Report from 17 April Public Meeting and Gig, London

60 plus people attended a public meeting and gig for Bradley Manning on Sunday 17 April in Harringay, London. Speakers included anti-war activists from the US, former SAS soldier, Iraq veteran and war refuser Ben Griffin and there was an address on video from human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce who was unable to attend the event. Musicians included Dublin singer songwriter Joe Black, the Bow Creek Ramblers Old Time String Band, Kiwi blues artist John McClean and the multi-talented American Catholic Workers.

The event, held at London Catholic Workers’ Giuseppe Conlon House in Harringay, north London, kicked off at 2pm with information stalls and refreshments, space and time to network with others and music from the Bow Creek Ramblers Old Time String Band. People were invited to sign a card from the gathering or write an individual letter of solidarity and support to Bradley Manning.

A shrine representing Bradley Manning’s cell was also set up in the front porch of the venue, which was previously a Roman Catholic church. Imagine a free Bradley Manning…

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