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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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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Drone Base Blocked by Books!

Peace activists block the front gates of Hancock Field Air Force Base outside of Syracuse, New York in a most creative way.  An absolutely brilliant protest.

Hancock hosts the 174th Attack Wing of the NY Air National Guard – the MQ9 Reaper drone hub. Drones flying over Afghanistan are piloted from the base since 2009. It is also a training center for drone pilots, sensor operators and maintenance technicians

Today’s action at Hancock’s main gate is one chapter in the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars’ five-year scrupulously nonviolent campaign to expose the Hancock war crimes. Since 2010 there have been over 160 anti-Reaper arrests at Hancock, resulting in extreme bails, maximum fines, incarcerations, and Orders of Protection…as well as some acquittals. See

Those arrested for closing the gate with giant books were: Danny Burns, Ithaca, Brian Hynes, Bronx, Ed Kinane, Syracuse, Julienne Oldfield, Syracuse, Fr. Bill Pickard, Scranton, Bev Rice, NYC, and James Ricks, Ithaca.  


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