Today, May 17th, IDAHOT, Chelsea Manning is to be released from prison.
On a personal level I am so so happy for her and I hope she is safe, loved and supported and has a chance to rest, to heal, to overcome. I hope the shit media leave her alone and I hope the first image of her that gets blasted in every newspaper is one that she is happy about.
On a community level, I keep in mind that this is the work of a dedicated group of activists, who kept on pushing, who didn’t give up and didn’t let go, who did the work of pressing for her freedom even after most people had moved on to other things.
And I keep in my heart all the people who didn’t get there, who never got liberty, safety, healing. All whose cases were ‘too complicated’ for most activist groups to stand behind them. All who were left behind because our movements are not consistant and principled enough to leave no one behind and there is a tendency to focus on a few famous cases.
This IDAHOT I think of every prisoner that is not free yet.