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An international call for Spring Days Of Action – 2014, a coordinated campaign to End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization
This spring, we will spread protest against the U.S. use of drones for targeted killing and surveillance.
We are rapidly coming together for protest at drone manufacturing sites, military bases that deploy drones, and campuses where drone research and training are quickening.
World Can’t Wait will focus on reaching students especially, and in bringing out the voices of people who are targeted in the U.S. dirty wars.
The campaign will provide information on:
1. The suffering of tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Gaza who are under drone attack, documenting the killing, the wounding and the devastating impact of constant drone surveillance on community life.
2. How attack and surveillance drones have become a key element in a massive wave of surveillance, clandestine military attacks and Militarization generated by the United States to “protect a global system” of manufacture and oil and mineral exploitation that is creating unemployment and poverty, accelerating the waste of nonrenewable resources and contributing to environmental destruction.
In addition to cases in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, we will examine President Obama’s “pivot” into the Asia–Pacific, where the United States has already sold and deployed drones in the vanguard of a shift of 60% of its military forces to try to control China and to enforce the planned Trans–Pacific Partnership. We will show, among other things, how this surge of “pivot” forces, greatly enabled by drones, and supported by the US military-industrial complex, will hit every American community with even deeper cuts in the already fragile social programs on which people rely for survival. In short, we will connect drones and militarization with “austerity” in America.
3. How drone attacks have effectively destroyed international and domestic legal protection of the rights to life, privacy, freedom of assembly and free speech and have opened the way for new levels of surveillance and repression around the world, and how, in the United States, increasing drone surveillance, added to surveillance by the National Security Agency and police, provides a new weapon to repress black, Hispanic, immigrant and low-income communities and to intimidate Americans who are increasingly unsettled by lack of jobs, economic inequality, corporate control of politics and the prospect of endless war.
We will discuss how the United States government and corporations conspire secretly to monitor US citizens and particularly how the Administration is accelerating drone surveillance operations and surveillance inside the United States with the same disregard for transparency and law that it applies to other countries, all with the cooperation of the Congress.
The campaign will encourage activists around the world to win passage of local laws that prohibit Weaponized Drones and drone surveillance from being used in their communities as well as seeking national laws to bar the use of weaponized drones and drone surveillance.
The campaign will draw attention to the call for a ban on weaponized drones by RootsAction.org that has generated a petition with over 80,000 signers and to efforts by the Granny Peace Brigade (New York City), KNOWDRONES and others to achieve an international ban on both weaponized drones and drone surveillance.
The campaign will also urge participation in the World Beyond War movement.
San Diego is the US capital of spying and killer drone production. No Drones Days of Action starts on Thursday afternoon with street action and evening Overpass Light Brigade messaging; More demonstrations on Friday; winding up on Saturday with a general assembly at the Church of the Brethren/Friends Center campus. THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY to help move this nation away from empire and toward a better future.
May 15 – Thursday
Parking: Mission Bay Visitors, west of Clairemont Drive overpass.
May 16 – Friday
8-10 am – Demonstration, including street theater against drones, Northrop Grumman, 9326 Spectrum Center Blvd. and Ruffin Road, San Diego 92123.
4-6 pm – Women Occupy San Diego, Demonstration at SPAWAR, Pacific Highway. Gather at 3:30 at parking lot of Old Town transit center, Pacific Hwy. just south of Rosecrans/Taylor St.
May 17 – Saturday
9:30 am – 2 pm – No Drones Summit. Registration 9:30 AM; 10 AM – 2 PM: Issues panel, break-out groups to discuss and plan.
We are protesting nonviolently. We ask you to be open and respectful to all and to not use physical or verbal violence against those who disagree with us. We ask that there be no property destruction or damage during the protests that are part of these four days of action.
We ask that you respect the wishes of the organizers of the individual events. If you are not in agreement with the particular event tactics or organizers, we invite you to hold a protest of your choosing at a different time.
Sponsoring/Endorsing organizations: San Diego Coalition for Peace & Justice; Peace Resource Center of San Diego; Veterans for Peace San Diego Chapter; San Diego Overpass Light Brigade; Women Occupy San Diego (WOSD); Occupy San Diego; Artful Activist San Diego; Canvass for a Cause (CFAC); Back Country Voices; San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME); San Diego BDS; United Against Police Terror San Diego; Green Party of San Diego; Code Pink; San Diego International Socialist Organization; AFSC-San Diego..
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