Actions For Assange: Ideas And Examples Of How To Help (Guest Blog By Elizabeth Lea Vos)

Actions For Assange: Ideas And Examples Of How To Help, by Elizabeth Lea Vos

  • If you create a new event in your area, use the hashtag #FreeAssangeRally on social media so that others can find you more easily. Other relevant hashtags to use include #FreeAssange and #NoUSExtradition. Remember to make the time, date, city, and meeting place clear when organizing and advertising your event, and if possible, try to contact the media to gain coverage of the action.
  • If there are no vigils near you and you feel a new stand-alone event in your area would be unsuccessful, you can always raise your voice by participating in other events, like Pride Parades, as Shona Davidson effectively did! Piggybacking onto other established gatherings/marches/celebrations may be helpful in spreading awareness to a large group of people. Other events to join in with could include music festivals, agricultural events, marathons or athletic events, etc.
  • Write, email, and call your political representatives and demand they stand up for Assange. Also call on UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to refuse Assange’s extradition to the United States, whether directly from the UK or onward from Sweden.
  • Defend WikiLeaks (run by the Courage Foundation) suggests that supporters donate, challenge false reporting in the media, write to their political representatives, write to human rights organizations and Unions, sign petitions and join letter campaigns, and keep themselves informed.
  • Write (short) letters to Julian Assange attached to documentation of an action you’ve done or been a part of.
  • You can buy UK stamps here, and to my knowledge you will need two first-class stamps or three second-class stamps to attach to a self-addressed envelope, for return postage from Assange.
  • Sign the numerous online petitions in support of Assange, and the Open Letter to President Trump run by the Courage Foundation.
  • If you are musical, consider dedicating a song or album to Julian Assange/ WikiLeaks/Chelsea Manning. An album, Beat The Blockade, was produced in 2012 and “Donated by a range of artists and make a creative, enjoyable way for people to Beat the [financial] Blockade.”
  • Any musicians who participate in street busking from time to time could do so with a Free Assange/Reconnect Julian poster and donate the proceeds of that day’s donations to WikiLeaks.
  • Create other kinds of artwork of any variety, whether it is a painting, public mural, knitting, quilting, performance art, sculpting, whatever you can come up with. If you do create artistic pieces in support of WikiLeaks and Julian, consider tagging Wikileaks Art Force in the image on Twitter so that they see it. You can also find WikiLeaks Art online, and the website states in part:
  • Create and hang posters around your area. Free posters, badges, stickers, and banners are available from Somerset Bean for download (you will have to print them), and examples of individuals using Bean’s work are included below:
  • Share accurate reporting and vital information regarding WikiLeaks and Assange via social media and in real life. A recent and important story to share would include the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture’s report stating that Assange had been systematically psychologically tortured by Western governments. Melzer wrote in part:
  • It is also important to share accurate articles and information on the plight of Chelsea Manning, Ola Bini and others who have been unfairly targeted in relation to their association with or whistleblowing to WikiLeaks.
  • In addition to sharing articles on social media and talking in person with friends and family, you can print accurate articles about WikiLeaks and share them via Tiny Libraries in your community, which you can find via this World Map.
  • Most importantly: empower yourself. Don’t wait from orders on high to do something. We have been conditioned as a society to wait for instruction before acting. Actively break that pattern and use every tool in your power, including whatever is inevitably not listed here. Never underestimate the power of your voice: the unelected power structure puts untold money and effort into building a false consensus on topics like WikiLeaks for a reason.

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