2013-08-03 Sunday in DC: Cornel West, Chris Hedges to answer questions on WikiLeaks whistleblower verdict

When: Sunday, August 4, 2013 from 3 to 5:30pm
Where: Friends Meeting House of DC, 2111 Florida Ave, NW, Washington DC (Enter via Phelps Street gate)

On Sunday, August 4, 2013, from 3 to 5:30 PM widely renowned scholar Dr. Cornel West and former New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges will join members of the Bradley Manning Support Network for a special presentation on the legal, journalistic and ethical implications of this historic trial. Following the presentation, both Hedges and West will take questions from the public and press.

On Tuesday, Manning was acquitted of the 'aiding the enemy' charge, and found guilty of 20 other charges, including several counts of espionage. As a writer for the Washington Post recently noted, the broadly worded Espionage Act has been rarely used in the U.S., and has a controversial history. Military court dictates no minimum sentence for Manning's convictions, and the sentencing phase of Manning's trial is expected to conclude by the end of August, with multiple appeals processes and a campaign for presidential pardon to follow.

Cornel West is is a well-known American philosopher, academic, activist, author, and public intellectual on matters of race and social justice. He is a frequent media commentator on political and social issues on networks such as CNN, CSPAN, MSNBC, and PBS and programs such as Real Time With Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.

Chris Hedges is the author of War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. Having served as war correspondent for the New York Times for 15 years, his writing now appears on TruthDig. He recently sued the Obama Administration over the constitutionality of new detention powers in the National Defense Authorization Act.

Both guests have attended Bradley Manning's court martial proceedings at Ft. Meade, MD, and are prepared to answer questions from press and public on the importance of these proceedings, their implication for the future of our country, and why they support Manning as an Army whistleblower.

This event is free and open to the public as well as members of the press.

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The Bradley Manning Support Network funds 100% of Bradley Manning's legal defense and educates the public about his case.

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