URGENT ACTION NEEDED – APRIL DAYS OF ACTION 2013

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Bread for All

A mural of the Bread for All Catholic Worker bakery in Rochester, NY, painted at the request of bakery manager Peg Gefell by Sue Shickler, Shawn Dunwoody and Kathy Smith. Photo by Peg Gefell

Organizing is now underway for The April Days of Action 2013, a coordinated, national campaign of the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare* to generate a public uprising to STOP U.S. DRONE WARFARE.

We urge you to select one or more of the days in April listed below to organize programs and actions in your community or region to focus on institutions where you live that are the under-pinning of the U.S. military’s drone fleet that is spreading around the world.

April 4-7:  Drone Manufacturers
Identify and protest drone manufacturing facilities, using demonstrations, teach-ins and other actions calling for an end to drone attacks and an end to the manufacture of weaponized and surveillance drones.

April 16 -18: Drone Research and Training
Identify colleges and universities doing drone-related research and/or training of drone pilots, conduct teach-ins on the relationship of that research and training to drone warfare and surveillance and call for an end to these activities.

April 27 – 28: Drone Bases
Identify drone bases, conduct teach-ins on how these bases are involved in drone war and drone surveillance and call for an end to US drone attacks and drone operations at these bases.

Here are some of the things being planned already:

San Diego – April 4 – 7, protest at the plant of General Atomics, maker of the Predator and Reaper drones, the workhorses of drone killing.

Dayton, Ohio – See In the Belly of the Beast here.

Syracuse, NY – April 26 – 28 – Workshops and panel discussions on drone warfare and mass protest at Hancock Air Base over its Reaper drone operations.

URGENT: Conference calls for April organizing are now underway.  Please contact Joe Scarry as soon as possible so that you can participate.  Email: jtscarry@yahoo.com

Here are links to background material that will be help in identifying drone manufacturers, schools doing drone research and training and drone bases: 
NSDSW Background File and Research Tips

This is a link to a recent article by Fran Quickley that is a good example of educating people, in this case in Indiana, about drone-related work going on around them.

OTHER RESOURCES

Dramatic Productions

The Predator - Many groups have used the play by Jack Gilroy as part of anti-drone education efforts. See http://awaketodrones.blogspot.com/2012/12/how-communities-are-using-play-predator.html which includes a link for downloading the script.

Ground the Drones - This 48-page book is redacted and only slightly edited from the original courtroom transcripts of the trial of fourteen activists arrested at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada while protesting the use of robotic “unmanned aerial vehicles,” drones, for extrajudicial executions in Afghanistan and Pakistan. http://vcnv.org/now-available-ground-the-drones-the-trial-of-the-creech-14

Graphic Arts

There is an excellent source of protest art about drones created by AFSC: http://windowsandmirrors.org/artwork (Steve Fryburg – steve@missingpeaceart.org)

Video Resources

The Other Side - of drone attacks in Pakistan ...
The film The Other Side was awarded with Best Audience Award at National Film Festival For Talented Youth, Washington.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgkvYmelMFQ

Counterrecruitment

"The Woes of an American Drone Operator" - A soldier sets out to graduate at the top of his class. He succeeds, and he becomes a drone pilot working with a special unit of the United States Air Force in New Mexico. He kills dozens of people. But then, one day, he realizes that he can’t do it anymore. http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-woes-of-an-american-drone-operator/5315869

Books

Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control - by Medea Benjamin
Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 - by Nick Turse and Tom Englehardt
Patriotism, Peace and Viet Nam, A Memoir – by Peggy Hanna
The Race for What's Left – by Michael Klare

Other important background material is provided in the download section of this site.  We will also be providing video interviews with expert commentators discussing why the U.S. is conducting drone strikes in various countries, including Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia and why the U.S. is establishing a drone presence in Africa.

*Here is a link to a report of a meeting of representatives of national and local organizations working to stop drone warfare that was held in New York City on December 15, 2012 at which the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare was formed. http://www.knowdrones.com/NETWORK-MEETING-REPORT-SUMMARY.pdf