On Monday, April 29, 2019, I attended the Honeywell International shareholders meeting to implore the management to stop producing engines and navigational equipment for the MQ-9 Reaper drone, the workhorse of the U.S. drone war. (Attachment A below.)
In addition, the Honeywell leaders were challenged to stop producing key parts for nuclear weapons by Unitarian Universalist minister Chris Antal and Victoria Elson, of NuclearBan.US. http://www.nuclearban.us/
She was accompanied by her husband, Timmon Wallis, also of NuclearBan.US, and by Adrian Glamorgan, a lecturer at Alphacrucis College in Australia and a community broadcaster.
My initial presentation and the full remarks of Reverend Antal were not video-taped, but in the following links you will see Ms. Elson’s presentation and then follow-up comments by Reverend Antal, me and Mary Beth Gallagher, executive director of Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment.
(Tri-State raises shareholder concerns about human rights, the environment and other social issues. Ms. Gallagher was attending the Honeywell meeting to advocate for resolutions that would require Honeywell to: (1) give shareholders power to raise issues, such as toxic spills, outside the normal annual meeting cycle and; (2) reveal its political contributions.)
In the videos, you will also see Honeywell CEO and Chairman of the Board Darius Adamczyk rejecting all the concerns that were raised, saying either that Honeywell respects all laws in places where it operates, or by simply not commenting.
First Ms. Elson’s remarks:
Next, Reverend Antal, a former U.S. Army captain who was stationed in Afghanistan, addresses Mr. Adamczyk’s non-responses to me and Ms. Elson:
Then, I speak again, referring to the Nuremberg trials of German industrialists (please watch past the blurry beginning):
Finally, Ms. Gallagher, who had not planned to speak on drone killing or nuclear weapons, addresses the Honeywell leadership’s “lack of engagement” with the substance of the questions that had been just raised.
Honeywell management has been effectively silent about drone killing since I began raising the issue at the 2014 shareholders meeting.
https://www.badhoneywell.org/2014/07/honeywell-boss-we-will-continue-to-follow-all-laws.html They took the same approach on nuclear weapons when Reverend Antal began to speak about this at the 2015 shareholders meeting.
For more about Mr. Adamczyk : https://www.honeywell.com/who-we-are/leadership/darius-adamczyk You can write to him at: Honeywell, 115 Tabor Road, Morris Plaiins, NJ 07950.
To learn about the extent of Honeywell’s involvement in nuclear weapons, see https://www.dontbankonthebomb.com/honeywell-international/
To learn how you can participate in weapons divestment: https://www.divestfromwarmachine.org/
Important Note: Northrop Grumman Human Rights Challenge at
May 15 Shareholders Meeting.
On May 15, 2019, Mary Beth Gallagher will be leading a shareholder demand that Northrop Grumman report on how it is putting its human rights policy into action, given that it “produces weapons used in conflict and technologies that are enabling the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border and increased surveillance of immigrants, (and it) has largely flown under the radar of public scrutiny as attention is focused on Palantir and Amazon for their role in the US immigration context. Alongside Northrop Grumman’s contracts with the Saudi government to train troops which are accused of war crimes in Yemen, it is working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to build the largest database to track immigrants.” http://tricri.org/northrop-grummans-human-rights-record-in-the-spotlight-at-shareholder-meeting/
Northrop Grumman makes the Global Hawk surveillance drone, used in drone killing, and the company is working on smaller surveillance drone called the Firebird that appears to have the potential to be armed. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/25486/northrop-grumman-plans-to-upend-aerial-surveillance-market-with-their-optionally-manned-firebird
The meeting, which will start at 8 a.m. at 2980 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042, will be webcast: http://investor.northropgrumman.com/news-releases/news-release-details/northrop-grumman-webcast-annual-shareholders-meeting-12
To retweet: https://twitter.com/tristatecri/status/1126171173426016256. Blog post:
Kathy Warden is Northrop Grumman’s CEO and President. https://www.northropgrumman.com/AboutUs/CompanyLeadership/Pages/Detail.aspx?itemId=0023&loc=%2F&rel=%2F&name=CorporateLeadership You can write to her at the Falls Church address above.
HONEYWELL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING – Apr. 29, 2019
By Nick Mottern – Coordinator, Knowdrones.com
Today I am here, as I have been before, to implore you, as overseers of Honeywell Corporation, to do two things:
1. Stop supplying the engines and navigational equipment for the MQ-9 Reaper drone, the workhouse of U.S. drone killing.
2. Issue a public statement in support of an international ban on killer drones.
In 2016, I urged Honeywell to drop its killer drone contracts, and in response, David Cote, then Chairman and CEO, said that Honeywell had decided that it would support the U.S. government.
If you are inclined to respond in this way, Mr. Adamczyk, I want to note that Honeywell spent $5.53 million in lobbying in 2018 and another $6.46 million on campaign contributions. This is to say that Honeywell has a lot to say about what the U.S. government does, and to my knowledge, Honeywell has never objected to any of the wars now underway or to the use of killer drones.
Honeywell’s support of the current U.S. wars means that Honeywell is supporting wars, not to fight “terrorism” but, rather, to support systematic attacks by the U.S. military against people of color, in order to help corporations extract resources, such as oil and minerals, at gunpoint. This is the latest in a series of wars for resources that began with the founding of the U.S. based on a military campaign of genocide against indigenous people.
In this regard, Honeywell is not only selling weapons, it is selling portable refineries that can be used in war zones as well as other oil industry equipment. Honeywell is making money two ways from the global U.S. resource grab, a campaign that results in gross violations of human rights and that contributes mightily to the worsening of global warming.
In my last visit to the shareholders meeting, I said that U.S. drone attacks are violating international law, that the U.S. is responsible for drone war crimes.
In March this year, for the first time, a court, a German court, has found weighty evidence of cases of U.S. drone war crimes, and it also questioned the legality of the U.S. conducting drone attacks in any country it chooses.
Since the first U.S. drone attack, in Afghanistan in October, 2001, up to 12,000 people have been killed by U.S. drones and tens of thousands more people, poor people, mostly Muslim, have been wounded and terrorized. The number killed is actually much higher because most attacks are not publicly reported. And, in the last two years there has been a dramatic surge in drone attacks and a government information black out on the drone war and the air war in general.
However disturbing, I would like to read from the indictment of German industrialists at the Nuremberg war crimes trials, citing a quote that seems to have a universal application beyond the specific cases in the trial and World War II atrocities:
“The defendants will tell us that they were merely overzealous and perhaps misguided patriots. We will hear it said that all they planned to do was what any patriotic businessman would have done under similar circumstances…What happened was indeed unfortunate, they will admit, but we will be assured that there is nothing than any of them could possibly have done about it.”
Would you, Mr. Adamczyk and the board, be willing to meet with me, former drone operators, legal experts and others, to learn more about the consequences of U.S. drone attacks and about banning killer drones worldwide?
Note: I deleted the italicized paragraphs in my initial statement and then used the quote in my follow-up remarks, which were video recorded, see above.