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Chelsea Manning Says America Under Trump is ‘Another Prison’

Chelsea Manning

“The establishment needs to be challenged.” 

When Chelsea Manning was released from prion last May it wasn't into the more accepting, more tolerant country the United States had been leaning toward at the end of the Obama administration. What Manning found after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence, then being pardoned by president Obama, was a nation precariously poised at the edge of a cliff.

"This is not the home I expected to come home to," Manning tells the Washington Post. "This is another prison... I need to figure out how we're going to survive it."

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To enact change, the former Army private, who was jailed for passing classified information to Wikileaks, will attempt to become change. The 30 year old has announce she is running for congress against incumbent Benjamin L. Cardin of Maryland.

"The establishment needs to be challenged," she said, "and it needs to be challenged in their footholds and in the places where they feel safe." Manning will reportedly avoid corporate or PAC money while funding her campaign, and will run on a platform pushing "radical change" on the criminal justice, education, and health care fronts.

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