How to Support Julian Assange & Wikileaks

This post is intended to provide a list of the practical things can do to try to ensure fair legal treatment for Julian Assange and protect free speech and the Wikileaks project. If you’re organising an event in support of Assange or Wikileaks, or have some other practical resources to share, please leave the details in comments and I will add them to the list.

Direct contact to government

Phone Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s office (02) 6277 7700, and Attorney-General Robert McLelland’s office ((02) 6277 7300 and tell them you support free speech, due process and expect them to provide full support to Julian Assange in his upcoming legal battle overseas. [When I called the AG’s office, they suggested also putting it in writing and provided the email address: attorney @ ag.gov.au, so a quick email is suggested as well]

While you’re at it, why not look up your local MP and call them and tell them too?

Financial support to Wikileaks

They are still accepting donations via their website. I’m looking into alternatives too. Or if you prefer to support an organisation which has a clearer legal status, why not join or donate to Electronic Frontiers Australia, which acts to protect online civil liberties (disclosure: I recently joined the EFA Board).

Events in support of Assange/Wikileaks

(I’ve used strikethrough to denote past events)

ADELAIDE

Protest the government betrayal of Wikileaks figurehead Julian Assange

Date: Sunday, December 12, 1pm – 2.30pm

Venue: SA Parliament House

BRISBANE:

Date: Monday, 13 December, 6.30pm

Venue: QUT Gardens Point B Block, Rm 224. Contact: Bec (0401 785 942)

Date: Friday, December 10, 12 noon.

Venue: Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, 295 Anne Street, Brisbane CBD. (Information via Green Left)

Emergency Protest to Defend Wikileaks & Julian Assange

Date: Thursday December 9, 5:30pm

Venue: Brisbane Square, Top of Queen St Mall, Brisbane

HOBART

Protest to support Julian Assange & Wikileaks

Date: Saturday, December 11, 12noon – 1pm

Venue: Parliament Lawns, Salamanca, Hobart

MELBOURNE:

Defend Assange & Wikileaks on Human Rights Day – Friday 10 December, from 4.30pm, State Library.

Julian Assange, Law & Politics: A meeting to discuss Wikileaks’ Julian Assange’s legal and political position

Speakers: Julian Burnside AO QC, Peter Gordon, John Faine and Professor Spencer Zifcak

Date: Thursday 9 December 2010, 5.30pm.

Venue: the Law Institute of Victoria, 470 Bourke St, Melbourne

PERTH

Date: Friday, December 10, 6pm.

Venue: Wesley Church (cnr William & Hay Sts, Perth) (Information via Green Left)

SYDNEY

Australian Public to Rally in Support of Wikileaks

Date: Friday, December 10, 1pm.

Venue: Sydney Town Hall.

Online ways to support Assange/Wikileaks:

Sign the Avaaz petition “Wikileaks: Stop the Crackdown

Sign the GetUp petition “Media on Trial

Sign the open letter to Julia Gillard by Jeff Sparrow Elizabeth O’Shea and at the ABC website (leave your name as a comment).

The Justice for Assange website has support banners you can download and display online.

I also love that someone has suggested nominating Julian Assange for Australian of the Year. You can also vote for Assange as Time’s Person of the Year, but it doesn’t actually influence who the Editor picks.

EDIT 13 December: There’s now a petition to nominate Julian Assange for the Nobel Peace Prize and there’s also a new Brisbane-based website, Help Julian Assange which has an online petition and will soon offer the ability to contact politicians and post letters of support to Julian Assange.

Background Reading

Yesterday the EFA published their statement “Julian Assange and Wikileaks Deserve Protection.” I also interviewed Colin Jacobs, Chair of EFA on RRR last night (available for download as a podcast).

19 Comments »

  1. Stewart Smith Said,

    December 9, 2010 @ 5:08 am

    There’s also a GetUp campaign now too http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/Wikileaks&id=1489

  2. Jackson Taylor Said,

    December 9, 2010 @ 5:11 am

    Vote for Assange at Time “Person of the Year” http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2028734_2028733,00.html

  3. admin Said,

    December 9, 2010 @ 5:19 am

    Thanks Jackson!

  4. admin Said,

    December 9, 2010 @ 5:19 am

    Thanks Stewart!

  5. Lin Nah Said,

    December 9, 2010 @ 6:19 am

    Why not just boycott the businesses that are against WikiLeaks? It is better than the DDOS and other attacks against them in Operation Payback.

    It is something *everyone* can do anywhere in the world and it all adds up. Companies like Visa, Mastercard, Amazon, Paypal all hope for big revenues in Dec. If it starts affecting the bottom line, they’ll take notice!

    Just don’t use your Visa and Mastercard credit cards for the month of Dec. Businesses can show support by declining to accept these cards.

  6. ken Said,

    December 9, 2010 @ 11:25 am

    After 45 years as a supporter and sometime member I just let Gillard know they have lost me, after her treatment of the Assange issue

  7. Shockwave Said,

    December 9, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    Unfortunately Queenslander of the Year nominations are only open for a certain time, so we can’t add him there now

  8. World Spinner Said,

    December 9, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

    How to Support Julian Assange & Wikileaks…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

  9. Derrick Linley Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

    Please sign the petition urging the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award a Nobel Peace Prize to Julian Assange.

    You can sign it here.

    http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41314.html

  10. Derrick Linley Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

    I forgot to say – anyone who supports the award of a Nobel Peace Prize to Julian should publicise this petition to their friends, colleagues, family members, etc. and to anyone else who might be willing to sign.

    Official nominations have to be made by 1 February by people who are:

    members of parliament;
    professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law or theology;
    directors of peace research institutes or foreign policy institutes;
    board members of organisations which have received the prize;
    members of a government;
    members of an international court;
    university rectors;
    etc.

    So if you know anyone in any of these categories who might be willing to nominate Julian, please contact them ASAP.

  11. Adam Said,

    December 13, 2010 @ 3:53 am

    Just wanted to let everyone know there is a website setup to help julian assange goto http://www.helpjulianassange.net
    You can post comments and take part in a petition. There will soon be ability to contact polititions and post letters of support to Julian Assange.

  12. Steve Said,

    December 14, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    I agree with Lin Nah,
    I will not purchase any goods from companies boycotting wikileaks.
    Tell your friends it is an easy choice to make.

  13. KJA Said,

    December 14, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

    I’m boycotting them but I want them to know it (I don’t spend much anyway so they’d never notice). How do I tell them? Can’t find anywhere on their websites to give them that feedback and don’t have much time to search.

  14. Steve Said,

    December 16, 2010 @ 12:51 am

    Here’s another way. Swamp the UK Crown Prosecution Service with complaints. http://bit.ly/bJzw6Z

  15. mike bellamy Said,

    December 16, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

    In agreeance to Lin Nah ,however ,is there a credit card that does support Julian? If so we can all dispose of visa,mastercard and paypal.If we close them then they may get the message.Its obvious,like our PM they are at the obeyance of evil(ie.USA).

  16. prerak Said,

    November 7, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    my 100% support to mr.assange and entire TEAM OF wikileaks.
    KEEP IT UP TO GOOD WORK WHOLE WORLD. MAY GOD BLESS YOU JULIAN AND ENTIRE TEAM OF WIKILEAKS.

  17. Matt Said,

    July 5, 2012 @ 6:47 am

    Why not just boycott the businesses that are against WikiLeaks.
    Matt.

  18. Michael Muldoon Said,

    August 18, 2012 @ 2:03 am

    Thought you may be interested in my email to Bob Carr.

    Senator Bob Carr,
    When you first took your ministry I had such positive expectations for your performance in that role. This is only the second politically motivated correspondence I have ever written in my 66 years, but I feel duty bound to state how disappointed I am in how you have handled the Julian Assange case. You may hide behind statements of how much more assistance he has gained than other OS Australian citizens. It is patently obvious that you confirm the fact that Australia appears to be a lackey to the Americans and unlike Ecuador, or even NZ on some issues, the Australian Government is unwilling or lacks courage to stand apart on this important matter. Regardless if he is guilty of Sweden sexual offences he should not be served up to the Americans on a platter. You should take appropriate action to prevent this instead of the stand back and the ‘it’s out of hands’ approach.
    Shame on you Bob. As I am a labour voter, I’m afraid you’ve just cost your government another loyal supporter.

    Michael Muldoon
    Tasmania

  19. Wilfredo Fernandez Said,

    August 21, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Australians,Prime Minister Gillard and Foreign Minister Carr- you have the responsibility to protect Julian Assange who is a true blue Aussie.Wikileaks saves the life of the Soldiers in Afghanistan by exposing corruption by our World Leaders, putting the life of our Soldiers at risk or death for political gain.

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