Julian Assange & Journalism Face Certain Death Unless We Organize Now!
The second phase of WikiLeaks founder and publisher, Julian Assange, begins on Sept 7, 2020. He is currently on remand in Covid-ridden Belmarsh prision in London. UN Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, has stated repeatedly that Assange has been subjected to prolonged, psychological torture. If extradited to the US, he faces 17 charges under the Espionage Act, a show trial, and 175 in prison for the 2010 publication of Collateral Murder, the Iraq/Afghan War Logs, the Gitmo Files, and Cablegate.
This would set the precedent that any journalist can be prosecuted by any country seeking retaliation for the disclosure of their crimes!
We are asking you to organize with us!
In February, Action4Assange held demonstrations and events in Washington DC and Arlington, VA during the first round of Julian’s hearing. These events we co-sponsored by Code Pink, Popular Resistance, Veterans For Peace, People’s Power Assembly, Unity4J, and the 1vs5i campaign.
We call upon you to activate the members within your respective organization for coordinated demonstrations across the globe!
Action4Assange is producing a series of teach-ins, designed to educate/bring up to date everyone concerned about the fate of journalism, human rights, and rule of law. Please help distribute this informative mini-documentary! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iSkhnS0Xag
Together, we can save the life on an innocent man and save press freedom for generations!
With it being the month of way we have put a heavy focus into contacting the different organized labor groups around the world. This week we are going to continue that theme by reaching out to different chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Democratic Socialist of America The DSA is a political organizing institution that spans the entire country. Political identity aside, they focus a lot of energy on issues of war and humans right quite often. We are asking people to share the first Teach-In with them, as well as up-to-date articles on Julian’s situation. Teach-In One “Who is Julian Assange?”
Share the first Teach-In with 10 people! So everyone hates chain letters, but its important to get the message out about the Julian’s situation the best we can. Sharing the teach-in can be a great way to start a conversation with other friends/loved ones about the current threat to the free press. Teach-In One “Who is Julian Assange?”
Supporting Targets and Journalists
Please donate if possible, if not please share their fundraiser links across social media!
This weeks actions will focus on getting different organizations making statements about Julian Assange and the threat to global press freedom that his case represents. We will also be continuing to contact labor organizations in the United States in an attempt to build solidarity with workers and organizers across the country.
Help Plan The September Protests in DC! You can join the Discord to help organize We also need people to help share the GoFundMe
Asking Organizations To Join The Action! Often times organizations are willing to respond to public pressure, and providing them with updated information, link to statements from other groups, and information from the UN.
Contacting the IBEW As part of our continuing outreach to different members of organized labor, we are randomly selecting different local and state branches of the IBEW about Julian’s situation. Please, as always, be polite when you are contacting different people and dont take any differences in opinions personally. (Tool; http://www.ibew.org/Tools/Local-Union-Directory)
With the month of May standing as a symbol as international worker solidarity, we are going to use this week’s action to contact labor leaders and worker groups around the world! Please make sure to be respectful!
1. Provide recent news and updates about Julian’s situation for them to distribute to their membership. 2. We should educate and encourage them to start groups similar to Doctors 4 Assange and Lawyers 4 Assange, but specific for their trade. 3. We can also ask them to have the organizations issue statements on Julian’s behalf about his trial and treatment. 4. Ask for a point of contact about who in the organization would handle a request like this. 5. You can always share Action 4 Assange’s contact information; Email ActionForAssange@ProtonMail.com
Mike Pompeo is a GOON! On World Press Freedom Day the Spook known as Secretary Pompeo released a tweet praising journalists who work in repressive environments.. Give this creep a flyby middle finger. “We commend the efforts of journalists working in repressive environments to support the free flow of accurate information, including on #COVID19. We call for the immediate release of all journalists imprisoned for their reporting. #WPFD20” https://mobile.twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1256737003179323394
September DC Protest and GoFundMe Launched! Please contribute and share the official Action4Assange GoFundMe to help us get to DC this September for Julian’s court trial. We will have additional details on dates as this is a 3 week long hearing. Please begin the initial planning steps for joining us in DC or holding a protest in your own community!