Green Party Supports Bradley Manning for Grand Marshal of San Francisco Pride

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Contact: 
Erika McDonald, San Francisco Green Party Media Coordinator
415-337-1499, Erika@dolorespark.org

Contact:
Starlene Rankin, Lavender Green Caucus Co-chair,
916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

San Francisco — Green Party members, already outraged by the continuing prosecution of whistle-blower PFC Bradley Manning, are joining a growing chorus of individuals and organizations supporting Manning as a Grand Marshal for San Francisco Pride 2013. The Parade takes place on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

In what has become a growing controversy, Manning was reportedly already named Grand Marshal. San Francisco Pride Board President Lisa Williams quickly moved to deny this in a statement in which she cited unproven allegations that Manning’s participation in exposing war crimes, corporate malfeasance, and other outrages justified the Obama Administration’s charges against him. The statement and reaction sent shock waves across the LGBTIQ community. Furthermore, as columnist Glenn Greenwald, who is gay, has noted, the SF Pride Board has accepted sponsorship from corporations like Bank of America and Wells Fargo whose criminally reckless actions triggered the 2008 economic crisis and cost millions of Americans their homes, jobs, and savings. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/27/bradley-manning-sf-gay-pride).

“Bradley Manning is a patriot who bravely took great personal risk to bring military abuses to light,” saidStarlene Rankin, Co-Chair of the Green Party’s Lavender Caucus.

Rankin noted that the Green Party platform has long supported full equality for members of the LGBTIQ community. http://www.cagreens.org/platform/sexual-orientation

Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential candidate in 2012, vowed to immediately pardon Bradley Manning if elected, a move that caught the attention of the Bradley Manning Support Network.http://www.bradleymanning.org/news/green-party-candidate-jill-stein-i-would-immediately-pardon-bradley-manning

Additionally, Dr. Stein, was pictured holding a sign saying “I am Bradley Manning,” after a debate held a year ago in San Francisco. Jill Stein: http://iam.bradleymanning.org/post/23959777038

The Green Party has strongly criticized the Obama Administration for prosecuting whistleblowers who have exposed government, military, and corporate crimes, while refusing to prosecute Wall Street companies for fraud and drug-money laundering and Bush-Cheney officials who authorized torture and other war crimes.

An emergency rally has been announced for Tuesday, May 7 at the SF Pride Board Meeting. Supporters are being asked to show up at 30 Pearl Street in San Francisco at 6:30 PM.

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Lavender Greens: http://www.lavendergreens.us
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6 thoughts on “Green Party Supports Bradley Manning for Grand Marshal of San Francisco Pride

  1. Dave Terry

    Those of you who have already responded to this appeal, please disregard.

    Whistle blower Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he should receive it.

    Let’s help make that happen.

    No individual has done more to push back against what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism” than Bradley Manning. And right now, remaining in prison and facing relentless prosecution by the U.S. government, no one is more in need of the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Alfred Nobel’s will left funding for a prize to be awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”

    The intent of the prize was to fund this work. As a result of enormous legal expenses, Bradley Manning is in need of that funding.

    Click here to help him get it.

    The people of the United States and the rest of the world have learned more about the intentions of the U.S. government from Bradley Manning than from anyone else.

    “Thanks to Manning’s alleged disclosures, we have a sense of what transpired in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have an image of how Washington operates in the world,” author Chase Madar wrote in his book about Manning’s whistle blowing.

    Just a few of the results: “Thanks to those revelations we now know just how our government leaned on the Vatican to quell opposition to the Iraq War. We now know how Washington pressured the German government to block the prosecution of CIA agents who kidnapped an innocent man, Khaled El-Masri, while he was on vacation. We know how our State Department lobbied hard to prevent a minimum wage increase in Haiti, the hemisphere’s poorest nation.”

    Manning revealed a secret U.S. war in Yemen, U.S. records of massive civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, video of a U.S. helicopter attack on civilians and their rescuers in Baghdad, and facts about the corruption of numerous governments including those of the United States, Tunisia, and Egypt. In those last two nations Manning’s revelations contributed to nonviolent pro-democracy movements.

    While Manning sits in prison under dire conditions, we can let the Nobel committee know that we support his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Among the revelations made by Manning through WikiLeaks is the extent of time and energy the U.S. State Department puts into marketing U.S. weapons to the world’s governments. We all have a better understanding of the work that is needed for peace as a result of this exposure of “diplomacy” as consisting so greatly of weapons selling.

    The Guardian newspaper and BBC Arabic detailed last week how the United States armed and trained Iraqi police commando units that ran torture centers and death squads. Maggie O’Kane, executive producer of the documentary, said: “I hope this film will be a legacy that actually says, ‘If you want to go to war, this is what war means. It means 14-year-old boysbeing hung up and tortured. It means men being turned on spits. And that’s called counter-insurgency. . . .’ This would not be coming to light if it hadn’t been for Bradley Manning.”

    Let’s help someone who’s earned it to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

    sign petition @ http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7612

  2. Jill Pyeatt

    I agree with Chris, Paulie and Dave that it would be great to see the LP second this. I would have been even prouder if we had firsted this (is that a word? Well, I’m sure you know what I mean).

  3. Steve M

    LIKE +1…..especially with the news breaking about the IRS political intrigues followed by the US Department of Justice spying on the Associated Press news…

  4. langa

    It would have been nice if Gary Johnson had also pledged to pardon Manning.

    Of course, based on his gubernatorial record, it seems that Johnson isn’t too fond of issuing pardons.

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