US private Bradley Manning’s trial for “aiding the enemy” is under way and prosecutors are asking for a life sentence. Manning has pled guilty to leaking documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, but under question for many is the future of whistle-blowing.If leaking information can lead to life imprisonment, then it follows that freedom of the press and protection of their sources, not to mention public access to information, would be directly affected.“I want people to see the truth, because without it you cannot make informed decisions as a public.” – Bradley Manning.Actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Russell Brand, and director Oliver Stone appear in a video on the iam.bradleymanning.org website in support of Manning.“[Bradley Manning] was deeply disturbed by what he was seeing as an intelligence analyst in Iraq,” says Stone. “The shooting of the Reuters reporters, civilians, by helicopter. He leaked documents during the war, and they were enormously helpful for people on the outside to understand what the government was thinking about on the inside.”Brand also voiced his concerns in an interview with Gawker: “I happen to believe that Bradley Manning has the right to a fair trial. It seems clear to me that some of the charges against him are mendacious and duplicitous from the outset. So I’m just saying, ‘Keep an eye on that.’ I think whistle-blowing is necessary. We know that institutions have a tendency toward corruption.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
GOOD+ Foundation raised more than $600,000 at its annual Bash event last week at Victorian Gardens in Central Park.Jessica And Jerry Seinfeld Attend 2017 NY BASHCredit/Copyright: GETTY IMAGES FOR GOOD+ FOUNDATIONThe family-fun party featured carnival rides, face painting, costumed characters and specially curated kid-friendly activities designed by event sponsors for 1,100 guests including hosts Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, and other special attendees, including Veronica Swanson Beard, Megan Boone, David Burtka, Stacey Bendet Eisner, Melissa Joan Hart, Gabriela Hearst, and Ali Wentworth.Host Committee members included Julia Austin, Jordana Blitz, Georgina Bloomberg, Rachel Blumenthal, Wendy Cherwin, Samantha Cohen, Danielle Devine, Maria Duenas Jacobs, Jessica Karp, Kara Moore, Florinka Pesenti and Gillian Hearst Simonds.Gold Sponsors were Hearst and Johnson & Johnson. Additional sponsorship provided by Bai Beverages, Pure Spoon, Skip Hop, Baby Bjorn, Chicco, Fairy Tales Hair Care, Supergoop!, Goodie Girl Cookies & Toufayan’s Gluten Free Pita Chips, Kenneth Cole, New York Knicks, Plum Organics®, Design History Girls, Hu Kitchen, Framebridge, Monica + Andy, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Terez.“Our friends and sponsors who help make this afternoon possible are helping change lives because their support funds our work to build stronger families,” said GOOD+ Foundation Founder and President Jessica Seinfeld. “At GOOD+, we have learned that strengthening the entire family starts with helping the parents first, and the overwhelming success of Bash every year shows that New York City supports what we are doing, and that is truly inspiring.”In its 11th year, the annual NY Bash event has become a highly anticipated New York City tradition, marking the end of the school year and bringing the organization’s long-time friends and program families together to celebrate the day and support families in need.Families from four GOOD+ Foundation network sites serving new mothers and fathers – CUNY’s Fatherhood Academy, Forestdale Inc., LSA Family Health Services, and STRIVE International, also enjoyed the event. These programs provide low-income parents with the support and training they need to be strong and stable caregivers for their children. GOOD+ Foundation provides mothers and fathers enrolled in these important programs with essential items such as diapers and cribs to be used as incentives while they meet milestones that benefit the whole family.