Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Commend the decision to release Chelsea Manning 29 years early from prison.
President Obama commuted all but 4 months of the remainder of Chelsea Manning’s sentence, after she has spent 7 years as a transgender woman in a men’s military prison. Manning’s sentence of 35 years was by far the longest sentence in U.S. history for whistle-blowing, and Ms. Manning (formerly known as Bradley) attempted suicide twice in the past year, under the strain of transitioning in such an environment. Thanks in part to petitions like this one at ForceChange, Chelsea Manning will be released later this year and freed from an undeserved and uncertain future of incarceration.
Manning was convicted for disclosing information about U.S. military actions, which exposed many injustices, war crimes, and human rights violations, and did not cause harm to the United States. Her punishment was excessive and a miscarriage of justice. Sign below to thank President Obama for setting this right.
Dear President Obama,
I would like to commend you for your decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence. The actions she was convicted for were in the interest of the public, and her sentence of 35 years was excessive–the longest ever in the U.S. for a whistle-blowing conviction.
Additionally, it was a violation of Manning’s human rights that she was held for 7 years in a men’s military prison as a transgender woman. Thank you for protecting the rights and well-being of an American citizen, and standing on the side of justice by commuting Manning’s sentence.
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