Tangerine Bolen, Executive Director
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Revolution Truth releases Wikileaks film
14 July 2011 - On the day that Julian Assange begins his appeal against extradition to Sweden, citizen-driven media project Revolution Truth released its first short films, centered around an open letter to the US Government in support of Wikileaks. These shorts, in a project endorsed by Michael Moore, have been produced with the contributions of over 300 individuals from around the world. A major redesign of the RevolutionTruth website, also unveiled today, includes the launch of two new campaigns: one in support of accused whistleblower Bradley Manning and another encouraging solidarity with emerging democratic movements in the Middle East and beyond.
RevolutionTruth is a grassroots, wholly volunteer-led endeavor that conducts campaigns by pairing open letters to influential figures or institutions with short films made up of messages from the public. The first RevolutionTruth campaign began in December 2010 when organization founder Tangerine Bolen decided to stand up to the Obama administration's alarming handling of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. The open letter that Tangerine composed has been signed by nearly 10,000 concerned citizens and is today being released in video form with contributions from around the world.
“The goal with our original project was to show the US government that, although WikiLeaks is a complicated phenomenon, people all over the world support them. WikiLeaks offers common people access to truths we need, including the truth about abuses of power and secrecy, unethical behavior, and even criminality, on the part of both governments and corporations. While we do not endorse 100% transparency for democratic governments that need some measure of secrecy, we believe that WikiLeaks functions as a course correction in perilous times.” Tangerine Bolen
"This is great! I'm so glad you're doing this. People have had enough of the lies. It's up to us to make the change happen." Michael Moore
RevolutionTruth’s second campaign kicks off with the publication of an Open Letter to accused Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning, who has now spent over a year in military detention awaiting trial. As with the earlier campaign, RevolutionTruth’s Open Letter to Bradley Manning, which has the full support of the Bradley Manning Support Network and UK Friends of Bradley Manning, is intended to prompt statements of support for Bradley and video messages from around the world. A copy of the letter will also be sent to Bradley himself at Fort Leavenworth.
"People standing with Bradley Manning is important not only for Bradley, but for the US government to see that many consider Manning a hero, if he is guilty of what he is accused. The release of the Collateral Murder video and other Wikileaks documents have provided Americans a glimpse of what U.S. foreign policy does. We citizens of the United States need to take responsibility for these policies and change them." Kevin Zeese a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network steering committee.
Finally, RevolutionTruth unveils its Global Unrest and Resistance campaign today, inviting those asserting their democratic rights in the Middle East, in Europe and elsewhere to submit messages and share the wealth of their experience with a global network concerned with all aspects of political representation and government accountability.
"All people of the world deserve the chance at a decent, meaningful, safe existence. We need just systems and legitimate democracies. We stand with our brothers and sisters who are fighting for their rights around the world." Tangerine Bolen
RevolutionTruth is a growing, global community of people dedicated to defending WikiLeaks, whistleblowers, and legitimate democracies. RevolutionTruth is a diverse group of people from around the world who share is a common set of fundamental values centered on truth, transparency, democratic rights and freedoms, integrity, and a desire for equitable, just and sustainable systems.
Members of RevolutionTruth come from all walks of life and from over 150 countries. They speak many languages and have dramatically different life experiences and backgrounds. But they share one fundamental thing: a profound commitment to changing our world, and to using citizen-driven media, and "information by the people for the people", in order to do so.