From “COURAGE TO RESIST”- A Note From Private Bradley Manning’s Civilian Attorney David E Coombs
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"Brad also asked me to specifically thank on his behalf the unflinching support of Courage to Resist..."
From David Coombs
Civilian defense counsel
for US Army PFC Bradley Manning
July 14, 2012
Over the past two years, thousands of individuals have either donated to the
defense fund or given freely of their time to support PFC Bradley Manning. The support provided has come in many forms:
Signing petitions (standwithbrad.org);
Standing up to say "I am Bradley Manning"
Writing to military/government authorities;
Writing letters to the editors of local and national
Attending marches, rallies, and other public events to raise
awareness about Bradley Manning;
Using social media to write about the case and the events of
Contacting government representatives;
Sending messages of support to my
Donating to the legal defense
Volunteering with the
Bradley Manning Support Network
and Courage to Resist.
At every court hearing, I am given the opportunity to witness this support first hand. The attendance by supporters during these hearings has been nothing short of inspiring. Although my client is not permitted to engage those in attendance, he is aware of your presence and support.
During our latest hearing on 6-8 June, I was particularly struck by the warmth of support by those in attendance. At one point during a break, I had causally mentioned that it was my anniversary.
Apparently a supporter had overheard this statement, and took up a collection to give flowers, a balloon, and a thoughtful card to me and my wife. This kind gesture is emblematic of the type of people who are
I would like to publicly thank all those who have supported my client over the past two years. I also want to pass on the following message from Brad: "I am very grateful for your support and humbled by your ongoing efforts." Brad also asked me to specifically thank on his behalf the unflinching support of Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network.
What happens in this court-martial is of vital importance to all of us. With your continued support, we will ensure that justice is achieved for Brad.
David E, Coombs
Civilian defense counsel for US Army PFC Bradley Manning
Courage to Resist hosts the Bradley Manning Defense Fund in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network. The Defense Fund has been, and continues to be, responsible for 100% of Bradley's legal expenses. That's amounted to $200,000 thus far, with at least another $50,000 needed through trial.
If you'd like your tax-deductible donation today to go towards Bradley's defense only (including legal and public education efforts), just note that on your reply and/or write "Bradley Manning" on your check's memo line. Otherwise, we'll use your contribution to support Bradley along with other military GI resisters.