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

Hi everyone! I’ve never featured a guest blog before, but when I saw this excellent article by Elizabeth Lea Vos I immediately asked her for permission to republish it on my platform. For months I’ve seen supporters of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks stressing out about the question, “What can I do?” Vos has put together the most thorough answer to that question that I have seen thus far, and everyone should read and be aware of it. Enjoy!

~ CJ

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

Image via Somerset Bean, used with permission.

One of the most common questions we receive during the weekly Unity4J vigils goes something like: “how can I help? I feel powerless” or “what can I do?”

While it is impossible to provide a comprehensive list of all possible actions, I am creating this basic inventory of examples and ideas to provide some kind of answer for those who ask similar questions now and in the future. The following is my own opinion and is not endorsed by anyone outside of myself.

  • Join in at a vigil/protest in your area, especially if you are in the UK. You can find vigil times and locations in the UK via Wiseupaction.info, and in locations around the globe via the Socialist Equality PartyUnity4J and many others.

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Image via Kayesem on Twitter, used with permission.

  • 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.

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Image via Shona Davidson, Twitter. Used with permission.

Shona wrote of the above picture via Twitter:

“Kind lady sent this one 2 me. Difficult/take my own photos. Sunshine to celebrate #Pride in #Winnipeg on Sat. so we’re party mode. @ topleft-Canadian MuseumofHuman Rights #AtCMHR so wish Julian could walk in sunshine/smile/health #NoExtradition @AssangeMrs #FreeAssange#Unity4J

Christine Assange echoed this sentiment, writing via Twitter: “Join another rally on another issue & carry your FREE ASSANGE sign! OR Put a FREE ASSANGE sign on the BACK of another sign!”

Shona is not the only supporter to take to the streets: Truthisall1 has posted many images of her activism on Twitter, as noted by Christine Assange.

Image below via Truthisall1 on twitter:

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  • 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.

Christine Assange, Julian Assange’s mother also said via Twitter“You will get MOST impact for #FreeAssange If you write to OWN Federal MP, Senator, Congress Rep, Assembly Rep! Their job security depends on YOUR vote! You can always depend on a politicians self interest! They will in turn out pressure upwards on their higher ups & leaders.”

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Image via WikiLeaks shop on Twitter.

  • Write (short) letters to Julian Assange attached to documentation of an action you’ve done or been a part of.

Visit WriteJulian.com for more information. You can also find more information and helpful instructions from them on Twitter: “Write Julian.”

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Image via WriteJulian.com

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Image via WriteJulian on Twitter.

Independent journalist Gordon Dimmack also received an extensive list of advice from a listener, which can be found in a Twitter thread posted by Gordon recently. The thread states in part:

“Just spoke to Belmarsh Prison 0208 331 4400 and was told the following:

You can send Mr Julian #Assange a money order of up to £250.00, out of which he will be allowed £15.50 a week for in prison purchases and this: phone calls.

You must make the money order out to HM PRISON SERVICES

Mail the money order in an envelope addressed to: Mr Julian Assange DOB 03/07/1971 HMP Belmarsh Western Way London SE28 0EB

You must write on the money order your name and address, most important. Ensure you write for Mr Julian Assange’s Account DOB 03/07/1971 on the actual money order.

He is not allowed [loose] stamps to be sent. You can write to him in the prescribed manner including a stamped self-addressed envelope for your own personal reply, but your name and address on the reply envelope must be in ink, not pencil. He is not allowed [loose] stamps or stationary etc from outside sources but must buy the items from the prison shop itself.

The prison receptionists I spoke to were most helpful and pleasant. They said to please phone for any further information.

All letters to him are read before he receives them.

Message thanks to Pam K and Gordon Dimmack

  • 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.

I won’t share too many petitions here, as they are always changing/being created, and are time-sensitive, so any that I list will soon be out of date.

  • 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.”

As an example of this, @JamesGetsIt and @v4vapid created the song, “Kill the Messenger,” about the persecution of Assange, which is available on Soundcloud.

The Outer Light (@theouterlight) then created the following music video of the song, which I share as an example of the way that multiple people can have a hand in the creativity and creation of material in support of Assange.

  • 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:

“Submit art and links to us by tweeting with the hashtag #WikiLeaksArt.”

“Anyone creating WikiLeaks art in any artistic medium can participate. Whether you’re creating memes, gifs, video, animation, infographics, websites, games, street art, painting, drawing, photography, prose, poetry, mixed media, art happenings, design, theatre, comedy, music, dance, sculpture, robotics, code… if your art promotes and is inspired by WikiLeaks—the organisation, its staff, its overall philosophy and issues related to various leaks—and/or alleged WikiLeaks’ sources, the WikiLeaks Art Force has space for you and will help you connect with others. Please note that content will be curated.”

Some examples of art created in support of Assange/WikiLeaks, are included below via Twitter.

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  • 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:

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You can always make your own posters and hang them in your area, whether outdoors or indoors (coffee shop cork boards, etc)

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Image via Andrew Zigmund on Twitter.

In addition to posters, you can always paste stickers in public, pin leaflets on public notice boards, and pass out leaflets/information, as Quinn Petersen did last year, writing:

“Stocked up on ink and 65lb paper for the guerilla marketing I’m doing. These book marks are going in magazines, newspapers and books at stores around Alberta Canada”

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Image via Quinn Petersen, Twitter.

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WikiLeaks Task Force: Irish politician @ClareDalyTD wears a ‘Free Assange’ t-shirt in the Dáil Éireann (lower house). Photo via Kevin Doyle

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  • 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:

“The evidence is overwhelming and clear,” the expert said. “Mr. Assange has been deliberately exposed, for a period of several years, to progressively severe forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the cumulative effects of which can only be described as psychological torture.”

“I condemn, in the strongest terms, the deliberate, concerted and sustained nature of the abuse inflicted on Mr. Assange and seriously deplore the consistent failure of all involved governments to take measures for the protection of his most fundamental human rights and dignity,” the expert said. “By displaying an attitude of complacency at best, and of complicity at worst, these governments have created an atmosphere of impunity encouraging Mr. Assange’s uninhibited vilification and abuse.”

  • 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.

The well-funded machine of power has devoted much time and effort in smearing and misrepresenting Assange, so every minute of effort spent in debunking smears via sharing true information (like this brilliant piece by Caitlin Johnstone debunking all the Assange smears in one place) on social media or in real life, and debunking lies, is time well spent.

  • 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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Image via @mcmastersteve on Twitter.

Finally: As I’ve stated repeatedly, it is important to participate whether with a group you want to work with or none at all. The primary concern should be that you DO SOMETHING tangibly supportive in whatever way is most effective/accessible/comfortable to you. This short article is not intended to suggest that everyone must back one group, or any group at all, in order to make a difference.

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Elizabeth Lea Vos is an independent journalist, a contributor to Consortium News, and the co-founder and co-host of the regular Unity4J pro-Assange vigil. Click here to follow her on Twitter for more great material.

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Latest comments

  • I’ve seen Julian Assange’s birthdate written as 7/03/1971 in different places on the Internet and 3/07/71 in this letter writing campaign to support him. Are we sure 3/07/1971 is his birthdate?

  • Quite an admission from Australian authorities:
    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/08/gaud-j08.html

  • To the ABC and other Australian journos: first they came for Assange, you drongos!
    So now, finally, will you throw yourselves into his struggle?

    • Nope-they are presstitutes who know that their well-paid jobs depend on 100% ideological reliability. The Empire hates Assange, so they MUST, also.

  • Well.. it was good to see the video of Julian from Belmarsh prison.. He didn’t look too bad..
    I don’t think he’s a thick set, bulky body type anyway and he looked pretty lucid.
    although how do we know if it was a deliberate leak by UK establishment to make us all feel fluffy
    and that everything’s gonna be alright. That’s what I want to believe anyway. He’s gonna be home soon.
    I wonder if he got my letter.

  • yes, wall street parasites and their thugs aka the Deep State commit all these crimes against humanity IN OUR NAME, ON OUR DIME, and WITH OUR BLOOD.

    if we do not resist and BDS these ghouls with all our might, we are accomplices to their crimes.

  • It could be that ” humanity ” needs very large statues or tributes ” to whistle blowers that expose bad government ” policy and actions so that ” humanity ” comes to appreciate the sacrifices that these heroes have made for our species!

  • Twice in my life I’ve been in large movements involving thousands or tens of thousands of people, and listened to the people who began those movements describe how it began with just a handful or even a single protester.

    I stood in a crowd of 20,000 protesting torture outside of the School of the Americas in Columbus, GA, which was a movement that began when a small group, I think a dozen or so, of priests and nuns who knew what America did in central America decided to go protest at the gates of Ft. Benning.

    I sat in a crowd of several thousand who had volunteered to support one of Rep Cynthia McKinney’s campaigns and listened to Billy McKinney, her father, describe how he began to protest outside of the then segregated and racist Atlanta PD (this was approx 1960) all by himself. He of course was rather nervous being all by himself with a protest sign outside of a racist PD, so he jumped in alarm when he heard behind him the sound of squealing tires and brakes. But that was the pastor of a local African-american church seeing him there and deciding on the spot that he had to join such an effort. Over time this grew into the Atlanta civil rights movement.

    Don’t be afraid to start small. Get out with a sign or two and a couple of friends if you got them and let your voice be heard. Large movements have begun with just that little.

  • None of these methods will work, as you already know. If signing petitions and emailing your MHR worked, we would have solved all our problems years ago. My MHR is Bob Katter and he was just returned with a primary vote of 62+%. It would likely make him speak out against Julian.

    The issue for the US is not that he is not considered to be journalist, but that he had classified material and published it. I think he is probably guilty of that. I applaud his actions, but no one cares or takes any notice, no matter how many petitions I sign or emails I send. Chelsea Manning signed the Official Secrets Act, and then broke the agreement, which is legally worse. If they discussed getting hold of more important passwords, that is even more serious. What government would not try to take care of their passwords to secret information? Do you think they should not bother ? Julian should have known what he was letting himself in for – going to jail for a very long time. The Australian Government is not shy of appearing to be the US’s closest ally, and has no shame about it. Get used to it.

    • Publishing classified material is not illegal. The US Supreme Court settled that question with Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers case. Wikileaks worked with papers like the NY Times and the Guardian, so if simply publishing classified material was illegal then the editors of NY Times would be in the cell next to Chelsea Manning and the editors of the Guardian would be in Belmarsh next to Julian Assange. And Chelsea Manning has already been pardoned by President Obama for signing then breaking the Official Secrets Act. That is not what she is in jail for at this time. This is a coercive measure designed to try to force her to testify against Assange.
      —————–
      The main message that the 1% want to tell everyone is that it is hopeless to do anything to oppose them. They spend a lot of money everyday pumping out that message, hoping you believe it. Because they are obviously scared to death that you won’t and that you’ll act and that the 99% will overpower the small 1%.

    • The USA does not have an Official Secrets Act. It is, however, a signatory to various International Treaties that outlaw the actions that Manning exposed, and makes their reporting to higher authorities MANDATORY. As a ‘good German’ I’m sure you would have covered it up.

  • I can not upload the images, but I have printed (and will put up) five versions of A4-size paper size posters which have Julian’s image on them.
    .
    They all say “Julian Assange” at the top.
    .
    The bottom statements are:
    “The world’s most valuable journalist”
    “The world’s most credible journalist”
    “Australian citizen; renown journalist”
    “Abandoned by the spineless Australian government”
    “Abandoned by the kiss-ass Australian government”

  • Wow! I am so impressed by all the ways people are finding to support and free Mr. Assange. Bravo. Maybe we are not doomed to be crushed by the Empire, if we keep mounting and building on movements like this.

  • Interesting,

    Before reading this article, I had already written a song with the name of Julian Assange appearing in it.

    But the song is in french; it goes that way:

    Mondialisation oblige le monde
    En ces temps de communication
    De commerce et de profits qui comptent
    Décadente civilisation

    Chorus: De notre semblable il faut à tout prix
    Être meilleur plus riche et plus important
    Décider pour lui
    Être dominant… (2 fois)

    Mondialisation thème à la mode
    Pour toi on immole les agneaux
    De l’élite le nouveau code
    La loi du plus fort c’est ce qu’il nous faut

    Chorus

    Mondialisation tes intérêts
    On les protège à grands frais
    En organisant d’la surveillance
    Pour qu’il n’y ait plus d’Julian Assange

    Chorus

    Mondialisation maudite affaire
    Un jour tu seras menée par des clones
    Qui vont tous réussir en affaires
    De la Volga jusqu’à l’Amazone

    Chorus

    Most of all, because we are in the days of Noah, we have to pray, especially the Rosary.

  • If i had information about any crimes by the NWO criminals, i would leak one way or another. i would do my best to spread and share any leaked information. let’s put some fear back in the dark heart of the real criminals.

    thank you Caitlin for your effort.

    • Thanks Robyn, this Gateway Pundit’s interview with the photos says for example:
      .
      “The photos feature Assange prior to his illness and being moved to the prison’s hospital wing last month. . . .
      .
      “The photos of Assange himself reveal considerable weight loss since I last visited him in the Ecuadorian embassy in March.
      .
      “After viewing photos of Assange prior to entering the prison, the inmate remarked ‘it’s true. Belmarsh has sucked the life out of him.’
      .
      “Speaking generally about how Assange is viewed by the other inmates, the prisoner said that he is well liked among the prison population. ‘Everyone’s got a million questions for him — like ‘is the illuminati real?’ He’s probably heard that question a million times,’ the inmate said, along with laughing emojis. . . .
      .
      “The prisoner stated that Assange is still currently in the hospital wing of the prison. He also said that Assange very much appreciates all the letters he is receiving from supporters and that there was one day when nobody in the roughly 300 person unit received mail — except for him.
      .
      “‘All of the post was for Assange,’ he said. ‘About 500 letters and it was all for him. It made him smile.’”

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