ACTION ALERT: April 2 -- Spring Days of Action to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance, Global Militarization
April 1, 2014
Know Drones & The World Can't Wait
Today we issue an international call for Spring Days of Action -- 2014, a coordinated campaign in April and May to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization. The campaign will focus on drone bases, drone research facilities and test sites and drone manufacturers.
Spring Days of Action to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance, Global Militarization
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Today we issue an international call for Spring Days of Action -- 2014, a coordinated campaign in April and May to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization
The campaign will focus on drone bases, drone research facilities and test sites and drone manufacturers.
The campaign will provide information on:
1. The suffering of tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Gaza who are under drone attack, documenting the killing, the wounding and the devastating impact of constant drone surveillance on community life.
2. How attack and surveillance drones have become a key element in a massive wave of surveillance, clandestine military attacks and militarization generated by the United States to protect a global system of manufacture and oil and mineral exploitation that is creating unemployment and poverty, accelerating the waste of nonrenewable resources and contributing to environmental destruction and global warming.
In addition to cases in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, we will examine President Obama's "pivot" into the Asia-Pacific, where the United States has already sold and deployed drones in the vanguard of a shift of 60% of its military forces to try to control China and to enforce the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership.
We will show, among other things, how this surge of "pivot" forces, greatly enabled by drones, and supported by the US military-industrial complex, will hit every American community with even deeper cuts in the already fragile social programs on which people rely for survival. In short, we will connect drones and militarization with "austerity" in America.
3. How drone attacks have effectively destroyed international and domestic legal protection of the rights to life, privacy, freedom of assembly and free speech and have opened the way for new levels of surveillance and repression around the world, and how, in the United States, increasing drone surveillance, added to surveillance by the National Security Agency and police, provides a new weapon to repress black, Hispanic, immigrant and low-income communities and to intimidate Americans who are increasingly unsettled by lack of jobs, economic inequality, corporate control of politics and the prospect of endless war.
We will discuss how the United States government and corporations conspire secretly to monitor US citizens and particularly how the Administration is accelerating drone surveillance operations and surveillance inside the United States with the same disregard for transparency and law that it applies to other countries, all with the cooperation of the Congress.
The campaign will encourage activists around the world to win passage of local laws that prohibit weaponized drones and drone surveillance from being used in their communities as well as seeking national laws to bar the use of weaponized drones and drone surveillance.
The campaign will draw attention to the call for a ban on weaponized drones by RootsAction.org that has generated a petition with over 80,000 signers and to efforts by the Granny Peace Brigade (New York City), KnowDrones.org and others to achieve an international ban on both weaponized drones and drone surveillance.
Drones Forced from the Skies by Attack of Angry Birds
The resistance to U.S. drone warfare and global militarization is growing across the country, with repeated direct actions, numerous trials for resisters and ongoing protests at drone bases nationwide. After 3 1/2 years of Occupy Beale AFB, local efforts by CodePink, Veterans for Peace and others are really blossoming. The month of April has bloomed into THREE actions,
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE ACTIONS
Tuesday, April 1: "Nonviolent Warrior" Elliot Adams
Wheatland Gate, South Beale Road
Friday, April 18: Good Friday with Kathy Kelly
Main (Schneider) Gate, North Beale Road
Monday & Tuesday, April 28-29: Veterans Unite Against Drones
sponsored by Sacramento Veterans for Peace
contact Barry Binks, firstname.lastname@example.org
World Can't Wait repudiates President Obama's assassination program . We urge you to
Endorse the KNOW DRONES CALL ,
Join with Beale Air Force Base protests, and
Tune in to a special webcast, Wednesday April 2, 4 PM Pacific Time.
The campaign will also urge participation in the World Beyond War movement.