On April 11, the North Country Peace Group on Long Island held a rally and march in Port Jefferson. This video is filled with short, inspiring sidewalk interviews and statements.
Since September 2014 the United States has been launching air attacks against Iraqis and Syrians, undoubtedly killing and wounding thousands of people. The U.S., Iraq and Iran are now fighting to retake Tikrit, in Iraq, from ISIS, which will likely lead to a slaughter of Sunnis by Shia militia. Further, the U.S. has announced plans to retake Mosul, an attack that, according to the U.N., will produce 1.5 million refugees, most Sunni, fleeing for their lives. And then there will be the retaking of Fallujah, possibly the most war-decimated city so far in this century.
With this comes the near certainty that the U.S. Congress will approve a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force to give “legal” cover for sending tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers to reoccupy Iraq and probably to go into Syria to take control there if possible.
In Afghanistan, it is likely there will long-term stationing of U.S. soldiers, probably at least 10,000, who will continue to be involved in combat, as suggested by the deployment to Afghanistan in February of an Army Grey Eagle drone unit from Fort Drum, NY; the Grey Eagle a highly sophisticated weapons system used to support ground operations.
Considering the intensified drone operations in the air attacks in Iraq and Syria, as well as Libya, it appears that drone operations are being thoroughly integrated into U.S. battle planning, meaning that U.S. military strategy will be increasingly dependent on the violation of the rights of privacy of entire populations, on assassination and on terror.
At the moment two streams of action are addressing these ominous developments:
1. Mass Mobilization
From March 18 – 21, “Spring Rising” will take place in Washington, DC. The event, keyed to the 12th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, is an effort to kindle a spirit of mass resistance to U.S. wars and militarism. http://cindysheehanssoapbox.com/schedule-of-events.html
The four-day event, resulting from the combined inspirations of Cindy Sheehan and Malachy Kilbride, amounts to an attempt to apply a defibrillator to anti-war organizing within justice and peace groups and the Left generally, where the current controlling belief appears to be that matters such as global warming, environmental destruction, world trade agreements and police killing can be dealt with effectively without stopping the wars and systematic killing that are being generated in Washington.
To dispel the notion that somehow the United States can do good things with one hand while killing people with the other, most of “Spring Rising” is devoted to teach-ins that will examine the ways in which U.S. wars and militarism must be addressed and stopped in if there is to be progress on any other issue of survival and well being, domestically and internationally.
In addition, CODEPINK is organizing a lobbying session in Congress on the morning of Mar. 19, and in the afternoon Cindy Sheehan is doing something very unusual and educational, a bus tour of offices of war planners and profiteers.
A rally, march and die-in are planned by the ANSWER Coalition for Saturday, Mar. 21, starting at noon in front of the White House.
There also will be solidarity actions around the country such as the “Spring Mobilization for Peace” to be held at the Bath Ironworks shipyard in Bath, ME on Saturday, March 21 from 11:30 am to 1 pm. http://mainetalk.org/hccn/sat-march-21-spring-mobilization-for-peace-street-theater-bath-1130am/
2. Civil Resistance and Outreach to Drone Operators
Civil resistance has been a key tactic in trying to stop drone attacks for about five years, largely focused on drone bases. As other anti-war activity ebbs, civil resistance to drone attacks stands out more and more, not only with respect to drone war but U.S. war- making generally.
An increased interest in civil resistance to counter drone operations was dramatically evidenced in the arrest on March 6 of 34 people at Creech Air Force drone base, more than had ever been arrested there before. http://m.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/anti-drone-protesters-arrested-creech-air-force-base and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67-InPZ3Fa0
The Creech action was also notable because Veterans for Peace asked drone operators to consider stopping flying missions and offered to assist those who quit.
In addition, KnowDrones.com ran 15-second spot on Las Vegas commercial television to coincide with the protest, showing images of children killed and mutilated by drones and calling on drone operators to “refuse to fly.” http://warisacrime.org/content/tv-ad-airing-las-vegas-asks-drone-pilots-refuse-fly
A solidarity protest to support those at Creech was held at Kirtland AFB, in Albuquerque, NM, which coordinates satellite drone communication, and Bob Anderson, an organizer reports:
“All of our signs were messaging on killer drones and we had far more thumbs up signals from people going in and out of the gate than negative remarks. In the past it was usually the other way around. I think it says something about the public awareness of drone assassinations.”
It is important to note also that on Ash Wednesday six people, including clergy and veterans, were arrested at Beale AFB, another key drone operations center, near Sacramento, CA. where civil resistance has been used for several years. The Rev. Sharon Delgado, one of those arrested, said in a statement, that the protest was not only about drone attacks but “the harm done to the Indigenous people who used to live where Beale is now, the harm being done to Mother Earth by our building and deploying high-tech weapons and weapons of mass destruction, the harm done to families and communities who suffer cutbacks in public services while billions are spent for the military, the overall harm caused by the global reach of US military power.”
Other counter-drone witnesses are continuing at Hancock Air Base outside Syracuse, where civil resistance cases are still being heard in the local DeWitt, NY court. And monthly protests are organized in Horsham, PA by the Brandywine Peace Community to block the opening of a drone control center there.
In addition, on April 22, the National Campaign for Non-violent Resistance is planning a march from the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington to the Pentagon. https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Campaign-for-Nonviolent-Resistance-NCNR/184398124955311
Much could and perhaps should be written about the apathy and avoidance among the general public when it comes to the nation’s wars. Sadly this state of mind seems to have infected the agendas of many justice and peace organizations.
What we have is the reduction of active participants in anti-war actions to a core of people, many if not most of whom are viscerally opposed to war either because they have seen war’s impact while in the military or because they have had personal relations with people from other countries, particularly those that have experienced war. These are people who oppose war for the suffering it brings more than for what it costs in dollars.
While this group is not enough to be called a mass movement, it is large enough to raise the moral and legal implications of U.S. militarism. The willingness of this group to undertake civil resistance may be what keeps alive a spark of decency and hope in this dark time.
But we have to look at the nature of this dark time, and what we see is a political system that typically has tried to dole out just enough money domestically to achieve political stability while at the same time conducting wars internationally to secure benefits for global corporations. For moral as well as financial reasons, this system is insupportable and self-destructive, as powerfully explained by Martin Luther King Jr. in “Beyond Viet Nam.”
Heading into the 2016 Presidential election, we are going to be told by the major political parties that we must swallow the chicken bone of war to have peace, prosperity and security at home, as well as money to meet our domestic human needs. Whether or not this wretched, immoral choice will be accepted in yet another election will depend in part on the reaction of justice and peace organizations. The question is whether the majority opinion and action of these groups will be guided by those within their number who can’t abide more killing.
On April 1, Bonnie Block will go on trial in Wisconsin for her drone protest at Volk Field Air National Guard Base. Her case is particularly significant for the way in which the court has so dramatically denied her First Amendment right to free speech and, indeed, her right to mount a defense that seems most effective to her.
The court in DeWitt NY has also severely limited the testimony of drone protesters, but what is happening in Wisconsin may have gone even beyond that. Please read the following account by Joy First and consider whether you can mount a sympathy protest in front of your local courthouse on April 1, or perhaps a letter to the editor.
Gagged and Censored: Justice is not Served for Drone Protester in Wisconsin Court
Joy First, March 4, 2015
In May of 2014 Bonnie Block and Jim Murphy were arrested at Volk Field, a Wisconsin Air National Guard Base where they train operators to pilot Shadow drones with cameras to do surveillance and “target acquisition” so that the Predator and Reaper drones (remotely piloted from other US military bases) can drop Hellfire missiles on presumed militants in multiple countries. Bonnie and Jim are both part of the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars and have been protesting drones at Volk Field every month for more than three years.
Last May Bonnie and Jim went on a bus tour of Volk Field as part of an open house to which the public was invited. When the bus stopped at a museum on the base, they got off and tried to hand out flyers to others who were on the tour. They were told to stop handing out their “propaganda” and leave the base. Since they had come by the tour bus they had no way leaving on their own and yet they were arrested for trespassing and taken to the Juneau County Jail. They were released on bail and the ultimate charge was an ordinance violation of “trespass to land”.
In September, Jim was found guilty in a bench trial and ordered to pay a fine.
Bonnie asked for a jury trial and, in response, the Juneau County District Attorney filed a Motion in Limine, asking that Bonnie be prohibited from making “any argument that is known to be false or irrelevant to the issues before the Court” including among other things the policies of the US Government, International laws, the Charter or certain Resolutions of the United Nations, or moral or ethical strictures believed in by the defendant. She was also prohibited from commenting in any way “that her prosecution was a violation of any Constitutional or International Right or privilege.” This hearing was on March 3, 2015 in Mauston, WI.
It is common for prosecutors to file a Motion in Limine when a jury will be hearing a case against protesters, and this is something that we must continue to vociferously object to. In this case, the prosecutor had 25 points listed in his Motion, including 19 that asked the Court to prohibit Bonnie’s possible defense in some way. It looked like he used a boilerplate document that was more applicable to a criminal trial and he actually withdrew 8 of them when Bonnie objected. Many of the points were simple procedural issues that Bonnie didn’t object to and the judge quickly granted.
Of course, the important matters of the motion revolved around whether Bonnie could raise Constitutional free speech issues or provide any of the reasons she has for opposing drone warfare and handing out a leaflet raising four questions about drones. The judge also forbade Bonnie to make any reference to jury nullification i.e. asking the jury to ignore the facts and nullify the jury instructions in reaching their verdict. He did allow that juries have this right, but Bonnie is not allowed to raise it.
In arguing for her right to speak about drones, the US Constitution, or why she was handing out leaflets, Bonnie said that she needs to be able to tell the whole truth for there to be a fair trial. Otherwise the jury could presume she was on the base for no good reason. Prohibiting this in a pretrial order prevents her from presenting a defense for her action. She argued that the prosecutor can object during the trial if something is improper and the judge can make a ruling at that point. Bonnie said that these pretrial motions are overbroad and will have a chilling effect because she will have to wonder if something inadvertent will result in her being found in contempt.
The judge responded saying that this charge is about trespass and that is all that is going to be tried. Political beliefs are not going to be allowed. If Bonnie talked about drones or international law or the US Constitution, it could mislead the jury. He went on to say that there is no way they will get through the trial without referencing the leaflet that Bonnie and Jim were attempting to distribute, but neither side, nor any witness, can say anything about the actual content of that leaflet. If these rules are not followed the judge will grant a mistrial and impose sanctions.
Bonnie said that this trial is about a constitutional free speech issue and the jury should be the ones to decide on whether she was trespassing or had a constitutional right to be on the base sharing her literature. The judge responded that deciding about constitutional issues is not up to the jury and Bonnie will not be allowed to bring that up.
Bonnie will now be going to trial on April 1 without being able to offer a strong defense. Her ability to do so has been taken away by the prosecutor and the judge before the trial even begins. This happens so many times in trials for protestors and it is outrageous. We are gagged and then we are censored.
As we consider this grave miscarriage of justice in Wisconsin, we realize it is all part of a bigger system of illegal actions by our government. Our hearts and minds hold the images of the children, the mothers and fathers, the grandparents who have been murdered by US drone strikes, remembering that the training for this program of targeted assassination begins at places like Volk Field, and knowing for certain that the resistance must continue.
From April 7 through May 17, the actor Anne Hathaway will appear at the Public Theater in New York City in “Grounded”.
As reported in Variety magazine: “Hathaway will play a fighter pilot assigned to remote-control drone duty in an Air Force trailer in the suburbs. The 70 – minute monologue by George Brant won the Smith Prize for political theater…”
The play is being directed by Julie Taymor, known for her direction of the “The Lion King”, among other shows.
If you can do outreach in front of the Public Theater on opening night or at other times during the play’s run, please be in touch: email@example.com
For more than two years, Bob Meola has been working to get the Berkeley, CA City Council to ban drones that can be used for surveillance and/or to carry weapons. At the time he started in 2012, it seemed possible that Berkeley would be among the first cities in the U.S. to impose such a ban. But that was not to be.
On February 24, 2015 the Berkeley City Council passed a one-year ban on police use of drones, pending developing a policy that would enable police to use drones. The council also approved use of drones by firemen, which Bob thinks will be used by police if they want to. Berkeley council passes one-year moratorium on police drones
“We have asked for NO DRONES, NO POLICE USE OF DRONES,” said Bob, “and their moratorium entails coming up with a policy for POLICE USE OF DRONES while they still haven’t tackled the issues around comprehensive drone policy in Berkeley.”
“They ignored all the good stuff in our recommendations re not using info obtained by a drone in state and federal criminal investigations without a valid warrant based on probable cause,” he said. “They ignored asking the state to establish a two-year drone moratorium.”
Bob, a member of Berkeley’s Peace and Justice Commission, is disgusted. He concluded an email report of the proceeding: “LONG LIVE ANARCHY.”
Please continue to write to Kathy Kelly, who is now about half way through her three-month prison sentence for protesting drone war at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
Kathy Kelly 04971-045
Federal Medical Center
PO Box 14525
Lexington, KY 40512
People from across the country are making plans to be at Creech AFB outside Las Vegas, NV from Mar. 4 – 6 for the “Shut Down Creech!” anti-drone war protests. This is an extremely important place to be if you can possibly make it.
Creech is a key center for the control of drone attacks and the training of drone operators. Creech, along with Beale AFB in California and Cannon AFB in New Mexico, have more drone operators than other drone bases, according to 2014 report from the Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662467.pdf
“Shutdown Creech” comes at a very critical time when drone operators are under increasing physical and emotional stress because of new missions being laid on in the growing U.S. war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, coming on top of sustaining drone attack levels in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. U.S. drones are also believed to be attacking in Libya and possibly other places in Africa.
RT (Russian Television) reports on the pilot-stress situation, including an interview in the second clip with former drone operator Brandon Bryant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB jBi_bxw4&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQOv7xabARA
For complete information on “Shut Down Creech!” see the excellent, through blog postings at: http://shutdowncreech.blogspot.com/2014/12/day-by-day-program-for-shut-down-creech.html
From March 18 through 21 people will be gathering in Washington for “Spring Rising – An anti-war intervention in DC”.
The idea for this marshaling of anti-war sentiment comes from Cindy Sheehan and from a call by Malachy Kilbride for a national mobilization that, hopefully, will peg the United States wars and militarism as a national issue that must be addressed.
The need, Malachy told me, is to “do something that will point the finger at the war machine, our lives and they way they are because of this war machine. Beside all of that, these wars are wrong and they are destroying our planet.”
He thinks it is critical to elevate the war issue now before the national focus shifts more and more to the 2016 election and a Presidential run by Hillary Clinton.
Over the four-day event there will be:
- Visits to Congressional offices organized by CODEPINK.
- A war criminals bus tour organized by Cindy, visiting government and corporate offices in DC.
- A teach-in organized by Debra Sweet, director of World Can’t Wait.
- And a rally and march, to include the White House, organized by ANSWER.
Some groups are already organizing buses. If you are not able to attend, please create events where you are calling for a halt to the U.S. air war, drone attacks, U.S. targeted killing in all forms and U.S. occupation.
For detailed information on “Spring Rising”: http://cindysheehanssoapbox.com/spring-rising-an-anti-war-intervention-in-dc.html
By Nick Mottern
On January 16, 2015, I was among a group of anti-drone war advocates who went to visit New York Congressman Charlie Rangel in his office in Harlem. Almost the first thing out of his mouth was an expression of his disappointment that the religious community has not taken a strong position against the current United States wars.
He was passing the buck, yes. But he was also telling us, based on his considerable political experience, that it is hard, if not impossible, to stop a war when there is no outspoken opposition to the killing coming from preachers.
Indeed, religious leaders in the United States, on the national and local levels, have largely remained astoundingly and tragically silent about the nation’s current wars, including the expanding drone war now being waged in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Libya and possibly elsewhere in Africa.
So, in the face of this, as well as the abysmal failure of mainstream and alternative journalists to cover the drone war or the new U.S. air war and the apathy about these wars even on the left, I was heartened at the announcement of the Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare, to be held at Princeton (University) Theological Seminary (PTS) January 23 – 25, 2015.
At the same time, I feared that the conference would end up making worthless recommendations that would do nothing more than effectively endorse the U.S. drone war. And this nearly happened.
Patterned After Torture Conference
The idea for the conference came from the Rev. Richard Killmer, executive director from 2006 to 2013 of National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), and it was organized with the collaboration of the Rev. Robert Moore, director of Coalition for Peace Action, in Princeton, and others. It was modeled after a 2006 conference at PTS that focused on torture and resulted in the formation of NRCAT.
The conference, attended by about 150 people from 22 states, the District of Columbia, and Finland, was a teach-in on basic legal and ethical information on drone war, offered by 22 presenters. The goals were to create policy recommendations on drone warfare for the U.S. government and the U.S. religious community and to formulate ways of engaging clergy and congregations in the drone war issue.
(This link http://www.peacecoalition.org/campaigns/67-interfaith-conference-on-drone-warfare/562-interfaith-conference-on-drone-warfare.html provides you with a press release on the conference, list of speakers and, importantly, videos of the presentations recorded by Wilton Vought, http://OtherVoicesOtherChoices.blog.com Peter Lumsdaine was a presenter not included in the linked list.)
Perhaps the most important presentation on the nature of drone war, at least in my opinion, came from former Congressman Rush Holt. Holt, a Democrat who announced in February 2014 that he would not run for reelection, had served as chair of the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In this position he had a remarkable vantage point, from almost from the beginning of the U.S. drone war program, to see first hand the terrible shortcomings of the drone program and to understand forces driving its expansion.
Holt said of drone operators: “They call themselves warfighters. They are assassins.”
His presentation is a must see, beginning at 1: 14 : 43 in the first conference session tape. https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84924572&v=sMgeDLbLX1c&x-yt-ts=1422411861
Holt gave, as you will see, what amounts to an insider’s indictment of U.S. drone operations that, for me, would, alone, lead to no other conclusion than that drone attacks should be permanently stopped.
Why are we Americans so indifferent?
The other critical presentation, from my standpoint, was offered by the Rev. George Hunsinger, Professor of Theology at PTS and founder of Interfaith Coalition Against Torture. His talk, also a must see, starts at 2:09 in the third session tape. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p_E4uidgpc
Reverend Hunsinger began by referring to a quote from George Orwell’s Notes on Nationalism: “A nationalist is someone who not only overlooks atrocities committed by his own side, he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.” Reverend Hunsinger then said he would talk about “atrocities committed by our own side” and “our remarkable capacity as people, as citizens, and as members of congregations, as religious people, for not even hearing about them. I think we need another whole conference on that second question.”
A concern “bearing down on me”, he said, is: “When does legitimate authority lose its legitimacy? It's a question that is already very much on my mind with regard to torture”, which, he said, “is built into our policies; its defended.” Then he asked: “What about drones. What is it about drones that raises the question of rightful authority?”
He then noted that a statement he had written had been distributed throughout the hall just before his talk, which he said, might serve as “an organizing tool that might come out of this conference…you can do with this what you will.”
This statement, so humbly referred to by Reverend Hunsinger, provided strong, simple recommendations to the government and the religious community on how to respond to drone war:
“We cannot remain silent without becoming complicit. As leaders and representatives of many religious traditions, we call upon the President and Congress:
- To abandon all use of weaponized drones.
- To abandon the ‘kill list’ program regardless of the technology employed.
- To ban the sale of weaponized drones.
- To compensate the families of those who have been wrongfully killed.
- To seek binding international treaties to implement these objectives.”
At the end of his presentation he read through these recommendations, his voice breaking with emotion as he proceeded. After reading point number four, he interjected:
“Why are Americans so indifferent to the fate of the innocents in the countries where they have gone to war…This is a serious question for not only the American citizenry but for religious people. We have failed somehow. Why are people in our congregations not concerned?”
He then read point five, in conclusion, as his time ran out.
Before reporting on the outcome of the conference, I must say that all the presentations were well-prepared, thoughtful and informative. If you have the time, I recommend you watch the tapes.
Just Say Halt
In order to reach recommendations for the federal government and religious institutions, the conference organizers selected a “listening committee” to take notes on all the presentations and comments from the audience and to draft proposed recommendations. These were brought to the conference on Sunday, the final day, for comment and revision. I obviously hoped the committee would adopt Hunsinger’s points in total.
Instead the committee put this forward as its key recommendation:
“We call on the Administration to immediately halt targeted lethal drone strikes at least until the administration enhances transparency and accountability on the use of such strikes by public disclosures including but not limited to:
a. Acknowledging strikes conducted.
b. Accounting for victims.
c. Explaining official criteria for selection of persons targeted.
d. Citing legal justification for authorization of strikes.
e. Detailing the methods of investigating deaths.
f. Disclosing the standards for compensating victims.”
This wording brought an immediate reaction from several in the audience, objecting to its inherent approval for drone attacks. I asked that the Hunsinger language be substituted, and a suggestion was made that the wording be changed as follows:
“We call on the Administration to immediately halt targeted drone strikes.” Then the recommendation would pick up on the language talking about the need for “transparency”. The “at least until” wording was dropped.
This compromise satisfied those of us who wanted to conference to come out for stopping drone attacks.
Without the Hunsinger recommendations and the weight of his prestige behind them, I doubt that that compromise could have been struck.
Elizabeth Beavers, a lobbyist in Washington, DC, for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, explained that the listening committee drafted the weaker language thinking that it would be more palatable to Congress.
The Rev. Mike Neuroth, moderator of the policy discussion, said that the inability of the committee to adopt the Hunsinger language on effectively banning drone use was because two denominations represented could not accept an absolute ban. He declined to name the denominations, but based on a comment from the audience, it appeared that one of the objections came from one or more Catholics who wanted to reserve the right to use drones under the “just war” sanction.
Other suggestions were made for changes to other recommendations in the committee document, and Reverend Moore said a final version will be published soon, probably sometime in February.
A show of hands also indicated that the conference supported the creation of a small staff to promote a halt in drone attacks and the other recommendations. Reverend Killmer estimated this would cost about $150,000 for a year, a sum that seemed acceptable to the group.
As I walked to my car across the seminary campus, I felt hope rising that what was accomplished over the weekend might result in creating a long-needed structure for building resistance to drone warfare within the American religious community.
With the burning alive of the Jordanian pilot by ISIS, we anti-war workers are confronted again by the reality of hideous acts that for most of the U.S. public constitute a legitimate reason for the United States to expand its new war in Iraq and Syria.
These murders and the wide publicity given to them may well be the greatest obstacle to anti-war organizing that we face right now.
Debra Sweet has offered these links to readings about ISIS believing that we must educate ourselves to effectively respond.
How do you, as an anti-war worker, respond to people who say: “We have to eradicate ISIS; look what they are doing?”
Please share your response and information sources that you find useful. Write to: firstname.lastname@example.org We need to hear from you.
On January 10, 2015, Witness Against Torture held a forum entitled “From Ferguson to Guantanamo” where one of the panelists, Marsha Coleman Adebayo, of the DC Hands Up Coalition, said in her presentation that police killings in the U.S. and the imprisonment of men in Guantanamo is based on “white supremacy”.
“We’ve got to talk about white supremacy,” she said, “and how we are going to break the back of this beast.”
Although Coleman Adebayo did not discuss the role of white supremacy in U.S. wars in any detail, she did speak of the U.S. imprisonment and humiliation of Iraqis during the U.S.- British occupation and how this figured in the rise of the Islamic State.
“I want to question uniforms,” she said. “Should they be exalted?”
Here is a poem by Susan Roche that speaks to the special protection conferred in U.S. society by having white skin.
You can get killed just for living in your American skin*
But I can't.
Michael Eric Victor and Yvette
Larry Jordan Johnnie and Wendell
Miriam McKenzie Andy and Tamir
follow this trail of
stilled American blood
You were killed
standing with your hands by your side
asking for help after your car crashed
riding your bike
fleeing from robbers
opening your front door
running to your mother
One hundred and thirty-seven
a body can hold so many bullets
but mine does not have to
they chased tackled choked and tasered you
they rammed in to you with their car
they shot you in the back of the head
but not me
because I am invisible
invisible alive and abashed
by the extra seconds
by the life-preserving seconds
by the benefit of the doubt they offer me
by the benefit of the doubt they confer upon me
without even knowing that they do
From inside my invisible American skin
I track the spoor of your spattered blood
searching for the seconds before the firing of bullets
before the firing of bullets
how is safe passage conferred?
I search for sign
* Bruce Springsteen, lyrics to "41 Shots,"1999,to honor Amadou Diallo, killed by police
Names and stories from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's "Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police 1999-2014," posted on www.gawker.com
Castle Valley, UT
On Friday, January 23, Kathy Kelly began her three-month sentence in federal prison for her drone protest at Whiteman AFB in Missouri.
Here is the address where you can write to her.
Kathy Kelly 04971-045
FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER
P.O. BOX 14525
LEXINGTON, KY 40512
In the interview she did with Medea Benjamin before entering prison, Kathy said she likes to read novels, particularly “written by people from other countries”. http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/01/22/federal-prison-sentence-begins-anti-drone-activist
And here is a message from Kathy just before she entered prison. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cREN3PfSQpc
THIRD DECEMBER COUNTER-DRONE WAR ORGANIZERS BULLETIN
December 9, 2014
Edited by Nick Mottern, Coordinator, Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare
Organizers Conference Call: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 9 pm EST
(605) 562-3000 – Access Code: 484539#
Information on counter-drone actions and related poems has been coming in fast, hence the third bulletin this month.