Private First Class (revised) 

Claw over the parapet
Voice raised
Is voice gagged.
The world as in fact it is,
Isn’t. In a Democracy of liars
Is a lock-up for facts.

Three blows of a whistle:
One in hiding, embassy, London
One in hiding, transit building, Moscow
One in prison, U.S.A, somewhere

The stars and striping
Are bruises and lashes
This is the land of the free -
Where the fee for whistling
Is 36 years.

Chelsea Manning is born free and is everywhere in chains.
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Private First Class (revised) 

Claw over the parapet

Voice raised

Is voice gagged.

The world as in fact it is,

Isn’t. In a Democracy of liars

Is a lock-up for facts.

Three blows of a whistle:

One in hiding, embassy, London

One in hiding, transit building, Moscow

One in prison, U.S.A, somewhere

The stars and striping

Are bruises and lashes

This is the land of the free -

Where the fee for whistling

Is 36 years.

Chelsea Manning is born free and is everywhere in chains.

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a new poem for bradley manning

Here is a new poem for Bradley Manning by me:

Private First Class

 

Claw over the parapet

Voice raised

Is voice gagged.

The world as in fact it is,

Isn’t. In a Democracy of liars

Is a lock-up for facts.

 

Three blows of a whistle:

One in hiding, embassy, London

One in hiding, transit building, Moscow

One in prison, U.S.A, somewhere

 

The stars and striping

Are bruises and lashes

This is the land of the free -

Where the fee for whistling

Is 136 years.

 

Bradley Manning is born free and is everywhere in chains.

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Peter Kennard protesting the bi-annual meeting of arms dealers at the National Gallery, 2011. DSEi, the world’s biggest arms fair, meets every two years at London’s Excel Centre. In 2011, the National Gallery allowed them to hire their venue for a party. The public raised their opposition to a national institution hosting the merchants of war. In 2012, the National Gallery announced they would end associations with arms manufacturer Finmeccanica. 
DSEi are back in London this year. Stop the Arms Fair. @stopthearmsfair

Peter Kennard protesting the bi-annual meeting of arms dealers at the National Gallery, 2011. DSEi, the world’s biggest arms fair, meets every two years at London’s Excel Centre. In 2011, the National Gallery allowed them to hire their venue for a party. The public raised their opposition to a national institution hosting the merchants of war. In 2012, the National Gallery announced they would end associations with arms manufacturer Finmeccanica. 

DSEi are back in London this year. Stop the Arms Fair. @stopthearmsfair