Chelsea Manning Welcome Home Fund

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Raised by 4,216 people in 18 months
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Chase Strangio
on behalf of Casey Manning Major
 NEW YORK, NY
*Note: This is the official campaign raising funds for Chelsea Manning. This campaign is being organized by her friends and family. I have known Chelsea as her attorney, advocate and friend for several years. The money will be deposited directly into her bank account, which is being managed by her current power of attorney. Upon her release on May 17th, she will have full control over all funds donated.*

Chelsea Manning is a 29 year-old transgender woman and long-time leader in the LGBT community. She is a transparency activist, Guardian columnist, whistleblower and she is our close friend and family member.

For the past seven years, Chelsea has been incarcerated. She survived solitary confinement, systemic denial of health care and years of being separated from her friends and community. Through it all she has remained a steadfast voice for liberty and justice and an inspiration to so many. We now have a chance to show our appreciation for all that she has given us.

Following the commutation of her 35 year sentence, Chelsea will head home to Maryland on May 17, 2017 and we, her closest friends and family, are raising money to meet her survival needs.

The majority of Chelsea’s adult life has been spent under the control of powerful institutions. Upon her release she will need logistical, emotional, and financial support to safely transition into the free world. For the first time in her life, Chelsea will have the opportunity to live freely as her authentic self, to grow her hair, engage with her friends, and build her own networks of love and support. We want her to have the tools to do that and to overcome the years of abuse she has experience in custody.

Funds raised will be used to pay for Chelsea’s rent, utilities, health care, clothing and other living expenses for the first year after she is released.

If you are interested in offering an in-kind donation or other support, please e-mail: CMreleaseneeds@gmail.com.

To learn more about Chelsea, check out her Twitter and Medium pages and her website .


(We have been receiving a lot of complaints about these photos.  Please note that these are recent photos that Chelsea has chosen and which she also uses on her verified Twitter account. Nothing has been done without her guidance and approval. She prefers these photos. They capture the reality of her prison life. She is forced to keep her hair short - a source of pain and trauma that we have been fighting in court for years. But she wants that to be visible and documented. Stay tuned for her self-determined and created images once she is released.)
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Hi all. Thank you so much for your support of Chelsea. Her release date is one week away and we have about $30,000 left to raise. Please continue to donate and share and keep Chelsea in your thoughts. The fact that she will soon be free is a testament to her incredible bravery and resilience and the love and support she has received over the years from all of you. More soon from Chelsea herself.
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Thank you all for the incredible support for Chelsea. There is a lot left to do so please keep sharing. I also wanted to let supporters know that Chelsea's sister, Casey Manning Major, will be transferring all the money raised directly into Chelsea's bank account. Many thanks and onward!
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All - We reached our initial goal of $100,000! Thank you so much for your support of Chelsea. I am hoping we can far exceed the $100,000 so that we can meaningfully ensure Chelsea's well-being and safety when she is out. Please keep donating and sharing so that we can build a safety net of support and show our love for her. Let me know if you have any questions!
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Thank you to everyone who has donated! It has been inspiring for all of us who care about Chelsea to see people stepping up to support her. All of the money raised will be going directly to Chelsea's survival needs. Please keep sharing and contributing. Hopefully we can meet and exceed our goal and show Chelsea how much we appreciate, love and care about her. This support will keep her spirits up in these difficult last months.
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