Thursday, October 25, 2012

Veterans rally in support of Bradley Manning

Iraq Veterans Against the War to demonstrate at Fort Meade Nov. 1st

Bradley Manning Support Network

Government to argue speedy trial doesn’t apply to Bradley, veterans rally in support

As Army Private First Class Bradley Manning nears 900 days in jail without trial, his lawyer moves to dismiss all charges for lack of a speedy trial. Beginning Tuesday, October 30, the government’s witnesses will try to explain away the prosecution’s extensive delays. Meanwhile, over 14,000 supporters of Bradley Manning have now donated to his defense fund—over the last three weeks alone raising $50,000 during a matching grant challenge by the Brightwater Fund. On Thursday, November 1, members of Iraq Veterans Against the War will lead a rally and speak-out for Bradley at Fort Meade, Maryland.
Bradley’s lawyer, David Coombs, will argue his most recent motion to dismiss charges with prejudice for lack of a speedy trial, which denounces and seeks accountability for the government’s inaction, unjustifiable delays, and sheer disregard for PFC Manning’s constitutional rights (1). RCM 707 affords 120 days from arrest to arraignment, but Bradley was arraigned nearly two years after his arrest in May 2010. UCMJ Article 10 compels the prosecution to act diligently and expediently, yet the government was inactive or needlessly slow for months prior to Bradley’s first pretrial hearing.

Last chance to buy tickets for the Graham Nash fundraising event for Bradley Manning

Limited number of half-price tickets available for Support Network participants--use "brad50" discount code (that's a zero at the end).
Limited number of half price tickets available.
Use discount code: "brad50"
Friday, October 26. Santa Monica. The Bradley Manning Support Network is proud to present an evening in support of Bradley Manning featuring an intimate performance by legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash in Santa Monica, California. Graham Nash will be accompanied by additional members of "Crosby, Stills & Nash" James Raymond and Shane Fontayne. Campaign organizer Emma Cape will give a brief update as well.
Event hosted by, and a benefit for, the Bradley Manning Support Network, with the support of Courage to Resist, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, Veterans for Peace-LA Chapter, Iraq Veterans Against the War - Los Angeles, and KPFK Radio 90.7FM Los Angeles.

For more information about the defense fund click here.

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