The Sangamo Valley Green Party will be hosting a gathering of activists today at 6:00 pm in the Old State Capitol Plaza in Springfield, Illinois to observe the release of Chelsea Manning, following President Obama's commutation of her 35 year sentence. Manning, who leaked evidence of US war crimes to WikiLeaks while serving in the army, was held for months in solitary confinement, a violation of international law. Springfield residents, including Greens, came out in 2012 to raise money for Manning's defense at a local Music for Manning fundraiser and the occasion of her release provides an opportunity for local activists to gather and celebrate Manning's freedom and the inspiration she represents to transparency advocates.
Welcome Home Chelsea Manning!
Join the Green Party of Philadelphia and other local groups on this International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, as we celebrate Chelsea Manning's release from military prison after seven years! Meet at JFK Blvd and Broad Street in Philadelphia on May 17th at 4:30 pm.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party leaders and activists expressed appreciation for President Obama's pardons for Oscar Lopez Rivera and Chelsea Manning and urged him to use his final days in office to pardon other political prisoners and whistle-blowers.
Greens called for presidential pardons for political prisoners Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu Jamal, as well as whistle-blowers Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Jeffrey Sterling, and all others who were punished or face punishment for revealing military, government, and intelligence crimes, public deception, and corruption.