The following resolution passed at this past weekend's National Peace Conference.
RESOLUTION to National Peace Conference July 2010
We SUPPORT BRADLEY MANNING & WikiLeaks for Leaking the Story of US War Crimes in Iraq
Bradley Manning, a member of the U.S. Army, is held in a US military prison in Kuwait . The military has charged him with two violations for releasing classified information (the Wikileaks "Collateral Murder" video) which showed the U.S. Army killing 12 Iraqi civilians in July 2007;
Manning faces 54 years in prison and is being held in isolation from the outside world, and it is not clear if he has contact with his civilian attorneys working to defend him. If the allegations are true, we believe that Bradley Manning is a hero for bringing to light the realities of the crimes being committed in the U.S. occupation. We call for his immediate release and for his attorneys to be allowed to talk to him.
The soldiers and officers, not to mention the commanders responsible for the July 2007 killing of civilians face no investigation, much less punishment of any kind.
We agree to take the following actions:
1) Demand that the Department of Defense drop all charges against Bradley Manning, conveying that demand through the use of petitions and visible public protest.
2) Hold a national day of action where “Collateral Murder” is shown in public locations, such as parks, churches, community centers and announce to the press that these showings will be taking place. (copies of DVD are available at this conference for immediate distribution)
3) Build opposition to the US occupations by immediately circulating and promoting the upcoming Wiki-leaked footage of a US/NATO massacre of civilians in Afghanistan in May 2009.
We agree that all organizations at this National Assembly support this resolution, will make it public and circulate to our members.
Mike Ferner, National President, Veterans for Peace
David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org, founder of AfterDowningStreet.org
Elaine Brower, World Can’t Wait
Debra Sweet, National Director, World Can’t Wait