Target: Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning
Goal: Drop the ridiculous charges against imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning for attempting suicide.
Persecuted whistleblower Chelsea Manning is facing a number of trumped-up charges for attempting suicide in prison. Manning has reportedly faced significant abuse while in custody after being convicted for blowing the whistle on illegal government activity, including being placed in a men’s prison despite the fact that she’s a trans woman. It’s no surprise that she’s suicidal.
Manning is facing indefinite solitary confinement for the rest of her 30-year term. Long term solitary confinement has been called torture by health experts as it produces severe emotional distress and permanent changes in the brain. This is a horrible thing to do to someone who survived a suicide attempt that was made because of her emotional distress.
The charges against her are also completely ridiculous. She is being charged with “resisting the force cell move team” despite the fact that she was unconscious at the time and “conduct which threatens” because apparently trying to quietly take one’s life in a single cell puts the entire prison at risk.
Supporters of Manning have pointed out that her ill treatment from prison authorities is likely an attempt to intimidate future potential whistleblowers. Either way, an attempted suicide is a sign that someone is in dire need to help, not a reason to punish them and make them even more miserable. Sign our petition to demand that these absurd charges be dropped and that Manning is given the mental health treatment she desperately needs.
Dear Secretary Fanning,
More abuses and absurd charges are reportedly being leveled against Chelsea Manning, the prisoner who was convicted for blowing the whistle on governmental crimes–this time because she attempted to take her own life. She likely did so due to facing a long sentence in an all-male prison despite the fact that she’s a woman, yet instead of getting help and support, she’s being punished and threatened with years of solitary confinement.
Solitary confinement is tantamount to torture. Mental health experts have found that it causes severe trauma and permanent brain damage. It’s the last thing that should be done to someone in so much emotional distress that they attempt suicide. The charges leveled against her also make no sense. How could she resist the force cell move team if she was unconscious?
We demand that all charges against Chelsea Manning related to her attempted suicide be immediately dropped and that she is given the mental health treatment she clearly needs.
[Your Name Here]
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