Support Chelsea Manning. Stand with her during her hunger strike!

Posted: September 12, 2016 in Call to Action, Fight war and war mongers, Take Action

Imprisoned Iraq war whistleblower Chelsea Manning has announced that she is going on hunger strike to protest years of bullying and harassment by the U.S. military, and to demand basic respect, humane treatment, and access to needed healthcare related to her gender transition.

Click here to sign the following petition showing that you support her:

To: Secretary of the Army Eric Fannon

“I stand with Chelsea Manning during her hunger strike and call for the U.S. government to immediately stop harassing her and provide her with basic humane treatment and access to healthcare.”

Chelsea needs our support now more than ever. If you care about peace, the rule of law, free speech, human rights, and future whistleblowing, sign the petition to show you stand with Chelsea during her nonviolent protest for basic rights and dignified treatment.

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Read Chelsea’s full statement announcing her hunger strike below:

“I need help. I am not getting any. I have asked for help time and time again for six years and through five separate confinement locations. My request has only been ignored, delayed, mocked, given trinkets and lip service by the prison, the military, and this administration.”

“I need help. I needed help earlier this year. I was driven to suicide by the lack of care for my gender dysphoria that I have been desperate for. I didn’t get any. I still haven’t gotten any.”

“I needed help. Yet, instead I am now being punished for surviving my attempt. When I was a child, my father would beat me repeatedly for simply not being masculine enough. I was told to stop crying—to “suck it up.” But, I couldn’t stop crying. The pain just got worse and worse. Until finally, I just couldn’t take the pain anymore.“

“I needed help, but no one came then. No one is coming now.”

“Today, I have decided that I am no longer going to be bullied by this prison—or by anyone within the U.S. government. I have asked for nothing but the dignity and respect—that I once actually believed would be provided for—afforded to any living human being.”

“I do not believe that this should be dependent on any arbitrary factors—whether you are cisgender or transgender; service member or civilian, citizen or non-citizen. In response to virtually every request, I have been granted limited, if any, dignity and respect—just more pain and anguish.”

“I am no longer asking. Now, I am demanding. As of 12:01 am Central Daylight Time on September 9, 2016, and until I am given minimum standards of dignity, respect, and humanity, I shall—refuse to voluntarily cut or shorten my hair in any way; consume any food or drink voluntarily, except for water and currently prescribed medications; and comply with all rules, regulations, laws, and orders that are not related to the two things I have mentioned.”

“This is a peaceful act. I intend to keep it as peaceful and non-violent, on my end, as possible. Any physical harm that should come to me at the hands of military or civilian staff will be unnecessary and vindictive. I will not physically resist or in any way harm another person. I have also submitted a “do not resuscitate” letter that is effective immediately. This shall include any attempts to forcibly cut or shorten my hair or to forcibly feed me by any medical or pseudo-medical means.“

“Until I am shown dignity and respect as a human again, I shall endure this pain before me. I am prepared for this mentally and emotionally. I expect that this ordeal will last for a long time. Quite possibly until my permanent incapacitation or death. I am ready for this.”

“I need help. Please, give me help.”

Chelsea is asking for our help. We can’t let her calls go unanswered. Please sign and share the petition right now.

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