Chelsea Manning is an unusual American, unique among the brave whistle blowers that our government under Bush and Obama have punished severely, rather than accepted for their sacrifice in exposing wrongdoing in the bureaucracy. Her youthfulness, her gender dystrophy, and her simple background made her bravery stand out. While undergoing extreme personal stress in government custody, she had the dedication and clear-sightedness to write cogent columns for the UK Guardian and others on current events.
Now, after seven years of incarceration, she will be free in May and must rebuild her life. Many Americans will be resentful of her freedom and some will actively oppose her. The life of most freed whistle blowers is not easy. Coming from careers in the intelligence agencies, the diplomatic corps, or the military ill-prepares them for a civilian career. By the same token, the private sector shows little desire to hire them. That is why, Chelsea, so young and so encumbered by the hatred shown transsexuals, deserves all of our support.
That support can become concrete via the gofundme crowd funding site. Over $80,000 has been raised to support her life after prison and the military. This is a rare opportunity to support someone who helped us see the monstrosity of our military operations, and who, as a courageous journalist, can continue to publish insightful information in an age of national fake news. Why not participate by contributing to a better life for someone who has suffered at the hands of our government? And share your thoughts in the comments below.