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:
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

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


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

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

With all good wishes,

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