Urgent: Chelsea Manning is being charged for her own suicide attempt, faces indefinite solitary confinement

After years of inhumane treatment, and having been held in conditions that the UN considers to be torture, Chelsea Manning, the Guardian columnist and whistleblower who has been in prison for years serving a 35-year sentence for exposing some of the U.S. government's worst abuses, attempted to take her own life on July 5th, 2016. Now, Army officials have informed her that she is facing serious new charges directly related to her suicide attempt. These new charges include:

1) Resisting a group of prison guards called "the force cell move team." (Chelsea was unconscious when this team arrived, which makes this charge particularly absurd.)
2) Prohibited property. (For the items she used to attempt to take her own life.)
3) Conduct which threatens. (For somehow putting the prison at risk while attempting to take her own life, quietly, in her own cell.)

Well, I rapped upon a house
With the U.S. flag upon display
I said, "Could you help me out
I got some friends down the way"
The man says, "Get out of here
I'll tear you limb from limb"
I said, "You know they refused Jesus, too"
He said, "You’re not Him."
-- Bob Dylan

ACLU Press Release

Fight for the Future Press Release

If convicted of these bizarre "administrative offenses," she is facing indefinite solitary confinement for the rest of her prison term (another 30 years).

Chelsea is being denied medical treatment for her gender dysphoria, which experts have stated is the only course of treatment through which she would no longer be suicidal.

Tell the Secretary of the Army:

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.


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24452 2.3 years ago Pat Rorex Sonoita, AZ
24451 2.3 years ago Barry Cheney Hickory, NC
24450 2.3 years ago Dana Briggs Bellingham, WA
24449 2.3 years ago William McNaughton Falkland, BC
24448 2.3 years ago Jane Pierce CA
24447 2.3 years ago Jane Pierce CA
24446 2.3 years ago Jim Hunt Brighton, MA
24445 2.3 years ago Samantha Hyde Knoxville, TN
24444 2.3 years ago Anonymous vancouver, WA When a government and those that are supposed to defend it is above the law of citizens rights it is not respected and we become as unjust as those our constitution is supposed to defend us from. ...
24443 2.3 years ago Elfriede Krutsch Berlin, ot
24442 2.3 years ago Stuart Ambler Berkeley, CA
24441 2.3 years ago Jean Kahn New York, NY
24440 2.3 years ago Paola Viteri Flushing, NY
24439 2.3 years ago Janee Gillette Draper, UT there are no words to describe the ridicule you are heading upon the American military justice system in your unconscionable treatment of Ms. Manning, furthered by your absolutely ridiculous charges...
24438 2.3 years ago April Burris Portland, OR
24437 2.3 years ago Tara Mae Stony Brook , NY
24436 2.3 years ago Marcial Ramirez San Francisco , CA
24435 2.3 years ago Cindy Schroeder Eureka, CA
24434 2.3 years ago Sophie and Swirczynski Eugene, OR
24433 2.3 years ago Carter McLaughlin San Jose, CA This is how justice works in this country. stack up charge on charge on bullshit. Even if the charges made sense - how can you be charged with more than one offense for one episode? Since she wasn't...
24432 2.3 years ago Jennifer Gay Nampa, ID
24431 2.3 years ago Brian Christensen Newark, CA 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.
24430 2.3 years ago Shannon Pitts Daytona Beach, FL
24429 2.3 years ago donye sacco Los Angeles, CA
24428 2.3 years ago donye sacco Los Angeles, CA
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