DES MOINES DRONE PROTEST BLOCKS TRAFFIC

Anti-drone war organizers with a base in the Catholic Worker movement in Des Moines cranked up their protest on June 28, 2017, blocking a roadway near the local Air National Guard drone control base, with four of their number being arrested. 

On June 29, according to Catholic Worker organizer Frank Cordaro:

"Before a reluctant Polk Co Jail Judge,  Jesse Horne, Spencer Kaaz, Ruby Montoya and Jessica Reznicek all plead guilty to 2 misdemeanor charges, were give fines and let go! Don't see that very often....

.... this campaign has new life.... stay tuned."

Here are press reports, a remarkable array of photos and links providing background, including on recent previous protests. 

4 arrested protesting drones at Iowa Air National Guard" DM Reg, June 28, 2017

http://www.desmoinesregister.c om/story/news/2017/06/28/prote sters-block-air-guard-base- des-moines/435010001/

"Drone protesters chained to concrete slabs block National Guard base" KCCI 8 TV News, June28, 2017 http://www.kcci.com/article/dr one-protesters-chained-to-conc rete-slabs-block-national-guar d-base/10233665

38 Photo Slide Show, photos by Aaron Jorgenson https://www.flickr.com/photos/ frank_cordaro_and_the_dm_catho lic_worker/sets/72157683527207 840

Four peace activists were arrested this morning after they set up 3 concrete blocks and chained themselves to them in a desperate attempt to get local attention to what they believe is happening at the 132rd Wing, Iowa Air National Guard, Drone Command Center at3100 McKinley Ave, Des Moines, IA.

The protest is part of a six week campaign started by the DM Catholic Worker and the DM Vets for Peace to bring attention to the terrible truth that the DM Drone Command Center is part of a mission we know are killing women and children in Middle East. (See below for sources.)

The four protesters:

Jesse Horne - 20 DM IA http://apps2.polkcountyiowa.go v/inmatesontheweb/Details.aspx ?bi=254114

Spencer Kaaz - 21 Menphis TN http://apps2.polkcountyiowa.go v/inmatesontheweb/Details.aspx ?bi=254113

Jessica Reznicek - 35 DM IA http://apps2.polkcountyiowa.go v/inmatesontheweb/Details.aspx ?bi=254112

Ruby Montoya- 27 DM IA http://apps2.polkcountyiowa.go v/inmatesontheweb/Details.aspx ?bi=254111

All four are charged with INTERFERENCE W/OFFICIAL ACTS & OBSTRUCT PUBLIC WAY, two misdemeanor charges with maximum jail time of one month plus fines. All four plan to remain in jail tonight and they see a 'Jail' Judge tomorrow ......

     Stay tuned . .

For more info contact:
Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker
frank.cordaro@gmail.com
515.490.2490
Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs, Des Moines Catholic Worker
flotson@gmail.com
347 204 3411
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*Links to OBAMA & TRUMP on drone war fare:

The U.S. Dropped More Than 26,000 Bombs in 2016
http://reason.com/blog/2017/01 /05/the-us-dropped-more-than-2 6000-bombs-las

Obama’s Bombing Legacy
https://consortiumnews.com/201 7/01/18/obamas-bombing-legacy/

Pres Trump on the war with Isis . . . "You got to kill their families!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=qXJ4vutME50
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=WWiaYQUV2oM
https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=m_qEBwwET0s

It's not just Syria. Trump is ratcheting up wars across the world
https://www.theguardian.com/co mmentisfree/2017/apr/10/not-ju st-syria-trump-ratcheting-up-w ars-world

"Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy" AFSC
http://www.afsa.org/killer-dro nes-and-militarization-us-fore ign-policy

Previous postings:

June 25 - FOR THE RECORD: The Mission of the IA National Guard Drone Command Center in DM is to "find, kill & assess killings" of targeted people, anywhere on the globe .
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/9Q-Rem9FEqE

June 24 - 6th Sat. DM Drone Command Center Witness report, plus this weeks Vigil-Picket line times ...FLASH ! Jess & Ruby are back!!!!!! ....
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/JxYY159ahAo

June 23 - (72 hrs latter) Cordaro out of jail, 3rd time, DMCW & VFP vigil, 'picket line', Saturday Witness & Direct Action & Go To Jail Campaign at the IA National Guard Drone Command Center continues ...
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/n8tnG69g5yw

June 21 - DM Catholic Worker / Veterans for Peace drone protesters sentenced on June 20
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/-2WhYM0HPeg

June 18 - (72 hrs latter...) Cordaro out of jail ... returns to Polk Co Court with Al Burney and Mark Kenney Tues. June 20 @ 9 a.m. for trespass at the IA National Guard Drone Center
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!searchin/national-cw-e-mai l-list/$20(72$20hrs$20latter.. .)$20Cordaro$20out$20of$20jail $20...$20%7Csort:relevance/ national-cw-e-mail-list/-2WhYM 0HPeg/zXRcu71KAQAJ

June 16 - NEWS RELEASE: DMCW Frank Cordaro in Court, Thurs. June 15 @ 1:30 p.m. ... arrested 3 times at IA Drone Command Center .
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/hD4lvdGJ4Bw

June 13 - NEWS RELEASE: DMCW Frank Cordaro in Court, Thurs. June 15 @ 1:30 p.m. ... arrested 3 times at IA Drone Command Center ..
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!searchin/national-cw-e-mai l-list/$20$20$20Long$20time$ 20peace$20activist$2C$20Cathol ic$20Worker$20and$20former$20p riest$20Frank$20Cordaro$20retu rns$20to$20Polk$20County$ 20Court$20%7Csort:relevance/ national-cw-e-mail-list/ hD4lvdGJ4Bw/Eyubyx3TAgAJ

June 11 - Sat, June 10 - Report & Photos: Burney, Kenney and Cordaro arrested, cited and released at IA Guard Drone Command Center i- court date set June 20th
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/kuyHTLrR1_M

June 9 - Al Burney, DMCW & VFP plead guilty to trespass at DM Drone Command ... sentenced to $.0 fine, plus court cost (see attached)... promises to return Sat. June 10 @ 4 p.m. and risk arrest again ...
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/hCguo6ykLU8

June 7 - News Release: Al Burney, Des Moines CW and Vet for Peace member in Polk Co Court, Thurs. June 8th for his Sat. May 27th trespass at IA Air Guard Drone Command Center
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/Nb3XSyIRlzc

June 3 - DMCW Frank Cordaro arrested 2nd time, cited and released at IA Guard Drone Command Center in DM / June 15 Court
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/uDaP0czZxMQ
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ frank_cordaro_and_the_dm_catho lic_worker/albums/721576816229 16984

June 1 - "To jail and back again" Cordaro, does 48 hrs for DM Drone protest, promise to return Sat June 3 @ 4 p.m.
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/epczL3dXBu8

May 29 - News Release: DMCW Frank Cordaro to plead guilty in Polk Co Court, Tues, May 30th for drone protest at IA Guard Drone Command
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/P4A3RG7QTsw

May 28 - Al Burney -DMCW & VFP arrested at "Say NO to IA Reaper Drones", Sat May 27 Drone Command Center, weekly demo, lead by IA City and DM Vets for Peace
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/CbTZAx_MXPg

May 25 - "Say NO to Iowa Reaper Drones"/ Sat May 27 - 4 p.m. Drone Command Cen. DM, lead by IA City and DM Vets for Peace
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/pocLySvcEpw

May 22 - (18 min) Video of May 20th Witness, FC's speech and arrest at DM Drone Command. NEXT WITNESS - Sat, May 27, 4 p.m. IA VFP lead
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/UxbdUnhrVlI

May 21 - DMCW Frank Cordaro arrested, cited and released at IA Guard Drone Command Center in DM at Arms Forces Day Witness
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/V3G9SiUlQhg

May 19 - News Release: "Stop the Killing" Arms Forces Day Witness at DM Drone Command Center Sat. May 20, 4 pm ....
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/gkIrZv0l9vI

May18 - Day 7 - DM Drone Command picket line visited by "Babe Ruth and Shoe-less Joe" with "Field of Drones does not equal Field of Dreams" message ... Sat witness still on
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/OL4i1yhAUgc

May 17 - Day 6 - Drone Vigil in DM 'rained out' back at it tomorrow / Sat May 20 'line crossing' still on...
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/odgG-QHcQs0

May 16 - Day 5 'A call to do weekly Sat 'line crossings' at IA Air Guard Drone Command Cen ..... join us this Sat. 4 p.m. ... vigil continues..
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/KaF82VXy3y4

May 14 - Day 4 - Stop the Killing 24/7 picket line still going ... CALL for direct action Sat May 20 Arm Forces Day 'Stop the Killing" Witness, DM Drone Command
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/dmcw-community-list/ cywcrJqX3yQ

May 12 - Day 2 - DMCWers and VFP in 2nd day of 24/7 'Stop the Killing'/ picket line ... establishing a 24 hr site .... our Ezekiel 33” alarm! has just begun ... come join us
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/_FJc6Nv-ZDQ

May10 - Call-out to CW and friends: Join our 24/7 “War Zone Picket Line,” risk arrest, & “stay in jail” campaign at the IA Guard Drone Command in DM starting May 11.
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/AmJfptZCYvU

May 1 - News Release: 24hr/7day "Stop the Killing" picket line DM base Drone Center starting May 11 .... message from DMCW & DM VFP
https://groups.google.com/foru m/#!topic/national-cw-e-mail-l ist/O25iFb-TtBY