Here are the details of the counter-killer-drone performance art action, using the inflatable drone replica pictured here, planned for Oct. 7, 2019 in front of the United Nations headquarters at First Avenue, between E. 45th and E. 46th Streets.
The action will coincide with the Oct. 7 opening of the UN Disarmament Committee.
Essam Attia, the creator of the inflatable and designer of the action, is asking all of us who are participating to wear white shirts and to gather at 9 a.m. at Pershing Square, which is immediately across E. 42nd Street from Grand Central Station. From there we will walk down the sidewalk on 42nd to the UN, with the inflatable in its carrying bag.
Essam has arranged for film crew to cover our walk down 42nd and the action at the UN.
Once at our destination on First Avenue, between 45th and 46th, the drone replica will be removed from its bag and inflated, all of which should take about 90 seconds.
Then, at the signal from Essam, all of us will fall to the ground, representing those of who have been killed by U.S. drones. We will stay on the ground briefly and then arise on signal, and the action will be concluded. Essam estimates we will be finished by 10 a.m.
As the attached announcement of the action says, we will be promoting a global, multilateral ban on fully autonomous weapons, but the action will also powerfully address the on-going U.S. campaign of drone killing, which brought instant death to 30 farmers in Afghanistan on September 19, 2019. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/19/us-drone-strike-deaths-afghanistan-pine-nut-workers
Please circulate notice of the action to all your lists.