On the second day of Bradley Manning's Article 32 hearing (equivalent of a pre-trial hearing), occupiers from Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston and other cities showed their support for Manning. Hundreds of people marched and rallied at Ft. Meade, Maryland where the Article 32 is being held. This was also Manning's 24th birthday, the second birthday he has spent incarcerated.
The action Manning is accused of -- leaking documents that showed the truth of U.S. foreign policy -- share a common thread with the Occupy Movement. We are also exposing the truth of a dysfunctional and corrupt political system that has created an unfair economy and endless war. By exposing the truth the Occupy Movement is mobilizing people for transformational change. The documents allegedly leaked by Bradley Manning show the need for transformational change of U.S. foreign policy away from militarism, work on behalf of transnational corporations as well as unethical and illegal behavior toward a foreign policy of diplomacy, co-operation, human rights and actions on behalf of the American people.
Bradley Manning shows that one person can make a difference. The Occupy Movement, where everyone is a leader, shows that people will change the direction of the country. We stand in solidarity with Manning, just as we stand in solidarity with each other in working to create a new world.