I wanted to know if it would be possible to add a Chelsea Manning’s quote on the home page, she has spent almost a decade in prison now, she is a trans-woman which helps to give LGBTQ+ community a sense of belonging with privacy advocates, she is heavily related to 2013 disclosures and she has probably suffered the most in comparison to Assange and/or Snowden who were free until very recently (Snowden still is, although I’m sure he’ll be imprisoned in a couple of years).
I think this is a good quote, if you feel different please let me know and I’ll try to search for a new one, you can also contribute if the administrators think this is a good idea!
If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have a country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.
I’ll let this new article of The Intercept by Natasha Lennard: “Chelsea Manning Spent Most of the Last Decade in Prison. The U.N. Says Her Latest Stint Is Tantamount to Torture.”
It does not take a U.N. expert to recognize the current conditions of Manning’s incarceration as a form of torture. It is the very definition of torture to submit a person to physical and mental suffering in an effort to force an action from them. Since May, Manning has been held in a Virginia jail for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Manning has not been charged with or convicted of a crime. And her imprisonment on the grounds of “civil contempt” is explicitly coercive: If she agrees to testify, she can walk free. If she continues to remain silent, she can be held for the 18-month duration of the grand jury or, as the U.N. official noted, “indefinitely with the subsequent establishment of successive grand juries.”
Each day she is caged, Manning is also fined $1,000. If she is released at the end of the current grand jury, she will owe the state nearly $500,000 — an unprecedented punishment for grand jury resistance. And Manning has made clear, she would “rather starve to death” than comply with the repressive grand jury system, a judicial black box historically deployed against social justice movements.
You can help her with a donation through https://www.couragefound.org/chelsea-manning