Anohni Shares 'Obama' Video, Asks Obama To Free Chelsea Manning
"With Trump incoming, if you leave Chelsea in prison, she will never see the light of day, or worse."
Anohni has shared the clip for HOPELESSNESS track 'Obama' along with a direct address to the current POTUS. The artist/activist asked that Obama release Chelsea Manning from prison before Trump takes office. This comes after Chelsea's appeals for release based on her harsh treatment and sentencing.
Chelsea is currently serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks in 2010. She's spent her incarceration campaigning for rights as a transgender woman and is the first inmate to have been granted gender transition surgery.
Read Anohni's powerful message in full and check out the clip for 'Obama' below.
ANOHNI IMPLORES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO FREE CHELSEA MANNING
Condemned under Obama's administration to 35 years for blowing the whistle on US war crimes, America's number one political prisoner is a transgendered former soldier who sits in solitary confiniment after leaking video footage of US drone execution of a Reuters journalist.
"OBAMA, I voted for you. I campaigned for you across Europe.
Like thousands of others, in the newspapers and on TV, I told European press that you were a feminist, a kind and reasonable man, a just and fair man, that you would restore our country's dignity.
OBAMA, please let Chelsea Manning out of prison.
Recognise her tremendous sacrifice, and her vulnerability.
With Trump incoming, if you leave Chelsea in prison,
she will never see the light of day, or worse.
If you leave Chelsea Manning in prison for whistle blowing
You send the final message to our nation
that the Obama administration brutally punished moral courage
in these unforgiving United States.
She has suffered Enough, President Obama.
She poses no threat.
Show us the heart of the Obama administration now.
The election is over.
There is no political advantage left in allowing Chelsea to perish in prison.
Have mercy on her, Obama,
friend of the trans community:
I implore you to Free Chelsea Manning."