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CODEPINK Chico protests U.S. military action on Syria.

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CODEPINK State of Maine on the Margaret Chase Smith Bridge in Skowhegan Sep 9 to say: No War on #Syria

CODEPINK Maine protests 35 year sentence for Chelsea Manning, whistleblower

Mark Roman, 65, of Solon, stands on the Margaret Chase Smith Bridge in downtown Skowhegan with a picture of Bradley Manning on Wednesday. Roman and four other individuals stood on the bridge with signs to protest the Court Martial of former army enlisted man, Bradley Manning, for leaking documents to Wikileaks. Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans

Mark Roman, 65, of Solon, stands on the Margaret Chase Smith Bridge in downtown Skowhegan with a picture of Bradley Manning on Wednesday. Roman and four other individuals stood on the bridge with signs to protest the Court Martial of former army enlisted man, Bradley Manning, for leaking documents to Wikileaks.

Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans

Waterville Morning Sentinel, August 22, 2013 

Skowhegan demonstrators protest against 35-year sentence for Bradley Manning

By Jesse Scardina jscardina@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

SKOWHEGAN — A group of protesters took to the Margaret Chase Smith Bridge in Skowhegan to show support for Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday for a bevy of charges, including six counts of violating the Espionage Act.

“To me, espionage means stealing or infiltrating plans,” said Lisa Savage, one of the protestors and a member of Code Pink, a woman-initiated grass-roots peace and social justice movement. “Manning only leaked information that would be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. He simply leaked information on what happened.”

The group of a half-dozen or so stood on the Margaret Chase Smith Bridge for about an hour, holding up signs and wearing pro-Manning clothing, soliciting honks from passing vehicles. Roughly a dozen drivers responded to the protesters.

Manning was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks, which helped expose American military and diplomatic activities throughout the world. Manning was found guilty in July of six counts of violating the Espionage Act, but wasn’t guilty of aiding the enemy, the most serious of crimes Manning was charged with.

Savage, donning a pink wig and wearing a shirt with Manning’s face and the phrase “35 years for telling the truth,” said that the point of the protest is to keep this issue at the forefront of peoples’ minds.

“We want to continue to raise awareness about this issue,” Savage said, adding that a group of protesters meet every Sunday at the bridge to protest the ongoing Iraq and Afghanistan wars. “About 1,000 people see us in an hour on Sundays, and I figure rush hour on a Wednesday is similar.”

Protesting alongside Savage was Skowhegan resident Brian Pulling, who said he has initiated conversation with Maine’s elected officials in hopes of meeting with them about the prosecution of Manning and the ongoing issues involving the National Security Agency and Edward Snowden, who leaked massive amounts of NSA documents to the media and has been granted political asylum in Russia.

“I think these are the most important issues in the United States and the most important to our own national security,” Pulling said. “People have a right to privacy. It doesn’t matter if it’s the 1700s or 2013.

Manning’s sentence of 35 years is the longest in American history for espionage-related crimes. He will be eligible for parole in seven years.

Manning, who served in the the Army as a private first class, was dishonorably discharged and reduced in rank to private, the lowest rank in the military.

Among the materials Manning gave to WikiLeaks was a video taken during a helicopter attack in 2007 in Baghdad, where civilians and two Reuters journalists were killed. He obtained the material from a classified computer network to which he had access as a low-level Army intelligence analyst, according to The New York Times.

Jesse Scardina — 861-9239
jscardina@mainetoday.com

http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/Skowhegan-demonstrators-protest-against-35-year-sentence-for-Bradley-Manning.html

President Obama: Pardon Chelsea Manning

On Wednesday, August 21st, the day judge Denise Lind sentenced Bradley (formerly), now Chelsea Manning to 35 years in prison, CODEPINK, Kansas held signs and blew whistles at one of the busiest intersections in Salina, asking Obama to pardon Chelsea. We were pleasantly surprised to hear so many blowing of horns in support - without exaggeration almost 95 % of the people passing by showed support. And we were also very happy to see many more thumbs than the middle 

finger!

We also wrote an article on the sentencing of Manning that can be read here: http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/22/35-years-for-manning-35-cheers-for-us-hypocrisy/

LA Arms are for Hugging Flash Mob

On Saturday August 3, 2013 CODEPINK gathered in the streets of Los Angeles at the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade for an Arms are For Hugging Flash Mob. Led by our 13 year old Intern, Emerson, we danced to the beat of “Where is the Love” by the Black Eyed Peas and held signs in support of peace and love, demanding an end to gun violence. Our creative campaign was hugely popular on the streets as people of all ages cheered and joined in! Check out our video on YouTube!  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rx7kw2RgNQ&feature=share&list=UUSTEGsYwuvPpwjtIufg7gzA

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Los Angeles Bradley Manning Solidarity Rally, July 27, 2013

On Saturday, July 27, 2013 CODEPINK LA joined the Bradley Manning Support Network, Out Against War, LA LGBT Greens and many other organizations and rallies across the globe showing solidarity for heroic whistleblower Bradley Manning! 

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U.S. Hands Off #Syria! Stop the Bloodshed — Ceasefire Now!

Do people in the U.S. want to send weapons to Syria? The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff just told Congress he estimates it would cost $1 billion PER MONTH to intervene in Syria. Members of CODEPINK Maine and Occupy Portland came together in July at a demonstration seen by thousands of commuters calling for the U.S. to press for a ceasefire to end human suffering in Syria. CP Portland local coordinator Pat Taub was interviewed on Maine Public Radio about why sending weapons to arm the opposition in Syria will only cause more suffering for people there.