at Guantanamo is strikingly similar to the treatment of Bradley Manning. And in a sad twist of fate, Manning, who allegedly blew the whistle on these crimes, now sits in prison while Obama flatly stated that “he broke the law” at a San Francisco fund raiser for his re-election campaign. Many say these comments constitute “unlawful command influence.”