AN IDEA FOR A RESPONSE TO THE ESCALATION OF U.S. DRONE WAR; PLEASE SEND YOUR THOUGHTS

This is to float the idea of putting pressure on the U.N. to rein in the U.S. drone war program because it is clearly a growing, permanent element of U.S. military/political policy that is based on indiscriminate violation of rights of privacy and due process, focused now primarily on people of color in very poor parts of the world.

The idea is to hold a weekly vigil in front of the U.N. in New York City, possibly from 11 am – 2 pm on Wednesdays, with sympathy vigils held at the same time in communities across the U.S. and possibly in other countries.  During the vigil, at a regular time, teach-ins would be held, offering a predictable forum for education and dialogue.  Soap-box speaking can draw younger people, and teachers may want to bring students to the teach-ins.

Ideally, the responsibility to hold the vigils would be rotated among various groups, sharing the work load and give the groups a regular opportunity for public exposure.

Please send your thoughts on this idea.  Does it make sense?  Is it too much work given limitations in numbers of anti-drone workers?  Do you have other ideas of how to address the escalation in the U.S. drone program?  Contact: nickmottern@gmail.com.