To mark the beginning of the next phase of accused whistle-blower
Bradley Manning's pre-trial hearings and noting that he has spent 825
days in prison, some under torturous conditions, World Can't Wait
organized an activity on August 27, 2012 at Grand Central Station in NYC.
The plan was to circulate within the station carrying images of Manning that stated "I
am Bradley Manning" along with signs that said, "Blowing the whistle on
war crimes is not a crime". Leaflets would also be handed out. At the
sound of a whistle participants would freeze in place and then resume
walking at the sound of another whistle.
Before entering the station a brief discussion took place between a
police captain on duty at the station and an organizer at which time the
captain informed the organizer that whistles could not be used. As the
10 participants entered the station they spotted over 20 police officers
carrying many handcuffs as well as one photographing from the balcony.
Demonstrators circulated through the huge main area doing what they
planned. There were many opportunities to engage with people who wanted
to know who Bradley is. Many approached just to ask why so many police
were in there as well as outside the station. The group maintained the
action for an hour and believed that despite being a small group the
activity was very worthwhile because of the number of people they were
able to speak to.