Thursday, August 13, 2015

Signature needed: Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement‏

This sounds like a joke, but it's not. Here are the facts:

Chelsea Manning, the Guardian columnist and whistleblower responsible for one of WikiLeaks most important releases, has been in jail for five years facing an unjust 35 year sentence for exposing some of the U.S. governments worst abuses.

Now, Chelsea is being threatened with indefinite solitary confinement, and the "charges" against her demonstrate that her basic human rights are being violated. Chelsea requested that her hearing be made open to the public, but officials refused.

Chelsea's alleged "crimes" include: sweeping some food onto the floor and then asking to speak to her lawyer when a guard confronted her, having books and magazines in her cell about politics and LGBTQ issues including the Vanity Fair issue with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover, and "improper medicine use" for having a tube of toothpaste that was past its expiration date.

It couldn't be more blatant: Chelsea is being singled out and punished for speaking out.

Chelsea is a human being. She did something brave and now the government is punishing her for it. It's not just Chelsea's basic rights that are at stake, it's all of ours. Please sign the petition, and then share it on social media. This couldn't be more urgent; the hearing is just days away. If it's not open to the public and the press, there will be no way to ensure that Chelsea isn't unfairly subjected to one of the worst forms of psychological torture.

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