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We are holding the vigil all day on Saturday, any time of day, on the sidewalks between 4th and 14th streets on Metropolitan Avenue in Leavenworth, Kansas.



We have a park permit from the city for the use of Bob Dougherty Park, second street at Dakota. We have a sound amplification permit from the city. We have informed the city police department of our plans at the park and along Metropolitan avenue. We have arranged for sound equipment, the use of which is being donated by a local activist. We have arranged for port-o-lets. Another activist is paying for them. We have arranged for a pavilion tent for the medical team, and we're bringing in water, gloves, and first aid gear. We have several dozen copies of the constitution/bill of rights for activists to have and share with local police if desired. We were sent several dozen whistles by Code Pink and none of them are pink. We have several dozen posters, several hundred orange stickers, several dozen fliers, and one banner from BradleyManning.org. We are working on a final speaker schedule.



We are personally suggesting that persons wishing to participate in the vigil consider taking up spots along Metropolitan Avenue between 4th street and 14th street, either north or south of the road (which is also a state and US highway) on the sidewalks any time on Saturday 4 June. You do not need a permit to be on the sidewalk. The city police said you don't need a permit to be on the grassy verge between the sidewalk and the street. They say that if you cross onto the property north of the northern sidewalk, you are trespassing on the fort, and subject to arrest. If you don't wish to participate in the rally, but wish to show your support in person, the vigil can go all day, and as long as you wish.



It is a short walk from Bob Daugherty park at 2nd and Dakota to 4th and Metropolitan. If you get tired of the speakers, that's where I'd head.



There is a ride share web site at eventbrite.com for this event. Search on "free bradley manning" for best results.



Thank you for your support for our event. May freedom ring.
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Re: ***FREE BRADLEY MANNING RALLY, THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH, 2011***
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2011, 20:11:30 PM »
 Awesome!  You rock!  :D
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Re: ***FREE BRADLEY MANNING RALLY, THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH, 2011***
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2011, 22:59:11 PM »
We are holding the vigil all day on Saturday, any time of day, on the sidewalks between 4th and 14th streets on Metropolitan Avenue in Leavenworth, Kansas.



We have a park permit from the city for the use of Bob Dougherty Park, second street at Dakota. We have a sound amplification permit from the city. We have informed the city police department of our plans at the park and along Metropolitan avenue. We have arranged for sound equipment, the use of which is being donated by a local activist. We have arranged for port-o-lets. Another activist is paying for them. We have arranged for a pavilion tent for the medical team, and we're bringing in water, gloves, and first aid gear. We have several dozen copies of the constitution/bill of rights for activists to have and share with local police if desired. We were sent several dozen whistles by Code Pink and none of them are pink. We have several dozen posters, several hundred orange stickers, several dozen fliers, and one banner from BradleyManning.org. We are working on a final speaker schedule.



We are personally suggesting that persons wishing to participate in the vigil consider taking up spots along Metropolitan Avenue between 4th street and 14th street, either north or south of the road (which is also a state and US highway) on the sidewalks any time on Saturday 4 June. You do not need a permit to be on the sidewalk. The city police said you don't need a permit to be on the grassy verge between the sidewalk and the street. They say that if you cross onto the property north of the northern sidewalk, you are trespassing on the fort, and subject to arrest. If you don't wish to participate in the rally, but wish to show your support in person, the vigil can go all day, and as long as you wish.



It is a short walk from Bob Daugherty park at 2nd and Dakota to 4th and Metropolitan. If you get tired of the speakers, that's where I'd head.



There is a ride share web site at eventbrite.com for this event. Search on "free bradley manning" for best results.



Thank you for your support for our event. May freedom ring.

 How did your event go?  Any video?  Did the media show up?
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Re: ***FREE BRADLEY MANNING RALLY, THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH, 2011***
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2011, 03:45:26 AM »
Two local cable tv media showed and some Japanese TV station...aside from that, lots of independent journalists and bloggers...around 400 demonstrators total.
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Re: ***FREE BRADLEY MANNING RALLY, THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH, 2011***
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2011, 03:53:22 AM »
Nice pics btw Iris, thanks for sharing. I got to hold the sign for awhile up front. Everyone was good spirited and supportive of the situation...some of the locals were angry, but that was fine.
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Re: ***FREE BRADLEY MANNING RALLY, THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH, 2011***
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2011, 05:49:29 AM »
  Thank you Iris and Jonathan   You both go on my  hero list!
   I wish the major stations picked this up -
   Jonathan you  are a natural for video.......truth.  You are at ease and  engage the viewer -
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Re: ***FREE BRADLEY MANNING RALLY, THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH, 2011***
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2011, 09:16:41 AM »
Supporters protest Manning’s detention
By Tim Linn, Leavenworth Times, Posted Jun 06, 2011 @ 06:17 PM

Leavenworth, Kan. —

A crowd of supporters were in Leavenworth Saturday to protest the holding of a prisoner on Fort Leavenworth suspected of leaking thousands of documents to the website Wikileaks.

The Rally for Bradley Manning drew people from across the state and from areas like Chicago and Oakland, Calif. — close to 200 people in all, according to one of the event’s local organizers, Jim Davidson of Lawrence, Kan.

The event started at Leavenworth’s Bob Dougherty Park, where Davidson said about 15 speakers from different organizations supporting Manning’s release, from Iraq Veterans Against the War to gay rights organizations, addressed the crowd before a march to the intersection of Seventh Street and Metropolitan Avenue, in front of Fort Leavenworth’s Grant Gate.

There for about an hour, the protesters chanted and held signs and large banners, soliciting a variety of reactions from passers by.

Though the odd protester has been seen at Metropolitan and Seventh before, Saturday’s event was the first large demonstration in Leavenworth for Pfc. Bradley Manning, an Army private who is suspected to be the inside source who leaked thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, an online organization that publishes such documents.

Manning was taken into custody in May 2010 and detained at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. He was moved to the United States Disciplinary Barracks on post in April following allegations of mistreatment at the former location, including being forced to sleep in his underwear without blankets.

But without having yet been officially charged with any crime, Davidson said those who attended the rally still felt Manning’s human and constitutional rights continued to be violated.

“They have to follow a process,” he said. “That’s our main concern, is that the due process of law is an important aspect of this and if people are going to be accused of crimes, one of the first things in the due process is to charge them and our understanding is that Bradley actually has not been charged.”

Brad Spangler, who said his media website Center for a Stateless Society had just published a special report on Manning's case, said he felt Manning is being made into an example.

“It’s an obvious political persecution of a whistleblower,” he said.

On the other side of Metropolitan Avenue was a smaller group of protesters who took an opposite view of Manning’s detention. Shana Moriarty, a military spouse who was holding a sign that said “traitors kill soldiers,” said she decided to come out with some friends to support the other side of the argument over Manning’s treatment.

“We’re supporting our husbands, and our lifestyle,” she said.

Melissa Smith, who was also a military spouse, said she thought those who were protesting did not understand the possible ramifications of Manning’s actions on those currently serving.

“I think it’s a waste of their breath. He’s not getting out — he’s a traitor,” she said, later adding, “that man endangered thousands and thousands and thousands of troops.”

Davidson said he understands that a hearing is scheduled soon for Manning, though he said he did not know the exact date. He said the plans are to continue to raise funds for Manning’s legal fees and other support efforts.

Spangler said plans had also already been discussed to come back to Leavenworth for another rally in the fall.

“We’re planning to be doing this for the long haul,” he said.
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http://www.leavenworthtimes.com/features/x606700679/Supporters-protest-Manning-s-detention
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Re: ***FREE BRADLEY MANNING RALLY, THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH, 2011***
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2011, 17:10:45 PM »
Thanks uncensored, and thanks for posting the local news Fanyajuu. I especially liked the anti-Manning quote:

“We’re supporting our husbands, and our lifestyle,”

Exactly.
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