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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

BUSY DRONE ACTION SPRING COMING


CALL FOR SPRING DAYS OF ACTION – 2014


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.

The campaign will also urge participation in the World Beyond War movement.

The following individuals and organizations endorse this Call:

  • Lyn Adamson – Co-chair, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
  • Dennis Apel – Guadalupe Catholic Worker, California
  • Judy Bello – Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars
  • Medea Benjamin – Code Pink
  • Leah Bolger – Former National President, Veterans for Peace
  • Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
  • Sung-Hee Choi – Gangjeong Village International Team, Jeju, Korea
  • Chelsea C. Faria – Graduate student, Yale  Divinity School; Promoting Enduring Peace
  • Sandy Fessler – Rochester (NY) Against War
  • Joy First
  • Bruce K. Gagnon - Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
  • Holly Gwinn Graham – Singer/songwriter, Olympia, WA.
  • Regina Hagen - Darmstaedter Friedensforum, Germany
  • Kathy Kelly – Voices for Creative Nonviolence
  • Malachy Kilbride
  • Marilyn Levin and Joe Lombardo – Co-Coordinators, United National Antiwar Coalition
  • Tamara Lorincz – Halifax Peace Coalition, Canada
  • Nick Mottern – KnowDrones.org
  • Agneta Norberg – Swedish Peace Council
  • Pepperwolf – Director, Women Against Military Madness
  • Lindis Percy, Coordinator, Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases (CAAB) UK
  • Mathias Quackenbush – San Francisco, CA
  • Lisa Savage – Code Pink, State of Maine
  • Janice Sevre-Duszynska
  • Wolfgang Schlupp-Hauck- Friedenswerkstatt Mutlangen, Germany
  • Cindy Sheehan
  • Lucia Wilkes Smith – Convener, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) – Ground
  • Military Drones Committee
  • David Soumis – Veterans for Peace; No Drones Wisconsin
  • Debra Sweet – World Can’t Wait
  • David Swanson - WarisACrime.org
  • Brian Terrell – Voices for Creative Nonviolence
  • United National Antiwar Coalition
  • Veterans for Peace 
  • Dave Webb – Chair, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (UK)
  • Curt Wechsler – Fire John Yoo! (a project of World Can’t Wait) – San Francisco, CA
  • Paki Wieland, Northampton (MA) Committee to Stop War(s)
  • Loring Wirbel – Citizens for Peace in Space (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Women Against Military Madness
  • Ann Wright – Retired US Army colonel and former diplomat
  • Leila Zand - Fellowship of Reconciliation
  

Sign-On Info: Until we have installed a program that will enable people to post their endorsements, please ask people to send them to me at my email: nickmottern@earthlink.net    I will update the list daily; it should be only a few days until the endorsement link is installed, and I will send full details.

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