We are all aware that big tech companies are censoring any content about Julian Assange and his political rendition. We are asking members of the Free Assange community to help break the online censorship by using more traditional means of public engagement. By using billboards, radio ads, etc to help amplify awareness about his situation we cannot be so easily hidden from the general public.
The hope is to continue to grow our community of vocal supporters, and the best way to do that is by asking people to take action. This week’s Call To Action is to ask other activist, friends, and co-workers to take part in the recent calls to actions.
If you have already taken these actions, please consider doing them a second (or third time) sharing different pieces of information each time. As always, please be respectful and polite when encouraging people to support Julian.
A recent set of bills have been released in the House of Representatives by Mrs. Gabbard and Mr. Massie about amending the Espionage and calling for an immediate end to the rendition of Julian Assange.
Please take a moment to use This Tool to find your Congress persons and demand that they cosponsor these two major pieces of legislation. Contacting Congress is a website which lets you look up the phone number, email, and social media profiles of your Reps and Senators.
Contact Your City Council!
I also ask that each of you reach out to your city council people to have them demand support of the bill from the Congressional members that represent your city.
Ask your City Council to speak up about Julian’s situation. The information below is a motion passed by Australian Councils that have spoken out in support of Julian Assange.
This Motion from the Melbourne City Council about their support for Julian and Wikileaks with your local councils.
This Article about Melbourne’s support Julian Assange is also another encouraging bit of information which can help provide perspective to your local councilfolk.
The Australian government has dropped or delayed many cases recently against journalists and whistle-blowers. We are hoping to press the AU parliament to drop the charges against David McBride.
Please take a moment to email. almost, every member of the Australian parliament and demand the charges against David McBride get dropped immediately.
These are two powerful articles (one and two) about David McBride, his stance against war criminals, and the government’s escalating assault on the press. Please share portions of this article with the elected members of the AU parliament and demand the charges against him be dropped.
Hey fellow Assange supporter! Below is a list of a whole lot of communication/media departments at colleges throughout the country, as well as email addresses you can contact. Given that these institutions are shaping the journalists of the future, I encourage you email them asking them to stand with the future of journalism by showing support for Julian Assange. I’ve also included a template email you’re welcome to use!
I’m not expecting any administrations to come through for press freedom, so if you’re interested in helping me compile an additional list of student newspapers and radio stations to contact, please DM me (@saminthecan) on Twitter!
I’m an advocate for press freedom concerned about the current attacks on journalism that will have consequences for journalists of the future (your students).
As you know, the Trump administration is attempting to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face trial for publishing truthful information and protecting the identity of one of his sources. If these standard journalistic practices are criminalized in an unprecedented use of the Espionage Act, it will have devastating effects on press freedom around the world.
For this reason, leading press freedom and human rights groups such as Human Rights Watch, The ACLU, The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, and Amnesty International are calling for an end of the extradition trial and for people concerned with free speech to stand with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.
I am emailing journalism colleges throughout the country to request that they join in this fight. As an institution shaping the journalists of the future, your school can have a significant impact on the future of journalism by using your social media platforms to voice support with this fight for press freedom.
Please consider posting the following message “We at *university/journalism department name* stand with the many press freedom groups and advocates demanding an end to the extradition of Julian Assange. This fight impacts the futures we are promising our students. We encourage others to voice support. #FreeAssange #FreeAssangeNOW”
I look forward to seeing your support for press freedom.
Julian Assange is an Australian citizen who is actively being tortured in the United Kingdom at the behest of the United States for a court hearing that can easily be referred to as an extraordinary rendition. His home government of Australian, despite the courage of a few parliamentarians, has remained silent and inert as his human rights are so openly violated.
We will be reaching out to virtually all the members of the Australian Parliament demanding that they defend Julian Assange.
The UK Court system has proven once again it is unable to appropriately broadcast or conduct court in a way which is acceptable for the purposes of open justice.
It is time to begin pressuring the courts for a live video feed in full public view, as well as an open media/public gallery for any who wish to attend. The level of diligence shown by the courts is unacceptable and inappropriate to say the least.
Below is an email list of UK Court complaint emails which we have successfully pressured in the past. We demand that this case be open, transparent, and in full public view. If the courts are unable to deliver such basic functions the case must be thrown out.
During the second week of Julian’s extra-ordinary rendition hearing we have a single location during the week located directly outside of the US Department of Justice. 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20530
All rallies will take place between 3pm to 6pm.
Please join us in making noise outside of the DoJ and demand an end to the show trial of Julian Assange.