September 12, 2011

Fundraiser in Support of Accused WikiLeaks Whistle Blower PFC Bradley Manning

Ethan McCord, Kevin Zeese, and James Spione will join us at this Potluck Dinner, Silent Auction, and Screening of the Documentary Short: “Incident in New Bagdhad”.

Friday, September 16, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Delmar Reformed Church
386 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY

Ethan McCord

Ethan McCord spoke out about the civilian massacre documented in WikiLeaks April 2010 video disclosure of Apache helicopter footage of a New Baghdad attack that took place in 2007, allegedly released by PFC Brad Manning. He served on the ground in Iraq during an attack on civilians by a U.S. military helicopter and was pictured removing an injured Iraqi child from a vehicle in a film circulated by Wikileaks. He is an active member of the Bradley manning Support Committee.

McCord's story was delivered to attendees of the United National Peace Conference, which took place in Albany NY in July 2010. See WikiLeaks' Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord's Eyewitness Story produced by the United National Peace Conference Media Project, powered by The Sanctuary for Independent Media and the Hudson Mohawk Independent Media Center. Ethan's experience, is the subject of a new documentary titled: "Incident in New Baghdad" 2011, which recently won Best Documentary Short at the Rhode Island Film Festival. The film also won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. We will screen this short film. James Spione, Director of the film, will join us and speak about the film.

Long time peace and justice activist, Kevin Zeese, will also join us. He is a Bradley Manning Support Network Steering Committee member and director of Come Home America. Zeese is also one of the organizers of the October 2011 protest coming up in the fall in Washington, DC.

Please join us for a very special pot-luck dinner and fundraiser for Bradley Manning. The Manning Support movement has had a significant success in having Bradley removed from a degrading, torturous solitary confinement to a more normal military confinement while awaiting a Court Martial. But we are now confronted, after a year and a half of pre-trial confinement, by the prospect of a court martial before the end of the year in a case where the commander-in-chief of the members-to-be of the jury has already declared the defendant guilty! The civilian defense of Bradley Manning will be extremely costly.
A year ago BNP raised more than $1,000 for the defense; we hope to improve significantly on this record.

Any contributions to this event, in excess of the cost, will go to the the Defense Committee. Please bring a pot luck dish to share. Food Not Bombs will also provide some food. Donation of $5 requested, $2 for students, but no one turned away. Individual contributions of items or services to the Silent Auction, or direct monetary contribution to the Bradley Manning Defense Fund would also be welcome. Co-sponsored by BNP, Tom Paine Chapter of Veterans for Peace and other local peace groups. Information: 466-1192.

Come, view the film, listen to the speakers and bid on items at the Bradley Manning Silent Auction.

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