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Anti-War Activists to March 160 Miles to Protest Drone Proliferation

CHICAGO (CBS) – Anti-drone activists planned a 160-mile peace march on Tuesday, from Boeing headquarters to a National Guard base in Battle Creek, Michigan.

WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports protesters planned to begin their march at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Boeing headquarters, at Randolph Street and the Chicago River, as Boeing manufactures some of the combat drones used by the U.S. military.

Marchan 160 Millas Contra los Drones

por Jaime Reyes

CHICAGO – Kathy Kelly, una activista contra la guerra, dijo que técnicamente las áreas donde operan los aviones no tripulados (drones) pueden ser entendidos como “zonas de guerra” porque los operan gente uniformada.

Drones Draw Protest to Battle Creek

Andy Robins of WMUK reports on a protest against drones at Battle Creek’s Air National Guard base

Anti-drone marchers walking in southwest Michigan: photo by Maya EvansAnti-drone marchers walking in southwest Michigan: photo by Maya Evans

Since the terror attacks in September 2001, the U.S. has increasingly used un-piloted aircraft to watch, and often attack, those considered to be enemies. But the use of what some call “drones” has been controversial. That controversy is headed to the Air National Guard base in Battle Creek this weekend as anti-drone activists end a march that began in Chicago.

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

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