Monday, August 26, 2013

CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin in NC in August -

The updated edition of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control by Medea Benjamin has been published! Medea will be holding numerous book events with no drones activists in North Carolina during the last week in August, 2013:

August 26, 7pm, Carol Woods Auditorium, 50 Dairy Weaver Road, Chapel Hill, NC

August 27, 7pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC

August 28, 7:30pm, Quaker House of Fayetteville, 223 Hillsdale Ave., Fayetteville, NC 28301

August 29, 12:00pm, Unity Church of Charlotte, 401 E Arrowood, Charlotte NC

7pm, Malaprops Bookstore, 55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC

August 30, 1-3pm, Firestorm Cafe & Books, Asheville, NC
7:30-9pm, Common Light Meeting House, 137 Center Avenue, Black Mountain, NC

Please share these events widely!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones in Fort Bragg

A demonstration Saturday at Fort Bragg drew extensive media attention to the increasingly widespread use of domestic military site as bases in the international Drone War.
Sophisticated drone model suspended in midair at the entrance to the
 base makes explicit the increasing dedication of American military
 infrastructure to drone warfare.
Signs broadcast stark messages to passersby:
"DRONES=DEATH WITHOUT TRIAL"
The protest, which was organized by the Quaker House of Fayetteville, was covered in the fayobserver. It was one of many demonstrations across the country last weekend to kick off the April Days of Action Against Drones.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April Days Drones Protest at Ft. Bragg North Carolina

The Quaker House of Fayetteville is protesting outside Ft. Bragg this Saturday, 4/6 at 11 AM. This protest highlights the fact that over 100 sites across the continental U.S. have been proposed by the Department of Defense as future drone staging areas.

Line Up Against Drones
A PEACEFUL VIGIL TO CALL FOR A BAN ON MILITARIZED DRONES

Drone attacks are illegal, immoral, breed hostility and acts of revenge

Where: Line up on the sidewalk at the entrance to Fort Bragg on Yadkin Rd.
When: 11:00 AM-Noon on Saturday April 6
Sponsored by Quaker house
Information: 910-323-3912

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Call for "No Drones" in North Carolina Colleges, Universities, and Research Institutions

Friends,

A national call has been made for “April Days of Action” to focus on three key components of U.S. drone work: Drone Manufacturers, Drone Bases in the U.S., and Drone Research. (See the list about nationwide actions and post your own planned actions for April.)

Given the fact that drones are now the primary weapons of warfare used by the US, and for surveillance both domestic and abroad, the research and development of this warfare is growing rapidly at academic institutions, in our towns and neighborhoods. Drones are the perfect instrument for endless war that kills civilians, even as they target “militants” in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan.

Academic institutions often receive large grants from the U.S. Department of Defense, enabling them to build labs within schools of engineering, for instance. We are well aware that without this research in robotics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and the accompanying accessories, these drone warfare projects would probably not take place. So there is an interdependent relationship between the universities and the U.S. government and or its Department of Defense and CIA. (CIA drones are used in countries with which the U.S. is not “at war”, ie Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Mali, and others.)

While universities tend to publicize some information on their respective websites regarding the drone work, it is most often said to be for non-military purposes. And there are students working in the labs who are convinced that all the research is for humanitarian purposes. However, history has told us that non-military can quickly and easily become military. Moreover research has shown drones make mistakes on recognizing their targets.

We are therefore asking organizations and individuals, nationwide, to explore any drone research that might be going on at their local university. We are calling for local actions between April 16 and 18, 2013 (Suggested actions are listed below) Our limited research into University and Academic UAV programs indicates that at least one research center is operating in North Carolina:
North Carolina State University - Raleigh
Before those dates in April we will need to know what information you have acquired about the research and what actions and events your group is planning.This will be shared among groups in the Network. You can send this information to us at notodrone@gmail.com.

We will have a press committee that will receive your press release and any articles you are able to publish before or after the event.

This project will complement other outreach, education and action projects that will be launched in April, focusing on drone bases, April 27-28 and drone manufacturers , April 4-6.

Suggested actions:
  1. Learn what research is being done by searching on a university website. Look especially at the Engineering Dept. 
  2. Organize a forum, preferably on campus, with speakers and discussion. Be sure to publicize in campus newspapers, and possibly include a professor as one of the speakers. Also include local activists.
  3. Plan a small meeting with the appropriate persons in the department working on drone research, both professors and students.
  4. Hold vigils and leaflet on or close to the campus, as well as in town.
  5. Let us know if you need further tools for your research.
Thanks in advance for your reply to notodrone@gmail.com.

With all good wishes,

Marge Van Cleef, WILPF, Philadelphia
Leila Zand, For USA
Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Elders for Peace Stage "The Predator"

Members of Chapel Hill’s Elders for Peace staged a reading of Jack Gilroy’s new play “The Predator” during their weekly meeting at Carol Woods Retirement Center on Dec 10. Following the reading, audience members asked questions of the performers, who remained in character for a spirited discussion of the play’s content. Author Gilroy is making the script available to groups interested in reading and/or performing the two act play, which features an Air Force officer (and drone operator) who is a widow of a Marine officer killed in Iraq, her daughter, who is beginning to question the new age of drone warfare, a pro-drone US senator and a peace activist who has witnessed the devastation of drone attacks first hand.

For information, contact John Heuer at heu93@aol.com, or call 919-444-3823.

Read more about Jack Gilroy's play, The Predator.
Read more about playwright Jack Gilroy's anti-drone activism.

Friday, September 7, 2012

DNC Ends, NC Drone Protests Accelerate: Chapel Hill, Durham and Beyond

The week of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte was marked by protests against drones -- both in Charlotte itself, in Chicago (the site of Obama 2012 campaign headquarters), and in other locations.

The convention came to a climax last night with Barack Obama accepting the party's nomination for a second term, but not before a story began to spread about a reporter who was ejected from the convention hall for asking questions about drone killings in Pakistan.

Notably, the Charlotte protests against drones were heightened by the presence of a new drone replica (1/5 actual size MQ-5 Reaper from Know Drones in New York State). For more photos and video of the drones protests in Charlotte, see the World Can't Wait website.

Protests in North Carolina continue today and tomorrow in the Research Triangle area, and in the days and weeks ahead, and will continue on through the North Carolina Peace Action presence at the NC State Fair, where they will be collecting signatures on a petition to end the drone warfare.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

5:00 p.m. -- Protest drones in Chapel Hill at the weekly antiwar vigil at Franklin and Eliot.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

7:00 p.m. -- Protest drones at the Amy Goodman book appearance in Durham at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Art Exhibit in Charlotte During DNC to Highlight Drones Killing and Terror

Will delegates to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) take time from their upcoming event in Charlotte to open a window into the pain and injury that have been caused by their candidate's drone attacks in Afghanistan and other countries?

On September 1 through 8, they will be able to view the murals of Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, a project of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), at Wells Fargo Gallery in Spirit Square.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, September 1, from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

Muralists from around the world have contributed their work to create this memorial to the human cost of war in Afghanistan. This collection is a powerful testimony to the violence of war. It is also a story of resistance and the human spirit.

The exhibit has been part of the effort to educate the public about drones killing and terror, and other aspects of U.S. war-making, in Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, and many other states.

The mural above, "The 'Peace' Operations of the US. Airstrikes on Weddings," is by Art Hazelwood and Juan Fuentes of San Francisco, CA. According to the exhibit catalog, "This mural is based on a poster created during the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939) to protest the aerial bombardment by the Fascists of civilian populations. The original poster showed a dead child and said, “MADRID The ‘Military’ Practice of the Rebels.” The sky in the poster was similarly filled with a web of bombers. In our mural we contrasted the bombers (in this case drones) with a traditional Afghan wedding celebration. The text at the bottom details six documented airstrikes on wedding parties in the course of the war, total civilian deaths are at least 367 at wedding parties alone. It goes without saying that an aerial attack on wedding parties represents only a tiny fraction of all civilian deaths in Afghanistan."

All murals in the exhibition can be previewed online.

Wells Fargo Gallery
Spirit Square
345 North College St.
Charlotte, NC
Exhibit hours: Mon-Sat. 9am - 6pm; Sun. 1-5pm
Exhibit runs September 1-8, 2012.