Manning contingent wins Pride award

"Absolutely Fabulous Overall Contingent"

Ah, the sweet rainbow flavor of comeuppance. As the fascinating and part-tragic, part-inspiring saga of Chelsea Manning continues to unfold, at least one portion of the struggle has reached a satisfying conclusion.

The disastrous move by this year's Pride Board to negate the election of Bradley Manning as a community grand marshal in the parade -- locking out press and protestors, canceling meetings, and kicking up a general shitstorm in the process -- only served to bring out three blocks' worth of marching supporters in the Bradley Manning Supprt Network Contingent this year. Now, that contingent has won the "Best Overall Pride Contingent Award," voted on by the public.

Sorry, Pride Board :/

Here's the press release from Grand Marshal, Not Court Martial, a related group:

This past June 30, the Bradley Manning Support Network (BMSN) marched for its third consecutive year in San Francisco’s Pride Parade.

The BMSN was the largest non-corporate contingent in this year's parade and was named by judges, along with four other groups, as an "Absolutely Fabulous Marching Contingent." In addition, at last night’s SF Pride's Check Granting Party, it also won the award for "Absolutely Fabulous Overall Contingent."

The vote for the “Absolutely Fabulous Overall Contingent” was put out to the community on SF Pride's web site. BMSN was up against three other groups: Abada Capoeira, Bay Area Youth Summit, and Mormons for Marriage Equality.

The winning of these awards comes on the heels of a two-month debacle in which SF Pride rescinded the nomination of Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning as a Community Grand Marshal. Local LGBT and veteran activists held demonstrations and a teach-in (as well as a Community Meeting called by Pride at the urging of SF Supervisor David Campos) to try to get Manning reinstated.

The contingent featured former military strategist, 82 year old Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 leaked secret documents known as the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. Ellsberg, adorned with a pink boa around his neck, was accompanied in the parade by his wife, Patricia.

Manning was sentenced this past Wednesday to 35 years in prison for releasing thousands of classified documents including the infamous “Collateral Murder” video, which shows a U.S. Army helicopter gunning down Iraqi civilians and two Reuters journalists. This sentence will automatically be sent to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals. Manning’s lawyer and numerous organizations are calling on President Obama to pardon Manning, who could be paroled after 10 years, three of which have already been served.

Following the sentencing, Manning issued a public statement declaring: “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.”    


Wrong Marke - more like 2-3 scattered groups of 10-15 each.

But that sure is a pretty award now isn't it? Sure did an ENORMOUS amount to keep Chelsea Manning out of prison. Maybe next year they can rally to demand free hormone treatments in the brig.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

It was an ENORMOUS group of people and I'm proud I was a small part of it.

Posted by Viper on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

That is really good, you are like a community!

Posted by yacht booker on Jan. 31, 2014 @ 12:16 am

There are many, many photographs of the huge Manning contingent at Pride. I guess every last one of them is 'shopped, because otherwise Lucretia is lying.

Posted by Jym Dyer on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

It was not three blocks long, an award voted on in a random online poll doesn't signify approval by the larger GLBT community and regardless of any of that the time and effort wasted on this issue has all been for naught because Bradley/Chelsea is now in the brig after being sentenced to 35 years. In other words - your efforts and those of your comrades were a total fucking waste of time. Something, I'm quite sure, which doesn't change your mind at all as to the effectiveness of this entire "action." After all - it was really about "catharsis" and not about actually accomplishing anything - something the Pride committee could see a mile away which is why they turned down your little publicity stunt before it even got off the ground.

OWNED - beoytch.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

and just go out once in awhile and vote for the Democrats; that is how GLBTs got this far.

Posted by CCSFgraduate on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

then talk to me. AA's qualify you to serve an MA's coffee.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

education dictate the right to engage in a discussion about politics on a blog? Exactly how does having a MA translate into a person's comments on a blog being more aware and knowledgeable?

Do you believe that the status and rights of GLBTs in the United States have come about by voting for the Democrats, not by the protestors and activists you belittle?

Posted by CCSFgraduate on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

Quit while you are only losing by a mile.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

The belief in the power of the normative over the empirical. The idea that street activism accomplishes more than the steady building of electoral coalitions and the accumulation of political power. The core conviction that a minor degree steeped in Marxist theory and Foucault-based relativism trumps any other.

All of these are core CCSF values. And on full display here. Marke B - who went to SFSU, seems to have absorbed some of these same values by osmosis. Witness his recent statement that he realizes the boytcott of Stoli isn't actually DOING anything but it sure is "cathartic." Again - the triumph of the normative over the empirical.

To the barriers brother and sisters!!

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

address my questions. Can you answer

Posted by CCSFgraduate on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

even as coffee servers AAs have a higher net worth than MAs, most of whom are in hopeless debt for the rest of their lives.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 26, 2013 @ 7:29 am

They deserve it, I think that they are the best, at least that is my personal opinion!

Posted by Fredy on Mar. 17, 2014 @ 2:07 am

Lucretia, please put down the crack pipe.

Posted by marcos on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

I think we can all give a heart AMEN to that sentiment.


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Posted by simon on Jun. 20, 2014 @ 2:59 am

She would get these participation awards too.

Posted by Matlock on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 3:24 am

A pretty one too!

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

The gay community in SF is corrupted, infiltrated and co-opted by money and government, and super gross gays like Scott Weiner.

Russia is right.

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"Last month, Supervisor Scott Wiener proposed the ordinance to amend the city’s building code."

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