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)
Date: Sunday, December 12, 1pm – 2.30pm
Venue: SA Parliament House
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)
Date: Thursday December 9, 5:30pm
Venue: Brisbane Square, Top of Queen St Mall, Brisbane
Date: Saturday, December 11, 12noon – 1pm
Venue: Parliament Lawns, Salamanca, Hobart
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
Date: Friday, December 10, 6pm.
Venue: Wesley Church (cnr William & Hay Sts, Perth) (Information via Green Left)
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.