International Day of Action for Pfc. B. Manning on June 1
• 1 p.m. Gather (Reece Road and US 175, Fort Meade, Maryland)
• 2 p.m. March
• 3 p.m. Rally and Speak Out
Sponsored by the Bradley Manning Support Network and the national Veterans for Peace organization, with the help of Courage to Resist, and many other groups. After more than three years of imprisonment, including nine months of torture, Nobel Peace Prize nominee B. Manning’s trial is finally scheduled to begin June 3, 2013, at Fort Meade, Maryland. The outcome of this trial will determine whether a conscience-driven 25-year-old WikiLeaks whistle-blower spends the rest of their life in prison.
Manning believed that the American people have a right to know the truth about what our government does around the world in our name. We the People must send a message to the military prosecuting authority, and President Obama, that Manning is a patriot and heroic truth-teller.
June 1st is the International Day of Action to Support Pfc. B. Manning. Join us at Fort Meade on the eve of the court martial, and the anniversary of their arrest. Solidarity actions are welcome at bases, recruiting centers and US embassies worldwide. We ask that Veterans for Peace join us in cosponsoring these historic events.
Monday, June 3, 2013
ATTEND THE BEGINNING OF U.S. v. BRADLEY MANNING
8:30 a.m. Enter Fort Meade at Reece Road and US 175, Fort Meade, Maryland
9:00 a.m. Scheduled daily start of hearings at Magistrate Court
4432 Llewellyn Avenue, Fort Meade, MD. It is 2 miles from the Main Gate.
The court martial is expected to last 6-12 weeks. Supporters are encouraged to attend as many days of this trial as they are able.
Parking for Saturday, June 1, 2013. We hope to come to an understanding with local authorities regarding the best place for supporters to park for the Saturday rally. Parking is available about one mile south near Blue Water Blvd (Weis Market) and US 175. We’ll try to help shuttle folks as needed. Portable toilets are expected to be available.
Join us in the courtroom for the trial beginning June 3, 2013. Drive (or taxi) to the Fort Meade Visitor Control Center at the Fort Meade Main Gate (all the other gates are for military ID holders only), Reece Road and US 175, Fort Meade, Maryland. We suggest arriving when the visitor center opens at 7:30 a.m., and certainly before 8:15 a.m. The proceedings are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. daily. The multiple layers of security take time to navigate, and procedures often change from day to day. Each person will need a valid state or federal photo ID such as a driver’s license, state photo ID card, or passport. Foreign passports are accepted. Anyone driving on to Fort Meade will be required to submit their driver’s license, vehicle registration, and printed (not digital) proof of insurance. Your vehicle will be subject to search, and you may be required to cover over political bumper stickers on your vehicle. Consider walking on base if there are any questions at all regarding your vehicle and paperwork.
The proceedings will be held at the Magistrate Court, 4432 Llewellyn Ave, Fort Meade, MD 20755 (this is one mile from the Visitor Center). Electronic devices, including cell phones, computers, cameras, are not allowed in the courtroom, and should be left in your vehicle.
There are no pre-registration requirements for the public to attend the proceedings. However, those wishing to attend as credentialed media should contact the US Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office at 202-685-4645.
The Fort Meade Main Gate is less than 10 miles south of the Baltimore-Washington DC International (BWI) airport. It is located between Washington DC and Baltimore MD.
- From Washington, DC, take MD-295 N towards BALTIMORE to US 175 EAST, then follow 175 EAST until you come to Reece Road. From Baltimore, MD, take MD-295 S towards WASHINGTON to US 175 EAST, then take 175 EAST until you come to Reece Road.
- There is regional bus service from BWI Airport to the Arundel Mills Shopping Center (Bus 017). Then take the CTC K to the Main Gate. For a Google Maps public transit view of this option click here.
Activist-organized round-trip buses:
- Bus from Baltimore, MD
Leaving June 1st at 11:30 am from the 2640 Space at 2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or better yet, reserve your seat today ($10)
- Bus from New York City
Leaving 7:30am June 1st from NYC at 1270 Broadway, between 32nd and 33rd st. Reserve your seat today ($20).
- Bus from Washington, DC
|Leaving June 1st at 11:30am from in front of Union Station, Washington, DC. Contact email@example.com, or better yet, reserve your seat today ($10).
Located outside these cities, but interested in organizing others to go to Ft. Meade? The Bradley Manning Support Network is offering small grants to help with organizing buses and vans to carpool to Ft. Meade for June 1st!
- Note that the nearby Odenton MARC train station serves commuter trains only and does not run on the weekend. Amtrak does not stop at this station.
Where to stay
There are many hotels serving this area just south of the BWI Airport. The closest of these are 5-6 miles from the Ft. Meade Main Gate. One option is Aloft Arundel Mills, 7520 Teague Rd, Hanover, MD, 21076 (866-539-0036), $80-$100 night. A hotels.com search of the area turns up rooms nearby starting at $60 a night. The only lodging really close to the Ft. Meade Main Gate is the White Gables Motel; however, for a number of reasons, we strongly suggest avoiding it.
Reece Road and US 175
Fort Meade, MD 20755
If you are attending the June 1 event at Ft. Meade or anywhere else in the world, submit or email us your photos, videos, commentary, etc. along with media credits.