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Over Hundred Supporters Rally to 'Free Bradley Manning' inside USMC Quantico, VA
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist
Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
120 supporters rallied to "Free Bradley Manning!" in Quantico, VA, a small town within a US Marine Corps base. Pfc. Manning was transfer after two months in solitary confinement in Kuwait to Quantico only seven days ago. Organized by CodePink and Courage to Resist in only five days, the rally was covered by CNN, ABC, international and local media. Despite being declared off limits to all service members stationed at Quantico, a number of Marines stopped by to talk about the issues.
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Private First Class Bradley Manning, a 22-year-old intelligence analyst stationed in Iraq, stands accused of disclosing classified video depicting American troops in Iraq shooting civilians from an Apache helicopter in 2007. Eleven people were killed, including two Reuters employees, and two children were critically injured. No charges have been filed against the soldiers who did the killing. News sources have also speculated about Manning's involvement in the leak of over 90,000 secret documents (collectively known as the Afghanistan "war logs") made public by WikiLeaks on July 25.

“Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime,” says former Marine Corporal Jeff Paterson of Courage to Resist, a group working with the Bradley Manning Support Network to raise funds for Pfc. Manning's defense.

Other speakers included: Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink; Phyllis Bennis, writer and peace activist; Josh Stieber, Iraq veteran of the ground unit that appears in the leaked "Collateral Murder" video; Matt Southworth, Iraq Veterans Against the War; Ray McGovern, retired CIA officer and officer, founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity; Ellen Barfield, Veterans for Peace; Andrew Castro, ANSWER Coalition; Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus

Organizations that mobilized groups of individuals included: CodePink, ANSWER Coalition, Truth 911, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Peace, World Can't Wait, Food Not Bombs, and regional Washington DC activists.
§Bradley Manning supporters take to the street
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
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§"Free Bradley Manning"
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
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§Qunantico Municipal Park
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
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§Josh Stieber, Iraq veteran of the ground unit that appears in the leaked video
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
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§Courage to Resist banner
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
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§Veterans for Peace
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
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§Rally for Bradley Manning
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
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§Ray McGovern, CIA officer turned peace activist
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
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§Phyllis Bennis, writer and peace activist
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
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§Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
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§"Free Bradley Manning!"
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
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§March on Quantico
by Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Sunday Aug 8th, 2010 6:53 PM
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ThanksOneBeanWednesday Aug 11th, 2010 11:12 PM
Unjust war, illegal violence.TMTuesday Aug 10th, 2010 9:45 PM
Bravo to all supporters of Prt. Bradley ManningDLiTuesday Aug 10th, 2010 3:37 AM

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