Below is a schedule of events listed under ORGANIZING AGAINST DRONES. Let me know if you can participate in any of the events. Further below is a letter which will be sent this week to the president of
ORGANIZING AGAINST DRONES
It begins on Friday, April 27 from 4 to 6 PM at
In recent years, remotely-controlled drones have been used to launch missiles against human targets, even in countries where the
is not at war, including
where drones now routinely fly over mountain villages, adults and children live in constant fear.
The Applied Physics Laboratory at
Panelists are COL. ANN WRIGHT (RET). former
DEREK DENMAN, Political Science,
The event was organized by the Human Rights Working Group at
groups.google.com/groups/humanrightswg www.facebook.com/groups/jhuhumanrights -- and co-sponsored by the Graduate Representative Organization.
Starting Thursday, May 3 through Saturday, May 5, the National KnowDrones Tour will be in the
On Thursday at 4 PM, there will be a vigil outside Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger’s office on
On Friday at 5 to 6 PM, participants will join the weekly silent peace vigil outside
On Saturday from noon to 2 PM, a drone replica will be part of a demonstration in
On May 8 at 8 AM, direct actionistas will gather at
April xx, 2012
Ronald J. Daniels, President
APL Director Dr. Ralph Semmel
Applied Physics Laboratory
Dear President Daniels and Dr. Semmel:
The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance is composed of citizen activists who want to see that government officials are held accountable for illegal activities. As members of a peace and justice group with grave concern for the U.S. government’s use of drones in acts of war against the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Yemen, we would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about the drone research being done by Johns Hopkins University. And prior to the meeting, we would appreciate receiving copies of contracts, and the dollar amounts, regarding unmanned aerial vehicles.
As citizen activists, we have petitioned government officials and legislators with our grievances. We now believe it is time to discuss with you the taxpayer-funded university’s research on a weapon which has been used to execute
You may be aware that jurists, political leaders and even the former director of the National Security Agency, General Michael Hayden, have questioned the use of drones to kill. See the op-ed in the
It is both baffling and shocking that our government has assassinated
citizens without even a pretense of due process. It is very hard to imagine what it must be like in areas of the world plagued by hunter-killer Reaper drones. It is not hard to imagine that post traumatic stress disorder must be rife amidst the civilians who have survived drone strikes. U.S.
As you know, these Reapers and other forms of unmanned aerial vehicles cause horrific destruction. But who decides the use of drones? Who decides who to target? Laws of war make it illegal to target civilians. The
We would be able to provide you with many examples of civilians being killed in drone strikes. For example, see an article written by David S. Cloud,
The ACLU recently filed a lawsuit demanding the Obama administration release legal and intelligence records on the killing of the three
Please let us know when a small group of us could meet with you to discuss the matters raised above. We look forward to your response.
Max Obuszewski, on behalf of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net
Donations can be sent to the
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs