– Kick-off in Iowa, Saturday, May 18, 2019
From: Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker
The Des Moines Catholic Worker and the Des Moines “Bill Bassinger” Veterans for Peace Chapter 163 are joining Nick Mottern and KnowDrones https://www.knowdrones.com/ to start a national "END DRONE WARFARE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PLEDGE" CAMPAIGN here in Iowa! (The pledge appears below.)
We want to kick off the campaign on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at our 3rd Annual Honor Vets Ground Drones Armed Forces Day Rally & Direct Action @ 3 p.m. at the IA Air Guard Drone Command Center, 3100 McKinley Ave, Des Moines, IA.
The idea is to get as many of the presidential candidates to respond 'yes or no' to the pledge.
In Iowa, we hope to use the campaign to focus much-needed attention on our own drone command center in Des Moines, and to spread this campaign across the country, particularly in the states that have drone command centers. (See the attached list.)
Right now, we are looking for two things:
- Individuals and groups to sign on publicly in support of the pledge.
- People to start showing up at candidate appearances to press the issue.
Please be in touch with me and Nick Mottern if you and/or your group would like to endorse the pledge. And please let us know too if you will be able to attend presidential candidate events to call on the candidates to sign the pledge.
AND, please sign this petition: http://banweaponizeddrones.org
END DRONE WARFARE PLEDGE
Beginning in October, 2001 with the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. has conducted a drone warfare campaign that knows no boundaries and is out of control.
This campaign, which is based on assassination, has taken up to 12,100 lives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. This is a gross under-estimate because it does not include those killed in other nations experiencing U.S. drone surveillance and attack, such as Iraq, Syria, Libya and Niger.
In addition, much drone killing goes unreported because of the remoteness of the attacks and because the U.S. government conceals the full extent of drone killing and wounding, which has increased exponentially from 2001, through the Obama presidency and again under President Trump.
We must remember also that tens of thousands of people living under killer drones are being systematically traumatized and that their community life, the basis of their physical and emotional survival, is being destroyed.
Note, these unrelenting U.S. drone attacks are being conducted against people of color - whose lives are already wracked by war - for the sole purpose of assisting corporations in grabbing resources, particularly oil, gas and minerals, in an extraction process that, of course, contributes to global warming.
U.S. drone attacks violate the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights and are illegal, immoral and just plain outrageous.
Therefore, we call on you, as a presidential candidate, to pledge to:
1. Stop all attacks by U.S. drones and to close all U.S. drone control centers inside and outside the U.S.
2. Work for an international ban on weaponized drones.
Will you sign this pledge?
Individuals and groups calling for this pledge (to date):
Des Moines Catholic Worker
“Bill Bassinger” Des Moines Veterans For Peace Chapter 163.
Knowdrones.com – Nick Mottern, Coordinator
David Swanson, Executive Director, World BEYOND War
World BEYOND War (organizational endorsement)
US DRONE BASES – January, 2019
Armed drone control and or training.
Hancock Air National Guard Base – Syracuse, NY #
Niagara Falls Air National Guard Base – Niagara Falls, NY
Fort Drum (Army training with Grey Eagle drone), Watertown, NY
Horsham Air National Guard Base – Horsham, PA
Fort Indiantown Gap (Army National Guard trains with RQ-9 Shadow drones, which may be armed. The base has drawn attention of local anti-drone organizers but no protests to date.), Harrisburg, PA
Langley AFB – Hampton, VA
Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Fort Smith, AR
Berry Field Air National Guard Base, Nashville, TN
Hurlburt Field AFB, Mary Esther, FL (may receive drone unit from Cannon AFB)
Tyndall AFB, Panama City, FL*
Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX
Randolph AFB (Training), Universal City, TX
Fort Bragg (Army training with Grey Eagle drone), Fayetteville, NC*
Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC*
Springfield Air National Guard Base, Springfield, OH
Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, MO
Iowa Air National Guard Base, Des Moines, IA
Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, MI
Volk Field (Army National Guard training with RQ-7 Shadow surveillance drones, which may be armed. Protests have occurred here).
Hector International Airport (Air National Guard), Fargo, ND
Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD
USAF Flight Training School, Pueblo, CO
Fort Carson (Army Grey Eagle training), Colorado Springs, CO *
Cannon AFB, Clovis, NM (unit may move to Tyndall AFB)
Holloman AFB (Training), Alamogordo, NM #
Creech AFB, Las Vegas, NV #
March Air Reserve Base, Riverside/Moreno Valley/Perris, CA – Air National Guard drone unit.
Beale, AFB (drone targeting), Marysville, CA
Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ – Air National Guard drone unit.
# Base expansion
Compiled from government and press reports by Nick Mottern, Knowdrones.com
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