Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is now facing the threat of “indefinite solitary confinement” in prison at Fort Leavenworth, where she is serving a 35-year sentence for providing WikiLeaks with documentation of a vast array of war crimes and deception by the U.S. government.
Click here to sign an emergency petition that will be delivered to prison authorities before a scheduled hearing early next week.
After you’ve signed the petition, please share this urgent appeal with your friends.
RootsAction is promoting this petition in solidarity with Chelsea Manning and in cooperation with other groups supporting her. Together, we can and must gather a huge number of signers on this petition -- quickly.
Please become a signer now -- but don’t stop there. It’s urgent that you forward this message to your friends right away.
As the petition says, “Putting any human being in indefinite solitary confinement is inexcusable, and for offenses as trivial as these (an expired tube of toothpaste, and possession of magazines?) it is a discredit to America's military and its system of justice.”
The petition concludes: “We demand that these charges against Chelsea Manning be dropped, and request that Chelsea's hearing on August 18th be made open to the public, to ensure she is treated fairly."
By clicking here, you can add your voice to that demand.
An ACLU attorney just told BuzzFeed News, “Here Chelsea is at risk of losing various support networks simply because she had an expired tube of toothpaste, the Vanity Fair magazine that featured Caitlyn Jenner, and requested a lawyer when she felt she was being accused of misconduct.”
The charges against Chelsea are petty, absurd and vindictive. As Trevor Timm of the Freedom of the Press Foundation writes, she “is now being threatened with ‘indefinite solitary confinement’ for alleged infractions that are so minor it's actually hard to believe.”
If justice had prevailed, Chelsea Manning would never have spent a day in prison -- let alone enduring official abuse that began with prolonged solitary confinement before trial that amounted to torture.
Chelsea Manning deserves our undying gratitude and support for bravely informing all of us about terrible realities, with evidence like the infamous “Collateral Murder” video that showed the flippant and callous killing of unarmed civilians in Baghdad from U.S. military aircraft.
Help the petition take off today.
Chelsea has already paid a huge personal price for her moral courage. Now the government is ramping up persecution with charges that range from ridiculous to repressive to preposterous.
Time is short. The hearing that could lead to “indefinite solitary confinement” for Chelsea Manning is fast approaching. Please take a minute to follow up on signing the petition by sharing it with everyone you know who appreciates what Chelsea has done to help make this a better world.
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P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.
> Newsweek: Chelsea Manning Faces Solitary Confinement for Having Caitlyn Jenner Magazine, Other Infractions
> Trevor Timm, Freedom of the Press Foundation: Chelsea Manning Threatened with ‘Indefinite Solitary Confinement’ for Expired Toothpaste and Asking for a Lawyer
> BuzzFeed News: Chelsea Manning Faces Solitary Confinement Under New Charges, Lawyer Says