August 22nd will mark the 1 year anniversary of Chelsea Manning's coming out! Join local activists in an action to raise awareness in San Diego about her campaign for freedom and transgender issues both carceral and otherwise.
Friday, August 22nd
5:00PM - 7:00PM
5th Ave & University Ave ~ Hillcrest ~ San Diego
This action organized by
The San Diego Coalition to Free Manning
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/901396016542057/
*Action to include speakers, street theatre, leafleting, chanting, solidarity photos, & cake to celebrate the courage of Chelsea Manning.
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MC ~ Sean Bohac of San Diego Coalition to Free Manning & LGBTQ rights organization SAME Alliance
Gloria Cruz of ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties on lawsuit over Manning's proper medical treatment
Jamie Messer of the LGBTQ rights organization Canvass for a Cause will speak on Chelsea Manning's role in following the rich community "Spirit of Stonewall" tradition of speaking truth to power.
Nile & NemoBeats will perform their song "Drones"
Patricia Gracian will read Amnesty International's statement demanding clemency for Chelsea and her immediate release.
Nick Bernabe from The Anti-Media will speak on the current war on journalists and their sources including whistleblowers like Chelsea and others.
Gabriel Conaway will read a statement by Joseph Crews of San Diego Veterans for Peace's recent statement: "Chelsea's Manning Anniversary"
Martha Sullivan of Women Occupy San Diego will speak.
Rick Greenblatt from the San Diego Coalition for Peace & Justice will speak.
~ Endorsing Organizations ~
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8/19/14
Come Out for Chelsea, Locals Gather to Celebrate the Courage of Chelsea Manning
"Four years after Chelsea was first imprisoned for her heroic acts, we gather to celebrate her courage, courage to join the army in a time of war, courage to tell the truth when she witnessed war crimes, and courage to reach personal honesty and publicly transition to her life as a woman." said Sean Bohac one of the organizers of Come Out for Chelsea. "August 22 2014 is the one-year anniversary of Chelsea coming out as trans-gender, we are gathering to celebrate that anniversary and to build awareness of her wrongful detention." Organizers plan street theater, public speakers, solidarity chanting and free cake on the corner of 5th and University Aves from 5-7pm on Friday August 22nd.