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IN THIS E-BULLETIN:
1) BRADLEY MANNING FORMALLY CHARGED WITH AIDING THE ENEMY, DEFERS PLEA – call your government representative: dismiss all of Manning’s charges
2) RAFIL DHAFIR SENTENCED TO SAME 22 YEARS IN PRISON – donations needed to file appeal
3) LONDON’S MINISTRY OF DEFENCE HQ MARKED ON ASH WEDNESDAY
4) WOMEN AT ENTERGY HEADQUARTERS: IF YOU LOVE ME, SHUT IT DOWN
5) WRITE A NOTE OF SUPPORT TO ANTI-NUCLEAR & ANTI-WAR PRISONERS
6) UPCOMING NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTIONS
Bradley Manning formerly charged with aiding the enemy, defers plea
CALL YOUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE: DISMISS ALL THE CHARGES AGAINST BRADLEY MANNING
from Karen McVeigh, www.guardian.co.uk/
Bradley Manning, the American soldier accused of being the source of the biggest leak of U.S. state secrets in history, was on Thursday formally charged with aiding the enemy, during the first day of his court martial. If found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of life in military custody with no chance of parole.
Manning, 24, deferred his plea to the 22 charges against him, and deferred a decision over whether he wanted a military judge or a jury to hear his case. A plea can be deferred right up until the beginning of his military trial, which is unlikely to take place before August.
Read more here.
Rafil Dhafir sentenced to same 22 years in prison; donations needed to file appeal
From Katherine Hughes, for the Dr. Dhafir Support Committee
On Friday, February 3rd, in Syracuse, New York, U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue resentenced Dr. Rafil Dhafir to 22 years in prison, in large part because he is unrepentant about sending food and medicine to starving Iraqi civilians in violation of International Economic Emergency Powers Act (IEEPA).
According to U.N. estimates, between 1 and 1.5 million Iraqi civilians died as a direct result of the U.S. and U.K.-sponsored U.N. sanctions against Iraq.
Rafil has decided to appeal the resentencing decision.
Needed: 100 people to contribute between $35 and $100 dollars each for the cost of filing the appeal. These donations will NOT be TAX-DEDUCTIBLE. Checks can be made payable to “Peter Goldberger, Attorney” and earmarked for “Dhafir Appeal.” They should be sent to:
LAW OFFICE OF PETER GOLDBERGER
50 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore, PA 19003-2276
Read more here.
London’s Ministry of Defence HQ marked on Ash Wednesday: Disarm Trident
One hundred and fifty people gathered at an Ash Wednesday event organised by Pax Christi and the London Catholic Worker in repentance and resistance to British nuclear weapons. The group proceeded to the M.O.D. building on White Hall, as activists broke off to mark the building that controls British nuclear weapons. Seven Catholic Workers, a Quaker, a doctor and a priest were detained and searched.
Read more here.
Women at Entergy Headquarters: If you love me, shut it down
Lending heart to the campaign to end nuclear power forever, the nine women of the Shut It Down Affinity Group brought a Shut It Down Valentine on Monday to the headquarters of Entergy Corporation, which operates the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.
Each wearing a Shut It Down Valentine for Entergy, the death-masked women processed for about twenty minutes in a silent circle in Entergy’s driveway. Every several seconds, one of the women struck a small gong to signify the death knell for Entergy, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, and nuclear power everywhere.
Brattleboro police officers summoned by the Windham County sheriff and Entergy officials arrested the women one by one for unlawful trespass.
Read more here.
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