DRONE ACTION ORGANIZERS BULLETIN – October 8, 2014

MONTHLY BULLETIN FOR DRONE ORGANIZERS
October 8, 2014

Edited by Nick Mottern – Coordinator, Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare.

Next organizers’ conference call: Wed. - Oct. 15, 2014 at 9 pm EST
Call in number: (605) 562-3000 - Access code: 484539#

In this month's bulletin:

1.    NATIONAL ANTI-WAR MOBILIZATION PROPOSED FOR SPRING 2015 AND RELATED COMMENTARIES.
2.    COURT ACTIONS AND ARRESTS – AMONG THEM, JACK GILROY IS IMPRISONED FOR THREE MONTHS FOR HANCOCK DRONE PROTEST.
3.    REPORT ON THE “GLOBAL DAY” OF COUNTER DRONE ACTION.
4.    HONEYWELL BOYCOTT PROTESTS GET UNDERWAY AT APPLE; HOME DEPOT AND WAL-MART.

 

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A Kurdish refugee in Turkey on September 23 as the U.S. air attacks expanded to Syria. Photo: The Guardian.

INTRODUCTION:

As the illegal US air war in Syria and Iraq continues, the press is providing no real coverage of the impact of the bombing on average people, even as the US government announces it will take even less care to avoid killing and maiming civilians than it has with drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

This issue of the monthly bulletin chronicles continuing courageous and imaginative actions by organizers around the US and the world to counter drone war and war in general.   These actions are beacons in a night of unceasing US government fear-mongering and propagandizing that has succeeded in smothering the last breaths of national democratic process.  It was a process in which Congress would have been expected to at least cast a pro forma vote before the nation enters into an open-ended campaign of racist slaughter of Iraqis and Syrians.

The bulletin opens with a proposal by Malachy Kilbride for a national mobilization for Spring 2015.  Please respond to his proposal by writing: malachykilbride@yahoo.com and/or nickmottern@earthlink.net Possible tentative place and dates for a planning meeting, if the proposal supported, is New York City – Nov. 29 or Dec. 20.

Special thanks to Elsa Rassbach of CODEPINK Germany for her leadership and hard work in spreading the word about the first international Global Day Against the Use of Drones for Surveillance & Killing and to Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space for organizing the many events of “Keep Space for Peace Week” that included the counter-drone war message.

In solidarity,

Nick Mottern

 

1. NATIONAL ANTI-WAR MOBILICATION PROPOSED FOR SPRING 2015 AND RELATED COMMENTARIES.

A.  A Proposed Call to Organize a National Mobilization in 2015.
      by Malachy Kilbride, of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance.

Background (present ground):

As we are all aware, there has been a demobilization of the antiwar/peace movement in the United States. This has happened for a variety of reasons open for discussion and debate.  Regardless of discussion or debate this demobilization has inhibited our decisions about calling for a much needed and long overdue mass mobilization against the continued militarism and wars of aggression by the US.

As remnants of the antiwar/peace movement continue to organize the US “War Machine” has operated without much apparent effective resistance in the US.  It seems as if we are fumbling around in the darkness without much light to guide us in our next steps.  However, we still have a great reserve of resources and opportunities that can show us there is indeed hope that can challenge the present order which functions to provide profits for the elites while the masses if not billions of people around the world are oppressed using war as a tool of domination.

There is little if no benefit in finger pointing towards each other in the activist community. We must acknowledge the overwhelming power we are up against and continue to remain united in solidarity against this empire of violence, domination, and oppression. The most important thing is that we can still use our common ground to organize together. On this common ground we must build towards a mass mobilization in the spring of 2015.

Suggested/proposed next steps:

We should put out a call supported by all those individuals and groups who have been a part of our work. The call is for people across the US and elsewhere to hold small-scale actions opposing the US “War Machine” whether it is bombing Syria and Iraq, drones, or militarism in general. These actions would be media/social media driven.  The purpose would be to show the opposition to the continued state of war the US is in, the illegal drone campaign, the bombing of Iraq and Syria, the continuing lies into war etc. The recent Campaign Nonviolence actions had over 237 reported events. There is no reason we could not have more. People could be encouraged to hold signs stating things like “ More bombing makes us less safe” “LESS bombs and MORE money for schools” “What has the last 13 years gotten us?” or whatever you can think of… The purpose of this campaign would be to highlight and reveal the real opposition to the continued wars and militarism.

The next step built upon the above is to put out a call for a mass mobilization against the continued US wars of aggression and militarism.

How can this happen?:

I propose that all those who’ve been working so hard come together and organize under a neutral banner placed on common ground. We need a national organizing committee with representation of those who’ve been involved in the last many years. I suggest an in-person meeting and conference calls in the next few months to figure out how a national mobilization can happen in the Spring of 2015. We need to have an in-person meeting before December of 2014.

PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS PROPOSAL, AND SPECIFICALLY TO WHETHER YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND A MEETING SUCH AS OUTLINED BY MALACHY IN NEW YORK CITY ON NOV. 29 or DEC. 20.  

Please send your responses to: malachykilbride@yahoo.com and/or nickmottern@earthlink.net

B. THOUGHTS ON CURRENT DEMOBILIZATION
          from Bob Smith, coordinator, Brandywine Peace Community.

Just a thought or two regarding the "peace/anti-war movement and ISIS/ISIL". We too in Philly have been experiencing a pathetically tiny turnout to demonstrations and that pertains to demonstration we just had with the International Action Committee (IAC) and other left groups in Philadelphia and even our last demonstration this past Saturday (September 27) in Horsham at the Air Guard Station where the Pennsylvania drone war command center is being established. 

Over the past year the demonstrations in Horsham usually draw 65 - 100.  This past Saturday there were maybe 25?  A noticeable decline!  Now it may have been due to a number of other events post-summer - electioneering, mass incarceration, and of course in Philly the big issue is the gutting event of (Pennsylvania Governor Tom ) Corbett on education. We've tried to make connection with the latter by joining the stop the cuts demonstrations bringing our signs:  SCHOOLS or Million$ for PA Drone War Command Center in Horsham which was very welcome by the stop the cuts organizers. 

We've been for the past year holding leafleting/signs in center city Philadelphia, including the posh Bellevue Hotel where Corbett has his SE PA office.  On two different occasions a large (300+) schools demonstration showed up as our 5 or so people were there.  The school demonstrators had few signs.  We, in contrast, have loads of signs just no people to hold them.  So we handed them out to the students to hold before throngs of press.  It was good. 

I think we should talk about the dominance of American society by war and militarism, corporate profits and domination, as exemplified by drone warfare and surveillance, at the expense of human needs and the future. That is our issue, not responding as if we have answers to ISIS!  See attachment.

And, for the time being, we may have to maximize the symbolic as fewer people show up.

C. THOUGHTS ON THE BEHEADINGS AND DEMOBILIZATION IN THE “PEACE COMMUNITY”
          from Coleen Rowley, Minnesota.

There are at least four main reasons for why Americans care far more about the beheadings of these other Americans and one U.K citizen, than they care about the thousands of foreign victims of drone bombing and are thus manipulated into believing that more US war is the answer to such terrorism: 

1) "Us versus them" mentality is an innate part of all human psychology.  People always identify with those who are closest to them, so in this context other Americans/Westerners as opposed to foreigners; 

2) The beheadings were deliberately and dramatically videotaped to ensure that US media brought the scenes into all US living rooms whereas the drone bombings in foreign countries are neither filmed nor covered at all by US media; 

3) It's apparent that even a large segment of the "peace" community do not understand that US wars indirectly created Islamic State (and many other Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups!) and that US drone (and other aerial) bombing is giving rise to MORE terrorism, and certainly doesn't work to reduce it.  These two articles explain the situation:  http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/12/how-the-west-created-the-islamic-state/  and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utjxA3GQF5A#t=11  As in all wars, the leaders of both sides are opportunistically using each other to empower each other.  Robert Greenwald's video puts it most succinctly:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utjxA3GQF5A#t=11 as to how war fuels terrorism (and visa versa, that terrorism obviously fuels war).   This is well known by Western intelligence analysts and foreign policy experts, and it's garden variety war manipulation for everyone except the stupid, duped US public--anyone see latest Borowitz Report? "Americans Who Have Not Read a Single Article About Syria Strongly Support Bombing It".   It's depressing how stupid and uninformed even "peace" activists are that they think "bombing the village to save it" works somehow, but we have many examples of such benighted "peace" activists in the Twin Cities too.   (Such terrorist-war propaganda actually works better on liberals who are vulnerable to having their emotional buttons--fear, hate, greed, false pride and blind loyalty--pressed than it does on more pragmatic, cool-headed thinkers.)  

4) A fourth main reason for why most liberals now go happily along with perpetual war in a kind of blissful stupor, cheering on their warhawk favorite Hillary is the lessons well learned from the Vietnam War.  Getting rid of the military draft and putting the trillions $$$ of war costs on the ever-expanding and perfectly elastic national debt card so there is only a "poverty draft" is another layer of "us versus them" racist manipulation geared to getting the liberal, intellectual class on board as they perceive no costs and only benefits for themselves, i.e. job creation and cheap gas and other resources. 

D. ORGANIZERS’ CONFERENCE CALL – OCT. 1

The drone organizers conference call on October 1 was wide-ranging, but one thing that came up several times was the potential for engaging in counter-drone/anti-war/anti-imperialism younger people who want to give birth to a new, non-capitalist, economic system as well as making common cause with those fighting to stop climate change.

 

2. COURT ACTIONS AND ARRESTS.

A. THE CASE OF JACK GILROY.

On Oct. 1, Jack Gilroy, 79, entered prison at Jamesville, NY to serve a three-month sentence imposed by Judge Robert Jokl of the DeWitt, NY court for his protest at the Hancock Air National Guard drone base near Syracuse.

Below is a press release on Jack’s sentencing, recent reports on how he is doing and the address where you can write to him.

Then there is a press release on the trial of Mark Colville who was convicted for his protest at Hancock in a trial presided over by Judge Jokl.   This report is accompanied by a commentary by James Ricks on Judge Jokl’s conduct and then a video of Mark Colville describing his reaction to what has been happening to drone protesters in the DeWitt court.

Press Release
For Immediate Release:
Oct.1st, 2014

Contacts: Jack Gilroy - 607-321-8537
Mary Anne Grady Flores -607-280-8797
upstatedroneaction.org Check for photo's and videos /Oct. 2nd
http://upstatedroneaction.org/wordpress/2014/05/25/interview-with-hancock-defendant-jack-gilroy/

October 1, 2014, Syracuse, NY   Jack Gilroy, 79, of Endwell, NY, of Upstate Drone Action, was sentenced to three months incarceration, three years probation, and $1,000 fine, by DeWitt Town Court Judge Robert Jokl. 

"It's time for our justice system to identify the real criminals...not those who carry the message to stop the killing to the gates of Hancock Air Base," said Gilroy in his sentencing statement.

Gilroy was convicted by a six-person jury on July 15th of trespass and obstructing government administration after two day's of trial. 

Gilroy’s trial was based on participation in a solemn funeral procession and die-in to illustrate the death and destruction of innocent people by drone missiles and bombs piloted from Hancock 174th Attack Wing. Hancock is one of many drone bases coordinating US drone attacks in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. 

"I was proud of the way Jack spoke truth to power, stood for non-violence instead of war, and brought the reality and names of victims of drones into the court," said Fr. Tim Taugher, long time friend of Gilroy's and pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Binghamton.  

"Our courts can't allow the truth to be heard. This is one of many ways our country is trying to squelch truth, debate, dialogue, and discussion of the morality of the use of drones."

How Jack is Fairing in Prison, reported by Ann Tiffany:

Ed (Kinane) and I talked to Jack on Sunday (Oct. 5).  Except for the food that is the worse he’s ever had in any prison or jail, everything is going as well as can be expected.  Jack has finished the two books he had set aside for his stay at Jamesville so we’ll get more to him.   We’ve learned that an inmate can only have one package each week, which limits our efforts.  However, he can have mail! any time.   Jack’s discharge date is 11/29/14.

Jack’s address:

John P. Gilroy #14001694
Jamesville Correctional Facility
6660 E Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078

Donations:

If you would like to write a check for legal support in general or to help with Jack's fine in particular, please write the check to Upstate Drone Action and send to Upstate Drone Action c/o the Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 E Genesee St., Syracuse NY 13210.  Please do not write a check to SPC or use SPC's pay pal account - it complicates SPC's finances immensely.  If you want the check to assist with Jack’s fine and appeal, please write Jack’s name in the memo line.

B. THE CASE OF MARK COLVILLE.

Press Release
For Immediate Release:
September 19, 2014

Contacts:
Mark Colville, 203-415-5896
Ellen Grady, 607-279-8303
http://upstatedroneaction.org/

September 19, Syracuse, NY - Carrying flowers and three documents to Hancock Field Air National Guard Base can result in severe consequences. Drone resister Mark Colville, of the Amistad Catholic Worker, New Haven, Connecticut, was found guilty after a two-day trial and fifty minutes of deliberation by a DeWitt Town Court jury. 

On December 9th, 2013, Colville and two Yale Divinity students brought a People's Order of Protection to the front gate of the base to demand an end to drone attacks which are carried out from Hancock.  This action was in response to a recent request by Raz Mohammad, an Afghan national, whose brother-in law was killed by a U.S. military drone strike. Gate personnel rejected the petition. 

Colville, who is not an attorney, chose to represent himself. He faced five charges: Obstruction of Government  Administration (max 1 yr), 2 Disorderly Conduct charges (15 days max each), Trespass (15 days max), and violation of an Order of Protection (OOP). The order was on behalf of Colonel E. Evans, a base commander; a violation carries a one-year maximum sentence. Activists have already successfully challenged the validity of these OOPs, which Col. Evans stated serves "to keep the protesters away from my base."

Resister Colville's action is a part of a global campaign to ban weaponized drones. Locally, the five-year-old Upstate Drone Coalition campaign has resulted in multiple trials, acquittals and convictions, including the sentencing of grandmother Mary Anne Grady Flores to one year for taking photos of an Ash Wednesday demonstration from the cross-walk in front of the base. She was found guilty of violation of her OOP. 

After his trial Colville stated, "This court by its conduct continues to condemn itself by manipulating and misapplying the law, and intentionally disregarding the cries for justice from those who the law is supposed to protect. The petition that we brought to the base, the People's Order of Protection, demanding that we give relief to the victims of these horrible drone killing machines, remains unresponded to.  We will continue to tell the truth in the streets of the Town of DeWitt and in its court room until true justice flows down like a mighty river." 

An hour before the trial began, before any testimony had been heard, presiding Judge Jokl promised to sentence Colville to the maximum penalty allowed. During this meeting, in judge's chambers with Mark Colville and Assistant District Attorney McNamara, Colville asked "Why?" 

The judge responded, "Because I think you deserve it." 

Sentencing will be on Dec. 3rd, at 4pm, at DeWitt Town Court, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse. 

James Rick’s commentary on Judge Jokl’s conduct:              

I was in court for Mark Colville's trial, or at least part of it today. Hard to watch. Mark was great, as was his advisory team. What I'm sure everyone will hear eventually, is what I wish to comment on.  The behavior of the man whose job it is to be the Judge. Judge Bob Jokl was a shameful bully to Mark, Clare and Ellen (Grady). Threatening Mark with maximum sentences. Interrupting his opening with objections. Interrupting his questioning of witnesses with; "He's already answered that.", and really had not, completely. Mark would try to elicit a more direct, less general answer. The judge wasn't having it. Just interrupt, and cut the questioning off was his MO. Mean-spirited bully. After a troubling statement from the DA or Judge. Jokel looked at the defendants table and threatened to throw little demur Ellen Grady out of court, for making a "face". Unrestrainedly arrogant and openly biased, every step of the way. A shameful performance. It's no wonder he forbade any filming of these proceedings. Hopefully the jury will note his peculiar behavior, and not be swayed by that judicial infallibility bs. We'll see what happens mañana. Unbelievable!

Mark’s commentary, delivered at a protest at Hancock on Oct. 5, 2014.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152745400449670&set=vb.691814669&type=2&theater

C. THE CASE OF EVA TABIR

On September 15, DeWitt court Judge David Gideon granted Eve Tetaz’s motion to dismiss all charges resulting from her protest at Hancock.  See www.upstatedroneaction.org for details on her case as well as the other Hancock cases.

Ed Kinane offered these thoughts on why the judge dismissed the charges:

Judge Gideon could have granted eve’s motion to dismiss for a range of reasons:

~ Although in the past the judge hasn’t recognized our right to petition our government for redress of grievance, Eve had a first amendment right to be where she was.

~ The video of Eve’s arrest clearly showed her – with great dignity – standing reading aloud the First Amendment and showing the arresting officer tearing the First Amendment document from her hands and throwing it aside. (how symbolic!)

~  To say that Eve was “blocking the entrance” would be a stretch – the cops were already blocking the entrance (a closed gate); as was obvious from the arrest video, Eve stood close to the curb – any passing vehicle could have driven right by.

~ The prosecution was lackluster, didn’t prove the elements of the charge.

~ The judge may have wanted to avoid being put in the position of sentencing a frail, 83-year-old woman who obviously had legal resources that might well appeal.

~ Although Eve went pro se, the DeWitt judges seem to be more careful about convicting our defendants with attorney allies.

~ In court Eve displayed an unquestionable and disarming.

D. ELEVEN ARRESTED AT BEALE AFB PROTEST.

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Protesters dance at the main gate of Beale AFB in September, before their arrest.

Civil resistance to drone war resumed on September 29 and 30 at Beale AFB, near Sacramento, CA.  Here is a report by the Rev. Sharon Delgado:

Marysville/Beale Air Force Base (September 30, 2013; 3:00 p.m.) – Eleven people, including clergy and veterans, were arrested during two days of peace demonstrations at Beale Air Force Base, site of the surveillance drone Global Hawk, which performs reconnaissance for armed drones.  The demonstrations at Beale were coordinated with Campaign Nonviolence, a national campaign calling for an end to war, poverty, and climate change.  Over 250 nonviolent actions have been carried out in coordination with Campaign Nonviolence in the past week alone. 

Two people were arrested at Beale on Monday, September 29, at 3:45 p.m.  The Reverend John Auer, a retired United Methodist pastor from Fresno, was assisted in his wheelchair by Guarionex Delgado, a veteran from Nevada City.  Mr. Delgado pushed Rev. Auer’s wheelchair the length of the mile-long road to the Wheatland Gate.  Rev. Auer stated that he was attempting to deliver a letter to Colonel Phillip A. Stewart, the Base Commander, informing him of a recent anti-drone resolution passed by United Methodists in the California-Nevada region. 

After he was released, Reverend Auer explained, “I oppose drone warfare because the more we depersonalize war the easier it is for us to fight, and to act as if it is not costing us anything.  When we mechanize war it makes others expendable.  Everyone becomes collateral damage… 

I want to be able to say that we offered some kind of resistance and some kind of hope.” 

Guarionex Delgado explained, “I am opposed to all forms of violence.  Climate change is violence against the earth.  Poverty is violence against the people.  War is violence against both people and the earth.”

On Tuesday, September 30, at 7 a.m., several demonstrators gathered in a circle and began singing and dancing in front of Beale’s Main Gate.  They explained that the dances were “Dances of Universal Peace,” taken from many different faith traditions, and that their purpose in dancing was to “demonstrate peace.”

Nine people were arrested while dancing, including Barry Binks, a veteran from Sacramento; Shirley Osgood from Grass Valley; Pamela Osgood from Grass Valley; Andrew Hayes, a veteran from Grass Valley; Flora Rodgers from Marysville; Lorraine Reich from Nevada City; MacGregor Eddy from Monterey; Toby Blome from the Bay Area, and Sharon Delgado, a United Methodist minister from Nevada City. 

Anti-drone demonstrators have kept up a regular presence at Beale Air Force Base over the past three years.  Over fifty arrests for civil disobedience have been made; eight people have been convicted in U.S. Federal Court.  Thirty-one arrests were made in March and April of 2014 alone.  Sixteen of the demonstrators were summoned to be arraigned on September 9, but at the last minute all charges were dismissed.

Demonstrators vow to continue to nonviolently resist the violence and inhumanity of drone warfare.  Find out more about past events and upcoming events at the Occupy Beale Air Force Base website or the Occupy Beale FaceBook Page.

Here is a very engaging video of the protest, forwarded by Barry Binks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V7B3EV84nI

E.  BARFIELD, CARLISLE AND SABA TO GO TO TRIAL FOR NSA PROTEST.

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Protesters are arrested on May 3 as they attempt to enter the headquarters of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, MD. Photo by Robert Brone, DC Media Group through Popular Resistance.org

Here is a press release about the NSA trial by Ellen Barfield, one of the defendants:

Three long-time activist women will stand trial on Thursday 9 October, 2014, in US District Court in Baltimore, MD, for protesting National Security Agency surveillance which provides targeting information for US drone attacks around the world. 

Court Interpreter/Translator Manijeh Saba, from Somerset, NJ; Headstart Case Manager Marilyn Carlisle, from Baltimore, MD; and US Army veteran and full-time peace activist Ellen Barfield, from Baltimore, MD, each face 3 charges with assessed fines totaling over $1300 for seeking on 3 May, 2014 to present at the NSA gate at Ft Meade, MD a letter requesting a meeting with National Security Agency Director Vice-Admiral MichaelRogers to discuss NSA drone targeting and citizen abhorrence of that practice.

The women will go pro se (defend themselves) in court, with expert advice from DC Attorney Mark Goldstone. They hope to elicit expert testimony on NSA targeting for murderous US drone attacks from Medea Benjamin, a leader of women's peace group Code Pink, and Col. (Rtd.) Ann Wright, a former Army officer and diplomat now active with Veterans For Peace and Code Pink.

Supporters are urged to attend the trial at 101 W Lombard St, Baltimore,MD, 21201, in Courtroom 7-C beginning at 10am. For more information call Ellen Barfield at 410-243-5876 or email ellene4pj@yahoo.com

F.  KELLY AND WALKER GO TO TRIAL DEC. 10 FOR WHITEMAN AFB PROTEST.

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Brian Terrell (l), Kathy Kelly (gesturing) and Georgia Walker (to Kathy’s right). Photo provided by War is A Crime.org

Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court
By Kathy Kelly

On October 7, 2014, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility.  The charge was based on their participation, at Whiteman Air Force Base, in a June 1st 2014 rally protesting drone warfare.  Kelly and Walker attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the Base Commander, encouraging the commander to stop cooperating with any further usage of unmanned aerial vehicles, (drones) for surveillance and attacks.

The prosecutor, USAF Captain Daniel Saunders, said that if Kelly and Walker would plead guilty to the charge, he would seek a punishment of one month in prison and a $500 fine.  Kelly and Walker told the prosecutor that they could accept a “no contest” plea but were not willing to plead guilty.  The prosecutor then said he would recommend a three month prison sentence and a $500 fine.  The judge refused to accept a “no contest” plea.  Kelly and Walker then requested a trial which has been set for December 10, 2014.

Brian Terrell, who also attended the hearing, has previously been tried before Judge Whitworth on the same charge. In October of 2012,  Whitworth sentenced him to the maximum penalty of six months in prison.  His co-defendant, Ron Faust, also went to trial and was initially sentenced to five years probation which was later reduced to one year. Mark Kenney, also a co-defendant, had pled guilty and received a four month sentence.

Kathy Kelly noted that drone strikes on October 7, 2014 killed seven people in Pakistan and that this is the third day in a row of drone attacks in Pakistan’s Waziristan area. On October 6th, eight people were killed and six wounded. Today also marks the thirteenth year of U.S. war in Afghanistan, a country which was considered, in 2013, to be the epicenter of drone warfare. 

“I feel we’re compelled by our conscience, “ Georgia Walker told a gathering of 35 people in Kansas City, the previous evening.  “We’re compelled by our own spirituality, to keep speaking up and to keep getting people to know that silence is complicity.  We have to speak out to say ‘Not in my Name.’” 

"I’m sure that Georgia and I didn’t commit a crime,” said Kathy Kelly. “We tried to send out an alarm about a crime that’s being committed at the base.  Innocent people, including children are killed by the drone strikes.”

Kelly and Walker later met with supporters and attorneys to discuss plans for a vigorous defense on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.

Brian wrote the following article, preliminary to the Oct. 7 arraignment: 

On October 7, thirteen years to the day from the beginning of “Operation Enduring Freedom,” Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and Georgia Walker, an activist in Kansas City, will be arraigned in US District Court in Jefferson City, Missouri. They have been summoned to answer charges that they trespassed at Whiteman Air Force Base during a protest against war crimes and assassinations carried out from that base using remotely controlled drone aircraft.

This is the same court that in 2012 sentenced me to six months in prison, Mark Kenney to four months and Ron Faust to five years probation. Judge Whitworth explained our convictions and the severity of these sentences telling us that he was responsible for the security of the B-2 “Spirit” stealth bomber, also based at Whiteman. Until after we were found guilty, the B-2 was never mentioned during our trial and the airmen of the Air Force police brought to witness against us testified that we had posed no danger to the security of the base or to the weapons housed there. As a US Magistrate, Judge Whitworth is sworn to rule by law regardless of his personal devotion to any particular weapons system, but this, he explained, was a deciding factor ruling against us.

From the Wikipedia entry for Whiteman Air Force Base: "Whiteman AFB is the only permanent base for the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Whiteman can launch combat sorties directly from Missouri to any part of the globe, engaging adversaries with nuclear or conventional weapon payloads. The 509th Bomb Wing first flew the B-2 in combat against Serbia in March 1999. Later, Whiteman B-2s led the way for America's military response to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C. in September 2001. B-2 bombers were the first U.S. aircraft to enter Afghanistan airspace in October 2001, paving the way for other coalition aircraft to engage Taliban and Al Queda forces. During these operations, the aircraft flew round-trip from Missouri, logging combat missions in excess of 40 hours – the longest on record."

The first bombs exploded over Kabul on October 7, 2001, so Kathy and Georgia have a significant date to be in court! The B-2 needs inflight refueling every six hours and it costs $55,000 an hour just to keep it in the air, not to mention the cost of munitions. The flyers who took the first bombs to Afghanistan were in the air for more than 40 hours straight! Today flying drones at computer terminals, airmen from Whiteman can bomb Afghanistan without missing a coffee break; they can sleep in their own beds. The killing in Afghanistan continues from Whiteman on the cheap for the government, but the costs to people on the ground, here as in Afghanistan and in the ever broadening war of terror, is still exorbitant and dire.

G. FIVE ARRESTED AT WHITE HOUSE IN NCNR PROTEST

Here is a report by Malachy Kilbride of the September 23 action at the White House by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance:

Five Campaign Nonviolence Activists, Denied a Meeting with an Obama Administration Official, Are Arrested

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2014
Contact: Malachy Kilbride 301-283-7627
Joy First 608-239-4327
Max Obuszewski 727-543-3227

 Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, there was a 10 AM rally near the White House to protest war, poverty and environmental destruction.  This demonstration was organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR), as part of Campaign Nonviolence (campaignnonviolence.org), which announced over 225 demonstrations were to occur in every state in the country during the week of September 21-27.  Campaign Nonviolence is a grassroots movement to mainstream active nonviolence using the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. that calls us to become people of nonviolence and to resolve personal and global conflicts nonviolently. 

As this rally began, President Barack Obama was holding a press conference inside the White House to support, what is sure to be a disaster, air attacks on ISIS targets in Syria.  For some unknown reason, the activists were not permitted to congregate on Pennsylvania Avenue. So the rally began in Lafayette Park, and the group used an amplification system. As the moderator, Malachy Kilbride, began his introduction, a U. S. Park Police officer informed the group that it could not use amplification in the park. However, soon thereafter, the police opened up Pennsylvania Avenue, and the program began near the Picture Postcard Zone near the White House fence.

Demonstrators with their backs to the White House gathered with signs and banners reflecting the issues of war, poverty and climate chaos. The first speaker was Diane D’Arrigo of the Nuclear Information Resource Service, and she made the nuclear power connection and pointed out there is a “nuclear attack” on democracy and energy conservation, as the nuclear industry is making a desperate push to INCREASE electricity demand in the U.S. As the movement for renewable energy points out, there is a great need instead to promote conservation and energy efficiency.

The anti-nuclear spokesperson was then followed by noted author-activist David Swanson. He detailed the madness of Obama’s ongoing warmongering.  As Swanson has written, “We're not told by the big corporate media about the 95% of deaths in U.S. wars that are the deaths of non-Americans.”

Swanson wants us to declare peace at http://WorldBeyondWar.org. His new book is War No More: The Case for Abolition.

Making some of the same points as Swanson, CodePink’s Medea Benjamin pointed out last year we stopped the U.S. from attacking the Assad regime in Syria.  And now the Obama administration is bombing a group which opposes

Assad.  The renowned peace activist was very clear in her thinking: “This is exactly what ISIL wants. They're trying to get the U.S. involved in a war. There are already U.S. troops in combat and this will mean more. We shouldn't fall into the trap of another immoral and unwinnable war."

To close the program, John Dear, one of the leading activists in this country and a member of Campaign Nonviolence, delighted the assembled, which included many people including tourists and Washingtonians passing through, when he announced similar activities were happening in all fifty states.  He highlighted the activities in Juneau, Alaska, Mississippi and Montana. Campaign Nonviolence continues to spread its message that a new approach is possible and necessary.

Moving from words to actions, the citizen-activists marched about fifty feet to the guard station at one entrance to the White House.  Taking the lead were David Barrows, Washington, D.C., Dear, New Mexico, JoAnne Lingle, Indianapolis, IN, Alice Sutter, New York City, and Lorna VanderZanden, Fairfax, VA.  They had a short conversation with a guard, who refused to accept a letter to President Obama, calling on him to make drastic policy changes towards ending war, poverty, and the climate crisis.   NCNR mailed a letter to the president (http://warisacrime.org/content/want-do-more-march-climate-heres-how) laying out its concerns and asking to meet with a high level representative to discuss them.  They received no response, so the citizen-activists went to the guard station with letter in hand.  After being rebuffed, four of them in white shrouds did a die-in in front of the gate.  Dear knelt instead. Max Obuszewski, an NCNR organizer, participated in the die-in on Pennsylvania Avenue.  During the die-in, Kilbride used amplification to read the letter.  Eventually, those at the guard station were warned by a member of the U.S. Park Police to leave or be arrested.

Because of the urgency of the matter of issues raised in the letter, five people were arrested and charged with incommoding--Barrows, Dear, Lingle, Sutter, and VanderZanden.  They were taken by the Park Police to Haines Point, and released about an hour later after each paid $50 for a citation release.  They are all active on these issues and others, and thought it best to pay a fine so that they can then continue their work as citizen activists.

Under the banner of Campaign Nonviolence, thousands of citizens across the country are taking a public stand against all violence and organizing a new movement for a culture of peace and nonviolence free from war, poverty and the climate crisis. During Campaign Nonviolence Week, people from all walks of life will take to the streets from Hawaii to Maine to protest ongoing U.S. warfare, extreme poverty, the devastation of the environment, and many other forms of violence, from the unjust detention of immigrants to police brutality to the continuing threat of nuclear weapons.

Through Campaign Nonviolence, historically separate movements are joining forces to tackle these many forms of violence and to build a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. And all participants at the White House rally on September 23 will build on the enormous turn-out and energy generated in New York City on September 21 and 22.

Lingle offered this perspective: “We are here to say NO to Endless War and YES to a living wage - NO to War Profiteers who take our tax dollars and leave us overworked and underpaid.  We are tired of our voices not being heard!”

FOR INFORMATION ON THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN, CONTACT RYAN HALL AT info@paceebene.org or 510-268-8765. WEBSITE: www.campaignnonviolence.org.

For more information about the September 23 event at White House, call the contacts listed above. The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance will continue to organize on these most pressing matters.

 

3. REPORT ON THE GLOBAL DAY OF COUNTER DRONE ACTION.

The Oct. 4 Global Day Against the Use of Drones for Surveillance and Killing is a campaign that originated in Germany and has evolved into more than a week of international counter-drone, anti-war protest. 

The protest is engaging people in at least eight nations and is the largest such international protest against drone attacks and surveillance to date.  A list of all actions appears below.

  • Aberporth, West Wales (Sept 21) CND Cymru has a demonstration at the drones testing centre totally in the spirit of Keep Space for Peace Week. heddwch@cndcymru.org
  • Andover, Massachusetts (Oct 9) Vigil in front of Raytheon, 350 Lowell St (Rte 133) 7:00-8:00 am. Merrimack Valley People for Peace brian@quirk.ws
  • Asheville, North Carolina (Oct 9) Western N. C. Physicians for Social Responsibility will present the film PAX AMERICANA and the Weaponization of Space in commemoration of Keep Space for Peace Week. This will be at West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, at 6:30 PM. This film deals with the issue of space weapons and their politics, including interviews with several key US military personnel and other prominent persons. It is vital that we citizens be alerted to dangers facing our survival and action needed in light of a growing arms race speeding the proliferation of these weapons. For more: Lew Patrie, MD.  828-299-1242
  • Bad Breisig, Germany (Oct 4) Fly Kites not Drones, 3-6 pm at Rheinpromenade.  Please join us on this day to support the anti-drone action around the world.  We will fly kites in the sky to give a clear signal against the use of combat and surveillance drones. The Left also calls upon themselves to participate in this action. Together with the Left Youth SOLID AW we will fly kites and then discuss over coffee and cake at our information booth on drones, arms exports, military deployments and the current crisis.   kontakt@drohnen-kampagne.de
  • Bath Iron Works, Maine (Oct 4) Vigil across from administration building on Washington Street (Navy Aegis destroyers outfitted with “missile defense” systems built at BIW) 11:30-12:30 am Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm (207) 763-4062
  • Beale AFB, Marysville, California  (Sept 29-30) Monday 3:00 pm No drones protest.  On Tuesday 6:00-8:00 am Protest resumes, with non-violent direct action.  For information: http://www.occupybealeafb.org/
  • Berlin, Germany (Oct 4) Fly Kites, Not Drones! First we will gather in front of the Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament) at 11:00 am and fly kites to make clear that we do not want to be threatened by drones and we do not want people anywhere to be threatened by drones. At 15:00, we will meet in parks throughout the city and fly kites to continue our protest, just as the people of Afghanistan, who live under the constant fear of drones, fly kites in protest. And we will take steps to make Berlin a Drone Free Zone! ampfdrohnen.aechten.berlin@gmx.de    kontakt@drohnen-kampagne.de
  • Berlin, Germany (Oct 3-5) Anti-War Conference Berlin at Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte. An initiative of scientists and journalists against militarization in Germany and in the member states of European Union and NATO. The conference will focus on new dimensions in the preparation and conduct of war through the use of information technology, media propaganda and recently developed weapons such as drones. http://antikriegskonferenz.de/
  • Birmingham, England (Oct 6) - Queens College 7:30 pm No drones vigil in Queens Chapel penny.dcn@gmail.com
  • Boston area, MA – (Oct 12) – UJP to march in the HONK! Parade with a drone replica. 11:30 am to 6:30 pm; Davis Square, Somerville, MA. To join or support the Eastern Massachusetts Anti-Drones Network, email info@justicewithpeace.org or call 617-383-4857
  • Bremen, Germany (Oct 4) Protest against targeted killings. Meeting point: Am Osterdeich, between Bürgerhaus and Sielwall; 4:00 pm.  For the global action day against the use of drones for surveillance and killing we will also fly kites in Bremen together. Do not forget your kite!  kontakt@drohnen-kampagne.de
  • Buffalo, New York (Oct 6) "Looking at Linkages: School Pushout and Militarism," Merriweather Library (corner Jefferson & E. Utica) at 6:30-8:00 pm. Come explore how the "Might is right" of militarism relates to school pushout and the school-to-prison pipeline. Speakers, discussion, and action-planning will address military recruiting, militarization of the police, and drones in domestic airspace. Sponsored by the Resist Militarism!! Taskforce and Peaceful Conflict Resolution Program of the WNY Peace Center; Teens in Progress; and the Interfaith Peace Network. For more info, please call Vicki at (716) 884-0582 or (716) 936-3520
  • Colorado Springs, Peterson AFB, Colorado (Oct 7) Citizens for Peace in Space will be joined by Sisters Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert for vigil at (north gate) of Air Force Space Command base from 4:30 - 5:30 pm. They were part of the group of sisters who did an action at the Peterson open house in 2001. If you need a ride let us know.  lwirbel@aol.com
  • RAF Croughton, England (Oct 4) Rally at U.S. satellite communication base, March to main gate 1 mile - starts Croughton village 12.00 midday, Returns 3:00 pm, Oxfordshire Peace Campaign, oxonpeace@yahoo.co.uk  
  • Dresden, Germany (Oct 3) Fly Kites not Drones, Meeting point: 2:00 pm Glockenspielpavillon (between Augustusbrücke and Marienbrücke) We will fly kites, to send a clear signal to combat and surveillance drones.  kontakt@drohnen-kampagne.de
  • Esslingen, Germany (Oct 4) Fly Kites not Drones, Meeting point: Innere Brücke at Nikolauskapelle, 11 am – 2 pm. OV LEFT Esslingen is participating at the Global Action Day with an information stand in the pedestrian zone, flying a kite or multiple, distributed leaflets and makes an information booth.   kontakt@drohnen-kampagne.de
  • Fort Meade, Maryland (Oct 4) The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will go to the National Security Agency to protest illegal surveillance and its involvement in drone strikes at 10:30 AM. Contact Max Obuszewski at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.
  • RAF Fylingdales, England (Oct 11) Walk around the US and NATO missile 'defence' radar on the North Yorkshire moors. Meeting at Eller Beck at 1pm - see www.yorkshirecnd.org.uk and check with info@yorkshirecnd.org.uk  or phone 01274730795 for details in case of inclement weather.
  • Gangjeong village, Jeju Island, South Korea (Oct. 4-11)  Will have some education and protest events which will be connected to daily protest mass, human chain and evening culture event during Keep Space for Peace Week. Sept. 21, The International Peace Day, Oct. 4, the International No Drone day, and Oct. 7, the Remembrance Day on the invasion of Afghanistan will also be observed, The South Korean government plans to introduce Global Hawk and THAAD whose range will cover parts of China and Russia. Otherwise, this April, the so called Asia-biggest Aerospace museum was opened on Jeju Island. More details will come later. Please contact armha5156@gmail.com
  • Hamburg, Germany (Oct 4)  Keine Kampfdrohnen. Please join us at an info table with signature collection under the call "No Drone" in the context of global action against the use of drones to monitor and kill at 12:00 PM. Hamburger Forum, Kontakt: Hamburger Forum c/o Markus Kunkel.  kontakt@drohnen-kampagne.de
  • Hancock Air Base, Dewitt, New York (Oct 5) Speak Out Against Drones: A Day of Global Resistance at Hancock starts at 1:00 pm.  Sponsored by Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars.  spc@peacecouncil.net
  • Heidelberg, Germany (Oct 4) Mahnwache gegen Drohnen, Mahnwache auf den Bismarckplatz, von 11-16 Uhr. Join our vigil against drone warfare!  kontakt@drohnen-kampagne.de
  • Herford, Germany (Oct 4) Fly Kites Not Drones (Drachen Statt Drohnen) at 3:30 pm. We will fly kites under the slogan "Fly Kites Not Drones", while the antimilitarist music group "Lebenslaute" supports us with their songs. Afterwards we'll discuss the first steps to declare Herford a Drone-Free City.   kontakt@drohnen-kampagne.de
  • Honolulu, Hawai’i (Oct 4) Protest & sign holding at the corner of Kapahulu & Kapiolani (in front of the Honolulu Zoo) at 9:30 AM. Our protest (with our big drone replica) will be seen by tourists, as well as local residents headed for the beach and Zoo.   Co-sponsored by World Can't Wait-Hawai`i & The Coalition for Justice in Palestine
  • Indore, India (Oct 9) Protest meeting “Space for Peace and Not for War” at Indore in the State of Madhya Pradesh by Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development Studies. Dr.Tapan Bhattacharya will be the Organiser.  jnrao193636@gmail.com
  • Ipswich, Massachusetts (Oct 4) No Drones for Spying or Killing vigil at bottom of Town Hill from 11:00 to 12:30. Sponsored by North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice, Ch 45 Veterans for Peace and House of Peace. thehouseofpeace@yahoo.com
  • Kalkar, Germany (Oct 3) Join us to Gather and Peace March at Kalkar, where the ‘Centre for Air-Operations’ of the German Air Force and the NATO-’Combined Air Operations Centre’ is located. Starting at Market Place at 11:30.  kontakt@drohnen-kampagne.de
  • Karlsruhe, Germany (Oct 4) We will fly kites and balloons under the slogan "Fly Kites Not Drones" and distribute flyers at Friedrichsplatz from 3:00 pm. There will be an information booth where we will invite people to discuss with us. One of our demands is "We demand that the German Government, the Government of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the regional Fraunhofer Institutes cease all drone research and work together with scientists to develop research projects devoted to civil and peaceful purposes."  Contact Dr. Ullrich Lochmann, Ulochmann@web.de   kontakt@drohnen-kampagne.de
  • Kennebunk, Maine (Oct 3-5) The 29th Annual New England Gathering of War Tax Resisters will feature a field trip to the vigil at Bath Iron Works on Oct 4, a reading of "Project Unspeakable", and a talk on "How Expensive Space Technology is Used to Coordinate Warfare On the Planet." rawnjason@gmail.com
  • King of Prussia, Pennsylvania (Oct 11) Noon - 3pm, large MQ-9 Reaper Drone Replica Display and kite flying in front of Lockheed Martin (L-M) at intersection of Mall & Goddard Boulevards.   L-M is making a killing in drone war and surveillance technology, building the remote-controlled unmanned planes and satellites that direct the drones and launch their deadly Hellfire missiles which L-M also builds. For more info Brandywine Peace Community, (610) 544-1818 brandywine@juno.com  or www.brandywinepeace.com 
  • Kiruna, Lapland, Sweden (Oct 4 & 6 International Children´s Day) Standing demo in central town and at COOP market. Banners and handing out leaflets against ‘nEUROn’ drone, which will be tested at NEAT (North European Aerospace Test Range) close to Kiruna in 2015. Women for Peace, Kiruna  evannakristin@gmail.com  
  • Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan (Oct 4) Mass meeting against the construction of US ‘missile defense’ X- band radar base in Ukawa Gymnasium (former school, near construction site) at 14:00.. Organized by Citizen's Coalition for No US Base in Kyoto. Contact Atsushi Fujioka fujioka@ec.ritsumei.ac.jp
  • Leicester, England (Oct 8) Drone Cafe at Green Oasis, London Road, Information about drones 2-6 pm followed by music and poetry 6–7:30 pm. More details from Penny on 07414 465695 penny.dcn@gmail.com 
  • Lichfield, England (Oct 10) Join us at a vigil for worship at 10:45 AM at the 
Elbit Systems Drone Engine Factory  only five minutes walk from train station going away from village.  For more information contact penny.dcn@gmail.com
  • London, England (Oct 3) We will be organising a sunset vigil outside the offices of General Atomics in London. General Atomics makes armed drones that have been responsible for the deaths of thousands, including many hundreds of children. We will remember the deaths of so many in drone warfare with poetry, a short ceremony, and readings. We will also leaflet to let public know about the arms company in the area. Meet at 5:30 PM at General Atomics offices, Tower 42 
  • London, England (Oct 8)  Please join the London group of the international network Women in Black against War will be participating in the week of action against the military use of UAVs (drones) by holding a vigil at 6:00 PM at Statue of Nurse Edith Cavel in central London. Contact c.cockburn@ktown.demon.co.uk
  • London, England (Oct 11) Conference at Friends House, 'Afghanistan, the forgotten war and Britain's legacy' organised by Voices for Creative Non Violence UK and the Drone Campaign Network. Brilliant speakers and focus groups including Kabul street kids, skyping with Afghan women peace volunteers, the Afghanistam diaspora and much more. 10:00 am - 4.30 pm   penny.dcn@gmail.com
  • Los Angeles, California (Oct 3) Freeway banner drop against drones during rush hour (5:00 pm).  Meet at Albertsons (3443 S. Sepulveda Blvd) parking lot and walk to freeway overpass on Palms Blvd. 
  • Maine Walk for Peace & a Sustainable Future (Oct 11-20) Peace walk led by Buddhist monk (Nipponzan Myohoji) from Rangeley to North Berwick. The walk will protest the growing militarization of the Maine economy and will call for conversion to sustainable production to help deal with climate change. Sponsored by Maine Veterans For Peace.   www.vfpmaine.org 
  • Menwith Hill, England (Oct 7) Demonstration at NSA/NRO Spy Base in Yorkshire focused on drones in particular and US missile defense in general. 6-8 pm.   Sponsored by CAAB  mail@caab.corner.org.uk  or percy@phonecoop.coop
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota  (Oct 11) The WAMM Ground All Drones Committee is sponsoring a "Fly Kites Not Drones" action from 1:00-3:00 pm. Meet at the Roberts Bird Sanctuary Shelter located adjacent to the Lyndale Park Peace Garden and just north of Lake Harriet. Kites will be provided to decorate and fly in the nearby Rose Garden along with distributing No Killer Drone stickers and flyers. More info: call WAMM 612.827.5364 or email groundalldrones@gmail.com or wamm@mtn.org
  • Nagpur, India (Oct 4) Demonstration “Space for Peace and Not for War” by the students of Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work. Nagpur, Maharashtra State. Prof. Jyoti Niswade will be the organizer  jnrao193636@gmail.com
  • Nagpur, India (Oct 5) Mass Squatting (sitting in protest) “Space for Peace and Not for War” by the S.E.C. Rly Pensioners Assn and Progressive Railway Women's Organisation at Nagpur, State of Maharashtra. (Ms. Seema Sondiya and Mrs. J. Saraswati are the organizers)  jnrao193636@gmail.com
  • Nagpur, India (Oct 6) “Space for Peace and Not for War” Rally of students of National Institute of Social Work, Nagpur in the State of Maharashtra. jnrao193636@gmail.com
  • Nagpur, India (Oct 9) Global Network board member Tamara Lorincz will address the Railway Workers and women folk at the Motibagh Railway Colony in the evening. jnrao193636@gmail.com
  • Nagpur, India (Oct 11-12) National Youth Conference on “Peace, Disarmament and Development” is being organized at Nagpur University. Students, Lecturers and Professors and other public figures will attend this conference. ISSUES TO BE DISCUSSED: Causes of wars, Role of Imperialism and NATO in waging wars, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Destruction of Hiroshima & Nagasaki by nuclear weapons, Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space, Vision for 2020, UN Space Treaty, UN Moon Treaty, Non-Aligned Movement, UN and World Peace, Disarmament & Development, Global Military Expenditure and Human Development, Millennium Development Goals etc. jnrao193636@gmail.com
  • Niagara Falls Air Base, New York (Oct 4) Vigil to Keep Space for Peace, 3:30 to 4:30 pm on Lockport Road. WNY Peace Center. For more info, call Vicki (716) 884-0582 or Russell (716) 570-5200
  • Niagara Falls Air Base, New York (Oct 8 & 22) 3:30 to 4:30 pm Vigil to Stop Weaponized Drones, 3:30 to 4:30 pm on Lockport Road. WNY Peace Center. (Carpool leaving UB South Park & Ride at 2:45 pm sharp.) For more info, call Vicki (716) 884-0582 or Russell (716) 570-5200.
  • Olympia, Washington (Sept 27) Holly Gwinn Graham in concert at Traditions Cafe informing about space week and inviting actions and participation in vigiling during the week tohollygg@comcast.net
  • Parvatipuram, India (Oct 7)  Demonstration by the Hindi Teachers Training College, Dr. Manchupalli Sriramulu will be organizer manchipalli_sr@reddiffmail.com  
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Oct 4) Death Walk Against Drones, noon - 1:00 pm at 12th & Market St. in downtown. Wear black, white masks provided.  Contact: Marge Van Cleef mvc@igc.org
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Oct 7) Philadelphia Interfaith Network Against Drone Warfare invites you to a program, "Peacemaking In An Era of Drone Warfare" at Project HOME, 1515 Fairmount Ave at 7:00 pm.  The program will feature Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, and a showing of the film, Wounds of Waziristan, music, drumming/spoken word, and religious voices for justice and peace such as Shane and Katie Claiborne, Wil O'Brien, and others.  brandywine@juno.com  
  • Poppit Sands, Wales (Oct 4) Drone Network Cymru will be flying kites at Poppit Sands near St Dogmaels - in a symbolic 'Let's Go Fly a Kite'  demonstration at 12:00 pm t: +44 (0)1239 85 11 88 07810 566 919
  • Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (Oct 9) The Making Peace Vigil is planning on handing out flyers related to Keep Space for Peace Week in downtown. sgerardm@gmail.com
  • Sacramento, California (Oct 7)  No Drones, Keep Space for Peace protest, corner of 16th and J Streets;  4:30-6:00 pm  Sacramento Area Peace Action, www.sacpeace.org
  • San Jose, California (Oct 3) We are calling for the San Jose Mayor and City Council to take back the drone!! Stop the militarization of police and arming them with war toys! We are very concerned about the new drone SJPD has acquired which City Council approved of without even speaking to the community about it first. We say give back the drone at 5:00 PM in the Martin Luther King Library   Sponsored by San Jose Peace & Justice Center.
  • Santa Rosa Junior College, California (Oct 17) Iran: Friend or Enemy? Public forum with emphasis on US-NATO “missile defense” deployments in the region.  Newman Auditorium at 7:00 pm. Hosted by SRJC physics faculty Lynda Williams.  lyndalovon@gmail.com
  • Shenstone, England (Oct 10) Vigil for worship at Elbit Systems drone engine factory, Shenstone near Lichfields at 10:45 – 11:45 (5 minutes walk from train station going away from village) penny.dcn@gmail.com
  • Somerville, Massachusetts (Oct 12) Join us at the Parade gathering place in Davis Square at 11:30 am. The Somerville-based HONK! Parade of Activist Street Bands will take place at noon, and once again UJP's Eastern Massachusetts Anti-Drones Network (EMAD) will march carrying signs and its eye-catching Drone replica. The group's message is encapsulated in the banner it will carry: "No Killer Drones! No Spy Drones!"  To join or support the Eastern Massachusetts Anti-Drones Network, email info@justicewithpeace.org  or call 617-383-4857
  • Stockholm, Sweden (Oct 4) Standing demo in front of parliament, Mynttorget. 11.00-13.00 Banners and handing out leaflets against ‘nEUROn’ drone which will be launched in 2015 in the north of Sweden at North European Aerospace Test Range. nEUROn is an experimental Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle being developed with international cooperation, led by the French company Dassault Aviation along with Switzerland, Spain, and Greece. Contact: Agneta Norberg lappland.norberg@gmail.com
  • Stuttgart, Germany (Oct 4) Protest at AFRICOM Headquarters. Germany plans - like many other countries around the world - to create and deploy armament capable drones. In Stuttgart is the AFRICOM, the command center of the U.S. armed forces for Africa, a central place of international drone warfare. Let us go there so that the global outcry can be heard also from Stuttgart. Meet us in in front of the US-AFRICOM in Stuttgart-Möhringen, Plieninger Straße 289. Directions: U3 stop Landhaus. 2 pm - Be there!  kontakt@drohnen-kampagne.de
  • Tucson Arizona (Oct 4) Vigil at Davis-Monthan AFBdrone base at 10:00 a.m. (Craycroft gate at Golf Links Rd.) Contact Felice or Jack Cohen-Joppa at nukeresister@igc.org  (520)323-8697
  • Tucson Arizona (Oct 7) Vigil at Raytheon Missile Systems (making Star Wars “kill vehicles”, pilotless drones, cluster bombs, cruise missiles and much more) from 7 - 8  a.m. (Hermans Rd. entrance to the plant, 3rd traffic light south of Valencia on Nogales Highway, the extension of South 6th Ave.) Contact Felice or Jack Cohen-Joppa at nukeresister@igc.org (520) 323-8697
  • Vandenberg AFB, California (Oct 1) Vigil at space warfare base from 3:30 to 4:45.  Contact Dennis Apel at  (805) 343-6322
  • Visakhapatnam, India (Oct 4) A public demonstration in front of the Gandhi Statue.  Mr. J. V. Prabhakr, India Global Network Core Committee member, will be the coordinator.  prabhakar.jalluri@gmail.com
  • Volk Field, Wisconsin (Oct 9) Air National Guard Base 90 minutes north of Madison.  They train pilots to fly Shadow drones used for surveillance and target acquisition.  Vigiling at the gates for 2 1/2 years.  Plan to go to a rest area at 10:00 am on Interstate about 10 miles south of Volk Field.  There is a lot of traffic there and we will leaflet and talk to people about what is happening at Volk Field.  Joyfirst5@gmail.com
  • Wardha, India (Oct 9) Global Network board member Tamara Lorincz will address two meetings of Medical and Engg Colleges at Wardha. The meeting will be organised by Rotarian Mr. Mahesh Mokalkar. maheshward@gmail.com
  • Washington,DC (Oct 4) Please join us at our vigil at the Air and Space Museum to stand in solidarity against killer drones! For years CODEPINKers have been engaged in anti-drone activism, and we’re thrilled to be a part of the international effort to coordinate actions on October 4th. Meet at 12:00 PM at the Air and Space Museum .  For more information anastasia@codepink.org 
  • Washington DC (Oct 6) Vigil at the Pentagon from 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Art Laffin  artlaffin@hotmail.com             
  • Weld County, Colorado (Oct 4) Protest vigil at Minuteman III nuclear missile M-8 silo on the 12th Anniversary of Sacred Earth and Space Plowshares II.  We join all the other lovers of space, land, water and air people and creatures who know and trust that peace is possible. Sisters Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert will be joining us there.  They were part of the Plowshares action at that location in October 2002.  Carpooling from 420 Mesa Road in Colorado Springs at 8:30 am  to join others for a noon vigil.  Let us know if you can go and if you might be able to drive. lwirbel@aol.com
  • White Plains, New York (Oct 3)  Join in calling on Wal-Mart shoppers to boycott Honeywell consumer products in protest of Honeywell's involvement in drone production and the drone-dependent US air war against Syrians and Iraqis.  275 Main Street from Noon to 1:00 pm Contact: nickmottern@earthlink.net or (914) 806-6179

-       Keep Space for Peace Week is co-sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, KnowDrones.com and the Drone Campaign Network (UK)

Here is the report on some of the Global Day press coverage from Elsa (Sorry it is not translated, but there may be some German speakers among us):

Here are links to German articles so far. Some of them are excellent and provide new insights. It would be well worth translating them into English as soon as possible. At the moment we don't have the manpower to do it, so if you all know of people who could do the translations, that would be great!

Let me know if you do find translators so that we don't duplicate any efforts.

I can check on copyright for publication -- I don't foresee any problem.

These three should have priority:

http://www.heise.de/tp/news/Der-Sensenmann-kommt-aus-der-Luft-2410468.html

http://www.jungewelt.de/2014/10-02/046.php

http://www.imi-online.de/2014/09/26/4-oktober-2014-die-infrastruktur-der-drohnenkriegfuehrung-sichtbar-machen/

These are also very good:

http://ag-friedensforschung.de/bewegung1/drohnentag.html (collection of articles, including some of the above, plus good interview with Lühr Henken.)

https://drohnen-kampagne.de/files/2014/10/141001-PK-Global-Day-Statement-Henken.pdf

3.A. HONOLULU ACTION

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Counter-drone, anti-militarism protesters at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on Oct. 4, 2014. Photos provided by Carolyn Hadfield.

Here is a report by Carolyn Hadfield of World Can’t Wait of a “Global Day” protest in Honolulu on October 4.

Today our drone replica was flying above the corner of Kalakaua and Kapahulu Avenues in Waikiki.  About a dozen people held signs and banners or passed out brochures against drone warfare and surveillance.   This busy corner in front of the Honolulu Zoo and across from Waikiki Beach is a spot where there residents, tourists and a significant number of military personnel pass by.  Trolleys and buses loaded with tourists pass by on their way to popular tourist spots.   Responses were tremendously mixed.  A number of drivers of tourist trolleys and buses honked their horns.  A taxi driver stopped to ask whether there were military drones in Hawai`i (yes!).  Some people stopped to thank us; other stopped to argue that ISIS had to be stopped and "drones are better than boots on the ground."   Some were surprised that there was a global day of action against drones.  

3. B. SYRACUSE ACTION.

Upstate Drone Action organized a “Global Day” protest at Hancock Air National Guard base near Syracuse that drew more than 100 people, according to Ed Kinane, marking the intention of protesters to keep the pressure on Hancock in spite of the harsh sentences being handed out in the DeWitt court.

Here are links to an article about the protest and a photo file:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/10/anti-drone_activists_limited_to_free_speech_zone_at_hancock_air_base_protest_wit.html

http://photos.syracuse.com/post-standard/2014/10/citizens_join_global_action_day_against_drones_at_hancock_air_base_7.html

3.C. PORTLAND (OR) ACTION.

Dan Handelman, of Peace and Justice Works in Portland, OR, reports:

FYI, we held an emergency action the day after the Syria bombings began (and  the Iraq bombings in August). Only about 8 people attended. We had a forum that night about US Foreign Policy which had about 40 people at it.

We have events tomorrow (the 3rd) and Tuesday (the 7th) initially intended to be about 13 years in Afghanistan but now also saying "Stop bombing Syria & Iraq".

 

4. HONEYWELL BOYCOTT ACTIONS GET UNDERWAY AT APPLE, HOME DEPOT AND WAL-MART.

The store picketing phase of the Honeywell Boycott began on October 3, timed to be part of the “Global Day” events.

4.A.  Apple Store, San Francisco, CA.

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Honeywell boycott pickets outside the downtown San Francisco Apple store on October 3. Photo provided by Mathias Quackenbush.

Mathias Quackenbush, co-director of the Bad (Boycott and Divest) Honeywell campaign, organized a picketing at the Apple store in downtown San Francisco because of Apple’s deal with Honeywell to provide software that assists in operating home thermostats from iPhones.  http://www.cultofmac.com/283171/honeywells-lyric-thermostat-takes-nest-support-apples-homekit/

Mathias reports:

We had a great captive audience of people waiting outside the Apple store on this busy sidewalk, and got many people to write their names on postcards (below), which we will now mail to Apple corporate headquarters.

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4.B. Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Hilo, HI.

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Honeywell Boycott pickets outside the Home Depot in Hilo, HI on Oct. 3. Photo provided by Jim Albertini

Jim Albertini, of the Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action  in Hawaii in Ola’a, Hawai’I, reported success in picketing the Home Depot and Wal-Mart stores in Hilo:

We were kept out on the sidewalk, a considerable distance from the entrances of the stores so we could only offer leaflets to cars entering and leaving the parking lots.  There was very little foot traffic.  But we did give up lots of leaflets and the response was very positive.  No hostile remarks or gestures which was surprising given the extent of propaganda on ISIS.

4.C.  Wal-Mart, White Plains, NY.
          Report by Nick Mottern

On a brilliantly sunny Friday Oct. 3, 2014 noontime, 10 people gathered in front of the Wal-Mart store on Main Street in downtown White Plains to picket and leaflet, urging shoppers to not buy Honeywell consumer products because of the firm’s involvement in the new air war in Iraq and Syria and its manipulation of Congress through campaign contributions and lobbying.

The event drew the immediate attention of the Wal-Mart manager, Josh, who was holding an email he had just received from his regional office in Pennsylvania notifying him of the picketing.  The email showed our press release on the event that was published yesterday in Popular Resistance.org.

http://www.popularresistance.org/drone-protesters-target-walmart-shoppers-to-boycott-honeywell/  I was gratified that we had registered in Wal-Mart’s internal communications network.

Over the one hour and 15 minutes we were there, we passed out 400 flyers and talked with a very diverse audience in age, race, gender and ethnicity.  It was a  satisfying experience.  People with whom I spoke were completely unaware that Honeywell was involved in weapons-making, campaign contributions and lobbying.  Some were concerned about ISIS, but this offered and opportunity to talk about the causes of the air war, protection of the interests of oil corporations operating in Iraq.

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Andrew Courtney of WESPAC Foundation talks to students in front of Wal-Mart in White Plains, NY on Oct. 3, 2014 Photo by Nick Mottern

We had coverage from the local television station, Channel 12 News and anticipate an article in The White Plains Examiner.  Pat Casey, an Examiner reporter, said she interviewed some people with whom we had spoken and found that we had been successful in exposing them to new information.

The picketing, originated by the BadHoneywell campaign had the organizational backing of the WESPAC Foundation, based in White Plains, Concerned Families of Westchester and CODE PINK.