The Private Manning Support Network is a grassroots effort involving thousands of people and organizations around the world advocating for the freedom of WikiLeaks whistle-blower PVT Chelsea Manning, by raising money for her legal fees, promoting public education, and organizing creative actions to gain media attention and influence our officials. While there are many volunteers whose efforts are crucial to making the Private Manning Support Network successful, below are the core staff whose daily work advocating for PVT Manning keep the nuts and bolts of the Network turning:
Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Project Director – In August 1990, Marine artilleryman Corporal Jeff Paterson became the first of many US military personnel to refuse to fight in Iraq. Today, Jeff is the project director of Courage to Resist, an Oakland-based organization dedicated to supporting GI war resisters and conscientious objectors. Courage to Resist hosts the Bradley Manning Defense Fund in collaboration with the Private Manning Support Network. Jeff is also a steering committee member of the Private Manning Support Network.
Emma Cape, Campaign Organizer - Emma has been Lead Campaign Organizer for the Bradley Manning Support Network since February of 2011. She has helped to organize actions and events to demonstrate support for PVT Manning with people in many communities. She coordinated actions in 70 communities worldwide on February 23, 2013, in protest of Bradley’s 1000th day jailed before trial. Emma began her career in activism by organizing fellow high school students against the invasion of Iraq in 2003. After studying Anthropology and social movements at Bowdoin College, she has worked on a number of grassroots political campaigns fighting for human rights and environmental protections.
Owen Wiltshire, Internet Services Manager – Owen is a passionate information activist. Before joining the Private Manning Support Network, he worked as a web developer and later completed a masters degree in Anthropology at Concordia University where his research focused on the political economy of academic publishing. His ongoing research into the areas of anthropology and hacktivism, along with his work at the Private Manning Support Network, have since brought the issues of imperialism, security, and foreign policy to the fore. He writes, scripts, and codes, while frequently struggling to reduce long essays into perfectly formed 140 character sentences.
Farah Muhsin Al Mousawi, Campaign Support – Farah was born and raised in Iraq. She has been living in the United States since 2008. Farah joined the Iraqi Student Project in 2007 and is a member of the Civilian Soldier Alliance. This year she is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Junior award presented by the Human Rights Commission in Marin County. Farah recently graduated with a degree in Political Science from Dominican University and currently is an administrative assistant to Citizens Reach Out and works as a website developer for the Arab American Cultural Center in Silicon Valley translating interviews of Iraqi refugees.
Nathan Fuller, Media Liaison and Court Reporter- Nathan is a New Jersey based writer, editor, and activist. He studied Documentary Film and Journalism at the College of New Jersey, where he edited a political news magazine. He was active in anti-war, LGBT, and social justice efforts for several years before becoming an avid supporter of PVT Manning, as well as WikiLeaks. He believes the material PVT Manning is credited with releasing warrants all the support we can provide. Nathan creates and edits campaign materials, and assists with national special events.
Additional campaign support staff members are responsible for accounting and “Stand with Brad” petition processing.
To learn more about how you can become part of our Network, please check out suggested actions or contact us about volunteering in our Oakland, CA office.
Bradley Manning was nominated for a obel Peace Prize today. I will support that nomination in any way I can. Many people see him as the “Rosa Parks” of this decade. Here is the Print and the Nomination site with more details:
We have the great honor of nominating Private First Class Bradley Manning for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Manning is a soldier in the United States army who stands accused of releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The leaked documents pointed to a long history of corruption, war crimes, and imperialism by the United States government in international dealings. These revelations have fueled democratic uprising around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia. According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on our foreign policies, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S.troops from the occupation in Iraq.
The documents made public by WikiLeaks should never have been kept from public scrutiny. The revelations – including video documentation of an incident in which American soldiers gunned down Reuters journalists in Iraq – have helped to fuel a worldwide discussion about America’s overseas engagements, civilian casualties of war, imperialistic manipulations, and rules of engagement. Citizens worldwide owe a great debt to the WikiLeaks whistleblower for shedding light on these issues, and so I urge the Committee to award this prestigious prize to accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.
I’d considered writing an article about Bradley Manning and his prosecution
for the Millersville University ( Penna ) paper The Snapper. Can I get
a telephone contact number ?
Hi Thomas, please use our contact form and someone will get back to you: http://bradleymanning.org/ourwork/contact-us
Have a couple of photos of a Bradley Manning march taken in SF that you’re free to use if you’d like…
It is an International disgrace that Bradley Manning is being held in such circumstances. The man is a hero and should be released.
I am editing a new journal called QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking and will be devoting an issue to Bradley Manning. I’d like to include someone from BMSN, perhaps Nathan Fuller. I’d be grateful to be in touch by email so I can send a longer description of the specs on the journal and special issue.
where is the Scotland group?
Bob Broedel on May 31, 2013 at 12:58 pm said:
Over the last few years I have written hundreds of letters to Brad. Never received a reply. Don’t know any other Brad supporters who have received a reply. So I stopped writing to Brad. Now days I write almost daily to President Obama, asking him to Free Bradley Manning. It is not clear to me why the support group keeps publishing Brad’s address … as he does not respond. President Obama does not respond either, but I think they at least place a check mark on a list of some sort