Ground the Drones

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Everyone is invited to join CODEPINK in it's Campaign of Non-violent Actions to Ground Killer Drones, End US Militarism and Perpetual War. The drone era of perpetual war began in  2001 with the US invasion of Afghanistan.  In 2003 the US invaded Iraq for a second time causing millions of causalities, creating millions of refugees and civil war. These wars had a domino affect on five other countries spreading death and destruction on a continental scale. Since 2009 CodePink, along with dozens of protesters, have been arrested at drone bases worldwide: at Creech Air Force Base, because it is the brain of the US's worldwide killer drone network, at Germany Ramstein AFB, the relay station of the killer drone network and at Beale and many other drone bases that extend the killer drone network worldwide. We demand that the US  government stop the indiscriminate killing, injury, and trauma to civilians in Pakistan,  Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Libya caused by drones and endless wars.

Drone Map 

CodePink, drone whistle-blowers and independent researchers all dispute the government’s claim that the use of drones is a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the US safer by enabling “targeted killing” of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral damage. This argument is a cover up in the face of facts. There is huge collateral impact; thousands of non-combatants, even American citizens, have been killed in covert drone missions along with the destruction of hospitals, schools,  mosques infrastructure, towns and cities. The threat of terrorist attacks in the west are increasing as is the growing stream refugees around the world. Drone attacks, the face of US Militarism, are causing widespread civilian trauma not only in the Middle East, but in the US and Europe, as revenge attacks increase. No one feels safe or secure.  Peace is nowhere in site.
 
Many peace & justice groups, including Nevada Desert Experience, Veterans for Peace, Voices for Creative Non-Violence as co-sponsor Shut Down Creech,  with CodePink are calling for the US government to conduct a fundamental re-evaluation and halt of all targeted killing practices. They understand that the present strategy is losing the war and drone attacks cause suffering and that suffering is being turned into hatred and backlash against the U.S. and it’s western allies. In November 2015, four Air Force drone veterans who were based at Creech wrote to President Obama: “We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantanamo Bay. This administration and its predecessors have built a drone program that is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.” 
 
 CODEPINK'S  Campaign of Non-Violent Actions against the worldwide killer drone network and endless wars are trying to halt US Global Militarism and the remote killings that has destabilized the Middle East,  created millions of civilian causalities, refugees and heightened feeling of insecurity in the west. The world desperately needs U.S. foreign strategy to become one of restraint, cooperation, rebuilding and mutual security. Twice a year CODEPINK has a national gathering at Creech AFB in an effort to Shut Down Creech.  CODEPINK Bay Area also demonstrates monthly with Occupy Beale AFB in Northern California, in an effort to interrupt business as usual. Periodically CODEPINK Germany marches at Ramstein and CODEPINK Japan demonstrated against US Militarism at US bases in Japan.
 This year we hope to double the number of people attending anti-drone actions, to demand the US government to Ground Killer Drones and End Endless Wars! CODEPINK demonstrates because we want our government to stop the killing and start the rebuilding of hospitals. schools, towns and people’s lives. We hope you can join us and help spread the word that drone strikes perpetuate endless war. It does not make us safer nor will it bring peace! 
 
 
 Please join us to make 3rd Annual Shut Down Creech  International Mass Mobilization Against Drone Warfare an even more powerful stance against illegal drone killing and endless wars!
When: April 23-29, 2017
Where: Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada
For more information on housing, meals, transportation and more visit us at:  ShutDownCreech.blogspot and be sure to register using SDC2017 Registration Form. Join our Facebook page for updates and more info! And follow us on Twitter at @ShutDownCreech .

Contact: CODEPINKNevada Desert Experience, Voices For Creative Nonviolence, and Veterans for Peace,

Toby Blomé, CODEPINK ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net 510 215-5974

Brian Terrell of VCNV and NDE brian@vcnv.org  773-853-1886

Together we are PEACE! SHUT DOWN CREECH NOW!

Connecting With Our Peace Partners.
 CodePink joins Afghan Peace Volunteers on  Our Journey to Smile to say Enough! Abolish War for a Borderfree Green World!
 The Afghan Peace Volunteers came together in August, 2014 and launched The Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre in Afghanistan. "We work nonviolently with the human family across all borders to abolish the socioeconomic, environmental, educational and military wars that are being waged in Afghanistan and the world today. We reject hatred, revenge and killing because we believe that nonviolent friendships can change Afghanistan and the world. The Mission of the Afghan Peace Volunteers is the creation of a people's movement to build a critical mass of Borderfree nonviolent relationships and alternatives for a green, equal and nonviolent world without war, a key goal being the abolition of war. On the 21st of September 2015, the International Day of Peace, the Afghan Peace Volunteers launched a campaign to abolish war called  #Enough!
 

"Our hope is to encourage all members of the human family to sign an agreement never to wage war again. In ‘The People’s Agreement to Abolish War’, we’ll work to ban wars person by person. It’s not a petition, because we don’t need permission to live without war. And we won’t wait for the elite, as they’re the ones who keep waging wars. We’ll wear the Borderfree Blue Scarf to remind ourselves that ‘all human beings live under the same blue sky."

#Enough! We, the people of the human family, agree to abolish war. Please  Read and Sign the Enough!

On the 21st of September 2016, the International Day of Peace, the Afghan Peace Volunteers  grew their #Enough! movement with Earth GEN ( Green, Equal, Nonviolent )

  1. Green : Eliminate the human causes of global warming
  2. Equal : Build a nonviolent, cooperative economy where the basic needs of all are met ( especially of the most vulnerable people )
  3. Nonviolent world without war: Abolish war and weapons, nurturing a non-violent, critical pedagogy.

We believe that revolution for a better world is grounded in nonviolent relationships that nurture equal relationships with nature & all human beings through local communities that connect with the human family worldwide, working together as a strong 99% to build a green, equal and nonviolent world without war. A critical mass movement is needed to heal ourselves, the Earth and humanity. Love can open every border!” 

https://youtu.be/1xUOuY2b2kw 

CodePink also dreams of an open sky free of killer drones so we Dance, Resist, Love and work with our peace partners to build a critical mass movement to abolish war and create a green, equal, nonviolent world! Join US!

 

Other Resources

Below is a list of resources and actions you can use to educate your community about lethal and surveillance drones. 

Websites

  • The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has been investigating the US secret wars in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Find data and articles on their website.
  • Know Drones provides drone replicas and educational materials to support citizen action to achieve an international ban on weaponized drones and surveillance drones.
  • Voices for Creative Nonviolence offers a number of drone warfare awareness and resistance resources including pamphlets and a guide to organizing a mock drone attack action.
  • The Local Civil Rights Restoration (LCRR) campaign protects the fundamental rights and liberties of law-abiding Americans to be free of arbitrary monitoring and surveillance.

Social Media

Books, Films and Plays

  • Order your copy of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. Invite Medea Benjamin to your community for a book event by contacting Alli McCracken at alli@codepink.org. Request your library include the book in its catalog.

Reports

  • A Drone Field Guide
    Alexandra Gibb and Cameron Tulk (Canadian International Council) 5/31/12
    This report compiles information on the broad spectrum of current and future drone designs and capabilities.
  • Drone Wars Briefing: Examining the Threat of Unmanned Warfare
    Chris Cole (Drone Wars UK) 1/1/12
    This briefing explores some of the key issues arising from the growing use of armed unmanned drones. Examining current UK and US military drone operations, as well as looking at future developments and legal issues, the fully-referenced briefing will be of use to both those new to the issue as well as those with a long-term interest.
  • Protecting Privacy From Aerial Surveillance: Recommendations for Government Use of Drone Aircraft
    Jay Stanley and Catherine Crump (ACLU) 12/15/11
    This report outlines a set of protections that would help protect Americans’ privacy in the coming world of domestic drones. The report recommends that drones should not be deployed unless there are grounds to believe that they will collect evidence on a specific crime.

Presentations

“The Drone Papers”

Leaked military documents revealing the truth behind the covert U.S Drone Program, the “Kill Chain” of Command, and military data documenting the high civilian casualty rates that top government and Pentagon officials have been publicly denying.

Videos

Drone Summit 2013

In November of 2013 CODEPINK hosted an International Drone Summit in Washington DC, hosting delegates from Yemen, Afghanistan, England, Germany, and many more! 

Jeremy Scahill: Obama's Death Panels

More from the Drone Summit here!


Pakistan Delegation 2012 

CODEPINK anti drone rally in Tank, Pakistan from 23rd Studios on Vimeo.

CODEPINK activists travel to Tank, Pakistan, an area just outside the border to South Waziristan. Medea Benjamin addresses a crowd of people inside a tribal compound, demanding an end to US occupation of Afghanistan and the illegal US drone program. The rally, organized by CODEPINK, The Foundation for Fundamental Rights, Reprieve, and PTI, marked the end point of a two day, 10,000 person convoy of protesters starting in Islamabad, Pakistan.

8 October 2012 | Anti Drone Rally in Tribal Area of Pakistan

8 October 2012 | Medea Benjamin interviewed on Al Jazeera about CODEPINK Stop Drones Delegation in Pakistan

8 October 2012 | CNN coverage of CODEPINK delegation to Pakistan</>

6 October 2012 | ‘Code Pink’ Protests Drone Strikes in Pakistan

5 October 2012 | US Peace Activists Challenge Ambassador in Pakistan About Drones

4 October 2012 | CODEPINK activists message on PTI Peace March to Waziristan

3 October 2012 | We Will Not Raise Our Children To Kill Other Mothers’ Children

CNN Coverage of CODEPINK Stop Drones Delegation to Pakistan

Medea Benjamin interview on Al Jazeera


Other CODEPINK Actions

US Peace Activists Challenge Ambassador in Pakistan About Drones from CODEPINK on Vimeo.

Anti-drone protesters from across Pakistan and around the world are gathering in Islamabad this week in preparation for a weekend march into the tribal areas of South Waziristan.

A delegation of 30 US activists and parents of U.S. Army soldiers has arrived in Islamabad, where they plan to join the October 6 and 7th anti-drone march and rally.

During a meeting with Acting US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Hoagland, Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy and members of CODEPINK challenged Hoagland to respond to reports that CIA drone strikes in Pakistan have targeted civilian rescuers, and assertions by international law experts that such targeting is clearly a war crime under international humanitarian law, regardless of whether US drone strikes in Pakistan are otherwise legal.

Medea Benjamin disrupted a talk by Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan spoke at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington DC on April 30, 2012 on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. It was the first time a high level member of the Obama Administration spoke at length about the U.S. drone strikes that the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command have been carrying out in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.


More information

Pakistani Government Sued by Drone Victims for Complicity in CIA Attacks

Jeremy Scahill: Who approves the Drones?

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