Anohni urges Obama to free Manning before Trump takes power: 'She poses no threat'

Singer Anohni released a striking song and video asking for Chelsea Manning to be released:

"If you leave Chelsea Manning in prison for whistle blowing
You send the final message to our nation
that the Obama administration brutally punished moral courage
in these unforgiving United States."



OBAMA, Please let Chelsea Manning out of prison.
Recognize her tremendous sacrifice, and her vulnerability.
With Trump incoming, if you leave Chelsea in prison,
she will never see the light of day, or worse.


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  1. ANOHNI is one of the most consistently mesmerizing and talented artists I have ever heard. The work they have been doing the past few years is by far the most prescient and topical folk music in recent memory. I just don't know anyone else who is approaching our current struggles with the same open-eyed bravery as Pete Seeger once did. Just talking about subjects isn't enough. This kind of music must have an opinion and make it clear what that opinion is. There's simply been too much fence-sitting in this decade and I absolutely adore what ANOHNI has been doing.

  2. I hadn't thought of Anhoni as the kindred spirit of Pete Seeger but now I can't stop seeing her that way. So true! I haven't heard music with its heart so proudly on its sleeve and with so much outward meaning and intent in years. I envy those who've yet to hear her work, because that first listen of The Crying Light is an incredible experience.

  3. I can see Trump re-arresting Manning, just to send a message, like how Reagan tore down the solar panels Carter had installed on the White House roof.

  4. Also not the friendliest place in the world for LGBT people right now.

  5. Why would Obama do that? Has he done one single solitary thing to indicate he doesn't act like all the bastards in power towards whistle-blowers? The fact of the matter is that America is waving goodbye to a moderate republican president and in this election picked between a somewhat less moderate neocon and whatever the hell Trump is. No one in power is going to do the right thing.

    Oh, people keep putting their serious faces on and talking about laws and precedents but I don't hear them calling for people who authorized torture or invaded countries on false pretenses or spied on everyone to be put into a small room and never, ever let out. If George W. Bush gets to be a free man, then Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning should get congressional medals.

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