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Bradley Manning Support Network

Advisory Board

As of December 2011;[1]

As of January 2012 the board had changed somewhat;[2]

Bradley Manning Support Network Steering Committee members, as of January 2012;[3]


The prominent individuals and organizations below have endorsed the effort to secure justice for Bradley Manning.

  • Activist San Diego is a social justice organization that promotes and facilitates the development of an active, inter-related, progressive community in San Diego through networking, culture and electronic technology.
  • Professor Noam Chomsky is a linguist, cognitive scientist, philosopher, political activist and prolific author. “It is a privilege to join the campaign to support Bradley Manning for his courage and integrity in serving his country by helping make the government accountable to its citizens, and to inform the world of what its people should know,” Chomsky says.
  • Code Pink: Women for Peace is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities. Code Pink rejects foreign policies based on domination and aggression, and instead calls for policies based on diplomacy, compassion and a commitment to international law. With an emphasis on joy and humor, Code Pink women and men seek to activate, amplify and inspire a community of peacemakers through creative campaigns and a commitment to non-violence. Code Pink co-founder and Bradley Manning Support Network Advisory Board member Medea Benjamin says: “Democracy needs whistleblowers and peace activists need Bradley Manning. We must honor his courage by turning these leaks into a tsunami of support for him and pressure on our elected officials to end the wars.”
  • Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo is a founder and leader of the No FEAR Coalition and EPA Employees Against Racial Discrimination. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Whistleblower Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to protecting the rights of employee whistleblowers. Good Housekeeping presented her with its Women in Government award in 2003. “To single out this young man, who unlike his superiors has the moral conviction and the requisite courage to call a war crime a war crime—is reprehensible,” Coleman-Adebayo says. “We have an immediate past-President, Vice President, Secretaries of Defense and State, Directors of Central Intelligence and many other high-ranking U.S. officials who were instrumental in the lies that led to the wars the United States started under the Bush administration. Yet not one of those senior officials has been held accountable.” Dr. Coleman-Adebayo is a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network’s Advisory Board.
  • Courage to Resist is dedicated to supporting public GI resisters. The organization also strives to provide political, emotional, and material support to all military objectors critical of our government’s current policies of empire. A grassroots project, Courage to Resist has a record of successfully working with many resisters and their families in raising funds for civilian legal representation and public education campaigns.“If Pfc. Bradley Manning did share the WikiLeaks video as charged, he was likely compelled to do so to expose a possible war crime. Courage to Resist believes that Pfc. Manning is unjustly imprisoned and awaiting court martial regardless of his factual guilt or innocence. We’re dedicated to helping provide him civilian legal representation of his choosing, in part by hosting the Bradley Manning defense fund,” said Jeff Paterson, Project Director.
  • Daniel Ellsberg, famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower and Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, supports our mission to ensure a fair trial for Pfc. Bradley Manning. A former marine and IVAW Advisory Board Member, Ellsberg is a Harvard-educated author, lecturer, activist and author of Papers on the War, and Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. “From what I’ve heard of (Pfc. Bradley) Manning, he is a new hero of mine,” Ellsberg has stated. Mr. Ellsberg is a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network’s Advisory Board.
  • Former US Senator Mike Gravel (D-Alaska, 1969-1981) was instrumental in bringing the Pentagon Papers to public attention in 1971. Gravel says: “Bradley Manning has displayed intellect and courage far beyond his years. He has demonstrated a sensitivity to the needs of our Democracy: informing the American public of the actual goings-on within the military at war. How else will voters influence their representatives? His conduct properly embarrasses our political and military leadership from the president on down. Any punishment for his actions underscores that embarrassment.” He is the author of Citizen Power: A Mandate for Change, A Political Odyssey (with Joe Lauria) and other works.
  • Scott Horton is the host of Antiwar Radio and keeper of The Stress Blog and was foreign policy adviser to 2004 US Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Michael Badnarik. “Bradley Manning’s (apparent) self-sacrifice in order to deliver to the people of America and the world important truths about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is nothing short of heroic,” Horton says. “Were the these facts dependent only on America’s ‘free press’ to receive the light of day, they would all simply suffocate in the dark. The Obama administration’s persecution of Pfc. Manning – they are pursuing a conviction which could lead to a sentence amounting to life in prison – is even beyond their typical shameless belligerence. It is a battle that must be joined. Please help the Bradley Manning Support Network, Courage to Resist and their associates in raising the money necessary to defend this brave young man before his upcoming military court martial.”
  • In the Minefield is a blog run by and featuring US military veterans of the Vietnam era, and provides analysis and opinion about current events and through the lens of those who served in one of the United States most bloody and controversial conflicts. They are supporters of Bradley Manning for exposing the truth about the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and write regularly about him on their blog.
  • Iraq Veterans Against the War was founded by Iraq war veterans in 2004. IVAW is a voice for the large number of active duty service people and veterans who are against this war, but are under various pressures to remain silent. IVAW is leading the movement of veterans and GIs working to bring the troops home now. Members educate the public about the realities of the Iraq war by speaking in communities and to the media about their experiences. Members also dialogue with youth in classrooms about the realities of military service. IVAW supports all those resisting the war, including Conscientious Objectors and others facing military prosecution for their refusal to fight. IVAW Executive Director Jose Vasquez is a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network’s Advisory Board.
  • Ethan McCord is a former U.S. Army Specialist and co-author of An Open Letter of Reconciliation & Responsibility to the Iraqi People. He can be seen in the Collateral Murder video pulling the two injured children from the van to get them medical care. “At that point, I became opposed to the war in Iraq. I support the troops but do not support the war. I commend Bradley Manning, if he did in fact release that video, for shining the light of truth on this war,” McCord says.
  • Ray McGovern is a retired CIA officer and outspoken political activist on intelligence and war issues. McGovern appears in Speaking Freely, Vol. 3: Ray McGovern on the Corruption of U.S. Intelligence and is a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network’s Advisory Board.
  • The Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild is a network of attorneys, law students, and legal workers concerned with the rights of servicemembers and veterans. The Task Force assists soldiers and vets who oppose the war in Afghanistan and the continuing occupation of Iraq. It provides legal support for military resisters, conscientious objectors and dissidents, and for the victims of oppressive military practices and policies. In addition, the Task Force offers information and advocacy for students and families protesting the militarization of their schools, communities and culture. Its parent organization, the Guild, was founded in 1937 to represent progressive political movements, using the law to protect human rights above property interests and to attain social justice.
  • Michael Moore is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker and and bestselling author. He is the Director and Producer of four of the top nine highest-grossing documentaries of all time. His films include the groundbreaking Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, SiCKO, and Capitalism: A Love Story. In September, 2008, his Slacker Uprising became the first feature film from a major director to be released for free on the Internet (on purpose). He has written seven books including Stupid White Men, Dude, Where’s My Country? and, most recently, Mike’s Election Guide 2008. He produced and directed the Emmy Award-winning TV show, TV Nation, as well as The Awful Truth. On 20 August 2010, Moore told the Associated Press that he will contribute $5,000 to Bradley Manning’s defense. “He did a courageous thing and he did a patriotic thing,” Moore said. Moore is a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network’s Advisory Board.
  • Movement for a Democratic Society is a global association of people on the left. It seeks to create a sustained community of educational and political concern and actions: one bringing together liberals and radicals, activists and scholars, students, faculty and workers in all trades. It maintains a vision of a democratic society, where at all levels the people have control of the decisions which affect them and the resources on which they are dependent. It seeks a relevance through the continual focus on realities and on the programs necessary to effect change at the most basic levels of economic, political, and social organization. It feels the urgency to put forth a radical, democratic program counter-posed to authoritarian movements.Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS) supports Bradley Manning!
  • The No FEAR Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan oversight organization committed to the education and defense of victims of employer discrimination through the 2002 No FEAR Act. The law advances good governance through congressional oversight, agency accountability, financial penalties and disciplinary consequences for illegal behavior in the federal government.
  • James Oaksun is national chair of Outright Libertarians, an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other self-identified “queer” (LGBTQ) Libertarian Party activists and supporters. In addition, he is treasurer of the Libertarian National Committee, a member of the LNC’s executive committee and Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of Maine. Mr. Oaksun commented, “We are involved in two hot wars, and we learned a long time ago that ‘following orders’ is not a defense for improper actions. I am troubled by the information and the nature of the events Pfc. Manning has revealed, and also think it’s inexcusable to attempt to impugn Pfc. Manning personally. I am pleased to support Pfc. Manning and urge that his case be adjudicated promptly.”
  • The Oklahoma Center for Conscience was founded in 2004 and is supported by several Oklahoma-based religious and activist communities. OCC’s work is conducted by people from various backgrounds and beliefs who are united by a belief in the power of conscience as the way to end war and warmaking and in establishing nonviolence and cooperation as the cornerstone of a just society. OCC focuses its efforts on GI Rights, counter-recruitment education and conscience formation.
  • QueerToday, a network of queer social justice activists.
  • Marakay Rogers is a Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate for Pennsylvania, alternate regional delegate to the Libertarian National Committee and board member of Outright Libertarians, an association of LGBTQ Libertarian Party activists and supporters. “Bradley Manning is an American hero,” Rogers says. “In this day and age, there is no more dangerous yet vitally necessary act than speaking the truth about our government.”
  • The San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice formed in September of 2001 to actively promote peace and oppose military violence.We are composed of people from many progressive organizations,faiths, and political points of view. Since September 11, 2001 the SDCPJ has sponsored teach-ins, vigils,and rallies aimed at opposing the repeal of civil and human rights,and ending the use of military force by the United States. The coalition continues to speak to these issues as well as otherconcerns affecting social justice in the San Diego region.
  • The San Diego Military Counseling Project, a member group of the G.I. Rights Hotline, is an organization of vets and other people working with active duty folks and their families who are having problems within the military. SDMCP provides information, experience and support that enables servicemembers to know what civil rights they still have, even while in the military. The group can also help people apply for discharges based on conscientious objection, hardship and dependency or other reasons.
  • The San Francisco Labor Council is the San Francisco body of the AFL-CIO. They are a nonprofit membership organization and serve as headquarters to the labor community in San Francisco. The SFLC represents more than 100,000 union members and their families who belong to over 150 affiliate unions. In a resolution announced on August 10, 2010, the S.F. Labor council formally opposed the prosecution of Bradley Manning. They sent letters to President Obama, California Congressional representatives and Senators Feinstein and Boxer calling for the charges to be dropped and Manning to be released. They also called on other union locals, labor councils and state and national federations to send letters to President Obama and Congressional representatives calling for the release of Bradley Manning.
  • Socialist Alternative works in coalition with others to fight for social, economic and environmental justice, while aiming to get at the root cause of the world’s problems – the capitalist system. They salute Bradley Manning for the courageous stand he has taken!
  • Christina Tobin, Founder of Free & Equal, a non-partisan, non-profit public policy advocacy group dedicated to election reform and improving ballot access laws in the United States. The organization also engages in activism for causes independent of the current two-party duopoly. “A healthy democracy thrives on transparency. The unjustified secrecy of the past two administrations has undermined peace and freedom, and threatened our historical claim to an open society,” Tobin says.
  • Joel Tyner, four-time Dutchess County legislator and congressional front runner, has, with his organization the “Real Majority Project of the Hudson Valley”, motivated support for Labor Day rallies, Martin Luther King marches, and interfaith vigils for economic justice. They stand strongly in support Bradley Manning and continue to advocate on his behalf.
  • The Tom Hayden Peace and Justice Resource Center is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a registered public charity. Founded by writer and activist Tom Hayden, the Peace and Justice Resource Center is focused on public education about the need for the US to exit the wars in the Middle East.
  • United for Peace and Justice is a coalition of more than 1400 local and national groups throughout the United States who have joined together to protest the immoral and disastrous Iraq War and oppose our government’s policy of permanent warfare and empire-building.
  • The UXO Show unites service-members, veterans, and musicians to amplify what the troops have been saying the entire time: “Bring Us Home. End the Wars. And Take Care of Our Veterans!”
  • Veterans for Peace is a nonprofit educational and humanitarian organization of veterans throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Founded in 1985, Veterans for Peace is a United Nations-recognized Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to increasing public awareness about the costs of war, the consequences of militarism and the need for effective, peaceful alternatives.
  • Voters for Peace has a mission to mobilize anti-war voters into a visible and effective political force that cannot be ignored. We urge voters to sign the Voters’ Pledge, stating says they will only vote for and support candidates who oppose wars of aggression. The pledge has been signed by more than 170,000 voters. Voters for Peace provides voters with the information and tools they need to be effective peace advocates; this includes educating their friends and family on war and occupation, writing letters to the media, holding congressional and presidential candidates accountable and participating in anti-war events. Voters for Peace co-founder and Executive Director Kevin Zeese is a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network’s advisory board.
  • The War Resisters League has been resisting war at home and war abroad since 1923. Today, as one of the leading radical voices in the antiwar movement, we challenge military recruitment and war profiteering, organize nonviolent direct action, and offer on-the-ground tools to end the current war and all wars. The War Resisters League affirms that war is a crime against humanity. We therefore are determined not to support any kind of war, international or civil, and to strive nonviolently for the removal of all causes of war, including racism, sexism and all forms of human exploitation. War Resisters League believes that Bradley Manning should be free because speaking the truth about war is not a crime. We honor Bradley for his courageous act of resistance to the U.S. occupation of West and South Asia.
  • The Washington Peace Center is an anti-racist, grassroots, multi-issue organization working for peace, justice, and non-violent social change in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area since 1963. We provide education, resources and action for peace and justice. We are proud to support Bradley Manning and demand he be immediately released from custody and that all charges against him be dropped. We must encourage the next GI to help expose war crimes by releasing the truth.
  • The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center promotes lasting peace, social justice, and a culture of nonviolence at home and worldwide. We call on our government and society to disavow policies of violence, and to seek a culture of peace and healing for the Earth and all people. “The peace movement in Bellingham, WA, stands in solidarity with Bradley Manning, a hero who affirms that truth will be revealed when courageous people stand up against forces of injustice” says Marie Marchand, Executive Director.
  • The World Can't Wait organizes people living in the United States to repudiate and stop the fascist direction initiated by the Bush Regime, including: the murderous, unjust and illegitimate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan; the global “war of terror” of torture, rendition and spying; and the culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed.
  • US Army Colonel (ret.) Ann Wright is known as an outspoken opponent of the Iraq war and for having been one of three State Department officials to publicly resign in direct protest of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. More recently, she was a passenger on the Challenger 1, part of the Gaza flotilla. LTC Wright is co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience and a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network’s Advisory Board.[4]

The Bradley Manning Defense Fund

By January 2012, 5,152 individuals had donated a total $392,396 to the defense fund, while an additional 679 supporters (including WikiLeaks) have given $47,396 to Bradley's legal trust account. With the legal fees paid up for now ($122,000) we're focusing on public outreach and education (Updated October 27, 2011).[5]