Former Green Party congressional candidate escorted out of Obama speech for Bradley Manning protest

From the Green Party’s Facebook page, August 23, 2013: 

A recent Green Party Congressional candidate, Ursula Rozum and activist, Amelia Ramsey-Lefevre, spoke out in support of Private Chelsea Manning during President Obama’s speech at Henninger High School in Syracuse, NY, last night. The two activists released a joint statement saying:

“With all due respect to the President and his supporters, we interrupted the President’s speech at Henninger High School because President Obama has the power to pardon US Army whistleblower Private Manning – a young, conscience driven whistleblower who exposed US war crimes. It is unjust that Manning has been sentence to 35 years in prison, while those who are guilty of torture and murdering civilians walk free.”

“All Americans who value the truth and government accountability should be supporting Private Manning and calling on the President to pardon her.”

“The Obama administration has prosecuted twice as many whistleblowers under the Espionage Act as every other administration combined since the law was passed in 1917. Why does the President want to hide the criminal actions of the US government?”

“Instead of prosecuting whistleblowers, we need to go after the real criminals: those who started the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan; those who authorized the torture of prisoners in Guantanamo; and those responsible for the illegal drone wars against the people of Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.”

“The US public needs to know what the government is doing in our name so that we can have an informed debate about public policy. All people of conscience need to support Manning and insist that President Obama use his authority to pardon this courageous whistleblower.”

News story: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08/fmr_syracuse_green_party_congressional_candidate_escorted_out_of_obama_speech_fo.html#incart_maj-story

4 thoughts on “Former Green Party congressional candidate escorted out of Obama speech for Bradley Manning protest

  1. Jill Pyeatt

    I wish I had the nerve to do something like this! I’d follow Dick Cheney everywhere, and never let him forget that we know what a monster he is. If Cheney stays home, I’d find out where Dubya’s gonna be.

  2. John K.

    Lots of peeps on the Syracuse.com comments section are whining about it not being the right time and place to vent her anger at BO, but even the Prez himself said that Ursula was very polite for a heckler. What’s the big deal?

  3. Dave Terry

    Ursula Rozum and Amelia Ramsey-Lefevre wrote; “With all due respect to the President and his supporters, we interrupted the President’s speech at Henninger High School because President Obama has the power to pardon US Army whistleblower Private Manning”

    With all due respect to Ms Rosen & Ramsey-Lefevre; you are spitting in the wind. This President deserves neither respect or cordiality for his unconscionable behavior.

    Like his predecessor before him, he understands
    only force and power.

    > “All Americans who value the truth and government accountability should be supporting Private Manning and calling on the President to pardon her.” <

    It is well PAST the time for 'pleading' or asking
    for justice. It is time for 'demanding' that the President obey the Constitution, he swore to uphold and defend.

    It is time for impeachment and to raise the barricades. WE are not the 'enemy'; power-mad
    government IS!

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