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PRESS CALL WEDNESDAY: Daniel Ellsberg Joins Chelsea Manning Attorney and Supporters to Call for No Punishment for Her Suicide Attempt

Posted 09:07 EDT on August 9, 2016

Media Advisory For August 10, 2016

Contact:
Christina DiPasquale, christina@balestramedia.com, 202-716-1953
Evan Greer, press@fightforthefuture.org, 978-852-6457

Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, RootsAction, and Care2 will deliver 100,000+ petition signatures to Secretary of the Army on Wednesday

WASHINGTON, DC––This Wednesday, August 10, Chelsea Manning supporters will host a press conference by phone at 12:00 noon EST on the charges faced by Chelsea Manning in connection to her suicide attempt and efforts being made by supporters demanding that Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning drop the charges against Ms. Manning, and provide her with adequate treatment for both her gender dysphoria and her suicide attempt.  

The press call will follow the delivery of more than 115,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of the Army and will feature Chelsea’s attorney at the ACLU, Chase Strangio, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, Fight for the Future’s campaign director, Evan Greer, who speaks to Chelsea on the phone regularly, and David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, who assisted with the physical delivery of the petitions to the Secretary of the Army.

To receive call-in details, RSVP to: christina@balestramedia.com or press@fightforthefuture.org

Ms. Manning attempted to take her own life after years of mistreatment in prison, and now the U.S. government is threatening to punish her further with serious new charges directly related to her suicide attempt in July, which could lead to her being placed in indefinite solitary confinement, among other consequences. Signatures come from petitions launched by grassroots activist groups supporting Chelsea: Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, RootsAction, and Care2.

Last year, a similar petition effort helped draw attention to Chelsea’s situation when she faced solitary confinement for minor prison “infractions” including possession of an expired tube of toothpaste.

“Chelsea Manning is a human being who deserves to be treated with basic dignity and respect,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “The U.S. government’s treatment of her will be remembered as one of the most shameful abuses of power in our nation’s history. Everyone who cares about human rights should be speaking out against this cruelty and injustice right now.”

“Adding additional punishment on top of Chelsea Manning’s already unjust sentence, and threatening her with indefinite solitary confinement for attempting to take her own life, is an egregious miscarriage of justice,” said Kate Kizer, campaigner at Demand Progress. “The government’s inhumane reaction to Ms. Manning’s attempted suicide is part of an ongoing pattern of mistreatment that appears to be an attempt to silence Chelsea’s important voice.”

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Nationwide “Rock Against the TPP” Celebrity Concert Tour to Comes to Portland

Posted 14:30 EDT on August 3, 2016

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2016      
Contact: Evan Greer, evangreer@gmail.com, 978-852-6457

Actress Evangeline Lilly, Anti-Flag, Hari Kondabolu, Makana, and more will lead free concert and teach-in to protest and raise awareness about the Trans-Pacific Partnership  

Portland, OR –Well known musicians, comedians, and celebrities will gather for a free concert event at Director Park on Saturday, August 20th from 5pm - 10pm. The lineup includes Golden Globe nominated actress Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit, Ant-Man), comedian Hari Kondabolu, popular punk band Anti-Flag, Hawaiian slack-key guitar legend Makana, Danbert Nobacon of UK sensation Chumbawamba, and buzzworthy bilingual rockers Downtown Boys.

The free event is part of the nationwide Rock Against the TPP tour, a series of large-scale concerts, teach-ins, and protests mobilizing to raise awareness about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the unpopular, anti-democratic “trade” deal that has been a hot topic in the presidential election.

See a full lineup and details for the Portland stop here: https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org/portland-or

See PHOTOS & VIDEO for use by press here: https://medium.com/@fightfortheftr/photos-video-massive-crowd-giant-blimp-protests-trans-pacific-partnership-at-rock-against-the-1733f9ed1fa1 

Organized by legendary guitarist Tom Morello (Prophets of Rage, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), his new label, Firebrand Records and digital rights group Fight for the Future, the tour is sponsored by Citizens Trade Campaign, Communications Workers of America, CREDO, Demand Progress, Friends of the Earth, the International Labor Rights Forum, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, SumOfUs, the Teamsters, and Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.

WHEN: Saturday, August 20

WHAT: Free, festival-style concert featuring high profile performers and speakers from a wide range of organizations opposing the TPP. Food trucks. Beer garden. Kids games. 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Evangeline Lilly and TPP experts will host a free teach-in the following day, Sunday, August 21, at First Unitarian Church at 1:00pm.

WHO: Evangeline Lilly, Hari Kondabolu, Anti-Flag (acoustic), Makana, Downtown Boys, Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba, Son of Nun, Ryan Harvey, bell’s roar, Taina Asili, Naima Penniman of Climbing Poetree, Evan Greer, and more.

WHERE: Director Park, 815 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR

Learn more at https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org

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August 19: Nationwide “Rock Against the TPP” Celebrity Concert Tour to Comes to Seattle

Posted 14:22 EDT on August 3, 2016
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For Immediate Release: August 3, 2016      
Contact: Evan Greer, evangreer@gmail.com, 978-852-6457

Talib Kweli, Evangeline Lilly, Anti-Flag, Hari Kondabolu, Makana, and more will lead free concert and teach-in to protest and raise awareness about the Trans-Pacific Partnership  

Seattle, WA – Internationally acclaimed hip-hop artist Talib Kweli will perform with a full live band at a free concert at Showbox SoDo in Seattle on August 19th from 6pm - 11:30pm, as part of the nationwide Rock Against the TPP tour, a series of large-scale concerts, teach-ins, and protests mobilizing to raise awareness about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the unpopular, anti-democratic “trade” deal that has been a hot topic in the presidential election.

Other high profile participants in the August 19th event include Golden Globe nominated actress Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit, Ant-Man), comedian Hari Kondabolu, popular punk band Anti-Flag, Hawaiian slack-key guitar legend Makana, Danbert Nobacon of UK sensation Chumbawamba, Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, and buzzworthy bilingual rockers Downtown Boys.

See a full lineup and details for the Seattle stop here: https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org/seattle-wa

PHOTOS & VIDEO for use by press available here: https://medium.com/@fightfortheftr/photos-video-massive-crowd-giant-blimp-protests-trans-pacific-partnership-at-rock-against-the-1733f9ed1fa1#.7qnmd3gmw 

Organized by legendary guitarist Tom Morello (Prophets of Rage, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), his new label, Firebrand Records and digital rights group Fight for the Future, the tour is sponsored by Citizens Trade Campaign, Communications Workers of America, CREDO, Demand Progress, Friends of the Earth the International Labor Rights Forum, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, SumOfUs, the Teamsters, and Washington Fair Trade Campaign.

WHEN: Friday, August 19

WHAT: The day will kick off at 5pm with a teach-in and training hosted by Evangeline Lilly, followed by the Rock Against the TPP concert from 6pm to 11:30pm.

WHO: Talib Kweli, Evangeline Lilly, Anti-Flag (acoustic), Makana, Downtown Boys, Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba, Son of Nun, Ryan Harvey, bell’s roar, Taina Asili, Evan Greer, and more.

WHERE: Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA (Map)

Learn more at https://www.rockagainstthetpp.org

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Government threatening to punish Chelsea Manning for suicide attempt generates widespread public outcry

Posted 09:46 EDT on August 2, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 2, 2016
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

More than 20,000 people have already signed a petition calling on the Secretary of the Army to drop new charges, provide Chelsea with adequate health care treatment. Celebrities including John Cusack, Pamela Anderson, Wil Wheaton, Margaret Cho, Sean Ono Lennon, weigh in

In just a matter of days, tens of thousands of people have expressed their outrage through a petition at FreeChelsea.com after it was reported that the U.S. Army is threatening imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning with indefinite solitary confinement and serious new charges directly related to a July 5th attempt to take her own life, following years of mistreatment while incarcerated.

More than 20,000 people have already added their names, with more signatures streaming in every hour. The petition is addressed to the Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning, and reads: “Punishing Chelsea Manning for attempting to take her own life after systemic mistreatment is inhumane. Drop these new charges, and immediately give Chelsea access to adequate health care.” The page has spread quickly on social media, with celebrities like John Cusack, Pamela Anderson, Margaret Cho, Sean Ono Lennon, Wil Wheaton, and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, expressing their support for Chelsea.

The effort was launched by digital rights nonprofit Fight for the Future, who have supported well-known transparency advocate Manning in the past, including through a petition effort last year that successfully kept her out of solitary confinement when she was facing similarly outrageous charges for “infractions” that included possession of LGBTQ reading material and an expired tube of toothpaste. They also organized supporters to send her more than 5,000 birthday cards last year.

“Our message could not be more simple: Chelsea Manning is a human being and deserves basic human dignity and fair treatment,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, who speaks to Chelsea on a regular basis, “threatening her with further abuse and punishment immediately following her attempt to take her own life is cruel and inhumane, and appears to be part of an ongoing attempt by the Army to silence Chelsea’s important voice as an advocate for transparency and government accountability.”

Signatures are still streaming in to the petition effort, which Fight for the Future plans to deliver to the Secretary of the Army in the coming days. For more information on Chelsea’s current situation, see the ACLU’s latest press release, and this article in BoingBoing, which was co-authored by Cory Doctorow and members of the Chelsea Manning Support Network.

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Fight for the Future is a digital rights group best known for organizing the largest online protests in history against Internet censorship, for net neutrality, and against government surveillance. Learn more at FightForTheFuture.org. Learn more about the Chelsea Manning Support Network here: 
https://www.chelseamanning.org/

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BREAKING: Anti-TPP activists are flying a 25’ protest blimp outside Representative Scott Peters’ office calling for him to oppose unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership deal

Posted 11:02 EDT on August 1, 2016

For Immediate Release: August 1, 2016      
Contact: Evan Greer, press@fightforthefuture.org, 978-852-6457
Contact on the ground: Lizzy Jean, 314-629-0188

Following awareness-raising Rock Against the TPP concert featuring high profile musicians celebrities, activists bring message against toxic trade deal to local lawmaker

SAN DIEGO, CA––7:30am PST: Activists involved with the nationwide Rock Against the TPP tour, which stopped in San Diego on Saturday, are now taking their message directly to local lawmakers, flying a 25’ inflatable protest blimp outside Representative Scott Peters’ office at 4350 Executive Drive, San Diego, CA, calling for him to oppose the unpopular, anti-democratic, Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

Activists will remain outside the office with the blimp until 11:00am PST, ensuring that it’s visible to Congressional staff as they arrive for work this morning. They will be available for interviews about the action and the TPP.

Scroll to the bottom of this post for more photos.

“At this point it’s clear: people from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly oppose the TPP, and most members of Congress are recognizing that,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “We wanted to bring our message to Scott Peters in a way that he can’t ignore, so what better way than flying a 25 foot blimp outside his office?”

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The airborne protest follows the latest stop of the Rock Against the TPP tour, a nationwide series of large-scale concert, protest, and teach-in events featuring high profile musicians and celebrities like Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) Golden Globe nominated actress Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit, Ant-Man), hip hop icon Talib Kweli, popular punk band Anti-Flag, and Danbert Nobacon of Chumbawamba. The goal of the tour is to raise awareness about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the unpopular and anti-democratic “trade deal” that has been a contentious issue in the Presidential election and at both of the recent political conventions.

Organized by legendary guitarist Tom Morello’s new label, Firebrand Records and digital rights group Fight for the Future, the tour is sponsored by Backbone Campaign, Citizens Trade Campaign, Communications Workers of America, CREDO, Demand Progress, Friends of the Earth, the International Labor Rights Forum, Private Internet Access, Public Citizen, Sierra Club, SumOfUs, and the Teamsters.

See a photos and video from the tour kick-off event here.

The tour stopped at Spin Nightclub in San Diego over the weekend with a concert and teach-in hosted by Evangeline Lilly and featuring Jolie Holland, Emma’s Revolution, Bonfire Madigan, and others. Organizers have announced additional stops in Seattle and Portland later this summer.

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Contact: press@fightforthefuture.org for more info. Photos and video in this post are available for use by press, credit: “Courtesy: Fight for the Future.”

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