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Chelsea Manning Prison Release

By Charlotte Robinson, May 17, 2017
As Chelsea Manning is released from prison today after 7 years of incarceration a group of prominent musicians have launched an online benefit compilation to show their support & raise funds to help cover Chelsea’s basic living expenses as she transitions back into the free world. It features a wide range of artists including Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Against Me!, Tom Morello (Prophets of Rage, Rage Against the Machine), Talib Kweli, Downtown Boys, Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), Priests, Anti-Flag, Kimya Dawson, Ted Leo (who contributed an unreleased track), Mirah (contributing an unreleased track), B. Dolan, Sammus (featuring Jean Grae), Tommie Sunshine, The Kominas, Screaming Females (who contributed a never before released track), Chris Farren (Fake Problems), Kevin Devine & Bonfire Madigan (featuring Laura MacFarlane of Sleater-Kinney). Graham Nash stated, “Chelsea Manning is one of my heroes. Anyone that has the courage to disturb the ‘status quo’, to ‘rock the boat’ as she did is very brave & what she did was show some truth to the American people about what the government was doing in our name. God Bless her.” Chase Strangio, Chelsea’s attorney at the ACLU concluded, "It is truly inspiring to see so much support for Chelsea as she begins her life outside of the relentless abuses of our carceral systems. Over the past seven years Chelsea has been systematically denied the health care that she needs, been subjected to cruel & dehumanizing treatments aimed to undermine the very core of who she is & has survived unthinkable stretches in solitary confinement. All of the support that she receives will go directly to her & will ensure that she has the financial & emotional resources she needs to survive & recover after these years inside."
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Andy Thayer, Gay Liberation Network said...

To welcome Transgender whistle-blower and anti-war activist Chelsea Manning back into freedom today, Chicago LGBTQs will host a house party to help raise funds to support her following her release from prison Fort Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary today.

The house party, sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network, will take place at 6 pm to 10 pm tonight at the home of GLN co-founder, Andy Thayer and his husband Aldo P. Hernandez, 4745 N. Beacon Street, Apt 3S, Chicago. Thayer recently published a widely-circulated article on Chelsea Manning and the LGBTQ movement entitled, “The LGBTQ Movement is an Intersectional Fail.”

Chelsea Manning is the longest-ever imprisoned whistleblower in the U.S., and frequently suffered conditions internationally recognized as torture. Besides long bouts of solitary confinement, she was stripped naked for long periods and as a transgender woman, forced to conform to male dress code and grooming standards.

Among her achievements, she:

* Exposed felonious conduct, including murder, by U.S. occupying soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, under both the George Bush and Barack Obama administrations;

* Exposed the U.S. dealings with dictators and oligarchs in the Middle East, information that helped spark the “Arab Spring” against a series of despots all over the region;

* Exposed the role of then-Sect of State Hillary Clinton in assisting the 2009 military coup in Honduras, the first 21st Century coup in Latin America. After the coup, the regime and its oligarch allies murdered numerous LGBTQ, campesino, indigenous and trade union activists, journalists and attorneys, and the nation attained highest murder rate in the world.

“Chelsea Manning is the LGBTQ movement’s greatest-ever anti-war activist and whistleblower about government crimes, and yet she was shunned by virtually every large LGBTQ non-profit,” said Thayer. “The reason is simple: her revelations deeply embarrassed not only the Republicans, but especially the Obama administration, and since the Gay Inc. organizations have a revolving door between themselves and the Democratic Party, they were loath to support anyone who their party.”

The result is that Ms. Manning will be leaving prison with virtually no institutional supports. To help her in her new freedom, the house party will give all funds raised to Ms. Manning. The suggested donation is $20-$50, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Besides Chicago, other cities hosting Chelsea Manning welcome home events include: Auckland, New Zealand; Beer Sheva, Israel (near where Palestinians prisoners are on hunger strike); Berkeley, California; Berlin, Germany; Boston, Massachusetts; Dublin, Ireland; London, UK; Manchester, UK; Mannheim, Germany; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; and Seattle, Washington.

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