Guest post by my sister in pink Priti, a CODEPINK coordinator in Kansas City. Thank you!
We worked the Bradley Manning table at the Wichita,
Kansas, Crosby, Stills and Nash concert tour, and were
half-expecting a lame geezer-fest, but these guys have not
lost any of their energy or edge (or even voice, which
really surprised us). It was one of the best shows we've
seen or heard in quite a while.
This was before the doors opened. The staff there were
great -- they gave us everything we needed. But toward the
end of the concert, a security person told me (and she
actually apologized for it!) that cameras weren't allowed
-- so these photos are contraband! (They'd searched all
attendees, but we had entered an
hour before the main doors were opened, through a backstage door, and just looked
around for someone to show us where to go.) As we
anticipated, this was a crowd very receptive to our
message, although there were a few calls to "Fry his ass!"
Once the lights went down, we
had great seats.
Just after they played Graham's song "Almost
Gone", a tribute to Manning, they turned the lights
on the audience, and I responded (those are the VIP boxes
just in front of us -- and they clapped!):
After that, at the break, there
was a RUSH (as you see) to sign the petition:
I think this was "Find the Cost of Freedom." They started out with "Carry On" and "Long Time Gone" and
finished -- pre-encore -- with "Almost Cut My Hair" and
"Wooden Ships", and those were the twin peaks of the
night. Mid-concert, I predicted that there would be two
songs in the encore, and for the first time in my life I
got them right, in order. Any guesses?*
We collected 71 signatures by the end of the night.
LINK: SIGN THE PETITION TO SUPPORT BRADLEY MANNING
* Hint: the initials are SJBE and TYC. - Lisa