Month of Anti-Drone Action Launched with Numerous Protests Nationwide
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.
See here for a map of the actions expected in the coming weeks.
The use of drones in warfare and surveillance is now finally in the national debate after long being the grave concern of those who closely follow and resist the developments of U.S. militarism. More people are waking up to the distrubing consequences of the impunity, terror, illegality, and secrecy that drones make possible for the military’s exercise of deadly violence. The FAA is in the process of opening domestic U.S. skies for private, corporate, and police drones, raising serious concerns about privacy and surveillance.
Please hold in your thoughts six anti-drone activists who will stand trial this Thursday, April 18, for their participation in an action at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, NY, October 5, 2012. They face possible jail time for blocking the base entrance while seeking to deliver a citizen’s war crimes indictment.