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Anti-Drone Warriors Have Their Say in BH

From the Herald-Palladium of Benton Harbor
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:00 am
By RALPH HEIBUTZKI - HP Correspondent

BENTON HARBOR - For Grand Island, N.Y. resident Alice Gerard, there are many compelling reasons to oppose America’s use of drone aircraft - starting with the personal side.

“In my opinion, there are two kinds of people in this world - there are my friends, and friends that I haven’t met yet. I can’t see killing my friends, especially the ones that I haven’t met yet,” Gerard said.

Phil Runkel, left, of Waukesha, Wis., is part of a group walking to protest the use of drones in warfare.: photo by Kristy NoackPhil Runkel, left, of Waukesha, Wis., is part of a group walking to protest the use of drones in warfare.: photo by Kristy Noack

Keep Drones Out of Our Town

By Joanna Learner
Published in the Battle Creek Enquirer


Sen. Levin,

It is with great concern that I write to you after learning more about the proposed national headquarters for drone piloting to locate here in Battle Creek.

I have read many articles on the use of drones for modern warfare and understand from all reports that well over 4,700 hundred people have been killed by these weapons and that only 2 percent of the total casualties are high level targets.

Drone Warfare Protested by Group Walking from Chicago to Battle Creek

From the Kalamazoo Gazette
By Steven Brooks
June 4, 2014

KALAMAZOO, MI – A group of activists will be stopping in Kalamazoo on June 12 during their 12-day walk from Chicago to Battle Creek in protest of drone warfare in the U.S. military.

The walk, called “On the Road to Ground the Drones,” began on Tuesday at the international headquarters of aircraft company Boeing in Chicago and will cover 160-plus miles during the trek to the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base on June 14.

Walk to Bring Attention to Drone Use to Go from Chicago to Battle Creek

by Andrew Green

CHICAGO (WKZO) — A group of marchers left Chicago on Tuesday to talk 160 miles to Battle Creek as part of a protest against the use of drones by the military. Along for the walk is Jerry Berrigan, with Peace House of Kalamazoo. He says that there’s a reason why the walk will end in Battle Creek at the Michigan Air National Guard Base there. It’s because it’s going to be used to control drones.

Anti-Drone Walk Slated to Pass through Berrien County

By John Matuszak
For the Harbor Country News

A group of people, including religious leaders in Berrien County, are taking to the road from Chicago to Battle Creek to protest what they see as a menace from the sky.

The participants will walk from Chicago to Battle Creek on June 3-14 to protest the use of armed drones in the “War on Terror,” that they say kill innocent civilians, create more enemies and undermine America’s standing in the world.

Activists March Against Drones

HAMMOND | More than 20 activists marching from Chicago to Michigan in protest of the U.S. drone program stopped at Calumet College of St. Joseph to talk about what they call an “immoral and illegal assassination program.”

Voices for Creative Nonviolence activists began their walk in downtown Chicago and plan to reach the Kellogg Air National Guard base in Battle Creek, Mich. by June 13.

Force Protection Alpha in Effect

Our purposes were disjointed…in that we were at Creech in response to a clear and present danger presented by the murderous crimes of Squadron 17 somewhere in the depth of this desert outpost. The official and ostensible law enforcement squad, on the other hand, was there in response to the threat that a few unarmed citizens might step across an arbitrary and ever shifting line on the pavement.

Brian at Creech AFB: Photo credit:  John AmidonBrian at Creech AFB: Photo credit: John Amidon

Activists Protesting Armed Drones Arrested at Creech AFB

By KEITH ROGERS
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Nine anti-war activists protesting remotely-piloted aircraft operations were arrested Wednesday at Creech Air Force Base, 45 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

The protesters were attempting to deliver a war crimes indictment about the base’s armed Predator and Reaper drone operations to Creech commander Col. Jim Cluff.

NDE to Serve Creech AFB with War Crimes Indictment

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, between 6:30 and 8:00 AM, the Nevada Desert Experience (NDE) Sacred Peace Walk will serve Creech AFB Commander Col. Jim Cluff with a War Crimes Indictment (see below). Arrests seem likely when Sacred Peace Walk representatives attempt to deliver this indictment in person. There will also be a vigil in front of the base.

#NotABugSplat: Art Installation in Pakistan Puts a Face on Drone Victims

By Elizabeth Nolan Brown of Reason Magazine
Published : April 7

A sobering and commendable art installation in Pakistan puts a face on the victims of U.S. drone attacks. The giant portrait, installed in Pakistan’s heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region, features a child who lost both her parents and two siblings in a Predator drone attack.

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