Updated: March 7, 2019
|Donate to her legal fund here.||Statement from the Chelsea Resists Support Committee: “Leave Chelsea Alone”|
See list of References below that will be up to date soon and updated every morning, as we get more information.
Updated statement from her support team on March 5, 2019:
Our statement on today’s hearing:
“By demanding that Chelsea testify and keeping the basic facts of this grand jury under seal, the government today denied the public’s right to see this oppressive process in the light of day.” #LeaveChelseaAlonehttps://t.co/IrAalhp5Mi
— ChelseaResists (@ResistsChelsea) March 5, 2019
We need to help our friend Chelsea again, as she needs legal funds in order to resist a Grand Jury Subpoena that she has been served with.
From the Chelsea Resists Legal Fund web page:
Chelsea Manning has been summoned to appear and give testimony before a federal grand jury. The grand jury is related to her 2010 disclosures of information about the nature of asymmetric warfare to the public.
Following in the footsteps of scores of other activists, Chelsea refused to testify in front of the grand jury, and is currently incarcerated for civil attempt. She may be held until she “purges”- which she won’t- or until the grand jury is released.
Chelsea risked so much for public good, and has been through a lot of hardship. Let’s show her solidarity together and let the State know their punitive harassment won’t be tolerated.
What are grand juries?
Grand juries are used to establish “probable cause” that a felony offense has been committed. Prosecutors run the proceedings behind closed doors, without a judge or defense attorney present. Basically, the whole process is rigged to favor indictment of the individual accused of a crime. They have also been used historically to oppress and frighten targeted groups, in particular, people perceived as dissidents and activists.
Why Resist a grand jury?
Due to their secretive nature and limitless subpoena power, the government has utilized grand jury processes as tools for garnering information about movements by questioning witnesses behind closed doors. Since testimony before grand juries is secret, grand juries can create fear by suggesting that some members of a political community may be secretly cooperating with the government. In this way, grand juries can seed suspicion and fear in activist communities.
What will funds go toward specifically?
We will need legal funds for Chelsea’s legal fees, and legal costs such as court transcripts and travel, and commissary.
If Chelsea does not end up needing these funds they will go to other radical projects of our choosing.
Thank you for your support!
- Chelsea Manning Fights Subpoena — Showing How Federal Grand Juries Are Unaccountable Tools of Repression – March 2, 2019 – by Natasha Lennard for The Intercept. https://theintercept.com/2019/03/02/chelsea-manning-subpoena-grand-jury/
2. Questions regarding Chelsea Manning’s support committee should be directed to ChelseaResists@protonmail.com
3. Chelsea Manning is represented by Moira Meltzer-Cohen, appellate attorney Vincent Ward, and local counsel Chris Leibig and Sandra Freeman.