For Immediate Release
October 26, 2015
Contact: Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-founder, Medea@codepink.org, 415 235 6517
Alli McCracken, CODEPINK National Coordinator, Alli@codepink.org, 860 575 5692
CODEPINK to Protest Killer Drone Speaking Event at Air & Space Museum
When: October 27, 7 PM -8:30 PM
Where: National Mall side of the Air and Space Museum, (600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560)
Visuals: 8 foot killer drone model, die-in with bloody sheets
Washington, DC–– On October 27, CODEPINK will stage a protest outside of the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC while the museum hosts an evening event called “Predator: Transforming Modern Warfare with Drones” with speaker James G. “Snake” Clark, who personally oversaw killer drone operations.
Activists believe that drones and weapons should not be glorified in museum exhibits. CODEPINK calls for the Air and Space Museum to provide accurate information to the public about the civilians killed and the repercussions of drone use on our reputation worldwide.
CODEPINK is staging this protest because killer drones have killed thousands of innocent people in Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Recently, the Drone Papers revealed by The Intercept showed that the terror (and inaccuracy) of drone strikes spreads anti-American sentiment throughout the world, and their use has created a state of perpetual war with minimal transparency and accountability. TheDrone Papers reveal the shocking inaccuracy of the killer drones, which the US government has been touting as “surgically precise” for years. CODEPINK denounces the Obama administration for its use of killer drones and supports the whistleblower who revealed this information.
“It’s terrible that the Air and Space Museum glorifies this technology without informing the public about their ‘downside’: that assassinating people with drones is illegal, immoral and ineffective in combating terrorism,” said CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin.
Protest co-sponsors include World Can't Wait, KnowDrones.com, and the ANSWER Coalition.