Army Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Begins Hunger Strike

chelsea_manning_with_wigfrom the Chelsea Manning Support Network

Chelsea Manning Begins Hunger Strike to Protest Bullying by Prison and US Government

Today, [September 9] after years of requesting the care she needs for gender dysphoria, Chelsea Manning has released a statement about the start of her hunger strike.

Chelsea is demanding written assurances from the Army she will receive all of the medically prescribed recommendations for her gender dysphoria and that the “high tech bullying” will stop. “High tech bullying,” is what Chelsea describes as “the constant, deliberate and overzealous administrative scrutiny by prison and military officials.”

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Two men blockade Australian drone and military data center

14054980_10154509143572915_7984181724791187082_nby Greg Rolles

For the last four years I have been doing peace activism. In 2003, I had been in the Australian Army. Australia’s murderous support of the U.S. invasion of Iraq saw me leave and seek a life elsewhere. After several years as a high school teacher, I left to live in a Catholic Worker House in another State of Australia (our States are really big). I learnt more about colonialism, capitalism and the opportunity to build friendship and community in the midst of it all. In that space, I started protesting, and then blockading what I saw as the preparations for murder through the military machine. The first arrest was scary, but I felt necessary to make a statement at a “Family Open Day” in one of Australia’s largest military bases.

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Gangjeong Village Mayor handcuffed and taken into custody by police

photo by Eunmi Pang

photo by Eunmi Pang

From Sung-Hee Choi

Emergency: Cho Kyung-Cheol, the Mayor of Gangjeong Village on Jeju Island, South Korea, was arrested this afternoon [September 5] for his refusal to get investigated for the alleged charges on the incident of April 28 when soldiers appeared in military uniform and vehicle, directing guns all-around and passing through the center of the village.

Mayor Cho was first carried into the Seogwipo police station where he kept silence to the police inquiry while closing his eyes. He was then carried to the Dongbu police station in Jeju Ciity. It is expected that he could be there at least 48 hours unless he responds to the investigation.

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French arms fair resistance, 15 arrested

eurosatoryOpening day of the Eurosatory Arms Expo, June 13, was enlivened by 50 activists from the French collective Désobéir (Disobey) as they took several simultaneous actions against war. Professionally attired activists entered the suburban Paris exhibition hall, where some crossed the rope lines and climbed on board a Leclerc tank and another vehicle, unfurling banners and pouring red paint on the weapons. A few took photos and video of the protest while others inside displayed banners and spoke out against the business of killing. Outside, more activists rallied and some blocked the doors to the exhibition hall, which had been marked with red paint as well.

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Two French anti-nuclear activists arrested on Hiroshima Day

remi-sophie-070816On Hiroshima Day, August 6, Rémi Filliau and Sophie Jallier took part in a demonstration outside the Paris headquarters of Les Républicains to denounce the historical responsibility of the pro-nuclear French political party. Police arrested the two Désobéir Collective activists and held them overnight after they pasted a few adhesive anti-nuclear stickers on the windows and chalked a simple message, “No to nuclear weapons – which cost us €4 billion per year.”

Charged with defacing the building, they will be in court on November 7.

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What Makes a Hate Group?

Kathy Kelly & Brian Terrell

Kathy Kelly & Brian Terrell

by Brian Terrell

“As a matter of fact, you have had a person attend your protests in Camp Douglas who has threatened to kill our Deputies.” This piece of startling news was revealed to me in a letter from Juneau County, Wisconsin, Undersheriff Craig Stuchlik dated July 25.

I had written to the sheriff’s department requesting documents under the Open Records Law and for an explanation of the department’s response to a demonstration at Volk Field, a Wisconsin Air National Guard base near the town of Camp Douglas, where my colleague at Voices for Creative Nonviolence Kathy Kelly and I had been arrested on February 23, carrying a loaf of bread and a letter for the base commander. There is a facility at this base where military personnel are trained in the operation of remotely controlled Shadow Drones that have been instrumental in the targeted assassination program that legal experts label war crimes and that military experts say recruit more enemies for our country than they kill.

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Six “Peace Patrol” activists were arrested while attempting a citizen’s arrest of California drone base commander

Photo by Pamela Osgood

Photo by Pamela Osgood

Occupy Beale Anti-drone Activists Order Air Force Personnel to “Disperse Immediately” and Cease in their Complicity in Trespassing against the Human Rights of People Living Under U.S. Drones

Six “Peace Patrol” activists were detained while attempting a citizens arrest of the commander of the base, Col. Larry Broadwell, for his high level role in crimes against humanity committed daily at Beale Air Force Base (AFB). Beale is home to the Global Hawk Drone, which plays a critical role in the unlawful surveillance and ultimate targeting of individuals in the U.S. drone assassination program. Occupy Beale AFB invites other anti-militarism groups around the world to create their own International Peace Patrol contingents, in a global effort to create a just and peaceful world. (Copycat behavior encouraged).

Watch video of the action here.

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Mass protests in China put nuclear reprocessing plans on hold

Police in Lianyungang, China questioning Mr. Wei about “disrupting social order." SCMP Photo

Police in Lianyungang, China questioning Mr. Wei about “disrupting social order.” SCMP Photo

Compiled from reports in the South China Morning Post and

Thousands of residents of Lianyungang, a port city in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, took to the streets for four days of anti-nuclear protest, (coincidently?) from Hiroshima Day, Saturday, August 6 through Nagasaki Day, August 9.

The mass assemblies began just days after it was revealed that the city was favored on a short-list of potential sites for a joint French-Chinese uranium reprocessing facility that is integral to China’s expansive nuclear power plans.

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Blocking two gates of Livermore nuclear weapons lab, 45 activists arrested on anniversary of Nagasaki bombing

Daniel and Patricia Ellsberg participating in "die in" in the road in front of the Livermore Lab West Gate, awaiting arrest. Photo by Heather Davison.

Daniel and Patricia Ellsberg participating in “die in” in the road in front of the Livermore Lab West Gate, awaiting arrest. Photo by Heather Davison.

Standing with Survivors of the Bomb in Livermore

from Tri-Valley Cares

by Marylia Kelley

Approximately 200 anti-nuclear activists gathered outside the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab on August 9 to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki – and to stand with survivors of nuclear weapons from Hiroshima to the Marshall Islands.

Keynote speakers included famed whistleblower and nuclear weapons analyst, Daniel Ellsberg, atomic-bomb survivor, Nobuaki Hanaoka, and Executive Director of Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, John Burroughs. Tara Dorabji with Tri-Valley CAREs gave the group a sense of place with her description of current nuclear weapons work at Livemore Lab, while Chizu Hamada drew links between the nuclear bomb and nuclear power.

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Four activists arrested blocking road into Trident nuclear sub base

13962531_1054830451219441_6727659786036902118_n (1)from Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Peace flotilla and protest at Trident nuclear submarine base mark anniversary of atomic bombings

Silverdale, Washington: Local peace activists staged a water-based nonviolent protest and witness for peace in Hood Canal at the Trident nuclear submarine base on August 9, marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The activists traveled along the Bangor waterfront where nuclear warheads and Trident missiles are loaded onto submarines and where submarines are resupplied for ballistic missile patrols in the Pacific Ocean. On August 8, activists staged a vigil and nonviolent direct action in which some activists blocked the entrance gate to the same Naval base.

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