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Demonstrators ask, "What about the War Crimes?" at Free Bradley Manning Protest
by Alex Darocy (alex [at]
Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
A "Free Bradley Manning" protest was held in front of the county court house in Santa Cruz on February 23 to coincide with Manning's arraignment in military court in Maryland on charges stemming from the accusation that he provided thousands of classified defense department documents to Wikileaks.
Approximately two dozen community members participated in the demonstration, which was located at the court house general assembly location of Occupy Santa Cruz on Water Street, and some people watched the demonstrators from the steps of the building as they waited for that evening's GA.

In a statement released before the demonstration, community members stated, "Bradley Manning's case should serve as a wake up call for everyone in the USA and, indeed, the world. As a Whistle blower/ Conscientious Objector - Manning allegedly gave information to Wikileaks about War Crimes committed by the USA in the names of the 99%. We must stand up for what is right! Manning has been tortured, denied due process, persecuted, and even deemed "guilty" before a trial by President Obama."

Alex Darocy
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
§Free Brad
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
§End War Crimes
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
§How Many More?
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
§What About the War Crimes?/Stop Collateral Murder
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
§Raging Grannies
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM
by Alex Darocy Friday Feb 24th, 2012 11:31 AM

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by Denica De Foy
Saturday Feb 25th, 2012 8:55 AM
Great job capturing the energy / spirit of the peeps there! Indybay & Alex ROCK!
by Solidarity with Trans Folks
Thursday Mar 1st, 2012 11:50 AM
Rumors have been floating around since early in the two year imprisonment of WikiLeaks whistle blower Private Manning that she is in fact a transgender woman. Yet her supporters continued to ignore the mounting evidence, using male pronouns and a name that, quotes attributed to Manning suggested, she did not identify with.

Over the course of Manning’s trial, it’s become fairly clear that yes, Manning is a woman named Breanna.

Emily Manuel has a much needed post up at Global Comment asking why Manning’s supporters are still not respecting her gender identity:

Nevertheless, the media and the vast majority of Manning’s supporters continue to refer to her as male (for instance, this Glenn Greenwald segment on Democracy Now still using male pronouns, and still conflating gay and transgender, or Michael Moore’s steady stream of supportive tweets and blog posts). But at what point will progressive media, those who are at least pay lip service to the idea of being LGBT allies, decide to respect the most likely scenario of Manning’s preferred gender ID? What does it mean that the burden of proof is this high to “prove” that a person is transgender? Why do we assume that “hero” and “transgender” are mutually exclusive, and are unwilling or unable to imagine rallying around a transgender woman rather than a bright-faced young man? If “Bradley” Manning deserves a medal, as Greenwald so eloquently argued last week, would Breanna? And lastly: what does it mean that acknowledging Manning’s identity would have in all likelihood exposed her to even more violence?

Private Manning has endured horrendous treatment in prison waiting for trial. But listen again to what she had to say, in chats whose validity would seem to have been proved over the weekend: “I wouldn’t mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much, if it wasn’t for the possibility of having pictures of me… plastered all over the world press… as boy.”

This kind of “ungendering,” as trans theorist Julia Serano has argued in her landmark book Whipping Girl, is itself harmful, an act of violence by a world that has little inclination for respecting the self-identification of transgender people and exposes them to violence in every sphere of society.

I can begin to imagine the great pain of having a name, pronoun, and image of your gender presentation that you do not identify with spread around so publicly by your supposed supporters. The way Manning’s identity is being used in the trial is certainly disturbing, arguing that gender identity disorder made her mentally unstable and led to leaking classified information. But this is about fighting to free Manning within a criminal legal system that runs on oppression of marginalized groups. It’s sad, but I’m fine with any tactic Manning’s lawyers need to take (Edited to add: Kate points out in the comments, the lawyers’ approach could end up hurting other trans service members).

The conversation we have on the outside is another matter. The mainstream media’s coverage as the evidence became unavoidable over the weekend showed their continued failure to even try reporting on trans folks honestly or accurately – which is, you know, their job. Manning has repeatedly been referred to as a gay man suffering from gender identity disorder who has an alter ego named Breanna. Clearly, we still have a long way to go in getting the mainstream media to respect trans folks’ humanity.

If you consider yourself a supporter of Manning’s, why would you join this hurtful chorus? Why is it acceptable to continue referring to her in a way that we now know is inaccurate and hurtful to her? Are you really so afraid of how her trans identity might impact public perception that you refuse to respect her gender identity?

Look the British Tribes to which Manning is completly tied from day one, featured a Matriarchy which was fought for against male hunting society rulling everyone forever.

When the matriarchy was implewomented by natures 50-50 electing it was done by an 80% vote, 30% of the men agreed that woman was most creative and responsibe to life, and the 50% of women were political enough to ally, and the vote was threrfore 80% in favour of a matriarchy, which ruled through out the British Tribes for thousands of years.

Your article misses the point that Bradley Manning is making that the Matriarchy must be restored to end aggressive war as any nations foreign policy. You only look on as Sextus (Roman Slaveholder and infamour for destroying the natual matriarchy) generation ideas, whereas you need to go to the 'natural science' of specie needing 50-50 electing, that doubles democracy in Britain and the Western world. In fact the Empires ended the matriarchy to pursue pollution and aggressive war.

Bradley Manning is opposed to both, and is in favour of electing woman equally. That literally means the Western World needs to encourage the women to take over the government with 50-50 electing away from male domination, and end aggressive war and pollution of the ecological organic web-of-life. That is how to free Bradley Manning, and his beliefs on that path to liberation. To quibble about Gender Discrimination rather than implementing Gender Parity seems to the world as a failing way of dealing with democracy. After all the Trade Unions of the world are organizing for Gender parity.

Workers of the world unite!! End gender discrimination, free Bradley Manning the person. He is a union man who belives in Gender Parity. You yet have a world to win.
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