Last night I had over for dinner a woman who came to this country from Africa some 20 years ago to escape a very brutal and bloody civil war. She had called me last Monday, April 15th, as I was watching the Boston Marathon, greatly excited that a woman from Marblehead, Massachusetts had placed fourth in the Women’s Division.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, will hold the first-ever Senate hearing on the use of drones in targeted killings.
Now what? From Newtown to Boston what do we know? What do we do now? We know that violence will break out with vicious and unpredictable reality many places in the world every day. We know we can tell stories that place this violence in many different narratives of justice and injustice.
Since the beginning of April, protests of war and surveillance drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) have been rolling across major cities and military bases nationwide. The momentum will escalate in dozens of actions in the following weeks. This month of anti-drone action is the fruit of organizing efforts by a coalition of peace organizations that includes FOR.
April 16, 2013
President Barack Obama
The Office of the President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama:
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Each week, FOR Executive Director Mark Johnson writes a poetic reflection on the news headlines. These are published exclusively on FOR’s Facebook page.