Chelsea Manning Welcome Home Fund

$96,213 of $100k goal

Raised by 2,283 people in 19 days
Chase Strangio  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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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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$96,213 of $100k goal

Raised by 2,283 people in 19 days
Created February 7, 2017
Chase Strangio  
JV
$5
Jonathan Victory
3 mins ago

In our lifetimes, we shall see a place beyond all this ignorance, barbarism and oppression, look back and see that during a time of darkness, Chelsea Manning took the right stand and set an example for America's better nature. That debt can never be repaid. The toll of your sacrifice cannot be undone. But neither can the good you've done. Perhaps your face will be on a bill or statues will stand to your bravery. In any case, you deserve more thanks than you, or the world, can ever fully appreciate. You have endured the worst cruelty, now live the happiest freedom.

CH
$50
Colin Hammond
1 hour ago

The world will never be able to thank you enough for what you did. Have courage, you are loved by many.

$20
Thomas Dunning
2 hours ago

Chelsea, thank you for your sacrifice! You are such a legend and a true hero.

JF
$50
Jeppe Fastrup
2 hours ago

Thank you!

PM
$5
Peter M Le Mare
3 hours ago

Not a lot but every little may help.

HB
$500
Heidi B-B
4 hours ago

so many thanks for your act of revealing what your consciousness wanted you to do. Humanity will never forget you. I wish you peace in your soul and good friends for the rest of your life ...

MT
$7
Michael Trott
5 hours ago

Thank you for your bravery.

JH
$25
Justin Holme
6 hours ago

Thank you for taking the responsibility to inform us the public of what was being done in our name. All the best to you and your family and friends as you rebuild your life as I am sure you will.

TK
$25
Troi Kunko
6 hours ago

I've been sending you Reiki and prayers since this all started. All throughout nursing school I kept a note card with your name and symbols of love and support on my desk so I would remember you while I was studying. I'm so delighted this donation today goes towards you starting a new life. Thank you will never be enough to express my gratitude to you for your service and courage. Thank you for making it through!

MT
$100
Margaret Truman
7 hours ago

Thank you Chase for all the support you gave Chelsea. Thank you Chelsea for your courage and the suffering you endured in an effort to let the American public know the truth about our government. In the real sense of the word - You are a hero! May you find peace and happiness.

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