especially at this time during Bradley Manning’s trial we were very excited to be performing a section from Bradass87 at this important event, to stand with and support our heroic whistleblowers and act from our conscience. We joined Mike Daisey, Ray McGovern and Heidi Boghosian president of the National Lawyers Guild in the program.
performed by: Ben Baur, Matthew Hillyer, Jeff Nash
video: Kevin Brouder
sound: Michael Feld
script: Bradley Manning (composed and directed by Claire Lebowitz)
Through an act of tremendous courage and self-sacrifice, Edward Snowden has revealed the most massive government spying in history into the communications and activities of billions of people on the planet.
If you are outraged by these revelations, by the trampling on fundamental rights, and by the war crimes being carried out in our name–you need to be at Cooper Union this Wednesday night.
This will be an evening of conscience, with speakers and performers. An evening to deepen understanding of what is going and why… and to declare that WE MUST RESIST.
We are at a potentially pivotal moment. People are raising their heads and looking to express their opposition. But the powers that be are now engaging in high-stakes damage control: to frighten people into submission and to tell people not to worry, just go along with “the new normal.” No, we will not be complicit, we do not consent, we take responsibility to act.
On May 23, World Can’t Wait published the Close Guantanamo NOW message in The New York Times as a full page ad. It says, in part:
“In the name of safety, fear, or revenge, American presidents cannot be allowed to arrogate to themselves the power of judge, jury and executioner. Actions that utilize de facto torture, that run roughshod over the rule of law and due process, and that rain down terror and murder on peoples and nations, amount to war crimes. Such actions cannot in any way be morally justified in the name of “protecting Americans.” The lives of people living here are not more precious than any other people’s lives.”
History demands that we follow through on this stand. Join us!
The Great Hall 7 E. 7th Street
Sponsored by World Can’t Wait (866) 973-4463 email@example.com
Co-sponsored by Continuing Education Department, Cooper Union
Free Bradley Manning NYC Pride Coalition
Granny Peace Brigade
Metro Raging Grannies
I Stand With Edward Snowden
Stop Mass Incarceration Network
Malcolm X Center for Self Determination, Greenville, SC