Occupy Fort Meade! Occupy Everywhere for Bradley Manning!
Friday December 16: Beginning of pre-trial hearings in the US Army's Court Martial of Bradley Manning
Saturday December 17: Vigil for Bradley's release on his 24th Birthday
Graham Nash posts a new song for Bradley! You can see the video on YouTube at
Here is a list of the events for Friday & Saturday at Fort Meade, including transportation and timing couresy of the Bradley Manning Support Network.
Fort Meade Main Gate
Maryland 175 & Reece Rd
Fort Meade, MD 21113 (map)
Friday, Dec 16th will be the first time in his 18 months of incarceration that he will face a judge. Saturday, Dec. 17th will be Bradley’s 24th birthday.
Event details updated December 14, 201
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16th, 8am-5pm
VIGIL at FT. MEADE’S MAIN GATE
Maryland 175 & Reece Rd, Fort Meade, MD 21113
(or attend his pre-hearing-please see important info below)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th, NOON-3pm
RALLY & MARCH at FT. MEADE
Supporters will meet at Ft. Meade’s main gate at noon. At approx. 1pm, we’ll march south along MD 175 (aka Rouse Pkwy/Annapolis Rd) one mile via the sidewalk in a single or double file line to Llewellyn Ave (aka Blue Water Blvd) for a rally. Scheduled speakers include: Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Dan Ellsberg, US Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.), Lt. Dan Choi, John Penley (Vietnam Veteran/OccupyWallStreet Activist), Michael Paterson (OccupyDC, Iraq Veterans Against the War), and Bradley Manning Support Network organizers. The military courtroom is located on Llewellyn Ave, just inside Ft. Meade. Afterwards, we’ll march back to the main gate.
* Parking Friday: The shopping area at 1700 Annapolis Road (MD-175) is the best option, but limited. Additional parking is available further south near Blue Water Blvd (Weis Market). We’ll try to help shuttle folks as needed. Please do not park at Meade Heights Elementary School on Friday.
* Parking Saturday: Please park at Meade Heights Elementary School, 1925 Reece Road Ft. Meade, MD 20755
* Portable toilets are expected to be available both Friday and Saturday
We hope you can join us at Ft. Meade in person, but if you can’t, solidarity actions will be taking place around the world on Dec 17th. (we will update this page with info about those events once they become available) http://events.bradleymanning.org/
SUPPORTERS WISHING TO ATTEND THE PRE-TRIAL PROCEEDINGS
If you wish to attend the pre-trial hearing, you will need to go to the Fort Meade Visitor Control Center at the Fort Meade Main Gate (all the other gates are for military ID holders only). We suggest arriving when the visitor center opens at 7:30am, and certainly before 8:15am. The proceedings are scheduled to begin at 9am daily, from Friday, December 16th through Thursday, December 22nd–including Saturday, December 17th and Sunday, December 18th. The proceedings may continue into the evenings.
Each person will need a valid state or federal photo ID such as a driver’s license, state photo ID card, or passport. Anyone driving on to Fort Meade will be required to submit their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and printed (not digital) proof of insurance. Your vehicle will be subject to search. Consider walking on base if there are any questions at all regarding your vehicle and paperwork.
The proceedings will be held at the Magistrate Court, 4432 Llewellyn Ave, Fort Meade, MD 20755 (this is one mile from the Visitor Center). Most or all visitors are expected to be seated in a remote viewing area near the courtroom equipped with closed circuit TV. Electronic devices, including cell phones, computers, cameras, will be barred from both the courtroom and the remote viewing area. The military will use metal detectors to enforce this ban.
According to Kevin Gosztola in What to Expect at Bradley Manning's Pre-Trial Hearing, this hearing will determine whether Brad will face a courts martial over what the government charges, and has a certain outcome.
"Manning faces a 'general courts-martial,' the most serious of the three types of court martial. It is the most serious because individuals can be charged with the death penalty. While the military says it will not charge Manning with the death penalty, the military has accused Manning of 'aiding the enemy' leading many to believe he might be treated like someone who committed 'treason' and be charged with the death penalty."
All the more reason to be following this case closely!