We are not safe and secure when the government uses us as pawns to perpetrate violence against others. Our safety and security will come when we organize, love and resist together.
We should remember that we are alive. We are real flesh and blood.
Check out @‘s timeline, she’s tweeting all the amazing writing Chelsea Manning has done from prison in the last year.
tweets and rts via @lisarein
I still don’t know what happened to Chelsea but I think it’s safe to say no matter what no one is “okay” when spending 35 yrs in prison.
Chelsea Manning: Bathroom Police. You May Not Understand Trans People-We Too Deserve Privacy, Fairness, and Liberty bit.ly/29q5Sid
much to read here..
Chelsea Elizabeth Manning (born Bradley Edward Manning, December 17, 1987) is a United States Army soldier who was convicted in July 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, after disclosing to WikiLeaks nearly three-quarters of a million classified or unclassified but sensitive military and diplomatic documents. Manning was sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years’ imprisonment, with the possibility of parole in the eighth year, and to be dishonorably discharged from the Army. Manning is a trans woman who, in a statement the day after sentencing, said she had felt female since childhood, wanted to be known as Chelsea, and desired to begin hormone replacement therapy. From early life and through much of her Army life, Manning was known as Bradley; she was diagnosed with gender identity disorder while in the Army.
Assigned in 2009 to an Army unit in Iraq as an intelligence analyst, Manning had access to classified databases. In early 2010, she leaked classified information to WikiLeaks and confided this to Adrian Lamo, an online acquaintance. Lamo informed Army Counterintelligence, and Manning was arrested in May that same year. The material included videos of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike, and the 2009 Granai airstrike in Afghanistan; 251,287 U.S. diplomatic cables; and 482,832 Army reports that came to be known as the Iraq War Logs and Afghan War Diary. Much of the material was published by WikiLeaks or its media partners between April and November 2010.
Manning was ultimately charged with 22 offenses, including aiding the enemy, which was the most serious charge and could have resulted in a death sentence. She was held at the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico in Virginia, from July 2010 to April 2011 under Prevention of Injury status—which entailed de facto solitary confinement and other restrictions that caused domestic and international concern—before being transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she could interact with other detainees. She pleaded guilty in February 2013 to 10 of the charges. The trial on the remaining charges began on June 3, 2013, and on July 30 she was convicted of 17 of the original charges and amended versions of four others, but was acquitted of aiding the enemy. She is serving a 35-year sentence at the maximum-security U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.
Reaction to Manning’s disclosures, arrest, and sentence was mixed. Denver Nicks, one of her biographers, writes that the leaked material, particularly the diplomatic cables, was widely seen as a catalyst for the Arab Spring that began in December 2010, and that Manning was viewed as both a 21st-century Tiananmen Square Tank Man and an embittered traitor. Reporters Without Borders condemned the length of the sentence, saying that it demonstrated how vulnerable whistleblowers are.
solitary et al
whisteblowing et al
“Indefinite solitary confinement.” Truly awful.
Chelsea Manning facing discipline with charges related to suicide attempt. This is common carceral practice. aclu.org/news/chelsea-m…
from may 2016 via Chelsea on solitary
Unfortunately, conditions similar to the ones I experienced in 2010-11 are hardly unusual for the estimated 80,000 to 100,000 inmates held in these conditions across the US every day.
The evidence is overwhelming that it should be deemed as such: solitary confinement in the US is arbitrary, abused and unnecessary in many situations. It is cruel, degrading and inhumane, and is effectively a “no touch” torture. We should end the practice quickly and completely.
The realest, most beautiful essay.
One of the many things that Chelsea has lost through her incarceration is her ability to publicly shape the narrative of who she is.
I felt physically ill walking away from Chelsea. I wanted to stop time. To soak in her realness and to find a pathway to a world where she wasn’t locked up — where no one was locked up. But that isn’t our world and I drove away.
The thing that always sits with me after visiting someone in confinement (prison, jail, detention, civil commitment) is that we are all responsible for this barbaric system. Our complicity, tax payments and votes, build this horror.
Our cages are our cages. We sit among them even as they are so strategically made invisible to most of us.
voluntary compliance ness
The real Chelsea is a human being just like the rest of us. She breaths life into our movements and is a gift to our advocacy and organizing.
We can’t lose her.
Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) tweeted at 7:25 PM – 9 Sep 2016 :
.@chasestrangio, who represents @xychelsea: “I am deeply saddened & very concerned for Chelsea’s well-being”https://t.co/BnsTRD84qi (http://twitter.com/kgosztola/status/774418366811500544?s=17)
via upworthy sept 14 on fb
On Tuesday night, Chelsea Manning ended her hunger strike after receiving assurances she’ll receive medically necessary care.
Chelsea Manning sentenced to 14 days of solitary confinement in retaliation for suicide attempt boingboing.net/2016/09/23/che…
we are so insane
jan 17 2017
Chelsea Manning is a brave hero who never should have been tortured, caged and punished. President Obama did the right thing!
President Obama commutes Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence ti.me/2iM2tPp
Under the order, Manning’s sentence will expire on May 17, 2017
after she was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison. … In 2016, a petition garnered 100,000 signatures calling for President Obama to release her early.
Manning’s was one of 209 commutations granted by President Obama on Tuesday. He also pardoned 64 individuals.
President Obama commutes bulk of Chelsea Manning’s sentence, along with sentences of 273 others dailykos.com/story/2017/01/…
VICTORY: Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence from 35 years to 7. Release date now May 17. Background: wikileaks.org/Assange-Statem…
Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) tweeted at 4:14 AM – 18 Jan 2017 :
About to go on @NPR talking Manning commutation. Reminder: even US military admits her leak harmed nobody https://t.co/uOPQcQaEnF https://t.co/OX0L3v6GMl (http://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/821677050541068288?s=17)
Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) tweeted at 7:42 AM – 25 Jan 2017 :
Takeaway from the @BarackObama legacy: What we need is a strong #unapologeticprogressive to lead us. https://t.co/HCag432bq1 (http://twitter.com/xychelsea/status/824266090486185984?s=17)
The one simple lesson to draw from President Obama’s legacy: do not start off with a compromise. They won’t meet you in the middle. Instead, what we need is an unapologetic progressive leader.
do you we need a leader..? maybe that’s the compromise that’s killing us
Lauri Love (@laurilove) tweeted at 2:53 AM – 17 May 2017 :
Today Chelsea Manning will be a free woman. This calls for celebration, and jubilation, and further determination to correct injustices :) https://t.co/xahbvNZGfY (http://twitter.com/laurilove/status/864765927790981120?s=17)
Gabriella Coleman (@BiellaColeman) tweeted at 6:45 AM – 17 May 2017 :
Welcome home! So excited people will get to finally hear @xychelsea. You’ll see, she quite quirky, funny, and charming. And finally free. (http://twitter.com/BiellaColeman/status/864824208668360704?s=17)
@beadmomsw (susan swartz)
Aaron’s dead, Snowden’s in exile in Russia, but, today, at least Manning is free.
we cannot wait for change – on democracy now
44 min – nothing justifies doing this to any human being
50 min – this time we are in is what i feared.. the justice system, immigration.. all these things are overlapping and suffocating people..
51 min – we don’t need to fix these systems.. we need to stop them.. people are suffering.. we can’t wait anymore..t
This isn’t about experience in government. The fact that the establishment has become this thing where you have to have so many years, and it’s this process, and—you know, like I’m standing on the merit of my own positions and my own—you know, I already have a record. I already have experience. I’ve seen. I’ve been homeless. I’ve been to war. I’ve been to prison. I’ve seen the way—the other side of government. And I’ve been a part of government before, you know, from being in the military.
And I’m standing on the merit of my own positions, being that we should stop these systems, that we should roll them back. We need to start defunding, dismantling and, you know, pushing back against this gigantic, whirling death machine that we call the government and we call the state. And it’s at all levels—you know, local, state, federal and, beyond that, the supernational agencies.
these so-called debates are a distraction to the underlying message, which is that it’s OK to hate people, when it’s not.
anybody who is not the establishment is a threat.. this is the language of power
should be free.. healthcare for all .. but unconditionally.. you should feel safe to get healthcare.. no forms to fill out
we need to deal w the systemic problems.. not the symptoms..
the systems of accountability are not working
ice didn’t exist 18 years ago.. it should go away.. we don’t need more policing institutions
i’m not running for a career – i’m running as what i have been.. an activist.. to push against these systemic problems.. i have life experience.. i’ve been homeless.. i’ve been to prison, i’ve been to war
we need to start closing prisons down.. abolish ice.. borders are imaginary lines.. we invented the border.. people should be able to move freely about the world..
there are no safe channels to go thru
re:publica 2018 in germany
it was this moment/time (iraq) that i became aware of how connected we are..and i couldn’t ignore that anymore.. and that we don’t fit w/in these discrete categories..t.. ever since then that’s how i’ve viewed the world..
we need to make sure that when you see something you can do something about it.. t
any environ where three are restrictions on info flow.. the systems we use are tainted.. inherently biased in such a way that we can’t depend on them.. institutions do fail.. (in america – how it’s always been ness).. so we can’t ask institutions to simply fix themselves.. we have to actually make them change.. we have to change it ourselves
(on chelsea being a role model and not being comfortable with that..) i’ve been wanting a role model all my life.. and i’m still looking for that.. the rest of the world doesn’t need to look to me.. but to look at the people around us… living life everyday.. i found some of my role models.. and they’re my friends.. the people i spend my time with.. don’t look at a famous person.. look closer.. to yourself as well.. t.. maybe we can all be our own role model..