CODEPINK’S Divest From The War Campaign, which is being launched in the week of February 5 – 11, 2018, is possibly the organization’s most challenging campaign yet .
The scope is so large that the project may seem daunting to the point of inducing a major case of hands-up-in-the-air WhatCanIdo?ism.
But the game plan is simple. It involves going to a member of a church or college board of trustees, or a union pension fund official, and asking to speak to the group about divesting in military industry stocks. Or, more specifically, you can ask the group to sell its stock in companies responsible for key parts to the MQ-9 Reaper drone, the work horse of U.S. drone killing and a weapon responsible for more than 10,000 deaths, all in violation of international law. See: https://www.knowdrones.com/
Here is a list of Reaper part makers that are public companies and that, therefore, sell stock. (The maker of the basic Reaper airframe, General Atomics, is a privately-owned company and therefore does not sell stock.)
Reaper Drone Component Makers
- Boeing: Intelligence workstation and mission planning system; laser guidance for bombs.
- Honeywell: Turboprop engine, navigational and targeting equipment.
- L-3 Communications: Sensors; satellite communications link; tactical data link.
- Lockheed Martin: Hellfire missiles; Paveway laser-guided bombs.
- Microsoft: Software for detection of humans and human-made objects.
- Northrup Grumman: All-weather surveillance radar.
- Raytheon: Targeting system that can be connected to Hellfire missiles; AIM-92 Stinger missiles.
Sources: Air Force Technology.com, Bloomberg Press, Wikipedia and "Wired for War" From an article about divestment that I wrote for Truthout. http://truth-out.org/archive/component/k2/item/94406:time-to-divest-from-the-war-machine-drones-first
If you are able to get divestment from any one of these companies you will be affecting major war industrialists. For example, here is link to Boeing’s military aircraft portfolio: http://www.boeing.com/defense/
If you have any questions about the divestment campaign, please be in touch, and if I don’t have an answer I will be able to direct you to someone at CODEPINK who can help.
If you live in northern New Jersey or metropolitan New York City, you may want to visit the annual shareholders meeting of the Honeywell Corporation, that will be held at Honeywell headquarters in Morris Plains, NJ, in April, 2018. A colleague and I have attended the shareholders meeting for the last two years where he asked Honeywell to stop producing components for nuclear weapons, and I asked the company to stop making components for Reaper drones. If you are interested in attending, you will need to buy at least one share of Honeywell stock now. If you are interested in attending, please be in touch.