Campaign Bulletin #12

Campaign Bulletin #12; April 26, 2014
By Nick Mottern

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1.    ACTION REPORTS
2.    YOUR HELP NEEDED ON BERKELEY DRONE BAN
3.    LEGAL DEFENSE FUNDS NEED YOUR SUPPORT
4.    MAY 6 – DRONE VICTIMS DAY w/ Important Links to Names and Photos
5.    DRONE WAR COMMENTARIES
6.    IDEAS
7.    EVENTS PLANNED  – Please check for action items.
8.    DRONE PALM CARDS

 

ACTION REPORTS

Hancock Air Base – Syracuse, NY

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Photo from video by Charles Bowman

DeWitt Town Court Judge David Gideon, one of the two judges who have granted an order of protection to NY Air National Guard Col. Earl Evans, mission support group commander of the Hancock Air Base MQ-9 Reaper drone control base.

The protest rally this Sunday, April 27, against MQ-9 Reaper drone operations at Hancock Air Base just outside Syracuse, NY will be conducted behind a building in a parking lot adjoining the base with the rally so positioned that none of the protesters can see the base and no one on the base can see them.

This line-of-sight agreement was reached by protest organizers Carol Baum, Rae Kramer and Ron Van Norstrand and Lt. Curt Daley of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, so that any of the protesters who are restrained by an order of protection granted to NY Air National Guard Colonel Earl A. Evans, Hancock mission support commander, can participate in the rally without being arrested for violating that order.  For a report on the granting of the order see: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/04/174th_attack_wing.html

The order was granted by DeWitt Town Judges David S. Gideon and Robert L. Jokl Jr.

After the rally, there will be a permitted march from the parking lot to the main gate of the base, with those attending who are subject to the order free to choose whether or not to participate in the march.

Asked how the Sheriff’s Office deputies will know who, if anyone, in the march is violating the order, Carol said the organizers were told that the police “are pulling pictures.”  Presumably these are pictures taken when those covered by the order were arrested in previous Hancock protests.

Judy Bello, who is subject to the order of protection, said:

“They want to put an end to us thinking we have First Amendment Rights.”

Carol said that efforts have been fruitless in trying to get the New York State branch of the American Civil Liberties Union to take an interest in the protecting the rights of the Hancock protesters.  (Editor’s note: I will follow up on this with the NY ACLU.)

The rally will be held at 4:30 pm immediately after a speech by Dr. Cornel West entitled “Connecting the Dots: Poverty, Racism and Drones”, to be presented at 2 pm at Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 515 Oakwood Ave., Syracuse.  Doors open at 1:30 pm.  The rally site, the OCM BOCES parking lot, is at 6820 Thompson Road, Syracuse.  The events are organized by:

Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars 

On Friday, April 25, this story appeared in the Syracuse Post-Standard:

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/174th_attack_wing_to_put_out_welcome_mat_for_drone_protesters.html - incart_river_defaulted

King of Prussia, PA

On April 18, nine people were arrested at the Lockheed Martin facility in King of Prussia, PA, in a Good Friday protest organized by the Brandywine Peace Community, and focused on Lockheed’s production of drones, Hellfire missiles fired by Predator and Reaper drones and satellites used in drone control.

Those arrested and charged with disorderly conduct were: were:

Rev. Barry Kreider, Akron, PA
Paul Sheldon, Media, PA
Rev. David Reppert, Conshohocken, PA
Genie and William Durland, Colorado Springs, CO
Tom Mullian, Wyncote, PA
Rev. Patrick Sieber, OFM, Philadelphia, PA
Bernadette Cronin-Geller, Philadelphia, PA
Robert M. Smith, Philadelphia, PA

The nine were arrested after a Stations of the Cross ceremony attended by about 25 people in which a “peace bell” was rung and crosses were planted, each with the Lockheed Martin logo placed at the crucifixion nail points.  The crosses were, the Brandywine report of the event said, “for the victims of war and the domestic casualties of the war economy, poverty, and unmet human needs.”  The ceremony also included music by Tom Mullian and readings.  Attachment A gives the Stations of the Cross script prepared for the event.

Bob Smith, Brandywine staff coordinator, says that Brandywine has protested Lockheed Martin since 1979.  From 1979 to 1995, he said, Brandywine “conducted a campaign of nonviolent resistance, many arrests with trials and jail experience - including the first plowshares action, the Plowshares 8 in King of Prussia.”  In the 1980s and 1990s, people “regularly went to jail for 15-45 day stretches.”

Here is a KYW Newsradio report of the April 18 event, including a photo:

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/04/18/peace-activists-demonstrate-outside-lockheed-m artin-in-kop/

Important Note:  Brandywine and others have been conducting monthly protests at Horsham, PA in an attempt to stop the opening of an MQ-9 Reaper control base at the Air National Guard field there. (A protest is set for today, April 26.)  Bob reports:

 Kudos!  PA State Senator Daylin Leach (D, Montgomery County, 17th District) campaigning for the Democratic nomination in the 13th district U.S House of Representatives has announced his opposition to the drone war command center in Horsham Township.

The drone war command center is being established in that very district.  Its current Representative, Allyson Schwartz (D, 13th district) is a supporter of the drone command center.  The district's other U.S. House representative is Rep. Patrick Meehan (R, 13th district) the chief backer of the command center which, according to Horsham Air Guard public affairs, is now expected to become operational "sometime" in 2015.

Albany, NY

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Photo by Jon Flanders

Counter drone war protesters on April 23rd at Wolf Road and Central Avenue in Albany, NY.

About 50 people gathered at a busy intersection in Albany, NY on a cold April 23 for a “Spring Days of Action to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance & Global Militarization” demonstration.

Mickie Lynn, one of the protesters reports:

“It was far too windy to wear the drone hats but we had a diverse and enthusiastic crowd of protesters with signs, banners and kites (“Fly Kites Not Drones” in support of the Afghan Peace Volunteers)…we got enthusiastic responses from drive hour traffic, including bus drivers, tractor trailer drivers and one police officer.  One man came up to us asking what groups we represented and thanking us for caring and taking the time and energy to be out there getting the message out.  He mentioned the recent killings in Yemen this week.”

The group included a group of Sisters for St. Joseph, Mickie said, a toddler and a Haitian rescue dog named Jean Pierre.

Here are a series of photos of the event by Jon Flanders

https://plus.google.com/photos/115535821288160866267/albums/6005648242717122145?banner=pwa

See Attachment B for a picture of Mickie wearing a drone hat.

The event was sponsored by: Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Women Against War, Veterans for Peace and other local peace and justice organizations.

Creech AFB

Following up on two weeks of protest during the Nevada Desert Experience Sacred Peace Walk, which included arrests at Creech AFB, Toby Blome sent this report from the Washington Post, noting: “The focus is on a counter protester, unfortunately…”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/at-creech-air-force-base-drones-land-protesters-chant-and-one-man-waves-a-flag/2014/04/21/ad6603a2-c956-11e3-95f7-7ecdde72d2ea_story.html

John Amidon also sent this commentary by John L. Smith in the Las Vegas Review- Journal:

http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/john-l-smith/other-protest-deserved-our-notice?fb_action_ids=10152357375096147

John A. also sent this video of the wedding of Ming and River Victor on Good Friday, April 18 at the Nevada National Security (nuclear test) Site, where, upon completion of the ceremony they immediately trespassed on the site and were arrested.  Here is a video of the event, which was part of Peace Walk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6lNbAyIfFI&list=UUdEQL723X3zdcvucRl6BBuQ

New York City

On Friday, April 25, a newly formed grassroots coalition of young Asian-Americans opposing the US “pivot” to Asia and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement held a powerful “US Out of Asia Rally” in Times Square, shown here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVgACBUAfW0

 

YOUR HELP NEEDED ON BERKELEY DRONE BAN

Bob Meola and others have been working for almost two years to get the Berkeley, CA City Council to ban drone surveillance and weaponized drones.

Please act on Bob’s request:

“Here is the link to the long awaited Berkeley City Council "Workshop on Drones" that will take place at 5:30 PM, Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/City_Council/2014/04_Apr/City_Council__04-29-2014_-_Special_Meeting_Agenda.aspx

(When you open this link, you will see Proclamation Calling a Special Meeting of the Berkeley City Council, look down to the left, and you will see a heading entitled “Worksession” and under it item 1.a. Drone Policy for the City of Berkeley. Click onto this for details on the No Drone Zone legislation that Bob has been working to get passed, based on model legislation by the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.)

“To voice your opinion on a Drone Policy for Berkeley or for a No Drone Zone or a Drone Free Zone, here is the contact info [email addresses, phone numbers, and street address] for the Berkeley City Council Members:”

https://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/City_Council/City_Council__Roster.aspx

Again, please try to contact has many of the City Council members as you have time for and urge them to approve the No Drone Zone legislation. 

 

LEGAL DEFENSE FUNDS NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Civil resistance to drone attacks and drone surveillance is expensive in terms of bail and costs of legal filings and records, even when people represent themselves or have the benefit of free legal representation. 

As noted in Bulletin #11, bail costs for protesters at Hancock Air Base total $36,000 so far.

Please consider contributing what you can to Upstate Drone Action and the Granny Peace Brigade for the legal support of people facing court in connection with the protests at Hancock Air Base.

Checks can be made out to:

1. Upstate Drone Action and sent to: Upstate Drone Action c/o The Syracuse Peace Council, 2013 E. Genesee St., Syracuse NY 13210.

2. Granny Peace Brigade with the following in the memo line: “Joan and Bev defense”.  Checks should be mailed to: Granny Peace Brigade, c/o Gray Panthers, 244 Madison Avenue, #396, New York, NY 10016

 

MAY 6 – DRONE VICTIMS DAY

Please consider organizing for Tuesday, May 6, from noon to 2 pm, a reading of names of people killed in U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen.

Joan Ecklein, who is an organizer of a reading in Boston, where the idea started, envisions readings popping up everywhere, with people video-taping the readings and sharing them on You-Tube. 

Speaking on this week’s conference call, Joan said a reading is “a relatively simple action to do.”  All that is needed, she said, are eight or so people, a video-camera and a megaphone.  “It’s a very easy demonstration to set up,” she said.

The reading in Boston will be held at the main entrance of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 77 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, MA.  MIT conducts military-related drone research.  The reading is sponsored by the Eastern Massachusetts Anti-Drone Network and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Following Boston’s lead, World Can’t Wait, War Resisters League and KnowDrones.com will hold a reading of names at the same time in front of the world headquarters of L-3 Communications, 600 Third Avenue in Manhattan, NY.  L-3 makes equipment for the Reaper drone and its own drones.

Barbara Kidney, of Drone Alert – Hudson Valley, is organizing a May 6 phone-call-in to the White House to protest drone killing for people who, like her, live in communities where there is no place to address a large street audience or who cannot participate in a reading for other reasons.   Information on the call-in will appear in the next bulletin.

Here are important links, the first to a comprehensive list of names of people killed by U.S. drones in Pakistan and Yemen, compiled by Susan Balmer of World Can’t Wait:

 

 

The second link is to a series of photos of drone victims, checked for authenticity by Jill McLaughlin of World Can’t Wait, and formatted so that you can print them out into 11 x 17 protest posters:

Photos:  http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.php/organizingmaterials-mainmenu-6/materials-mainmenu-296/8508-photos-of-victims-of-us-drone-wars-in-pakistan-and-yemen

 

DRONE WAR COMMENTARIES

Here are two thoughtful presentations on drone warfare:

1. SHADOW WARFARE
by Andrew Dalton – Drone Alert – Hudson Valley

Nick (Mottern) mentioned, during a recent phone conference call, something he heard of the launching of the latest US Navy warship in Bath, ME, guided missile destroyer Elmo Zumwalt, equipped with so much high-tech stuff to command and control it that it will function and fight with a minimum of human crew.  More steps taken toward autonomous war, it seems.  We've heard of the pending development of autonomous drones, drones that pick and carry out lethal attacks on human beings through pre-programming.  No more human operators using Playstation lookalike terminals to do the dirty work.  Good thing that computers are infallible and will never command drones, or any other weapon, to kill the wrong people, right?

But where are we heading in the name of warfare?  Just what is war?  When US carried out some airstrikes in Libya to help topple Khaddafi, Obama stated to Congress that these strikes were not really an act of war by the US since no American soldiers' boots actually touched the Libyan ground.  No need to involve Congress in declaring war, since it wasn't really war.  This act of precedence by Obama looks to clear the way for the US president to do lots of nasty stuff without explaining it thoroughly to Congress, and thereby the American public.  Stand by for SHADOW WARFARE!!!

Now I know we've had lots of this already, where the CIA topples regimes in other countries (Guatemala, Chile et al) and of course, drone warfare in Pakistan, Yemen, etc., where the US is technically not really at war.  But I fear that, as the saying goes, we ain't seen nothing yet.  It looks to me that all this development of autonomous weapons goes hand in hand with war in places out-of-sight-and-mind of broader human scrutiny, out of the purview of human ethics and conscience (if any).  No Geneva Convention rules of war, which are being ignored anyway.  In short, I fear that more and more places in the world will wake up some fine morning to discover that they are in a high-tech, but still brutal and bloody war.  And as the US leads, so will other nations and militant groups follow.  And furthermore, corporatocracy will be the real winner, whether this be the high-tech armament makers, the energy companies, the global mining and other resource extraction companies (who could find this sort of warfare a good way to terrorize and drive away a local population who might stand in their way), etc.  Many more cruel deeds of shadow war can thus be expected, and any word of any of this reaching our ears will be explained by the great propaganda mills of our country as happening for our own safety, prosperity, and national honor.  I mean, look at what's happening now and how many of our friends and neighbors swallow the Great Lie.

Of course, this is War as part of some sort of Great Plan of the military-industrial complex.  Who knows what actually will happen, as even the rich and powerful don't always have things turn out their way.  Or so it is to be hoped.

2. DRONE ASSASSINATIONS
by Brian Terrell, speaking at Yale Divinity School, March 27, 2014

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxxujQp4Heg

 

IDEAS

Here are the minutes of the April 23 activists’ conference call:

Andrew Dalton and Barbara Kidney – Drone Alert-Hudson Valley (NY) – Andrew and his wife Barbara reported a week ago that their request to have a table at the April 27 Earth Day event in New Paltz was rejected, apparently because of opposition from the sponsor of the event, the New Paltz Reformed Church.  Andrew then went to a meeting of the local climate change coalition to make the case that there are important reasons for connecting drone and environmental issues, including: (1) the U.S. military has a huge carbon footprint; (2) drones are being used as the new cutting edge of U.S. military activity in support of global corporate plundering and waste of resources, particularly oil; (3) drones present a repressive threat to activist environmentalists.

Andrew reported that coalition members were extremely receptive to his arguments, that they were “glad to have their sights broadened and they felt that environmental and anti-drone war activists should join forces.

He said Drone Alert will be at the Earth Day event, setting up on the event’s perimeter.

Barbara said that Drone Alert is a welcome participant at a fund-raising event being held by Marcellus Shale Earth First and Hudson Valley Earth First on May 3 in Poughkeepsie.  She said that Earth First members are concerned that drones may be used to intimidate them.

Barbara reported that she has had positive responses to requests for Drone Alert to do a film showing at both the Cornwall and New Paltz Quaker meetings, but dates are not set yet.

Daniel Riehl – Lancaster, PA – reported that he hopes this Saturday, April 26, to take at least six or seven people, colleagues from Mennonite churches in his area, on the 70-mile trip to the monthly demonstration in Horsham, PA protesting the plan to establish a Reaper drone control base there.

Daniel said also that he is going to explore the idea of starting a counter-drone war quilt project in his area, which is noted for quilting, inspired by Leah Bolger’s Quilt Project. http://dronesquiltproject.wordpress.com

David Sladky – St. Louis, MO – reported that another meeting was held Wednesday (the night of the conference call) by the St. Louis group “Drones and Donuts” that is working to prevent the St. Louis police from getting drones.  He reported also that he has been successful in getting Wounds of Waziristan and Unmanned: America’s Drone War shown on public access cable television in Colulmbia, MO and Fort Wayne, IN.  He said that the viewing times are not favorable 3 am – 4 am, but at least the films are being shown.

David said there will be counter-drone war outreach this Sunday, April 27, at St. Louis’ Earth Day event and also at the coming Garlic Fest and Gay Pride Festival.  He also called attention to the Trifecta Resista (see Events Planned, below).

Harold Penner – Akron, PA – is a colleague of Daniel Riehl who is also organizing people to protest the opening of a Reaper drone control base at Horsham, PA.  “We’re trying to say not here and now anywhere,” Harold said.

He noted that an Army (Shadow) drone crashed a few weeks ago (in Jonestown, PA) near the Army base at Indiantown Gap, landing between an elementary school and a motel, and that this raises many questions about what the Army is doing with its drone operations in the area.

Joan Nicholson – Kennett Square, PA – thanked David Sladky for sending her a variety of DVDs on drone and peace subjects.  She has organized a showing of

Wounds of Waziristan at her retirement community for May 27 and Peter Lems, of the American Friends Service Committee, will be speaking.  Joan conducts a daily peace village on Route One near her home, and she has been holding signs urging that the U.S. stay out of the Ukraine and Venezuela.  “I hope we can get across to people what is happening in the Ukraine and Venezuela,” she said, “people don’t understand.”

Joan asked that a corrected version of the Kendal Monthly Meeting be published, which states the Meeting’s position on drone warfare.  The minute is significant because few Meetings have taken a position on drone war.  Here is the corrected minute:

Minute on the government’s engagement in drone warfare.  Adopted by Kendal Monthly Meeting on April 10, 2014.

As Friends (Quakers) who believe there is “that of God” in everyone and therefore every life is sacred, we are deeply concerned about the proliferation of lethal unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones.  The United States is leading the way in this new form of warfare where pilots in U.S. bases kill by remote control men, women, and children thousands of  miles away.  Drones have become the preferred weapons to conduct war due to the lack of direct risk to the lives of U.S. soldiers, but these drone strikes have caused the deaths of rapidly increasing numbers of people world-wide, including people in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, countries where the United States is not even at war.

We urge our government to put an end to this secretive,  remote-controlled killing and instead promote foreign policies that are consistent with the values of a democratic and humane society.  We call on our government to initiate via the United Nations an international treaty controlling the development and use of drones.

Wilma Ralls – San Francisco, CA – joined the conference call  to get information and contacts of people in her area working on the drone issue.  Nick is sending her contact info.

 

EVENTS PLANNED

Here are selected planned events:

Beale AFB

April 28 – 29 – Veterans for Peace Spring Days of Drone Action – 2014.

Download Beale info for Veterans action.April, 2014.pages

Chicago, IL

April 28 - 9 am - “No Killer Drone for Boeing” protest at the Boeing shareholders meeting, south steps of the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lakeshore Drive, 60605, beginning with a press conference featuring Kait McIntyre, anti-war candidate for Boeing’s Board of Directors; her platform appears here. http://antiwarcommitteechicago.blogspot.com/ and follow her campaign here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/692013380842253/

Sponsored by the Anti-War Committee-Chicago.  Sign their Boeing petition here: https://antiwarcommitteechicago.wufoo.com/forms/zqtccbx0znm21r/

Amherst, MA

April 29 - 7-9 pm - The “Know Drones Public Forum” with Nick Mottern speaking on “Drones and the Death of Democracy, and panelists Frank Gatti, Paul Voss, Jeff Napolitano and Paki Wieland, sponsored by the Amherst, Massachusetts Human Rights Commission will be held at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School, 170  Chestnut Street, Amherst, MA 01002  (413)362-1805 Directions: www.arps.org  

Baltimore, MD - NSA

May 3, 1 pm – Protest electronic and drone surveillance and drone attacks at the National Security Agency (NSA) at NSA headquarters, Fort Meade, MD, organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance.

Directions:From I-95 take Route 32 towards Fort Meade, enter on Canine Road, bear to the left and park in the visitor’s parking lot and wait.

For those risking arrest and those directly supporting them there will be a meeting before at 10AM. For more information contact: joyfirst5@gmail.com

Attachment C is a letter that will be presented to NSA Director Vice Admiral Michael C. Rogers.  If you wish to sign on please contact: Max Obuszewski mobuszewski@verizon.net

Washington, DC – White House

May 4, 1 pm – In front of the White House, Code Pink will recreate a wedding party in Yemen hit by a drone atttack. “We hope to educate the public about the horrors of drone strikes using this street theater, sending our message far and wide by making it into a video.  Please check out the facebook event for details and the RSVP link- we need actors to play various roles in the wedding!! Please share this with your friends in DC.” – Alli McCracken, Code Pink, and Noor Mir, Washington Peace Center.

Boston, MA  and New York, NY

May 6, Noon.  Reading of names of drone dead.  See article above.

San Diego, CA

May 15, 16, 17 - San Diego “Drone Days of Action” will include a street theater drone attack; a light display by the Overpass Light Brigade; a protest at drone maker Northrup-Grumman; a demonstration at the US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, responsible for, among other things, intelligence and surveillance; and a “Stop the Drones” planning convergence.  See Attachment D for details.

Minneapolis / St. Paul

May 17 1 pm – “Stop the Wars, Ground the Drones” rally, initiated by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition (612-522- 1861/ 612- 827-5364) Gather at Hiawatha and Lake Street, Minneapolis.

St. Louis / Kansas City, MO

May 30 – June 1 – “Trifecta Resista” –Support a pardon for Pvt. Chelsea Manning at Ft. Leavenworth, KS; protest nuclear weapons parts production at Bannister Federal Complex in Kansas City, MO; then protest drone war and surveillance at Whiteman AFB.  See http://www.trifectaresista.org

 

DRONE PALM CARDS

World Can’t Wait and KnowDrones.org collaborated to produce 4” x 6” palm cards, front and back shown here.

2014 Drones_Palm Card[6]

2014 Drones_Palm Card Back[4]

If you would like to order some, at cost, $35 per 1,000, please contact Debra Sweet, Director of World Can’t Wait, at: Debra Sweet debrasweet@worldcantwait.net

As we come to the end of April, I want to say thank you to all for your inspiring, illuminating work.

In solidarity,

Nick

 


ATTACHMENT A

Good Friday Stations of Justice, Peace, &
Nonviolent Resistance to Lockheed Martin

April 18, 2014, King of Prussia, PA

Vigil…Song: “We Declare Peace”, Tom Mullian

Luke 23:33-49

All: Let us pray that we will break the chains of violence and war; that we may resist war-making and stop Lockheed Martin with acts of justice and Jesus’ love. May the cross, which over time was transformed from a means of violence to a symbol of liberation and peace, be our symbol of nonviolence and justice, a sign of nonviolent resistance to greed, militarism, empire, violation of the earth, and war.

*Litany*

Leader: By the cross and resurrection...All: We Stand Against War!
Leader: By Jesus’ witness to the truth...All: We Act for Justice and Peace!
Leader: By Jesus’ passion and death...All: We Declare Peace!
Leader: By Jesus’ message of peace and victory over the grave...All: We Resist Lockheed Martin!

1st Station: Pilate Condemns Jesus to Death (Reading and Litany)
Except where noted, after each station, reading, and litany, a cross  will be driven into the ground, remembering all the victims of war, the casualties of the war economy, and Lockheed Martin
2nd Station: Jesus Carries His Cross  (Reading and Litany)
3rd Station: Jesus falls the 1st time   (CD, Song by Tom Mullian, and Litany)
4th Station: Jesus meets his most afflicted mother  (Reading and Litany)
5th Station: Simon of Cyrene  is forced to help Jesus carry the Cross (Reading and Litany)
6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus  (Song by Tom Mullian, and Litany)
7th Station: Jesus falls the 2nd time  (Reading and Litany)
8th Station: Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem  (Reading, CD, and Litany)
9th Station: Jesus falls the 3rd time  (Reading and Litany)
10th Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments  (Song by Tom Mullian and Litany)
11th Station: Jesus is nailed to the Cross  (Reading and Litany)
12th Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross
Period of silence/bell-tolling /Adaggio for Strings; Civil Disobedience (all - except those prepared to face arrest - should remain on sidewalk).
13th and 14th Stations: Jesus is taken down from the Cross and laid in the tomb

All: We mourn all the victims of war. We know that the profits of Lockheed Martin rest on war, militarism, and the violation of the earth. We have far too long suffered the policies of war and the social ravages of empire, corporate greed, and a war economy.  We insist that where war is business, as here at Lockheed Martin, there cannot be business as usual. We resist Lockheed Martin with Jesus’ love and a continuing commitment to justice, to honoring the earth, to peace, to the cross of nonviolent resistance.

Leader: By Jesus’ love and sacrifice...All: We Stand  Against  War
Leader: By Jesus’ witness to truth...All: We carry the cross of nonviolent resistance
Leader: By Jesus’ passion and death...All: We Resist Lockheed Martin
Leader: By the cross and resurrection...All: We Act for Justice and  for Peace

Thank you and have a joyous Passover and Easter!

Brandywine Peace Community
P.O. Box 81, Swarthmore, PA 19081 - 610-544-1818   
brandywine@juno.com    
www.brandywinepeace.com

See upcoming Events at Brandywine Peace Community website.  And make sure you are on the e-mail list!

Luke 23:33-49

33When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

 35The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One."

 36The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37and said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself."

 38There was a written notice above him, which read:| THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

 39One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"

 40But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? 41We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."

 42Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[b]"

 43Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

 44It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.

 47The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man." 48When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. 49But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

1st Station: Pilate Condemns Jesus to Death.

Reading:

Betrayed, denied, tortured, facing death, Jesus knew where he stood and what he faced. He faced the Cross, a means of execution, a symbol of imperial rule, of Rome’s might, an announcement of the empire’s will to maintain itself the only way it can: violence and war.

What we see depends on where we stand. 

We stand before Lockheed Martin and see the cross of empire, war, and human neglect, greed and environmental destruction, drone strikes and a new era of robotic war.

We see the corporate cross of war that is Lockheed Martin, the world’s #1 weapons manufacturer, the U.S.’s #1 war profiteer.   the Top-Gun of America’s  1%  Super Rich.  We mourn the absence of economic justice and peace and what that means in real human terms for the vast majority in this country and around world

There is an uncompromising difference between the privileged wealth secured through every weapon built by Lockheed Martin and the faithful demands for justice and peace. It is nothing less than the difference between war and peace, crucifixion and resurrection, cooperation and resistance.

2nd Station: Jesus Carries his Cross

Reading:

Jesus carried a heavy cross of wood. At a cost of more than a half-trillion dollars a year, we too carry a cross. We carry the weight of militarism and empire–the weapons it builds, the wars it wages, the earth it poisons, the lives it destroys, the societies and economies it cripples.  Certainly, no less our’s.

Among the numerous Pentagon weapons contracts here in Valley Forge, PA, Lockheed Martin builds Weapons Control Systems for U.S. Navy Tomahawk Cruise Missiles and battlefield computer systems as well as “field support” equipment for Minuteman III missiles Mark 12A nuclear warheads. 

Lockheed Martin is the common denominator in the production of every major weapon system–nuclear and non-nuclear–in the U.S. arsenal and sold by the U.S. around the world. Lockheed Martin received from the public treasury more than $42.7 billion this year.

We all carry the intolerable weight of Lockheed Martin and will continue to do so until We the People, in the truest sense, decide to stop it.

God help us, we can and must!

3rd Station - Jesus Falls the First Time.

CD of Dr. King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top Speech, “I May Not Get There With You”, Tom Mullian

i may not get there with you

don't you get tired
don't stumble down
or ever give up
or get turned around

time gives us wings
truth gives us light
if you believe it
we'll make it through the night

we will march, we will sing
we will let freedom ring
all the dreams that we dared will come true
but when you see the promised land
and you reach for my hand
well, i may not get there with you

welcome the dawn
the sun sees no tears
so carry it on
and move without fear

they can't jail the truth
with a prison of lies
they can't shackle justice
or beat down love's cry

we will march, we will sing
we will let freedom ring
all the dreams that we dared will come true
but when you see the promised land
and you reach for my hand
well, i may not get there with you

words and music by tom mullian, copyright 2006

4th Station: Jesus meets his most afflicted mother.

Reading:

 Taxes for Need..., not War and Greed!

There is a broad and growing movement of community, labor, peace, and economic justice groups pushing for new spending priorities. The Pentagon budget, which stands at nearly half a trillion dollars, is now a matter of public debate.

After 13-plus years of a “war on terror” more and more people are seeing the need to rein in Pentagon spending and start funding the real needs of our communities. As the United States war in Afghanistan “winds down” it’s outrageous that the Pentagon’s $47 billion a year slush fund, the Overseas Contingency Operations account for deadly drone strikes and wars around the world, is actually going up.

We must face the facts of U.S. military spending like never before. We must unequivocally put justice for all our people before the corporate profits of billion-dollar weapons producers, such as Lockheed Martin, the world’s #1 war profiteer and break the corporate stranglehold on our democracy by demanding taxes for need, not greed…for caring about the environment and global climate change, for universal health care, housing, and education…for Need, not greed.

5th Station: Simon of Cyrene is forced to help Jesus carry his cross.

Reading:

Lockheed Martin is among the largest manufacturers of surveillance and armed drone aircraft as well as the Hellfire missiles they fire and the military satellites that direct and control drone missile attacks against people thousands of miles away in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yeman, and Somalia, from the Continental United States and a computer ‘pilot’ command center at the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada outside of Las Vegas.   

The phenomenal, just a few years ago unimaginable, rise in drone technology and application for war and domestic surveillance over the past decade has seen thousands of research firms, weapons manufacturers, security businesses, police departments around the country, as well as colleges and universities, such as UPenn, Drexel, and John Hopkins University line up to get in on this new era of war, with its billion dollar killing with impunity machinery, the language of ‘targeted assassinations’, and White House kill lists.

U.S. bases for attack and spy drones now surround Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and North Africa.  A U.S. drone base is now being built to launch attacks from Saudi Arabia.

And drone war is by leaps coming home, to the USA, where they originated.  Drone training and command bases are also now being established across the continental U.S. in a nationwide network that assumes drone war without end anywhere in the world and spying across the U.S. And in Congress, the largest caucus is the UAV (drone) congressional caucus.  The PA delegation representative to the caucus is Representative Bob Brady of Philadelphia.

Here in Pennsylvania, Fort Indiantown Gap, headquarters to the PA Guard and PA Air National Guard is now an operating base for surveillance drones. A surveillance “shadow” drone just days  ago crashed near an elementary school in Jonestown, PA while on test flight from Fort Indiantown Gap.

On the other side of Montgomery County, at the Horsham Air Guard Station, the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard is establishing a PA drone war command center, announced a year ago, and slated to become operational in 2015 meaning that drone war and killing will be directed from the commonwealth state which its Quaker founder, William Penn, called a “Holy Experiment”.

It is overwhelming what the war makers and profiteers have made of the world.  We are not powerless though. Our task is to act as if nonviolence and the cross of Jesus matters, that peace can and will be made.

6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.

 A Poem by Father Daniel Berrigan, SOME, written in dedication to the Brandywine Peace Community

 Some stood up once, and sat down.
Some walked a mile, and walked away.

Some stood up twice, then sat down.
“It’s too much,” they cried.
Some walked two miles, then walked away.
“I’ve had it,” they cried.

Some stood and stood and stood.
They were taken for fools,
they were taken for being taken in.

Some walked and walked and walked –
they walked the earth,
they walked the waters,
they walked the air.

“Why do you stand?” they were asked, and
“Why do you walk?”

“Because of the children,” they said, and
“Because of the heart, and
“Because of the bread,”

“Because the cause is
the heart’s beat, and
the children born, and
the risen bread.”

7th Station: Jesus falls the 2nd time.

Reading:

The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Pentagon, the most powerful agency of violence and war in the world, took place on September 11, 1941, sixty years almost to the minute before American Airlines flight 77 arrowed into the side of building that faces Arlington Cemetery.

Like the child who was able to see that the Emperor was without clothes, can we see what’s before us today? Can we see the greed, the lies, the violence?  Can we see the illusions of security that come from making war?

September 11, 2001, all of our imperial illusions of security based on nuclear weapons, “Star Wars” weaponry, and trillion dollar military budgets, shattered in a wink.

We were vulnerable, just like everybody else on this fragile planet. If there be such a thing as real security then it must rest on something more than what we can do for ourselves with muscle or weapons, something that has to do with relationship with others and the earth, with fairness, with honoring the commonweal and the commonwealth, with being neighbor not the overlord. And that means justice.

Bombs may win wars and bring the false peace of victory (whatever that may mean today), but justice will never be achieved with bombs and drone strikes nor with Star Wars and out of this world plans (however profitable) for the militarization of space. The only victor in war is still war itself. 

If you want real peace (as the words of Dr. King would remind us) — not dominion or empire, or more wealth for the already filthy rich ­— then work for justice: justice for one another, for the community, for the earth.

8th Station: Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem

April 4, 1967.  Exactly one year before his assassination Dr. King spoke in New York City at Riverside Church.  He condemned the war in Vietnam, calling the U.S. government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” and drew a connection to the war and its domestic fallout – the impoverishment of people in this country, the export of racism, and an arrogant belief in the absolute rightness of U.S. policy around the world.  Moreover, Dr. King in calling for nonviolent resistance to “the evil triplets of American society: racism, materialism, and militarism” was seeking an inseparability and continuum of action for social justice and peace. 

Hear now some of Dr. King’s words of 46 years ago…(CD)

9th Station: Jesus Falls the 3rd Time.

Daniel Berrigan once described the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor and martyred resister to Nazi Germany, this way: "He said his prayers, he told the truth, and then he died."

Anyone who has over the past four decades been at Lockheed Martin or elsewhere with the Brandywine Peace Community or any number of other groups  from Philadelphia to Washington, DC would have seen Mary Jo McArthur --  holding a sign, gripping a banner, standing, walking, getting arrested, doing what was just a matter of fact for her - quietly standing up for justice, saying her prayers, doing peace, caring about and serving others.

A year ago at this time, Mary Jo McArthur died.  Her passing was with the same peace in which she acted over and over and over and over, again and again, without bluster, or argument,  with just a matter of fact-ness that says, in effect, this is where I am, I know what happens here, and this is what I do…knowing full well what would happen.

Mary Jo is still with us here today, in the prayer of St Ignatius that she said daily.

“Take Lord and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess.  You have given all to me. To You, O Lord, I return it.  Everything is yours, do with it what You  will.  Give me only Your Love and Your grace, for this is enough for me.”

10th Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments.

“The Needed Time, Tom Mullian

the needed time

now is the needed time
now is the needed time
now is the needed time

brothers, won't you walk with me
brothers, won't you walk with me
brothers, won't you walk with me

now is the needed time
now is the needed time
now is the needed time

sisters, won't you pray with me
sisters, won't you pray with me
sisters, won't you pray with me

now is the needed time
now is the needed time
now is the needed time

people, won't you come with me
people, won't you come with me
people, won't you come with me

now is the needed time
now is the needed time
now is the needed time

verse lyrics by tom mullian

11th Station: Jesus is nailed to the Cross.

Reading:

“The revulsion against war not too long hence will be an insuperable obstacle for us to overcome and for that reason I am convinced that we must set in motion the machinery of a permanent war economy...It must be an ongoing program and not the creature of some emergency.”

So spoke the president of General Electric, Charles E. Wilson, in July 1944, one year before the first atomic bomb was tested in the desert area of Alamogordo, New Mexico named Jornada del Muerto or  Dead Man’s Trail.

Today, we stand before Lockheed Martin in the social order which Wilson called for - a culture of weaponry and militarism, a permanent industry of war, embedded so deep in our society that it is quite immune to political change and democratic oversight - and extends itself into virtually every society on earth.

That is empire which could be likened to the Orwellian notion of unending war - hot, cold, low-intensity, endless - in which we become so accustomed to it that we don’t even realize it any longer. 

“Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.”, said Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement. 

And so our first acts of truth are ones first of realization and then of resistance.

These crosses before us today represent the suffering and crucifixion of a suffering humanity, of Jesus Christ today.  Lockheed Martin, War and Weapons, Christ Crucified!

We who stand before Lockheed Martin in peace and the works of justice embrace the nonviolent cross: resistance to empire, war and militarism, community organizing and the works of peacemaking and service to the victims of war and injustice, resistance to the injustice that is Lockheed Martin.

Today, we remember Jesus’ words: “Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give to you...”(John 14:2)

 


ATTACHMENT B

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Mickie Lynn wearing a paper drone hat, which she says was inspired by Kathy Kelly and made by Kim Kennedy of Grannies for Peace.

 


ATTACHMENT C

National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR], 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 Email mobuszewski@verizon.net; Phone 410-366-1637

April 28, 2014

Vice Admiral Michael S. Rogers
Director, National Security Agency
Chief, Central Security Service
National Security Agency
Fort George G. Meade, MD  20755

Dear Admiral Rogers:

As members of peace and justice groups with grave concern for the National Security Agency’s role in the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Yemen, we are writing to request a meeting.  We are deeply concerned about our government’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, to assassinate people in the countries listed above. As you know the NSA is involved in this assassination program by providing potential targets for the president's "kill list."

We are aware that the NSA is open 24 hours a day,7 days a week. Therefore, we are suggesting a meeting at the NSA on Saturday, May 3, 2014. We are confident that someone in a policy-making capacity will be available to meet with us and to arrange a subsequent meeting due to the important nature of our concern.

At the meeting, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance representatives will urge you to support an end to this assassination program which we believe to be illegal.  Please confirm that a meeting can take place on May 3.  

In 2011 in Yemen, CIA drone attacks were used to kill, first, Anwar Al-Awlaki and weeks later his son. They were U.S. citizens, who were never charged, brought to trial, or convicted of any crime. In fact, four other U.S. citizens have been assassinated by killer drone strikes without any pretense of due process.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights brought a lawsuit in US federal court against the Obama Administration regarding the assassination of Al-Awlaki. The suit was lost on procedural grounds; however, the judge in the case stated "Can the executive order the assassination of a US citizen without first affording him any form of judicial process whatsoever, based on the mere assertion that he is a dangerous member of a terrorist organization?"

The killer drone strikes only promote more terrorism directed at the US. This point was made by Malala Yousafzai when she met with President Obama and his family.  On Oct. 11, 2013 Philip Rucker of THE WASHINGTON POST wrote this: “Yousafzai said she was honored to meet Obama and that she raised concerns with him about the administration's use of drones, saying they are ‘fueling terrorism.’”

We are also disturbed by the lack of transparency and oversight by congress. In spite of assurances from President Obama that the victims of drone strikes are surgical targets, it has been reported that hundreds of victims who are innocent of crimes against the US have been killed including civilian men, women, and children. These people have names and families who love them.

According to a report, “US: Reassess Targeted Killings in Yemen,” released on October 21, 2013 by Human Rights Watch “United States targeted airstrikes against alleged terrorists in Yemen have killed civilians in violation of international law." The report added that the strikes are creating a public backlash that undermines US efforts against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

We hope that you will take our concerns seriously, as it is our position that killer drone strikes are wrong on many levels: the illegality and immorality of assassinations, the violation of international law and the constitutional protection of due process, the targeting of civilian populations, and the disregard of sovereignty. We have great concern for people caught up in conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia and Yemen.  We believe the US killer drone program must be brought to an end immediately.

Please respond to our request to meet and to discuss your role in terminating the National Security Agency's role in this assassination program. This is an opportunity to consider our proposal of reconciliation and diplomacy rather than pernicious killer drone strikes.  A U.S. policy of endless wars must be placed in the dustbin of history.  We look forward to your response.

In peace,

Max Obuszewski
On behalf of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

 


ATTACHMENT D

  - Pass On – Circulate Widely -

San Diego “Drone Days of Action”
May 15-17, 2014

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Join us in San Diego, May 15, 16 and 17, 2014
for action and education against US global drone wars, drones violating civil liberties, and the US “pivot to the Pacific”

San Diego continues to be the US capital of spy and killer drone production

Stand Up and Speak Out!

THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY, following last year’s “No Drones Days” in April, to be a part of moving this nation away from mechanized warfare and military empire, toward a better future!

PLANNED EVENTS

Thursday May 15

  • 4-7 PM – San Diego Veterans for Peace Demonstration: Federal Building, Front and Broadway, downtown San Diego; Street Theater staged aerial “drone attack” by Artful Activist San Diego
  • 8 PM – 9:30 PM – Overpass Light Brigade, light/sign demonstration at Clairemont Drive overpass at I-5 freeway

 Friday May 16

  • 8 – 10 AM – Demonstration, including street theater against drones, Northrop Grumman, 9326 Spectrum Center Blvd. and Ruffin Road, San Diego 92123
  • 4-6 PM – Women Occupy San Diego, Demonstration at SPAWAR, Pacific Highway (gather at 3:30 at parking lot of Old Town transit center, Pacific Hwy. just south of Rosecrans/Tayor St.)
  • 9:30 AM – 2 PM – Stop the Drones Convergence!   Registration 9:30 AM; 10 AM – 2 PM:  Issues panel, break-out groups to discuss and plan NEXT STEPS! First Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Place, SD 92105

Saturday May 17

  • 9:30 AM – 2 PM – Stop the Drones Convergence!   Registration 9:30 AM; 10 AM – 2 PM:  Issues panel, break-out groups to discuss and plan NEXT STEPS! First Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Place, SD 92105

2014 Anti-Drone Days of Action is a collaborative action of:

San Diego Coalition for Peace & Justice; Peace Resource Center of San Diego; Veterans for Peace San Diego Chapter; San Diego Overpass Light Brigade; Women Occupy San Diego (WOSD); Occupy San Diego; Artful Activist San Diego; Canvass for a Cause (CFAC); Back Country Voices; San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME); San Diego BDS; United Against Police Terror San Diego; Green Party of San Diego; Code Pink; San Diego International Socialist Organization  (Contact us if your group would like to be a sponsor).

For more info/action updates: www.sdcpj.org  info@sdcpj.org nodrones@prcsd.org  https://www.facebook.com/events/630247980379475/