Urgent: Chelsea Manning is being charged for her own suicide attempt, faces indefinite solitary confinement

After years of inhumane treatment, and having been held in conditions that the UN considers to be torture, Chelsea Manning, the Guardian columnist and whistleblower who has been in prison for years serving a 35-year sentence for exposing some of the U.S. government's worst abuses, attempted to take her own life on July 5th, 2016. Now, Army officials have informed her that she is facing serious new charges directly related to her suicide attempt. These new charges include:

1) Resisting a group of prison guards called "the force cell move team." (Chelsea was unconscious when this team arrived, which makes this charge particularly absurd.)
2) Prohibited property. (For the items she used to attempt to take her own life.)
3) Conduct which threatens. (For somehow putting the prison at risk while attempting to take her own life, quietly, in her own cell.)

Well, I rapped upon a house
With the U.S. flag upon display
I said, "Could you help me out
I got some friends down the way"
The man says, "Get out of here
I'll tear you limb from limb"
I said, "You know they refused Jesus, too"
He said, "You’re not Him."
-- Bob Dylan

ACLU Press Release

Fight for the Future Press Release

If convicted of these bizarre "administrative offenses," she is facing indefinite solitary confinement for the rest of her prison term (another 30 years).

Chelsea is being denied medical treatment for her gender dysphoria, which experts have stated is the only course of treatment through which she would no longer be suicidal.

Tell the Secretary of the Army:

Punishing Chelsea Manning for attempting to take her own life after systemic mistreatment is inhumane. Drop these new charges, and immediately give Chelsea access to adequate health care.

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24571 1 month ago Rabia Shah ALAMO, CA
24570 4 months ago dave popoff Castlegar, BC
24569 4 months ago dave popoff Castlegar, BC
24568 5 months ago Anonymous Oskland, CA
24567 5 months ago jeff hopkins Lindenhurst, IL
24566 5 months ago Inga Jaeger Iowa City, IA
24565 5 months ago Jimalee Jackson Springfield, MO
24564 6 months ago Jeff Bence Wycombe, PA
24563 6 months ago Anonymous vancouver, WA This is a really sad comment about my America-once a glowing example of justice and freedom (at least in my youth). Now I am just sad that the rights and freedoms are just an illusion.
24562 6 months ago Anonymous Kempton Park Ext 4, ot
24561 6 months ago Jimalee Jackson Springfield, MO
24560 6 months ago E Wheeler Greenfield, MA
24559 7 months ago E Wheeler Greenfield, MA
24558 7 months ago Jennie Aubert Nyon, ot This is too unfair! Those who torture her are blind to their own cruelty
and are responsible for pushing her to suicide to end the intolerable
suffering that she was subjected to! These peop...
24557 7 months ago Jane Sufian London, NY
24556 7 months ago Ena Komolh San Francisco, CA
24555 7 months ago Daniel Alva Albuquerque, NM
24554 8 months ago jeff hopkins Lindenhurst, IL
24553 8 months ago Anonymous vancouver, WA this abuse that would make someone try to kill themselves must have been intolerable. I would quite possibly do the same especially when all hope of a reasonable life is gone. I believe that the m...
24552 8 months ago Anonymous New Albany, OH
24551 8 months ago Nancy Sprague Rockford, OH
24550 8 months ago Ken Gilmour Peterborough, ON
24549 8 months ago Spencer Shaw Norwich, ot
24548 8 months ago Haven C Vancouver, WA
24547 8 months ago William Shirey Decatur, AL
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