The Chelsea Manning Support Network has just emailed us this latest update:
Chelsea's board started at 9:30 am CST today. It is expected to take up
most of the day. (The board will give its decision at the end.)
As soon as we get a call from Chelsea, we will let you know the news. (It
will most likely be in the mid-late afternoon Central Standard Time.)
In a blog post that Fight for the Future released yesterday,
Chase Strangio, Chelsea's ACLU attorney, explained that there is some
concern about whether she will even be able to call us after the hearing.
(This is because the board could decide to punish her with indefinite
solitary confinement, which could start immediately.)
Here are some references from the past week, in case your readers are just
catching up now:
1. Fight for the Future published a blog post yesterday (Wed, Sept 21, 2016), with links to the
Formal Charge Sheet ,
some Accompanying Documents, and
Policy Letter 16 (the
official Army document with the regulations Chelsea is being charged with
2. Vice published an in-depth piece
about Chelsea's situation.
3. Feministing published an in-depth piece
4. Chelsea wrote a Guardian op-ed on Tuesday.
It detailed how painful the process of preparing for the board has been
this past week, by causing her to relive the experience over and over
again, as she writes up, and types up, the answers to all the required
questions. (She has been spending 1-3 hours a night in the library,
preparing, for over a week.
5. Please follow Chelsea on Twitter and
her support network on Twitter, and
also follow the support network's Facebook page. You can also DM the support
network on Twitter.
6. Please sign the petition at FreeChelsea.com and write Chelsea directly
Thanks to Boing Boing for posting these updates all week.
- Chelsea Manning Support Network
(Image courtesy of the Chelsea Manning Support Network)
President Obama commuted whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s remaining prison sentence. She will go free on May 17 of this year as opposed to 2045, the duration of her full sentence. From the New York Times: The commutation also relieved the Department of Defense of the difficult responsibility of her incarceration as she pushes for treatment for […]
Evan from Fight for the Future writes, “Chelsea Manning saw injustice and stood up for what’s right. Now, she’s serving a 35 year sentence in an all-male military prison, and has faced systematic abuse. But now there’s hope! President Obama has reportedly put her on a “short list” of candidates for a possible commutation. we […]
Evan from Fight for the Future writes, “Whoah. This is huge news. NBC is reporting that Chelsea Manning is on President Obama’s “short-list” for commutation. It even appears that the DOJ has recommended that she be released. Chelsea has suffered immensely at the hands of the U.S. government, all for doing what she thought was […]
Whether I’m trying to relieve some stress at work or entertain myself on the metro, Space Putty is there. You can bring this magical goo home and try it for yourself for just $9.99Like Silly Putty of yesteryear, this viscoelastic substance can be molded into different shapes and stretched around in your hands. Use it […]
You know as well as I that writing complex, long-long form text requires significant organization. You’re probably also well aware that Word just isn’t up to the task. That’s why I’m a huge fan of Scrivener, the software suite used by best-selling authors and technical writers alike.Scrivener is much more than another digital typewriter. With a […]
Looking to upgrade your weekend? Here are three randomly awesome products on my mind this week.#3 FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth EarbudsAs more and more phones and gadgets switch to Bluetooth-only compatibility, you’ll need to get Bluetooth headphones like the rest of us. I’ve been super impressed with these affordable magnetic headphones. Pull the magnetic earbuds apart to auto-connect […]