Bradley Manning: LGBT activists call for protest against SF Pride committeeBreaking News, Top Highlights Monday, April 29th, 2013
As the backlash continues from Friday’s statement from SF Pride’s board president, Lisa Williams, saying that Bradley Manning will not be an SF Pride grand marshal and that it was a mistake LGBT activists are calling for a protest against the SF Pride committee today at 5 p.m. in the city’s Market Street.
Advocate.com reported activists Michael Petrelis, Tommi Avicolli Mecca, and Lisa Geduldig are behind the call to action.
“Our message to SF Pride is that they should make Manning a grand marshal of this year’s Pride march and celebration because of his brave act of whistleblowing against the military industrial complex,” said Petrelis. “We are fed up with marriage and military concerns sucking the oxygen out of what used to be a queer movement and Pride march and celebration about social justice for queers.”
The organizers are asking participants to carry “I Am Bradley Manning” signs and to wear Manning masks.
Manning was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the Web site WikiLeaks. He was charged with a number of offenses, including communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source and aiding the enemy. He was arraigned in February 2012 at Fort Meade, Md. The trial is expected to begin in June.
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