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Free Bradley Manning Protest in Menlo Park
by R. Robertson
Thursday Sep 6th, 2012 11:43 PM
In coordination with 25 cities nationwide, members of Peninsula Direct Action and supporters took their message to Democratic campaign headquarters in Menlo Park, California today. After protesting outside the office for over one hour, they convinced Mike Aydelott, Campaign Manager for the Democratic Volunteer Center, to take their prepared letter demanding that the Obama free Bradley Manning and send it to the President.

Since Army PFC Bradley Manning’s arrest in May 2010 for allegedly sharing the “Collateral Murder” video and other evidence of war crimes and government corruption with the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, progressives and human rights activists have been asking, “Why isn’t President Obama stepping in to help Bradley?”

In coordination with 25 cities nationwide, members of Peninsula Direct Action and supporters took their message to Democratic campaign headquarters in Menlo Park, California today. After protesting outside the office for over one hour, they convinced Mike Aydelott, Campaign Manager for the Democratic Volunteer Center, to take a prepared letter demanding that the President free Bradley Manning and send it to the President.

From outside the campaign headquarters, where Democrats were gathering to watch tv coverage of the Democratic National Convention, demonstrators addressed "our brothers and sisters" in the building via megaphone. "Why weren't you with us against the war?" they asked. One angry Democrat came out of the building and shook his finger at demonstrators. "Why don't you say something about Mitt Romney instead?" he asked.



§Angry Democrat
by R. Robertson Thursday Sep 6th, 2012 11:43 PM

One angry Dem came out of the campaign headquarters and scolded protesters. "Why don't you say something about Romney instead", he asked.
§Stop
by R. Robertson Thursday Sep 6th, 2012 11:43 PM

§Demonstrator Joseph Rosas
by R. Robertson Thursday Sep 6th, 2012 11:43 PM

Being interviewed by the Press
§Watch here!
by R. Robertson Thursday Sep 6th, 2012 11:43 PM

Signs encouraging Dems to come party were surrounded by Free Bradley Manning placards
§We Love Obama
by R. Robertson Thursday Sep 6th, 2012 11:43 PM

At least one demonstrator said she will vote for Obama...BUT she does not think Obama has done right by Bradley Manning
§The letter
by R. Robertson Thursday Sep 6th, 2012 11:43 PM

Mike Aydelott at right, agreed to send the demonstrators prepared letter demanding that Obama free Manning. James Lee in center handed him the letter in front of cameras.
§Which side are you on?
by R. Robertson Thursday Sep 6th, 2012 11:43 PM

§Flyering
by R. Robertson Thursday Sep 6th, 2012 11:43 PM

Making sure all the Democrats hanging out in front of the building got the Free Bradley Manning flyers
§Quakers
by R. Robertson Thursday Sep 6th, 2012 11:43 PM

Also participating in the demo were individual members of the Green Party and the Raging Grannies.