Under the slogan, "Nobel Laureates SHOULDN'T IMPRISON Nobel Nominees," anti-war & LGBT activists will highlight the Obama administration's prosecution of alleged wikileaker Private Bradley Manning with a picket at the start of the April 23-25 Nobel Laureates' Summit in Chicago. The protest will begin at 12 noon outside the UIC Forum at 725 W. Roosevelt Road. Manning is a 2 time Nobel Peace Prize nominee who activists say is far more deserving of peace & human rights accolades than Nobel laureate President Obama. Manning who is also gay is facing possible life in prison. Manning is accused of providing to Wikileaks the U.S. State Department cables which exposed the Bush & Obama administrations' questionable dealings with a host of dictators & human rights abusers around the world & evidence of U.S. war crimes in Iraq & Afghanistan. "The Obama & Emanuel administrations organized the Nobel summit to give a pro-peace, pro-human rights gloss to NATO, using the Nobel laureates as window-dressing to rehabilitate the largest military alliance in world history," said anti-NATO organizer Andy Thayer. "Nothing could be further from the ideals espoused by Arthur Nobel when he set up the Prize & it's a travesty that President Obama would use the Peace Prize to promote his pro-war policies." Last week Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire, who won the prize for her work on Ireland & was scheduled to attend the Summit of Nobel Laureates meeting, canceled her appearance citing a statement by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the State Department is an “active partner” in the event. The protest is co-sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network and Occupy Chicago.
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