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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Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
24402 2.2 years ago Barbara Prescott Hove, ot Chelsea is a hero and so brave to stand up for what is right. She told the world of wrong doing that the US needed the world to know. What other way was open to her as this was the only way to stop ...
24401 2.2 years ago Jim Hunt Brighton, MA
24400 2.2 years ago Cassie Paoli Glenside, PA
24399 2.2 years ago Ben Reynolds Dublin, ot
24398 2.2 years ago Robert Newport Los Angeles, CA Stupid and Brutal
24397 2.2 years ago Roswitha Shaw OTTAWA, ON
24396 2.2 years ago Judith Baldwin Baulkham Hills, ot Seriously, I work in a correctional facility & the management of Chelsea's suicide attempt is outrageous.
24395 2.2 years ago James Haig San Rafael, CA
24394 2.2 years ago carlos valdes flint, MI
24393 2.2 years ago john cheasty waterford, ot
24392 2.2 years ago Anonymous Franklin, WI
24391 2.2 years ago Anonymous Santa Fe , NM Chelsea's treatment is inhumane. We are watching and holding you accountable.
24390 2.2 years ago Barbara Howard Grand Rapids, MI
24389 2.2 years ago rayeanne king Plymouth, MA don't punish this person any more; it is inhuman.
24388 2.2 years ago rayeanne king Plymouth, MA don't punish this person any more; it is inhuman.
24387 2.2 years ago Eileen Bill Santa Rosa, CA
24386 2.2 years ago Michael Powis Merrickville, CA
24385 2.2 years ago Caroline Kim Oakland, CA
24384 2.2 years ago Joseph Ponisciak Willingboro, NJ
24383 2.2 years ago Phyllis K Fess Baker Dunlap, CA Charging Chelsea with these "crimes" amounts to nothing less than hate crimes perpetrated by the military-prison complex.
24382 2.2 years ago Annette Leroux Santa Rosa, CA This amounts to torturing a political prisoner. It's immoral and illegal.
24381 2.2 years ago Lucia Drumgould Maplewood, NJ
24380 2.2 years ago ohnJ Talbutt Elmsford, NY
24379 2.2 years ago Anonymous Arlington , VA
24378 2.2 years ago Jean Richards Greenfield , CA Civilized people do not punish incarcerated humans who are being deprived of mental health care for attempting suicide. How uncivilized!
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