A no-fly zone for military & spy drones
Assassination by remote control — and with civilian casualties. It’s time for a no-fly zone for military and spy drones, and we need your help!
Members of FOR, with CODEPINK and other allies, are working to end the use of armed, unmanned aerial vehicles, and we need your help.
Last month, FOR member Judy Bello participated in CODEPINK’s peace delegation to Pakistan. Judy writes of her trip:
“Drones are particularly convenient vehicles for what are called targeted assassinations, that occur all too often in civilian areas in countries we are not at war with. It is bad enough that our country is involved in wars of choice, choosing war as a method of solving problems rather than diplomacy and discussion of differences. But today we are targeting and killing people and not even bothering to call this action ‘war.’”
According to the Foundation for Fundamental Rights, the delegation’s host in Pakistan, more than 3,000 people have been killed by drone strikes — of whom at least 1,000 were civilians, including 200 children.
Tens of thousands of civilians in Pakistan, Yemen, Iran, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq are dealing with the trauma of daily U.S. military drone bombings in their communities — unmanned, and unaccountable.
Help us build the movement against drones: free webinar
Regrettably, few leaders in the U.S. are calling for a halt to military drones — if anything, leaders in both parties have called for an increase in these “safe” bombing runs — and police agencies are expanding the use of spy drones within the United States.
Join CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin and public records activist Tom Nash for a free webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 2:00 PM Eastern (11:00 AM Pacific): “Researching Drones for Action.” Medea, who also authored the book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, and Tom, who works with MuckRock on Freedom of Information Act requests, will present strategies for confronting military and spy drone projects in your state and community. Register for the webinar now.
With your help, we can make a difference. What do you know about drones in your community? Are there military drone bases nearby? Does your local police department plan to use drones? Are you active in anti-drone actions? Would you like to get actively involved in the national campaign against drones? Reply to this email and let us know!
Mark C. Johnson, Ph.D.
Fellowship of Reconciliation
P.S. Are you active in your local faith community? Please share the faith-based call to stop drones with others!