Dec. 17: Defend gay alleged Wikileaker Bradley Manning!
GLN permalink 12-7-2011
December 17th is the birthday of gay alleged Wikileaker Bradley Manning. It is also the day after Manning begins his first pre-trial hearing after more than a year and half in prison. If the allegations against him are true, then rather than being incarcerated, Bradley Manning should be celebrated as a true hero for forcing transparency on the war crimes committed by the United States, and exposing the dirty dealings of the Bush and Obama administrations with brutal dictators around the world.
December 17th is also the 3-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. OWS was inspired not only by the rip-offs of the 99% by the 1%, but by the lack of transparency in government and the private sector that facilitated these rip-offs.
December 17th is also the 1-year anniversary of the immolation of the Tunisian street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, who sparked the Arab Spring and inspired activism around the globe. Many see the Wikileaks revelations about U.S. dealings with North African dictators as having helped spread the Spring.
To commemorate this important date, the Midwest Anti-War Mobilization, of which the Gay Liberation Network is a part, will hold a State Street march among the holiday shoppers on Saturday, December 17th, carrying signs, banners and passing out handbills to spread the word about these important issues.
We will meet at 12 noon on that day at Federal Plaza, corner of Adams and Dearborn Streets, and then shortly afterwards proceed over to State Street.
For background information on Bradley Manning's case, go to www.BradleyManning.org
Here also is a great article from the UK Guardian about the role of Manning in allegedly helping force the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq
Finally here is a great, short video by "anonymous" highlighting the date's significance.