1. Endless Wars for Resources? Or Renewable Energy?
The Race for What’s Left, by Michael Klare describes intensifying struggles among industrialized nations for access to oil, clearly with the full intention of industrialized nations to burn up as much of it as possible. Klare calls for a crash plan to develop renewable energy sources and other basic materials. A dramatically urgent program to cut burning of fossil fuels is needed, not only for peace but to stop global warming.
In spite of this, the US government is bent on using its military to gain and hold access to oil resources worldwide. The drone has a unique role in this drive for control because, unlike any other weapon, it can monitor the lives of individuals and groups for days on end and kill by remote control at a moment's notice.
If we are to begin a serious, effective mobilization to get off fossil fuels, we must first close the door to the use of the military to "capture" oil. Military action for access to oil must no longer be an option.
The removal of the military option for acquiring resources would, of course, be revolutionary in the history of the world.
A ban on drone surveillance and killer drones worldwide can be and must be the first step in that direction, and by describing the ban as such, we may be able to encourage people to think about the existential choices that we are now making on a daily basis. The advent of the drone may help us to understand where we are headed and where we want to go.
2. What About the Right to Protest?
Statement of a survivor of a March 17, 2011 drone attack on the village of Datta Khel in Pakistan:
“Everyone is now afraid to gather together to hold jirgas (assemblies of elders) and solve our problems. Even if we want to come together to protest the illegal drone strikes, we fear that meeting to discuss how to peacefully protest will put us at risk of being killed by drones.”
Mass protests and strikes are essential to protecting human and civil rights and achieving greater economic and social justice around the world. Drones give governments, often working with corporations, new power to suppress not only independence movements but worker movements and wages, maintaining low wage zones that, in turn, suck in jobs and depress global wage rates.
Here in the US, as personal debt increases, unemployment continues at current rates or rises, food and gasoline costs rise, public services are reduced and pensions are lost, we the people must be able to go into the streets. However, we are seeing cities curtailing rights of protest, and there are reports of police wanting to use drones to watch protesters, an outrageous violation of our Constitutional right to peacefully assemble and seek redress for our grievances. (Police forces are now permitted to fly drones in the US weighing up to 25 lbs, and in September, 2015 drones of any size will be permitted to fly in US airspace if the safety issues can be worked out.) Drones are being marketed to police that can carry 12-guage shotguns, tear gas projectiles and other anti-personnel weapons.
The United Nations calls on all nations to respect the right of their citizens to peacefully assemble, a right the US violates daily around the world with it drones.
Learn More About Stopping Drone Killing and Spying:
These websites will help you learn about drones and no-drone actions. You will have to organize locally if you want to stop the advance of drone killing, spying and repression.
www.knowdrones.com / http://nodronesnetworkblogspot.com / www.codepink4peace.org / www.vcnv.org / www.worldcantwait.net
This flyer was produced by The Know Drones Tour,( www.knowdrones.com) which is endorsed by: American Civil Liberties Union (Philadelphia), American Friends Service Committee, Brandywine Peace Committee, Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Brooklyn For Peace, Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Catholic Peace Fellowship (Philadelphia), Central Ohioans for Peace, Central Ohio Peace Network, Coalition for Peace and Justice (Southern New Jersey), Code Pink, Columbus (Ohio) Campaign for Arms Control, Daytonians Against War Now, Delaware Pacem in Terris, Free Press, Faith Communities United for Peace (Columbus, Ohio), Franklin County (Ohio) Green Party, Interfaith Peace Network of Western New York, Granny Peace Brigade (Philadelphia), Green Party of West Central Ohio, International Action Center, LEPOCO Peace Center (Bethlehem, PA) Missing Peace Art Space – Dayton, Ohio, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Occupy Fredrick (MD), Occupy Wall Street – Anti-War, Pakistan Solidarity Network, Pax Christi – Greensburg, PA, Peace Action New York, Peace Center of Delaware County (PA), Peace Resource Center (Frederick, MD), Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, Progressive Peace Coalition, (Columbus, Ohio), Sinclair Peace Club (Dayton, Ohio),Unitarian Fellowship for World Peace – Dayton, Ohio, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars, Veterans for Peace, Chapter #128 (Buffalo, NY), Veterans for Peace – Dayton, Ohio, ,Veterans for Peace (Philadelphia), Voices for Creative Non-Violence, War Resisters League, WESPAC Foundation, Western New York Peace Center, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Philadelphia), World Can’t Wait, Wright State University (Ohio) Chapter of Young Democratic Socialists of America