This Sunday, June 26th, march with Courage to Resist and the Chelsea Manning Support Network in the 46th San Francisco Pride Parade!
In August 2013 Army PVT Manning was sentenced to 35 years in military prison. The case starkly showcased U.S. officials' misplaced priorities when it comes to human rights. Setting a dangerous precedent for the First Amendment, government decision-makers chose to persecute the witness to government crime. Manning exposed the unjust detainment of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, showed us the true human cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and changed journalism forever.
"35 years is far too long a sentence by any standard," published the New York Times Editorial Board at the time. "In more than two weeks of hearings, government lawyers presented vague and largely speculative claims that Private Manning's leaks had endangered lives and 'chilled' diplomatic relations. On the other hand, much of what Private Manning released was of public value."
Manning's supporters continue to demand her release.
* Help lead the parade contingent by holding our banner!
* March with Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Dan Ellsberg!
* Cheer on our Flash Mob Dancers!
Chelsea Manning Contingent Meet-Up at 11:30 am
Spear Street, between Howard and Folsom
Volunteers are urgently needed to undergo an online contingent monitor training prior to parade day. Monitors walk along with us during the parade to double-check everyone is being safe.
To RSVP or volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The candidates have both been supporters of walls on the Mexican border as well as mass deportation.
They have both used racist rhetoric to garner support.
They have both called for increased policing.
They have both primarily represented white people.
They have both admitted to being willing to use nuclear weapons.
They both support fracking, and
They are both currently under investigation.
When we vote for candidates from either Party we are not deciding whom we like better. We are legitimating what those candidates do and stand for. When and if you cast a vote for Obama you [were] saying that you are okay with what he has done - his presidential kill list, his drone attacks, his refusal to prosecute torturers, his perpetuating of torture and places like Guantanamo, his suspension of habeas corpus, due process, and the rule of law, his vengeful attacks on whistleblowers, his mass incarceration and mass deportations, his failure to address global warming, his failure to defend women's abortion rights...
You're saying that you endorse this because you are not refusing to delegitimate it by publicly refusing to vote in their elections charade. This is the message you are sending. Is that the message you want to send?
The above excerpt from an article written in 2012 is more relevant than ever, and should resonate with people of conscience who struggle with "what to do?" in today's electoral miasma:
Join World Can't Wait when the war parties convene July 2016.The way you change political policies is by movements that influence how people think. You don't do this through voting. You do this through impacting public opinion. And the ways of doing that are various, including participating and helping to organize protests and speaking out through your body, your voice and/or through your pen/keyboard and where you donate your time, energy and money.
"ISIS would not be controlling large swathes of Iraq and Syria had it not been for the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The unwillingness of European countries to welcome the victims of conflicts which they have fueled is nothing short of hypocrisy."