WHERE WILL YOU BE?
choose from **LATEST** WALES: cardiff; bangor; newport, pembs; wrexham ….IRELAND: dublin….SCOTLAND: edinburgh…ENGLAND london; birmingham; nsa menwith hill; fairford; peterborough
SEE BELOW – scroll down to ‘SATURDAY 23RD FEB TAKE ACTION!’ for listing to see where people will be saying “1000 DAYS TOO LONG! FREE BRAD!” and join them there, or ADD YOUR LOCATION to the LIST (even if it’s just YOU!) by phoning 01840 230397
SAY IT TOGETHER, PEOPLE! ON FEB 23!
This is a listing of WHERE and at WHAT TIME on SATURDAY 23rd FEB 2013 people will be saying they SUPPORT BRAD on his 1000th DAY IN PRISON and REGISTERING THEIR PROTEST at the totally unacceptable length of his PRETRIAL IMPRISONMENT: 3 YRS in MAY he was arrested 26th in 2010
SO: Say it together, people! FEB23:1000 DAYS TOO LONG! FREE BRAD!
The idea is that this list will be ongoing…please send updates by email or phone 01840 230397
Tell them this has gone beyond too far!
Tell them this is 1000 DAYS TOO LONG!
AND PROCLAIM! (register your protest as a photo message)
This post will continue to be updated as locations are confirmed so keep checking and SEND IN YOUR NOTICES ASAP
Make wild, passionate banners and memorable signs, placards and posters, post-its and doodles – make noise and colour to speak out for Brad wherever you are…
Please join in wherever you can – and if there’s nothing happening near you, make it happen even if it’s JUST YOU! Go out ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE with your message, hold your sign/banner/placard up, take a picture and send it to us!
Find iconic or recognisable locations and photo op your message with nuance and flair, say it with flowers in the park, say it with sadness at ‘home’ remembering Brad isn’t, make connections with local features, get the kids to do one of their magical pictures, write something angry, poignant, hopeful, moving, incisive, loving – or just simply to the point in any way you feel, then hold up your sign, take a photo/photos and send it/them in to us…..
Because there’s NOT MUCH TIME LEFT. This day (Feb 23) will begin the 100 day countdown to Brad’s trial date – now due 3rd June.
Feb 23 2013 is also, shamefully, ONE YEAR on from his arraignment
And it’s time to raise the profile so we can rally plenty of people for the DEMONSTRATIONS on SATURDAY 1ST JUNE just before the trial begins, when Brad will have been in prison for MORE THAN 3 YEARS.
MESSAGES FOR PHOTO PROJECT
Let’s collect messages from ALL OVER THESE BRITISH ISLES saying we support Brad on his 1000th DAY! These will be used to create a (physical and virtual) photomontage for use through the remainder of his court martial.
INDIVIDUALLY OR GET YOUR GROUP TO SUPPORT
If you are part of a GROUP or ORGANISATION of any kind send a photo message by holding a sign/banner saying that your group says “1000 DAYS is TOO LONG!” or ” ‘a n other’ GROUP Stands With Brad on Feb 23 2013″ or something much more creative than that, relating to the 1000 days.
As fancy or simple a sign as you want; some of the best are just on cardboard from old cardboard boxes.
SATURDAY 23rd FEB: TAKE ACTION!
On Saturday Feb 23rd people all over the world will be taking action in support of Brad and to say to the US authorities ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: 1000 DAYS TOO LONG! FREE BRAD
As well as being 1000 DAYS in prison, the date is significant because it’s exactly one year since Brad’s arraignment (23rd Feb 2011), and will be the first of 100 days left before trial.
**LIST OF LOCATIONS INVOLVED IN FEB 23**
(details still being added).
So far, we expect two ‘events’ in CENTRAL LONDON
one (the earlier) billed intriguingly as ‘a MOBILE DEMO around the CITY CENTRE….‘ contact veterans for peace uk&ireland for more info!
From that, move on to:
DEMO AT US EMBASSY
PICKET and SPEAK OUT: US EMBASSY, GROSVENOR SQUARE, W1 at 2pm.
Make your voice heard!
PROTEST! Bring banners, placards, signs &c and come and join Payday Men’s Network and Global Women’s Strike (who together are co-ordinating this with other countries in their networks – so far Canada, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, USA) and many others in the campaign to FREE BRAD! and PROTEST Brad’s continued imprisonment – 1000 DAYS.
PROCLAIM! by registering your protest as a photo message to be added to the montage -take a photo of your sign – your message – with the eagle, for example, as the backdrop
1000 DAYS TOO LONG! FREE BRAD!
US EMBASSY DEMO IN SUPPORT OF BRAD 2011
The Bradley Manning Support Network (BMSN) has called for an International Day of Action in support of Bradley Manning, the 24-year-old gay US soldier, charged with blowing the whistle on US war crimes by giving thousands of documents to Wikileaks, including the infamous “Collateral Murder” video.
Imprisoned in May 2010, Bradley was for months kept in solitary confinement plus additional torture. On 23rd February he will have been detained for 1,000 days without trial. The military prosecutor is seeking a life sentence for his having got the truth out to us.
No pride in the slaughter of others!
Bradley Manning is part of the tradition of openly gay men who refuse to kill, torture and rape as part of the armies of the world.
Bradley Manning is of the 99%
We urge all in the anti-war, refuseniks, veterans, whistleblowers, prisoners support, information activism, LGBTQ and women’s movements – in fact everyone in the 99% who supports justice to join in defence of Bradley Manning on 23 Feb.
PEMBROKESHIRE (the county in which Brad spent his teenage school years)
People in WALES are hoping to do something in or around HAVERFORDWEST (Brad’s ‘home town’ when he was a teenager, and where he still has family) more details to follow
SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER! BRADLEY RHYDD a adref i ni!
contact vicky 01239 820971 for more info
FACHONGLE ISAF, CILGWYN, NEWPORT, SA42 0QR at 12 noon
At the iconic location associated with John Seymour, another radical humanitarian,
we will remember Bradley on his 1000th DAY IN PRISON, as he is punished for telling the public shocking and heart rending truths,
and on the mountain and in the oak woods of the Pembrokeshire landscape he knows from that part of his free life he spent in his maternal home of Wales, we will join together in a walk to symbolise the path of resistance – FREE BRADLEY!
Come and join us to PROTEST his imprisonment and PROCLAIM this by registering it as a photo message here in Brad’s maternal home land.
Come and find out more about Brad, what he did, and why we believe he is a PEACE HERO who has had a significant impact on our times.
ST JOHN’S ST, OUTSIDE ST JOHN’S CHURCH, CF10 1GJ
FRIDAY 22nd FEB at 12.30
another FREE FOOD! FREE BRAD! event with ours and Brad’s friends –
FOOD NOT BOMBS
who will mark BRAD’S 1000th DAY TOO LONG by giving away food in kindred spirit
as they did last year
and the next day
ST JOHN’S ST, OUTSIDE ST JOHN’S CHURCH, CF10 1GJ
SAT 23rd FEB 10.30 to 2.30
There will be an INFO POINT/FOCAL POINT for your PROTEST/BANNERS
and *STOP PRESS* !!!!!!!!!!!!!
COR COCHION (see below) will do their stuff for Brad! (SING !)
We we are suggesting that you walk to QUEEN ST and record your photo message by holding up your sign by the NYE BEVAN STATUE, as an appropriate link with another important champion of the people in the Welsh radical tradition!
CARDIFF is also where these wonderful people hail from,
who will *STOP PRESS* now be singing for Brad’s 1000 DAYS at this event, and who
have supported Brad by releasing this recording – proceeds to Bradley’s defence fund
Profits from the sale of this single will go towards the legal defence case of Welsh American ex soldier Bradley Manning, and thereafter to the international peace movement via CND Cymru. Bradley Manning was detained without trial for over two years and is now facing a lengthy legal defence case and potential lifetime imprisonment for his whistle blowing acts on war crimes committed by the American army in Iraq.
Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime!
The single is also registered for Britain’s charts. You can also make a difference by lobbying your AM’s, MP’s and other political representatives to demand a stop to further illegal attacks and to call on those criminals guilty of war crimes to be impeached and brought to justice.
Go to http://www.tarwdu.com/ to buy or buy directly from all good online stores.
Music by Gruff Meredith and Frank Naughton. Video by Leon Russell – contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org for video enquiries.
Stand with BRAD, Cardiff!
BANGOR UNIVERSITY, LECTURE ROOM 5, MAIN ARTS BUILDING
WEDS 20th FEB at 7pm
OPEN DEBATE: WikiLeaks – Do We Have a Right to Know?
‘WIKILEAKS: DO WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW?’ 7pm
where there will be information about BRAD on hand. The discussion will benefit from the insights of two key Welsh whistleblowers; Alison Taylor and Mandy Bostwick, who both feature in this whistleblowing post, a contribution from the perspective of this campaign for BRAD, and there will also be a
WHISTLEBLOWERS SUPPORT GROUP meeting in the afternoon – that’s weds 20th contact email@example.com
will be standing with Brad for FEB23:1000 DAYS TOO LONG! FREE BRAD!
on SAT 23RD FEB in BANGOR HIGH ST,
when they will have an INFO STALL near the CLOCK from 11am to 12 noon
We all need to know more about BRADLEY MANNING! Come and find out!
SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 10 – 11.30am
in QUEEN’S SQUARE
STAND WITH BRADLEY MANNING
ON THE 1000th DAY OF HIS DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL
FOR TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WARS BEING FOUGHT
IN OUR NAMES
Protests being held worldwide.
to stand in solidarity with Bradley Manning who has Welsh roots. We will hand out postcards.
Make a placard if you can.
Come and join us as we stand with BRAD between 1pm and 3pm
We will be sharing information/leafleting about BRADLEY MANNING
in prison without trial 1000 DAYS TOO LONG!
Jailed for standing for PEACE, JUSTICE, TRUTH and FREEDOM
for more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(but see above WALES for LONDON)
Birmingham Stop the War Vigil
SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY
UTC, VICTORIA SQUARE, 2pm – 3.30pm
In Birmingham, on Saturday 23rd February, there will be a vigil in solidarity with Bradley Manning. Those attending are encouraged to bring placards, signs and banners stating ‘I Am Bradley Manning’, ‘Free Bradley Manning’ and other creative support.
There will also be speakers and press will be in attendance. We would also like to use the opportunity to capture photographs on individuals with their banners and signs for the online photo campaign supporting Bradley Manning: http://iam.bradleymanning.org/
VIGIL FOR BRADLEY MANNING
1000 DAYS TOO LONG! FREE BRAD!
CATHEDRAL SQUARE, PETERBOROUGH, CAMBS, PE1 1XH
SAT 23RD FEB 12 noon til 2pm
We will be giving out leaflets, info cards etc to raise awareness of Brad’s situation as he starts the 100 day countdown to his trial, and when he has already been in prison for 1000 DAYS TOO LONG!
CAAB STANDS WITH BRAD ON FEB23: 1000 DAYS TOO LONG! 11am
contact: Lindis on 01423 884076 for more information.
THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF US BASES
will be standing with Brad on FEB23 11am at the gates of
NSA MENWITH HILL, NR HARROGATE, HG3 2RP ENGLAND
NSA Menwith Hill is the largest US intelligence gathering and surveillance base outside America. The base, which is occupied and controlled by the US Visiting Forces and their Agencies, has other significant roles ie US Missile Defense and intelligence-led warfare etc
Meet up to make your voice heard about the unparalleled length of Brad’s pretrial imprisonment, in this most appropriate place which symbolises so much of what Brad sought to expose.
‘From Drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen, to bombing raids in Afghanistan and Iraq before that – Menwith Hill is far from innocent. It lies in such an idyllic location, hiding the horrors that are produced from it’s intelligence gathering. It is called a listening facility, but listening is too benign a word. It is a facility of power and dominance, a facility of secrecy and destruction.’
I want people to SEE THE TRUTH because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public….
INFO STALL AND PROTEST POINT: FAIRFORD MARKET SQUARE phone 01840 230397 for more info
SAT 23RD FEB 9.30am
STAND FOR BRAD IN FAIRFORD (HOME OF USAF FAIRFORD)
And there’s another American air base (though not ‘active’, still ‘ready when needed’) at FAIRFORD in GLOUCS, and people will gather in FAIRFORD MARKET SQUARE between 9.30 and around midday where there will be a stall and people on hand to answer questions about BRAD and explain the state of play in the case.
‘USAF Fairford was the American Air Force base from which the cowardly but murderous B52s thundered (across whose airspace?) to soften the ground for attack. Fairford really is up to its cozy Cotswold neck in these waR crimes.’
CORNWALL and/or DEVON maybe…
Dunno about this, but a little *something* appeared down by the quay, we’re told?
and/or possibly TRURO (01840 230397)
Let us know if you’re interested in pushing forward on any of these, or can add any other stand outs, protests, vigils, info stalls or just photo-locations! 01840 230397
THE ONE HUNDRED DAY COUNTDOWN TO TRIAL – MAKE IT COUNT
From this point – SATURDAY 23RD FEB – we will be counting down the 100 DAYS days to the start of Brad’s actual TRIAL, currently set for MONDAY 3rd JUNE.
Let’s make these 100 days really count for justice and think of more and more creative ways of making our voice heard in support of Brad and in opposition to what they want to do to him for giving us the gen from the horse’s mouth.
TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE INVASION OF IRAQ
This month is the tenth anniversary of the largest demonstrations ever – in cities all round the world, unprecedented nos. of people flooded the streets to say NO TO WAR! In LONDON 1,000,000 marched to show the politicians the wishes of the people. Those wishes were not in doubt.
But the invasion of IRAQ, a manifestly ILLEGAL invasion if ever there was one, WENT AHEAD ANYWAY, and later, in 2007, BRAD went to war along with lots of other young Americans.
BRAD THE FAITHFUL ONE IS THE WHO IS CALLED UNFAITHFUL
And Brad was the ONLY one of them that blew the whistle on the illegal practises of an illegal war; the ONLY one whose conscience stopped him from continuing to maintain the conspiracy of silence (more here in Ben’s Oxford Union speech on all this) – so that he felt the need to reveal to us all the true nature of 21st century asymmetrical warfare, as he put it.
So Bradley is the legit one here – and let’s make sure people realise that – even though, as usual, he’s the one who’s being prosecuted; the whistleblower, not the criminals.
FREE BRADLEY MANNING!