Listing updated to reflect Chelsea Manning’s decision to publicly announce being trans-gendered

chelseaAs of August 22, 2013, all references to PFC Manning will be changed to acknowledge that PFC Manning now uses the name Chelsea Manning. The gender identity of Chelsea has been, for some time now, a heated issue within many circles, as there was much evidence to support that Chelsea is indeed transgender and identified as a woman and used she/her pronouns to describe herself. However, there was much contention from support teams that she wanted to still be referred to as Bradley and publicly gendered as a man with he/his pronouns, to avoid this issue dominating the legal case that she faced.

However, on August 22, Chelsea publicly announced her true identity, and her wishes for people to start to accept her transgender reality, rather than continue to try to cover it up. It is our understanding, however, that as far as the military is concerned, for mailing purposes, mail should still be addressed to “PFC Bradley Manning” although any salutations in letters or cards should be directed as “Chelsea”. As more news develops on this and the situation gains clarity, we will update any and all descriptions of Chelsea on our website, as we can.

In solidarity with Chelsea and all her struggles,
DABC

Update from Mexico City: All comrades released

We received word from our comrades at the Mexico City Anarchist Black Cross, that all of the arrested comrades have been released. More info as it comes.

Manning sentenced to 35 years; eligible for parole after 8 years

From the New York Times:

A military judge on Wednesday sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks, a gigantic leak that lifted the veil on military and diplomatic activities around the world.

Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

Pfc. Bradley Manning was escorted into a courthouse for sentencing on Wednesday in Fort Meade, Md.

The sentence is the longest ever handed down in a case involving a leak of United States government information to be reported to the public. Private Manning will apparently be eligible for parole in slightly more than eight years.

In a two-minute hearing on Wednesday morning, the judge, Army Col. Denise R. Lind, also said that Private Manning would be reduced in rank from private first class to E1, a lower rank of private and the lowest rank in the military. She said he would forfeit all pay and would be dishonorably discharged. She did not impose a fine.

Before the sentencing, Private Manning sat leaning forward with his hands folded, occasionally whispering to his lawyer, David Coombs. His sister and his aunt sat quietly behind him. When Colonel Lind read the sentence, Private Manning stood, showing no expression. He did not make a statement. Mr. Coombs is expected to speak on his behalf to reporters later today.

The materials that Private Manning gave to WikiLeaks included a video taken during an American helicopter attack in Baghdad in 2007 in which civilians were killed, including two journalists.

Immediately after the judge banged the gavel and left, military guards flanked Private Manning and hustled him out the front of the courtroom, as some half dozen supporters in the back of the courtroom stood and shouted words of encouragement at him.

“We’ll keep fighting for you, Bradley,” one shouted. Another said “You are a hero.” After Private Manning left the room, another supporter yelled, “We love you.”

The documents that Private Manning gave to WikiLeaks also exposed the abuse of detainees by Iraqi officers under the watch of American forces and showed that civilian deaths during the Iraq war were most likely significantly higher than official estimates.

“It’s outrageous,” one supporter who had been in the courtroom, Laura Watkins, 63, of Alexandria, Va., said of the sentence. “What I’ve seen is a travesty of justice.”

The judge’s decision to impose a 35-year sentence roughly split the difference between what the prosecution had requested — 60 years — and the 20 years that Private Manning had exposed himself to when he pleaded guilty to a lesser version of the charges he was facing before the trial began. Under the military system, convicts are eligible for parole after serving a third of their sentences, and Private Manning is receiving 1,294 days credit — a little more than three years — for time already in custody and for a 112-day period in which the judge ruled he was mistreated during pretrial confinement.

There have been only a handful of previous convictions in cases involving leak accusations, resulting in sentences more in the range of probation to a few years in prison. Steven Aftergood, a government secrecy specialist with the Federation of American Scientists, said Colonel Lind’s sentence reflected how much Private Manning’s case — involving leaks of entire archives, not singular documents or pieces of information — differed from what had come before it.

“This is by far the longest sentence in a leak case,” Mr. Aftergood said. “It reflects the gravity of the case and the government’s perception of the damage that was done. Among other things, it is also the most voluminous leak ever, and also the broadest in scope including diplomatic, military and other records. So it was a qualitatively new kind of leak, and the government responded aggressively.”

Colonel Lind could have sentenced Private Manning, 25, to up to 90 years. There was no minimum sentence.

Though Private Manning had pleaded guilty to a lesser version of the charges against him even before the trial, prosecutors pressed forward with a trial on more serious charges.

Colonel Lind found him guilty last month of most of the charges against him, including six counts of violating the Espionage Act, five counts of stealing government property and one count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He was acquitted of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy, which had never before been filed in a leak case. Conviction on that charge could have resulted in a life sentence.

Full story at New York Times

Mexico City: 4 anarchists arrested during solidarity demonstration for Chilean prisoner Hans Niemeyer

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Hans Niemeyer

Yesterday, Tuesday August 20th, there was a demonstration in solidarity with our comrade Hans Niemeyer, at the Chilean Embassy. After the protest, as our comrades were getting ready to leave, they were followed and arrested by the police; Jaime Alberto Aguilar Marroquin (member of the Anarchist Black Cross DF) Guarneros Tonatiuh Garcia, Jair Juarez Victorino and Mario Alberto Lopez Gutierrez.

Our comrades were taken to the Public Prosecutor, charged with: undermining the authority and damages against private property.

As far as we know up to this point the City Government, headed by Miguel Angel Mancera, has instructed the Attorney General to keep them as prisoners.

This is a clear example of the policy of persecution and harassment against the anarchist movement that has been carried out by the Mexico City’s Governor Marcelo Ebrard, and continued now by Mancera. We hold the City Government as well as the Judicial Power as the ones responsible for this repression.

We are calling to all of our comrades around the world to demand their
freedom to these officials:

Jefe de Gobierno del Df

Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa

53 45 80 62

53 45 80 42

@Mancera Miguel MX

Procurador General Justicia del DF

Rodolfo Fernando Rios Garza

53 45 55 57

rriosga@pgjdf.gob.mx

Because solidarity between anarchists is not only written words.

Down with the prison walls!

DF Anarchist Black Cross

Casey Brezik’s updated address

Casey BrezikWe got word that Casey was sentenced back in June to 12 years in prison in Missouri for his alleged assassination attempt of the Governor of Missouri, that ended with the dean of University of Missouri-Kansas City being stabbed in the neck.

His updated address is:
Casey Brezik
1154765
Western Reception & Diagnostic Corr Ctr
3401 Faraon
St. Joseph, MO 64506

As far as we know, Casey can receive mail at this address, which is a change from the previous situation he was in.

More info about his case, here.

Christopher French sentenced to 1 year for Chicago NATO actions

chrisfrenchturtleFrom the Chicago Tribune:

A Wisconsin man arrested during last year’s NATO protests pled guilty today to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to just shy of a year in jail, according to prosecutors and court records.

Christopher French, 22, of Beaver Dam, Wisc., pled guilty to resisting arrest after prosecutors dropped felony aggravated battery of a police officer charges, said Cook County state’s attorney spokesman Steve Campbell said.

French had tried to break through a line of officers on bicycles near Van Buren Street and Wabash Avenue on May 20 last year, according to prosecutors.

French pushed an officer who was detaining a protester in the Loop about 8:45 p.m. that day, and then scuffled with police who tried to arrest him, slightly injuring three officers.

Cook County Criminal Court Judge Carol Howard sentenced to 364 days in jail, and given credit for the 84 days he spent in jail last year before posting a $10,000 bond, according to court records. He also was ordered to pay $254 in fines and fees, according to court records.

DABC Note: Chris’s mailing address is as follows:
Christopher French
2013-0815107
P.O. Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608
Please review the Cook County mailing regulations, available here: http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/doc/doc_inmatemail.html
Please consider donating to his support fund, here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/chris-french-support-network_1

NATO 5 UPDATE: Migs Has Been in Solitary for a Month for Being an Anarchist

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Migs has gotten new charges, basically because he’s an anarchist.

Mark “Migs” Neiweem of the NATO 5 has been in solitary for over a month.
Please send him letters and photos (printed on plain computer paper) to give him something to look at in his cramped cell.

Prison officials have responded to the call-in campaign we hosted to demand that Mark be released from solitary confinement by bringing two
charges against him (http://nato5support.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/update-callwrite-in-campaign-get-mark-out-of-solitary/” target=”_blank”>http://nato5support.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/update-callwrite-in-campaign-get-mark-out-of-solitary).

These charges are inherently political, claiming that Mark’s reading, writing, and speaking with others about Anarchism, as well as being in
possession of Anarchist symbols, is dangerous to the facility. Although Mark is due to be released in November, if these charges are upheld he
faces up to two more years at Pontiac – all of it in solitary confinement.

For an example of Mark’s political writing, please see the Open Communiqué published on his behalf:
(http://nato5support.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/open-communique-by-migs-mark-neiweem/” target=”_blank”>http://nato5support.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/open-communique-by-migs-mark-neiweem).

Now that charges have been brought against Mark, his legal team is working to defend him against them. In the meantime, Mark is in the
worst part of the prison with virtually no human contact. He describes his cell as “a tiny box”:

“I reach my arms out and touch both walls with room to spare. I don’t know the dimensions but it’s by far the smallest cell I’ve ever been in.
The front is steel plates with some holes drilled in them and the tiny view is of a brick wall 8 feet away. No light but the one they leave on nearly 24 hours a day.

“I’ve got my head rested up against a pillow on one wall and my legs straight out, elevated and kicked up on the other wall. My ‘man cave’ has shrunk to a ‘man hole.’

“Please send pictures of people, places, and things. These walls are ugly.”

While Mark and his lawyers fight these charges, please join us in sending letters and photos to brighten up his ugly little cell.

Photos should be printed on regular computer paper, not photo paper.

You can also send a customized postcard with a picture of your own via
FlikShop (<a href=”http://www.flikshop.com/&#8221; target=”_blank”>http://www.flikshop.com/</a&gt;).

Mark Neiweem
M36200
Pontiac Correctional Center
PO Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764

Thanks for your support.  We’ll update this blog as soon as we hear more from his support team.

Other updates: Sabi was deported to Poland yesterday, escorted by
marshalls. We’re not sure when we’ll hear from him about how he’s doing.