Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is in the news again. You’ll remember that six years ago Private Manning courageously exposed some of the worst abuses of the Iraq war and US diplomacy, bringing down the wrath of the U.S. government upon her.
She has been mercilessly harassed by the Army for years, starting with being held in extreme solitary confinement while she awaited trial on charges of espionage.
Now, she is being threatened with indefinite solitary confinement for trying to take her own life on July 5th.
We’re joining with a coalition of groups fighting for Chelsea. Please add your name to the petition to the Secretary of the Army: Punishing Chelsea Manning for attempting to take her own life after systemic mistreatment is inhumane. Drop these new charges, and immediately give Chelsea access to adequate health care.
For more details, read Chip Gibbons passionate plea to us to never forget that Chelsea Manning is a prisoner of conscience.If you are eager to take action in the real world, we can help you! Members of Congress are home for the August recess, and it’s important that they hear from you. We’ve got resources, and we’ll even help you schedule the meeting and find others in your district to join you. Find out more here.
Stay loud, stay strong
Sue Udry, Executive Director, BORDC/DDF
Now keep reading for the latest articles from the Dissent NewsWire …
Protesters took to the streets in Cleveland and Philadelphia. How did law enforcement respond?
So, How’d That “Freedom of Assembly” Go at the National Political Conventions?
If the national political conventions are a touchstone of our democracy, why are First Amendment rights outside the conventions so precarious?
Continued FBI Harassment During RNC and Aggressive Police Tactics by Law Enforcement During Demonstrations
Eight special agents with the FBI and Elyria, Ohio Police Department raided a home without consent or presenting a warrant on Wednesday morning, July 20.
Did Philly Police Just Admit They Are Spying On Protesters?
Before the DNC even began, a police spokesperson told a reporter that the police were “already monitoring some of the groups who have received demonstration permits.” Read more.
Battling Convention: Inside the police’s playbook for repressing protests at national conventions.
In 1968, outside the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Chicago, police violently cleared the streets of antiwar protesters, smashing heads and clubbing with abandon. Inside, even some Democratic Party officials blanched at the level of brutality. Abraham Ribicoff, a senator from Connecticut, denounced the police’s “Gestapo tactics” from the podium of the convention hall, earning the ire of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley and the applause of many delegates.
What Role Will Body Cameras Play in Policing RNC Protests in Cleveland?
Many police officers will not be wearing body cameras at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July.
BORDC/DDF supports grassroots activism to protect and advance Constitutional rights. Join the movement! Please reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are some organizing highlights from around the country:
Countering Islamophobia Workshop
Last year, activists in North Carolina piloted an innovative training program to counter Islamophobia. On July 21, BORDC/DDF brought the training to Chicago
Activists in D.C. Gather to Discuss Social Movements and the Surveillance State
As part of our ongoing Activism is Not Terrorism campaign, BORDC/DDF hosted a panel of activists last week to discuss how social movements should fight against the ever-expanding government-sanctioned surveillance state.
Mass Arrests, Mistreatment of Protesters in Baltimore
On Saturday, Baltimore Police arrested 65 peaceful protesters including legal observers, bystanders, and 10 children.
Seattle Utility Company Under Fire for Secret FBI Surveillance Camera Network
City Light, Seattle’s utility company is feeling the heat. Not only are they involved in a bizarre legal battle over its proposed smart meter network (that may expose user’s personal information to unauthorized third-parties) but the FBI uses its utility poles to conduct secret surveillance on city residents.
Reminder: You Have the Right to Remain Silent
Movements for police accountability must remain strong in the face of increasing criticism and government repression. It’s important to know your rights, most importantly, your right NOT to talk to the police.
BORDC/DDF is your voice in the Nation’s Capitol. We advocate and agitate in Congress and with the Executive branch. Here are just a few of the issues we raised last month:
Never Forget, Chelsea Manning is a Prisoner of Conscience
Never Forget, Chelsea Manning is a Prisoner of ConscienceChelsea Manning is back in the news again: now the US military is attempting to punish her–by forcing her to spend potentially decades in solitary confinement–for attempting to take her own life.
BORDC/DDF Raises Concerns to UN Special Rapporteur About Law Enforcement Infiltration of Political and Religious Groups
“In the United States, law enforcement at all levels of government, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, routinely infiltrate nonviolent political and religious groups. Given that released law enforcement documents show that law enforcement believes these groups to have peaceful intent, it is clear law enforcement is using political or religious expression as a proxy for suspicion of criminal activity.
July 11, 2016 is No #BrowserSpying Day of Action (but you can still take action today)
The FBI wants to be able to get your browser history without a warrant. And that’s not all. They also want to be able to use National Security Letters to find out who you are communicating with over email, chats or text messages.
August Recess: Turn Up the Heat on Congress
Our campaign to Investigate the FBI is gaining steam– but we need your help to make Congress feel the heat this summer. Use this toolkit to lobby your Rep.
Chelsea Manning faces new charges, indefinite solitary confinement, related to suicide attempt
Chelsea Manning faces new charges, indefinite solitary confinement, related to suicide attemptU.S government has systematically abused imprisoned whistleblower, continues to deny access to gender related health care
The Library of Congress needs a professional librarian, not a ‘scholar-in-chief’
In their rush to make choosing the next librarian a partisan issue, some partisan critics have failed to give proper consideration to the library’s unique challenges – or the skills needed to modernize and make accessible the tremendous wealth of knowledge in its collection.
In Less Than 48 Hours, Police Killed Two African-American Men
While these killings were perpetrated by different police departments in different states, they are far from unconnected. Both killings are part of a larger pattern of state-sponsored violence that is symptomatic of the white supremacy that is endemic in our society.
UN Special Rapporteur: US Falls Short on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association
“In short, people have good reason to be angry and frustrated at the moment. And it is at times like these when robust promotion of assembly and association rights are needed most.”
What The Republican and Democratic Party Platforms Say About Civil Liberties
Republicans came out in favor of stricter regulations for aerial surveillance devices, except when those devices are being used by the government to monitor undocumented immigrants from crossing the border. The platform also came out in opposition to the government requiring surveillance devices in the daily lives of Americans, and cited tracking devices on motor vehicles as an example.”
A Victory for the Fourth Amendment
Did Triggerfish just get fileted? A federal judge delivered a crucial rebuke to law enforcement’s use of stingrays when he tossed evidence discovered by DEA officers who used the problematic technology to locate a suspect and search his home without a warrant.
How Supreme Court Opened The Door For Racist Profiling
On the day of his death at the hands of a police officer, Phillando Castille was experiencing what had become a common occurrence in his life – being pulled over by the police.
FBI Targets Black Lives Matter Activists… Again
The FBI is fanning the flames of fear and distrust toward the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lofgren and Poe Launch Bi-Partisan 4th Amendment Congressional Caucus
Congress has a lot of caucuses. There is one for bikes, for aluminum, for algae. But until now, there has not been one dedicated to protecting the Fourth Amendment.
On Robots That Kill
The legacy of drone-based extrajudicial executions abroad should give pause about how killer robots might be used at home.