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Chelsea Manning is a U.S. military whistleblower, thanks to whom we know vastly more about what the U.S. government has been doing than we otherwise would. Her service to democracy has been severely punished. She has spent years in prison, including long stretches in solitary confinement, under conditions that led the UN special rapporteur on torture to formally accuse the U.S. government of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.

Click here to ask Judge Anthony Trenga to free her now.

After millions of people around the world spoke out and demanded her release, Chelsea’s sentence was commuted. But the U.S. government did not stop persecuting her. Chelsea has been back in jail for nine months, and faces nine more. This is not because she has committed any crime, but because of her conscientious objection to participating in a secretive grand jury investigation into the publication of her 2010 disclosures.

Chelsea’s refusal to participate in this process is part of a long history of resistance to grand juries, which are routinely used to harass and entrap activists, journalists, and truth tellers. In a shocking move, the judge in the case has imposed massive fines on Chelsea, charging her $1,000 per day while the U.S. government holds her in "coercive confinement" — ostensibly to convince her to agree to the demand that she give testimony to the grand jury.

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Sign the petition now to send the following letter to Judge Trenga demanding Chelsea Manning’s immediate release:

To: Judge Anthony Trenga

I am writing to ask you to recognize that continuing to keep Chelsea Manning behind bars is both futile and cruel. She is known to the world as a principled advocate, and everything she does and says demonstrates her strong will and commitment to her ideals. Her testimony in this grand jury is not needed, and her current incarceration appears to be an attempt to punish her further for past offenses. As she will never be convinced to betray her principles, even by jail time or burdensome fines, her imprisonment does not serve the interests of the grand jury, the government, the court, or the law. Please make the right decision and order her release so that she may return to her community and heal in peace.


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