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Bradley Manning Support Rally and MarchDecember 17, 2011
Bay Area CODEPINK
San Francisco, CA
On the birthday (3 months) of the occupy movement and Army whistleblower Bradley Manning (24 years), CODEPINKers from around the Bay showed up for a rally and march in support of Manning. The second day of his pre-trial hearing, after over 500 (!) days of imprisonment, 8 months in solitary confinement, was just concluding as we gathered in the plaza (formerly Justin Herman) that OccupySF has renamed in his honor.
Toby brought her 3 beautiful banners - one specifically for Bradley, one saying "No Killing for Empire" and a new one: "OCCUPY for Peace and Justice." Leslie brought Martha's smaller, lovely "DEMOCRACY NOW" fringed banner. We marched in our pink contigent holding up photo signs with Bradley's face and our own handmade signs. Nancy M was decked out in her Princess Tent following the "tent monster" examples from occupiers in Australia.
The 3 PM march up Market Street was one of many that have happened every Saturday, for various causes, for the 3 months that OccupySF has existed -- that alone being a remarkable achievement. Hundreds marched while a long line of people watched intently from the sidewalk, often taking photos or videos.
We stopped at a large Wells Fargo bank at the busy corner of Post and Montgomery in SF's financial district, where injured antiwar veteran Scott Olsen spoke briefly but movingly in support of Bradley. Another young IVAW vet and Bill Creighton, president of SF Vets for Peace, also spoke.
After hiking up Montgomery Street among stopped motorists who honked in support, held out hands for high-5s and took photos, we ended our lively march in Sue Berman Park, across the street from the former encampment. Pieces of chocolate and vanilla cake were passed out for all to enjoy, while Day 1 occupiers spoke on mic about their experiences and intentions. A magical moment came as dozens of us watched the "Free Parrots of Telegraph Hill" (from the documentary about them) in nearby trees.
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