International 'Days of Action' Campaign Aims at Permanent Halt to U.S. Drone Strikes, Drone Spying and Targeted Killing
NEW YORK, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A two-month, international campaign entitled "Spring Days of Drone Action" begins in April, with the goal of generating the level of public awareness and pressure necessary to end drone attacks, drone surveillance, and targeted killing.
What: Protests at U.S. drone bases, campuses, government offices; films, speakers. Dramatic photo ops.
When: April 1 – May 31, 2014
Where: U.S., Europe, and Pakistan. Schedule.
"In these 'Spring Days' the American people, and people around the world, will be called on - through marches, rallies, teach-ins, film showings and protest – to demand a total halt to the use of drones to kill and to spy, as well as a halt to all forms of targeted killing/assassination," said Nick Mottern, coordinator of the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare, a U.S. coalition of grassroots counter-drone war activists that is reaching out to colleagues overseas.
A listing of organizations and individuals supporting the "Spring Days" appears here: http://springdaysofdroneaction.org
"More and more people are deciding that drone killing, drone spying and targeted killing are unethical, illegal and totally repugnant," Mottern said. "This is evidenced," he continued, "by the new U.S. plan to use Yemeni-piloted crop-dusters armed with Hellfire missiles to do targeted killing in Yemen in an attempt to divert attention from U.S. drone attacks there."
A live-streamed campaign kick-off forum will be held Wednesday, April 2 at 7 pm at the Community Church, 40 E. 35th St., New York, NY, featuring: Maria Lahood, of the Center for Constitutional Rights; Wounds of Waziristan filmmaker, Madiha Tahir; and Carl Dix, founder with Cornel West of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.
The "Spring Days" actions in the U.S. are being coordinated where possible with similar actions in the United Kingdom, Germany and Pakistan. A partial listing of U.S. "Spring Days" actions, which will focus on drone control bases, university research related to development of armed drones and drone surveillance and manufacturers of these drones, is constantly being updated.
The "Spring Days" will promote the Drone Control Act, U.S. model legislation that would end drone killing and drone surveillance and establish rules in the public interest for the operation of drones for monitoring weather, crop conditions, radiation levels and other beneficial uses.
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SOURCE Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare