For Immediate Release
CODEPINK to Stage Creative Action on the Eve Of WikiLeaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning's Court Martial
WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2013 4:00pm
WHERE: Llewellyn Ave, just west of US 175
(Ft. Meade, MD), The peace group CODEPINK will join the efforts of the Bradley Manning Support Network in a march and rally outside Ft. Meade where the WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning is scheduled to face court martial on Monday, June 3, 2013. They will dress as Lady Justice, blindfolded, with togas and scales, in front of a huge mural depicting Manning with a Medal of Honor, the military’s highest award. They will speak out about how Manning’s revelations have contributed to the group’s work for peace and justice.
Private Bradley Manning, a 25 year-old US Army intelligence analyst, stands accused of leaking the largest amount of classified information in American history to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.org. CODEPINK activists have been standing in support of Bradley Manning's action since his imprisonment three years ago. When State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley was forced to resign after criticizing the Pentagon's treatment of Manning, calling the treatment "ridiculous, counterproductive, and stupid!", CODEPINK activists stripped their clothing to symbolize how the prison guards had taken away Bradley Manning's clothing.
Bradley Manning has been held in prison without charges for years. On Monday, June 13, 2013, Manning will finally face court martial for "aiding the enemy," a capital offense. Manning's actions exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and exposed abuses of other governments that helped spark the democratic uprisings in the Middle East, also known as the Arab Spring. That’s why Manning is a hero to many people around the world, people who believe that transparency is the hallmark of democratic governance.
CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK rejects foreign policies based on domination and aggression, and instead calls for policies based on diplomacy, compassion and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, CODEPINK women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence.