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Solidarity with Julian Assange
Mon April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Julian Assange is subjected to arrest and torture because he leaked information to the press that exposed US war crimes. He is punished for revealing the truth about the secretive, corrupt, authoritarian, and imperial ways our modern world is working.
We cannot stay silent as Julian is fighting for his life. In the words of the former president of Brazil, Lula Da Silva, Julian Assange is “a hero of our time. His actions helped to unravel the manipulation of the facts by the US intelligence services. He has done more for democracy in the world than many elected leaders. His arrest is an attack on freedom of expression. And his eventual extradition, if it occurs, violence against human rights and would put his life at risk.”
This is not only about the fate of Julian Assange, but above all about the protection of freedom of information and transparency! It is about our democracy and our press freedom.
Jameel Jaffer, the executive director of the Knight Institute on the First Amendment at Columbia University, said, “If the press did not publish classified information without authorization, public debate about war and security would take place in an information environment controlled almost entirely by executive branch officials.”
Please join us on April 19, 12-1 PM for a rally in solidarity with Assange. It will be held next to the offices of Senators Warren and Markey on 1550 Main street, in Springfield. At the end of the rally, we will deliver a public letter, to the Senators calling on them to support dropping all the charges against Assange and to support his immediate release from prison.
The rally is organized by the Latin America Solidarity Coalition of Western Mass. and cosponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action