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Protest for Bradley ManningMarch 22, 2011
Bay Area CODEPINK
San Francisco, CA
From 8-9 on a very chilly Tuesday morning, several CODEPINKers stripped and stood with signs on their bodies outside Senator Feinstein's office to dramatize the mistreatment of Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, suspected WikiLeaks whistle-blower.
"When it comes to WikiLeaks exposure of the truth about war, and the current mistreatment of Pvt. Manning, we are appalled at the silence and complacency coming from top governmental leadership, from President Obama to our Congressional leaders, Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer, and Congresswoman Pelosi," said CODEPINK organizer Toby Blome.
The activists held up signs that read, "Manning: Stripped of his Rights" "Wikileaks Exposed the Naked Truth About War" "War Crimes are Obscene - Whistleblowers are Honorable" and "Feinstein: Exposing War Crimes is Not a Crime".
Bradley Manning has been held in solitary confinement for over 10 months, with no trial date set, and under very harsh conditions. He is forced to strip naked before he goes to sleep at night; he is not allowed to nap during the day; and the only meaningful exercise is the one hour a day he is allowed out of his cell to walk in figure eights with chains on.
Over the last two weeks, after meeting with Sen. Feinstein's staff and leaving numerous voicemail messages requesting a response from the Senator, CODEPINK activists finally received Sen. Feinstein's official reply, through her aide, Mr. Molinari on Monday, March 21, who said, "She doesn't want to get involved," and "We're not going to get involved."
"When our government fails to ensure our constitutional rights, it is a direct assault on our democracy," said Chelsea Byers, a 21-year-old college student and CODEPINK activist living in San Francisco.
Bradley Manning's mother, who perhaps would have been the one most likely to come forward on Manning's behalf, has significant speech limitations due to multiple strokes. "Today we stand with Bradley and today we stand with Bradley's mother," said mother and CODEPINK activist Leslie Angeline.
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