ACTION ALERT: STOP the Use of Killer Drones

April 3rd, 2016 - by admin

The World Can’t Wait – 2016-04-03 00:55:18

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Crimes of Your Government
STOP the Use of Killer Drones

The World Can’t Wait

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (March 30, 2016) — “Reform” is in the air. What we need is visible opposition to US war for empire from people living in this country.

Millions of Americans reproach their government for failure to secure access to basic necessities — housing, education and healthcare — for a purposeful life. Fundamental dynamics of the capitalist economic system have created a desperate situation for growing numbers of the dispossessed, across the globe.

Presidential candidates from all parties promise a bigger piece of the proverbial American pie. But redistribution of imperial spoils, to whatever extent that would even be possible in the United States, would placate privileged recipients at unconscionable cost to humanity.

The search for a “kinder” capitalism is fraught with contradiction: a system of privation is inequitable by definition. It requires deliberate obfuscation of the terms of engagement — socialized production vs private appropriation — and a presumption of innocence to the forces employed to secure US hegemony.

Take President Obama’s weapon of choice. It’s hard to imagine a more brutal vehicle for extrajudiciary executions than unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).

“Targeted killings through drones are war crimes,” writes Daniele Archibugi, a director at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), and professor of innovation, governance and public policy at Birkbeck College.

“The first thing to do is a direct appeal to the individuals that are using drones. These individuals should be clearly informed that they are committing war crimes for which they may be individually responsible.”

Assembling a predator drone out of the box in about two hours, 2012. Wikicommons/ Sgt.Ken Scar. Public domain.

CODEPINK, Veterans For Peace, Nevada Desert Experience, Voices for Creative Nonviolence and World Can’t Wait are doing just that this week, with a CONVERGENCE FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE:

Peaceful VIGILS March 28 – April 1

INDIAN SPRINGS, Nevada (March 28-April 1) — This is the Second National Mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down Killer Drone operations in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and EVERYWHERE.

Last year about 150 civilians came to Shut Down Creech from 20 different states across the country, including over 50 US military veterans. Last year our nonviolent, peaceful blockade of Creech led to conversations with soldiers and the arrests of 34 civilians. Please join us, and spread the word. Together we are PEACE!

We also look forward to reports from a panel discussion sponsored by Veterans for Peace and today, Wednesday March 30, and will post video of the event when it becomes available:

Perspectives of Whistleblowers, Families of Drone Victims and Their Lawyers

University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law
4505 S. Maryland Parkway

According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, CIA drone strikes in Afghanistan have killed between 1,300 and 1,800 people, at least 61 of them civilians. In Pakistan, as many as 4,000 people have been killed in drone strikes, between 420 and 965 of them civilians. And in Yemen, more than 500 people have been killed by US drones, with 65 to 101 of them civilians.

Presidential candidates promise more of the same. World Can’t Wait continues the struggle to STOP THE CRIMES OF YOUR GOVERNMENT, undeterred by electoral politics, with mass education and resistance in the streets. Your support is essential to guarantee a visible challenge to business-as-usual… click on the sidebar header at right to make this work possible.

CIA Protest
Thursday March 31, 5pm – 8pm
Tresidder Memorial Union, Stanford University

The CIA is recruiting on campus. Come demonstrate to raise awareness of its history of human rights abuses. Organized by Students for Alternatives to Militarism.

World Can’t Wait – National: 866.973.4463
SF Bay Area Chapter: 415.864.5153