Norisa Diaz • Marc Wells • Gerardo Nebbia • Tom Carter
Saturday, 12 October, 11 a.m.
Nine years after Wikileaks published hundreds of thousands of documents and other media detailing the horrific crimes of US Imperialism in Iraq and Afghanistan, the capitalist ruling elite, far from atoning for its crimes, is seeking to make an example of the courageous actions of the whistleblowers who exposed them, Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
For performing the basic work of journalism long abandoned by the establishment media, which itself has become little more than a mouthpiece for state intelligence agencies, Manning and Assange are deprived of their rights, imprisoned, tortured and otherwise accused of crimes against national security. The real criminals in fact hide behind the cloak of the accusers.
The Democratic Party, including its “left” wing, fully agrees with the Republicans in the prosecution of Assange and Manning. The task of defending the two courageous whistleblowers and of defending freedom of speech and of the press now falls to the international working class.
The purpose of this panel is to mobilize the broadest contingent of workers, young people and all those genuinely committed to the defense of democratic rights to join in this fight to free Assange and Manning.
Norisa Diaz is a member of the Socialist Equality Party and has been involved in revolutionary politics for more than a decade. She frequently writes for the World Socialist Web Site concentrating on immigration issues and other issues affecting the Southern California working class.
Marc Wells has been a member of the Socialist Equality Party for almost two decades. Wells has written extensively for the World Socialist Web Site and has an extensive knowledge of European political developments. Wells will reveal that contrary to claims that European governments can play the role of a progressive counterweight to the politics of Trump, Obama and Bush before him, they in fact play an equally reactionary role as the events surrounding Assange have shown.
Gerardo Nebbia began his revolutionary political life with protests against the US invasion of the Dominican Republic in 1965 continuing with participation in mass protests against the Vietnam War. He joined the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party, in 1972, attracted by its orientation to the working class. He has been part of the Trotskyist movement ever since as a writer and activist. His most recent work has dealt with the homeless crisis in Los Angeles along with the social and political crisis in Puerto Rico. He has also written on Latin America, and on the Ayotzinapa massacre in Mexico.
Tom Carter, a member of the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), has been contributing articles to the World Socialist Web Site since 2002. His articles and essays cover a broad range of political, historical, and cultural issues, with a primary focus on law and democratic rights.