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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24527 2.2 years ago a Tanng don Mills, ON
24526 2.2 years ago Laurie Couvertier Bronx, NY
24525 2.2 years ago Michael Foote Keller, TX
24524 2.2 years ago wandis wilcox aptos, CA There's absolutely no excuse for this illegal mistreatment of a suffering captive human being, in this case, whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Drop these shameful charges now!
24523 2.2 years ago U. Meyer Kassel, ot
24522 2.2 years ago Sarah El-Harrache Montreal, QC
24521 2.2 years ago Peggy Baughns Decatur, GA
24520 2.2 years ago Eileen Wunderlich Houston, TX
24519 2.2 years ago Kerry Lomonaco Kings Park, NY
24518 2.2 years ago Dr Nigel Speight Durham, ot Forgive my intrusion but while not a US citizen I feel I am entitled to an opinion on an issue of human rights
The US authorities seem to be acting with extreme vidictiveness in a way that is un...
24517 2.2 years ago Lester Kober Quinton, NJ
24516 2.2 years ago Lester Kober Quinton, NJ You have become who you despise, thus you are also equally perverse.
24515 2.2 years ago Anonymous ot
24514 2.2 years ago Anonymous Centralia, WA Transgender people are humans and you won't sweep us or our lives under the rug.
24513 2.2 years ago Brittany Wheeler Mesa, AZ
24512 2.2 years ago Anonymous Munich, ot
24511 2.2 years ago Anonymous CO Please be just, not a bully. Please honor her dignity as a human. Please please.
24510 2.2 years ago Jackie Critser Wilsonville, OR Cruel and unusual punishment is not American, and what is being done to Chelsea Manning is something I would expect from a third world dictatorship.This mental and physical torture on a whistleblowe...
24509 2.2 years ago Sylvia Wagstaff Hudds., AL
24508 2.2 years ago Edouard Le Maistre Godalming, ot
24507 2.2 years ago Natalie Mitchell Johannesburg, ot
24506 2.2 years ago Laura Wilson WEST DES MOINES, IA
24505 2.2 years ago Jonathan Boud Ruislip, ot
24504 2.3 years ago marco and maria cano mt.sinai, NY
24503 2.3 years ago Buster Hinojosa San Francisco, CA
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