Press freedom and freedom of speech in under attack in the United States and throughout the world. Just last year, nearly 100 journalists were killed while on the job or because of the subject of their reporting. We cannot allow our local press organizations to publicly promote themselves as defenders of the first amendment all while not issuing statements in support of the most persecuted journalist in the world, Julian Assange.

Press freedom and freedom of speech is in under attack in the United States and throughout the world. Just last year, nearly 100 journalists were killed while on the job or because of the subject of their reporting. We cannot allow our local press organizations to publicly promote themselves as defenders of the first amendment all while not issuing statements in support of the most persecuted journalist in the world, Julian Assange.

Please join the initiative to write your local press organizations and clubs asking them to issue a formal statement in support of Julian Assange and in condemnation of the United States government’s decision to charge him with espionage and conspiracy. 


  • Prior to writing your letter, study the organization’s website. Read their goals, vision and mission statement.
  • At the introduction of the letter address the points of similarity you share with your local press organization. (For example– promoting excellence in journalism, building a fellowship among journalists, etc.)
  • Use their own statements on their website to cite why they should issue a statement in support of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
  • Example: On the Press Club of Cleveland’s website, it reads “The Press Club’s vision is that Northeast Ohio always supports… professionals, products and platforms that defend and further the public’s right to have access to information.” Then explain to them that because they are an organization thatsupports professionals who defend and further the public’s right to know, they should issue a statement to support Julian Assange.
  • Provide thoughtful evidence to support your claims.
  • Make it short and get to the point. Avoid exceeding one full page.
  • Remember, you are trying to politely convince an organization to act in a certain way.
  • Explain to them why it is in their best interest to do what you are requesting them to do.
  • Do not assume they will not accept your request.
  • Conclude the letter by acknowledging that you look forward to hearing a response.
  • For questions contact


Chicago Weekend of Action

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We are proud to announce a weekend of #Action4Assange. We will be in Chicago on Sat. July 13th and Sun. July 14th. We aim to spread a message of press freedom while providing supporters with information and resources on how to hold their own personal protests. We will also host a #Candles4Assange vigil in honor of journalist Julian Assange.

If you are unable to attend in person, please consider holding your own personal protest. Papering your local community with signs or distributing flyers is an effective way to become involved locally.

Printable Flyers may be found here.

Printable Signs may be found here.

Act, even if you act alone.

Sat. July 13th

11a.m. #Action4Assange Meet Up
Dvorak (Anton) Park
1119 W Cullerton St, Chicago, IL 60608
If possible please bring a staple gun/staples and signs or flyers.
These things will be available/provided on site if you cannot get them prior to this time.

3p.m. #Action4Assange Meet Up
Throop Park
1811 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608
If possible, please bring a staple gun/staples and signs or flyers.
These items will be available/provided on site if you cannot get them in advance.

6p.m. Table Outside of The Jimmy Dore Show
Thalia Hall
1807 S Allport Street Chicago, IL 60608
We will be passing out water bottles and taking donations for Chelsea and Julian’s legal defense.

11p.m. #Candles4Assange Vigil
Sidewalk corner in front of McDonald’s
1664 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
Please bring a candle. Some candles will also be available.

Sun. July 14th

Noon #Action4Assange Meet Up
Seward Park
375 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610
If possible, please bring a staple gun/staples and signs or flyers.
These items will be available/provided on site if you cannot get them in advance.

3p.m. #Action4Assange Meet Up
Outside of the Chicago History Museum
1811 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608
If possible, please bring a staple gun/staples and signs or flyers.
These items will be available/provided on site if you cannot get them in advance.

6:30p.m. Table Outside of The Jimmy Dore Show
Zanies Comedy Club
1548 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60610
We will be passing out waters and taking donations for Chelsea Manning and Julian’s legal defense.

9p.m. Table Outside of The Jimmy Dore Show
Zanies Comedy Club
1548 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60610
We will be passing out waters and taking donations for Manning and Julian’s legal defense.

Please contact @action_4assange, @AndrewZigmund or @TaylorM_Hudak if you have questions.

by Taylor Hudak

Wednesday, July 3, 2019, became a day of international unification—a day where nearly 60 cities across six continents lit candles in honor of award-winning journalist, Julian Assange.

According to a Candles For Assange media release, birthday celebrations taking place in Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand, on July 3rd, Julian’s 48th birthday, have initiated a global movement — #Candles4Assange.

The roots of the movement date back to July 3, 2018, on Julian’s 47th birthday, when #FreeAssangeNZ configured a candle display reading “Free Julian.” The candles were placed on NZ Parliament lawn and an image of the display captured the attention of activists and Assange supporters world-wide.

Those involved in #FreeAssangeNZ chose to hold a similar event for Julian’s 48th birthday taking place this year. However, #FreeAssangeNZ invited other cities to organize vigils and join in on the #Candles4Assange global celebration.

Day after day, the hashtag-Candles4Assange was reaching dozens of cities, and soon the movement became viral within the free speech and free Julian Assange community.

According to the release, “Free Assange NZ supports the principle of press freedom, especially for a media whose mission is ‘to hold power to account.’”


Julian Assange is a man of and for the people. In addition, he is the embodiment of good journalism, making those in power feel uncomfortable. Assange and the WikiLeaks’ staff, through their work, have inadvertently forced the mainstream media to re-examine how good journalism presents itself.

Candles For Assange strongly advocates for these ideals — a free press and for the protection of free speech. Millions of people around the world align with the movement. And because of that, Free Assange NZ is challenging the New Zealand media to condemn the UK and US efforts to persecute and torture Julian Assange.

We too, at Action For Assange are calling upon the American media to condemn the behavior of its government toward journalist Julian Assange.

This sentiment is stronger than those within the powerful elite would like to believe. We exist, and we are here.


Candles For Assange co-founder, Alex Hills asked organizers to take photos and/or video footage of their actions on July 3rd and send them and/or link them to @Candles4Assange, @GreenweaverArch or the Facebook group, #Candles4Assange.

“Many are singing Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder on film for a compilation video of the final actions throughout the world made into a moral boosting singalong supporter video,” Hills said. “We are happy for anything no matter how big or small a gesture.”

Candles For Assange has also made extensive efforts to connect with Antarctica to ensure Julian’s day of birth is celebrated on all seven continents.

The promotional video for Candles For Assange may be found here. We strongly recommend watching this video.

We are stronger when we work together.

The fight to free Julian Assange does not attract the weak or faint of heart but rather the determined and the fearless.

And we are ready.

Happy birthday Julian – from your brothers and sisters around the world.

by Taylor Hudak

(Oberlin, Ohio) – A free Julian Assange activist is facing a misdemeanor charge for hanging signs on public utility poles in support of the WikiLeaks founder.

Andrew Smith, 28, of Elyria was cited on Saturday afternoon June 29 for hanging signs reading “Free Julian Assange,” “Free Speech Free Press” and others with similar messages.

As Smith was stapling a free Julian sign to a utility pole in front of a convenient store, a police officer driving by slowed down and shouted at Smith to stop what he was doing.

With staple gun in hand, the 28-year-old turns to look at the officer and then continues to staple the poster.

The officer proceeds into the convenient store parking lot and orders Smith to empty his pockets. Meanwhile, two additional police cars arrive at the scene.

After a brief exchange concerning the law, the officer orders Smith to get into the back of the vehicle.

Meanwhile, a woman accompanying Smith, Taylor Hudak, 26, of Kent was told she may leave. However, Hudak remained at the site and took photographs on her cell phone as the incident unfolded.

While Smith was in the police vehicle, he continued to speak with the officer explaining to her his political ideology and reason for posting signs. The officer responded to him saying she did not understand.

After several minutes sitting in the police vehicle, Smith was issued a citation for violating Oberlin City Ordinance 503.02 Advertising on Public Property.

Smith appeared in Oberlin Municipal Court on Friday July 5 at 8:30 a.m. and plead not guilty. He will return to court for a pretrial hearing on Aug. 18.

Censoring The Streets

#FreeAssange Activist Ordered To Court

by Taylor Hudak

We are learning that in certain regions of NE Ohio, activists are not welcome to exercise their first amendment right to free speech—especially in Oberlin, Ohio.

Throughout the afternoon on Saturday June 29, my friend Andrew and I were posting signs reading “Free Julian Assange,” “Chelsea Manning is a POW” and “No Extradition” among others with similar messages.

Andrew and I have a pretty good system when we poster. I carry the signs and hand them over as he staples them to the utility poles with a staple gun.

This is, of course, a legal form of free speech expression. However, the Oberlin Police Department does not agree.

On the afternoon of June 29, as Andrew and I reach a utility pole in front of a convenient store, a police cruiser approaches and the vehicle begins to slow down as the officer yells to us that we cannot post the signs “there.”

Andrew, with staple gun in hand about to make the final staple on that sign– turns around, looks the officer the eye, and staples the last staple. Immediately sirens are going off, and soon enough three additional police cars arrive.

Experience With the Officers

The officer pulls into the convenient store parking lot and addresses us. Andrew calmly informs her that stapling signs to utility poles is, in fact, legal. She, the officer, is persistent and soon becomes very angry with Andrew as he informs her of our rights.

Clearly agitated, the officer orders Andrew to empty his pockets and to place his hands on the hood of the vehicle. He complies.

Now, I would be dishonest if I did not disclose to you that it was very apparent the officer was hoping to find something illegal in his possession. And when she didn’t, she ordered him to get into the back of the police car.

As Andrew enters the back of the police car, he is ordered to hand me his phone and I hold onto it feeling very dumfounded at what just took place.

The officer than tells me I am free to go, and I decline. And, I’m still very unsure of what the real issue is at this time, but I can hear the officer tell Andrew that it was not the content of the sign that was an issue but the actual posting of it on the utility pole.

At this point, I can hear conversation between the officer and Andrew. As the officer attempts to school Andrew on the laws in Oberlin, he explains to her why we were posting signs to begin with.

As he explains to her the issues of censorship and Julian Assange she replies to him, “I don’t get what you mean?”

Meanwhile, the male officer sitting in one of the other surrounding police cars, gets out and begins conversing with me. I explain to him that we are fighting to prevent the US extradition of Julian Assange. He, too, was unsure of what I was really referencing.

Once I mentioned “WikiLeaks” I could see the male officer was more clear on what our message was. Yet, he acknowledged he was not completely aware of the details of the case.

I can only hope that after I encouraged him to google independent media sources for information on the case that he actually will follow through.

Interestingly, this officer said to me that he has to enforce laws that he may not agree with. I could easily sense he somewhat agreed we had a right to free speech.

The male officer I was speaking with then pulls out a camera and holds it up in the direction of our sign on the utility pole. At that moment Andrew and I make eye contact, and smile. The officer then snaps a photograph.

The Aftermath

As Andrew then exits the police vehicle and the female officer who charged him reads him his citation, we then encouraged her to please take our sign into evidence.

She vaguely said it may or may not be put into evidence and at that point I offer her my stack of signs and she ignores the offer.

As she then continues to read Andrew information concerning his citation, he listens and then asks her if he can submit the signs as evidence. She was vague in her response.

Soon enough we were free to go and Andrew and I walked to his car laughing. Of course, being quite shocked, we laughed and talked about the events that just took place.

On our walk back to our car, police cars were visible at every block and Andrew says to me that they are watching us now to make sure we don’t hang anymore signs.

I laughed and entertained the possibility of their listening to us speak at that moment. We both laughed and then realized—it’s not long before they will try.

*On a side note, it was the officer who had to retrace our path and take down all of our signs

by Taylor Hudak

With the 2020 United States presidential election quickly approaching, the American people had their first introduction to the democratic candidates the evening of June 26 and June 27.

Both evenings ten of the 20 democratic White House hopefuls graced the Knight Hall stage in Miami, Florida, for the first debate of the 2020 presidential election cycle.

The first question was posed to establishment Democrat, Senator Elizabeth Warren. And unsurprisingly Senator Warren was given the first word and was offered the last.

But what happened during the two hours in between is more telling. Sure, important issues such as healthcare, Iran, the tax code among several others were addressed. However, other important issues were absent from the debate—the state of the free press, the state of free speech and moreover, the case of Julian Assange.

All involved in the free Julian movement were discouraged that these urgent issues were left unaddressed. The United States’ decision to try a man for espionage for publishing government information is harmful to Americans and those abroad.

Because these issues were absent on the debate stage, Action For Assange decided to research various quotes and statements made by the candidates about Assange, Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks. We listed the candidates in alphabetic order by last name and included the links to where we retrieved this information. We strongly encourage you to visit the links to view the full material and decide for yourself what these candidates’ statements suggest about their stance on the first amendment and the Julian Assange case.


(2018) According to the World Socialist Web Site, Michael Bennet was one of 10 Democratic senators who signed a letter addressed to Vice President Mike Pence demanding that the Trump Administration call upon the Ecuadorian government to revoke Assange’s asylum and expel him from the embassy.

The letter may be found here.

The article can be found here.


(2010) In a video from ABC News (Australia) Biden was asked on Meet The Press if the United States should do something to stop Mr. Assange. Biden said:

“We’re looking at that right now. The Justice Department is taking a look at that and I’m not going to comment on that process.”

When asked if Assange is a criminal, Biden said:

“If he conspired to get these classified documents with a member of the US military, that’s fundamentally different than if somebody drops on your lap—here David, you’re a press person, here is classified material.”

When asked if this case is more like the pentagon papers or a high-tech terrorist, Biden said:

“I would argue that it’s closer to being a high-tech terrorist than the pentagon papers.”

The full video can be found here.

*Action for Assange notes that one’s status as a journalist does not provide him or her with additional free speech or publishing protections under the first amendment as Joe Biden suggested.


(2016) From Press for Truth—A Reporter asked Sen. Booker what he thought of the WikiLeaks revelations suggesting that the election was rigged in favor of Hillary. Booker said:

“Well, the WikiLeaks are awful and it was unfortunate and I’m glad that the DNC chair (inaudible) stepped aside.”

Find the full video here.


(2019) In an interview with CBS radio, Mayor Buttigieg was asked about Chelsea Manning being imprisoned again for refusing to testify before a grand jury. Buttigieg said:

“As somebody who was tasked with handling sensitive information, information that could get people killed I took an oath and made promises that I would handle it responsibly. And when you’re involved in divulging classified information that can harm American troops overseas that is not something to be taken lightly.”

When asked about former President Obama’s decision to commute Manning’s sentence, Buttigieg said:

“I’m troubled by that”

The radio host goes on to ask Buttigieg, “Is Edward Snowden a hero or a villain to you?” Buttigieg said:

“When you are trusted with classified information you have made a promise, and if you are not comfortable safe-guarding information that could get Americans killed, then you shouldn’t be in that profession. I certainly agree that we have learned things about abuses and one way or another that needed to come out. But in my view, the way for that to come out is through congressional oversight not through a breach of classified information”

The full article and radio interview can be found here.

*Action For Assange notes that there is no evidence to suggest that anyone was harmed due to the material leaked by Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden or any of the information published on WikiLeaks website like Mayor Buttigieg suggested.


(Action For Assange was unable to find any statements by Castro on Julian Assange or WikiLeaks. If you do find any material, leave a comment with the source link and we may add the information)


(2016) From Politico

Concerning the release of the Podesta emails, Mayor de Blasio said:

“And I think it creates a very, very troubling dynamic where there is no privacy of any kind anymore” 

Find the entire article here.


(April 11, 2019) According to a press release on candidate Delaney’s campaign website, the following is posted:

“Julian Assange should be extradited to the United States and tried for the charge that he allegedly assisted in hacking into government systems. Journalists are free to publish information that they receive but they are not free to participate in obtaining information illegally.  This is the central question in the Assange case. The U.S. government has alleged that Assange assisted in hacking critical and confidential government information and in doing so, endangered the national security interests of the U.S. citizens and the identity of U.S. intelligence assets.”

This excerpt can be found on Delaney’s campaign website here.


(June 5, 2019) Rep. Gabbard posted a video on Twitter in support of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. Gabbard said:

“Charging Assange under the espionage act will have a serious chilling effect on our most fundamental rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Every American, certainly every journalist, must strongly condemn this anti-Democratic act by the Trump Administration.”

Find the full video here.

(May 15, 2019) In an interview with Joe Rogan (posted on Newsweek’s website), Rogan asked Rep. Gabbard what she would do about Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

Rep. Gabbard said she would drop the charges and pardon Snowden.

“There is not an actual channel for whistleblowers like them to bring forward information that exposes egregious abuses of our constitutional rights and liberties period.”

The Newsweek article including the Joe Rogan segment can be found here.

Rep. Gabbard’s full interview with Joe Rogan can be found here.


(2010) According to Senator Gillibrand’s government website, she called on then-President Obama to crack down on “cyber-criminals” following a cyber-attack on MasterCard, Visa and PayPal.

Her full letter to Obama can be found here.


(Action For Assange was unable to find any statements by Rep. Harris on Julian Assange or WikiLeaks. If you do find any material, leave a comment with the source link and we may add the information)


(2019) In an interview with Sirius XM’s Olivier Knox, Gov. John Hickenlooper said:

“Well the first amendment is one of the most sacred rights we have in the country. But that being said we have clear laws that are designed to protect the employees of our government when they’re working in foreign countries. Oftentimes they are in very dangerous situations that can be compromised easily if information is leaked.”

“But I think the country needs to see you know someone like Mr. Assange… let’s get the facts and see exactly what the decisions he made and what were the sacrifices, and what was he trying to get done? And what were the sacrifices made on that behalf?”

The video clip may be found here.


(Action For Assange was unable to find any statements by Gov. Inslee on Julian Assange or WikiLeaks. If you do find any material, leave a comment with the source link and we may add the information)


(2010) In a radio interview with WCCO’s Chad Hartman, Sen. Klobuchar calls for a tough punishment on WikiLeaks following the release of the State Department Cables.

(out of respect for Chelsea Manning, Action For Assange chose to use the correct pronoun in reference to Manning)

In reference to the leak, Klobuchar said:

“I think it’s an enormous story and it’s more than a story it’s actually an enormous security risk.”

“It really undermines our efforts to work with other countries Secretary of State Clinton just went on noting that, and that it really tears at the fabric of our government when this kind of thing happens. And that’s what I’m concerned about, and that we have to make sure that the person who appears to be the original leaker here– this Private Manning who’s down the food chain here. First of all, why did she have access to all this information first of all I think that’s something we’re going to have to push but then obviously holding her responsible.”

(about Chelsea Manning) “A lot of people believe she could get a prison term for the rest of her life, and I think that would be appropriate.”

“The other piece of this is what responsibility, legal responsibility, WikiLeaks has with their website. If there’s any way we can push that to say that you can’t put illegally obtained documents up on your website, and I think that’s worth it.”

“If we can show that the material on there was stolen that website can actually be taken down. What you do with something like WikiLeaks which has vast amount of material that’s legal and then they put on things that are illegal I mean that’s where were going to have to strike the balance and make sure that security isn’t jeopardized but this is devastating to our national security.”

The full article and radio interview can be found here.


(May 30, 2019) Interview with a reporter from Citizen Source found on Medium.

The reporter asked former Rep. O’Rourke about Julian Assange. O’Rourke said:

“I want to make sure that we don’t do anything that chills the ability to hold people in positions of public trust accountable to make sure that the public and the press have the facts to make informed decisions. Those are my values without commenting on a specific case.”

The full video and article can be found here.


(2019) According to an article from The Intercept, Sen. Sanders said in a tweet (about the indictments against Assange):

“Let me be clear: it is a disturbing attack on the First Amendment for the Trump administration to decide who is or is not a reporter for the purposes of a criminal prosecution”

The full article may be found here.


(2019) According to a CNN video posted on Breitbart to accompany an article, Rep. Swalwell said to a CNN anchor:

“It will be heartening to see Mr. Assange be brought to justice, and I also want to respect the role of journalists and distinguish him from a journalist. He works with state actors to obtain our country and other countries intelligence information and interfere in elections. So I have no sympathy for Mr. Assange with respect to what he did.”

(about President Trump) Rep. Swalwell said:

“He (Trump) doesn’t commend the British for working with us to extradite Mr. Assange.”

The interview and article can be found here.

*Action For Assange notes that during the interview Rep. Swalwell mentioned that the people want to know if Mr. Assange met with Paul Manafort, however this is proven false. The Guardian’s Luke Harding published a fake story that Assange met with Manafort—this never happened. Secondly, note that one’s status as a journalist does not determine his or her level of free speech and/or publishing protections under the first amendment like Rep. Swalwell suggested. (Additionally, it is not up to the United States government to determine who is and is not a journalist.)


(Action For Assange was unable to find any statements by Rep. Ryan on Julian Assange or WikiLeaks. If you do find any material, leave a comment with the source link, and we may add the information)


(2019) According to an article from The Washington Times, Sen. Warren said:

“Assange is a bad actor who has harmed U.S. national security—and he should be held accountable”

“But Trump should not be using this case as a pretext to wage war on the First Amendment and go after the free press who hold the powerful accountable everyday.”

The full article can be found here.


(2019) In an interview with Jimmy Dore on The Jimmy Dore Show, he asks Williamson her stance on Assange, she said:

“I go back and forth. I have a lot of ambivalence on the Julian Assange issue. Early on I saw him as any whistleblower and that he’s very important and the role he was playing and the function he was serving and I was very much aware of the fact that the system suppresses the whistleblower.”

“In this last election it’s not as clear to me. Like who are you working for Julian? You’re just going down on that campaign and not the other campaign so I don’t know I see both sides (inaudible).”

“The Julian Assange thing for many of us is a little not as black and white as you see it to be.”

Jimmy Dore then asked her:

“Well the Obama Administration’s Justice Department declined to prosecute him and The Washington Post editorial just a few years ago said the same thing—so what would you say the difference between Julian Assange publishing war crimes by the United States released by Chelsea Manning and the difference between Daniel Ellsberg and The Washington Post printing the pentagon papers—they’re both publishers, correct?”

Williamson said:

“I didn’t think there was any difference until this last thing happened with the election. Now that you’re saying that about the election and that’s where I’m still in process. Before this election, I saw no difference. Until this election and what happened with the election with Hillary Clinton I saw it exactly the same as Daniel Ellsberg.”

The full video and interview can be found here.


(2019) In a video Action For Assange found on YouTube published by user Dack Rouleau, Yang was asked what he thought about Julian Assange. Yang said:

“I think Julian Assange should stand trial. I’m generally pro-whistleblower and like pro-people trying to call out bad behaviors. But in that particular case he did disclose information that had really no useful purpose except for potential damage to our infrastructure (inaudible). So ya I think he should stand trial.”

The video may be found here.

*Action For Assange notes that there is no evidence to support Yang’s claim that WikiLeaks’ publications have or may have damaged infrastructure.

Keep yourself informed

Follow CourageWikiLeaksAssangeLegalDefend Assange on Twitter, help share the Defend WikiLeaks Liveblog and Defence Fund.

Follow media outlets which report independently on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, such as Consortium NewsThe CanaryCounterpunchDemocracy NowThe Real News NetworkTruthdig, and WSWS.

Follow WikiLeaks supporters and other accounts such as @SomersetBean, @GreekEmmy, @AssangeMrs, @KHrafnsson

Write to your MP: Protect Julian Assange

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If you’re in the UK, writing to your MP is an important way you can help Julian Assange in his fight against extradition to the United States.

An email written in your own words will be noticed. Your opinion matters. Regardless of what your MP thinks about this issue, they should pass on your concerns to the Home Office if you request it. For everyone who takes the time to write a letter, the UK government knows there are dozens more who think similarly – so even a couple of hundred letters can make a huge difference..

Need your MP’s contact details? You can find them at

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