This in from the Gay Liberation Network of Chicago. Even if we can not be there we stand in full support of this action.
Nobel Laureates Shouldn’t Imprison Nobel Nominees
12 noon, Monday April 23
UIC Student Center, 750 S. Halsted Street, Chicago
As part of their PR campaign for next month’s NATO summit in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel and President Obama have invited Nobel Peace Prize winners to our city on April 23-25 to discuss issues of peace and humanitarianism. Many are very deserving of their prizes. Others are every bit as guilty of violence and oppression as NATO itself, and deserve our scorn.
Currently one American Peace Prize winner, President Obama, is hounding an American Nobel Peace Prize nominee for the latter’s pro-human rights activity.
Private Bradley Manning (aka Brianna Manning*) is facing life in prison for allegedly exposing U.S. war crimes and a treasure trove of secret documents showing U.S. alliances with dictators and other human rights abusers around the world.
By any objective standard, Manning is a hero, and as such, twice has been nominated for the Peace Prize. By any objective standard, Obama has committed crimes at least as bad as his predecessor, and the Nobel committee should revoke his prize.
Let’s compare their humanitarian records:
– President Obama has dramatically escalated the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history, resulting in the highest number of deaths last year in the entire history of the war.
++ Manning allegedly exposed war crimes committed by U.S. troops occupying and invading Afghanistan.
– President Obama has greatly expanded the wars in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, greatly increasing drone attacks and deaths during each year of his presidency.
++ Manning allegedly exposed war crimes committed by U.S. troops in Iraq, while Obama’s Pentagon just asked $3 billion more for that “ended” war.
– President Obama has supported dictators in Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, military coups in Honduras and The Maldives, and sends billions in arms to nuclear-armed Israel as it dispossesses Palestinians of their land, holds them without charges and tortures them in its prisons, and threatens war on Iran.
++ Manning allegedly exposed the dirty dealings that both Democratic and Republican U.S. presidents have had with a host of human rights abusers around the world.
– President Obama has pushed anti-democratic measures on a host of fronts, signing the NDAA which gutted habeas corpus, playing judge-jury-and-executioner by assassinating people aboard, aggressively supporting corporate and government intrusions on personal privacy, deporting over 1 million immigrants, and attacking whistle-blowers of all sorts.
++ Manning helped strengthen democracy by allegedly exposing the crimes of our government. The Obama administration’s response? The removal of his clothes and extended periods of solitary confinement, prompting even the British government to protest his treatment. As Daniel Ellsberg, the ex-Marine who in 1971 leaked the Pentagon Papers blowing the whistle on U.S. war crimes of the Vietnam era said, “The treatment amounted to ‘no-touch torture,’ intended to demoralize Manning so he would implicate Julian Assange”
Come to a protest on the opening day of the Nobel Laureates’ Summit in Chicago – 12 noon, Monday, April 23 in front of the Student Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 750 S. Halsted Street. Demand that Nobel Laureate Obama stop persecuting Nobel Nominee Manning!
To endorse this protest, or for more information, please email the Gay Liberation Network at LGBTliberation@aol.com or Sugar at SugarSolidarity@gmail.com
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*Lawyers have reported that Manning is Transgender and prefers the first name Brianna. See this article for more information.