The 24 hour marathon for Julian Assange on October 15 is approaching, and as you can see from the map on the site, initiatives are multiplying. Activists and groups of all kinds are working to organize different events according to their tastes and abilities.
In conjunction with Body Warmth: Dance to Stay Warm we are running our event “Save Julian Assange: Join The Wikileaks Revolution” at the Old Abbey Taphouse, Guildhall Close, Hulme on Saturday 15th October. Our event will kick off at 15:00 until 19:00, followed by Body Warmth from 20:00 – 03:00 AM. Our event is free, however there is a £5 charge for the evening event to raise funds to cover the venue’s future rising fuel costs.
“The People’s Collective” supports world democracy and freedom of expression, and our particular focus at the moment are the recent troubling developments in the case of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Julian is currently being detained in harrowing conditions in solitary confinement at the notorious Belmarsh Prison in London. Priti Patel recently signed his extradition papers which would see him face trial in the USA and he faces 175 years imprisonment there.
They will be hosting our event at the Old Abbey Taphouse in Hulme. Winners of the 2022 “Community Pub of the Year” awarded by the “Campaign for Real Ale”, the Tap House has also been cited as “Manchester’s most eccentric pub” by the Manchester Evening News in 2022. The venue also has studio space upstairs where DJs, musicians and other creatives can record sessions and radio shows for STEAM Radio, which is part of their social enterprise STEAM MCR. STEAM’s goal is to provide a creative space for those living in the area, particularly underrepresented groups.
Original art work, political banner and photographs of grassroots political activists and supporters of this cause from our previous music events and past Julian Assange demonstration will be displayed. Our revolutionary live event will feature an array of live performances including acoustic sets from Damien Luke McNeilly and The Valleys, spoken word poetry recitals from Leon the Pig Farmer, Steve Jaffa Brown and other poets, as well as a contemporary dance performance from 3pm – 7pm. There will also be a performance with the political activist punk scar band “Galaventis”. A host of DJ’s will also be supporting our theme of human rights, freedom of speech, expression and world democracy.
Julian Assange has been locked away for 13 years. In that time he could have raised a baby to teenagerhood or done a medical degree, internship, residency, GP training, and had a year unleashed on the public under his belt. In that time he could have served three terms as the Australian Prime Minister.
Assange, the world’s most famous prisoner, has people on the outside waiting for him. Not just the thousands of supporters who lobby and protest, make art and raise funds to see him freed, but a family – parents, siblings and a wife and children of his own. And his father John Shipton.
Shipton looks like he’s come straight from Central Casting. A tall, handsome, elegant and dignified gentleman playing the role of a Hollywood hero father on the path to save his son. A son unjustly imprisoned. The character would be a man who is battling a Goliath, hoping to one day reunite on home soil a family spread across the globe – to regain peace of mind and peace of heart.
There is a movie about this. John Shipton and his son Gabriel Shipton, who is the film’s producer, are in Byron Bay for a screening of Ithaca: A Fight To Free Julian Assange. But it’s no Los Angeles fairytale and it might not have a happy ending. It’s a documentary about a real son who is rotting away in Her Majesty’s Prison, Belmarsh.
Belmarsh is no walk in the park. In this real-life drama Assange is in a ‘Category A’ restriction prison, meaning that Assange is considered highly dangerous to the public and/or national security. Category A prisons house murderers, rapists, armed robbers, kidnappers, drugs and explosives smugglers, and terrorists. You won’t find the pot smokers and fraudsters here.
Shipton is engaging and humble – a sympathetic figure. Someone who you want to see win. There is no flash or glamour, just a quiet and earnest man doing his best for his child. It’s heartbreaking to watch him grapple with language when his emotions are so ragged.
Assange supporters stage demonstrations in Mexico City
Relatives and supporters of Julian Assange's gathered Sunday in fron of the US Embassy in Mexico City to protest against the impending extradition of the Wikileaks founder to the United States to face espionage charges, on the wake of Secretary of State Antony Blinken's arrival.
Joining Assange's father were the #24F Coalición Vida y Libertad collective who called for a rally and demonstration prior to Blinken's visit. ”I want to thank Mexico for its hospitality and support for Julian Assange, their support has been tremendous particularly (President) Andrés Manuel López Obrador,“ said John Assange.
Julian's brother Gabriel Shipton argued that Blinken could not travel around the world ”lecturing countries about their freedom of press, while keeping one of the most important editors in the world [under arrest] in Great Britain.”
AMLO confirmed last week that former Uruguayan President Pepe Mujica (2010-2015), and Aleida Guevara, Che's daughter would be attending Mexico's national holiday celebrations Sept. 15 and 16. The Grito de Independencia ceremony commemorates the beginning of the struggle called by the priest Miguel Hidalgo in 1810.
The Mexican President has repeatedly supported Assange, whom he offered political asylum in January of 2021. He also told a news conference that during his last meeting with his US colleague Joseph Biden he had left him a note in favor of Assange.
“I left a letter to the president about Julian Assange, explaining that he did not commit any serious crime. Assange, he did not cause anyone's death, he did not violate any human right, and he exercised his freedom and that detaining him would mean a permanent affront to freedom of expression,” said the Mexican President on July 18.