Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore,
PRESS RELEASE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2012
Nick Mottern 914-806-6179
RUPPERSBERGER TO BE CHALLENGED ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN CAMPAIGN FUNDING BY DRONE-MAKERS
When the 2012 national Know Drones Tour comes to Baltimore on Thursday, May 3, it will challenge Congressperson C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, a member of the House Unmanned Systems (Drone) Caucus, to reallocate $190,000 in campaign contributions that he has received from drone makers and related businesses to benefit children in US drone strike zones and to the Baltimore City Schools.
“The Congress has done no effective oversight of
Max Obuszewski, a long-time advocate for peace and justice made this observation: “It is shocking that the Obama administration has used drone strikes to murder
The tour, endorsed by Baltimore Pledge of Resistance, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Code Pink, War Resisters League and others (below), uses 8’ long replicas of the MQ-9 Reaper drone to do sidewalk education on the legal, ethical and civil liberties concerns raised by the surge in US drone warfare and drone surveillance.
Thurs. May 3
4 pm – Office of Cong. Ruppersberger –
5:30 – 7:30 pm –Sidewalk education at First Thursday in
Fri., May 4
9:30 am – Drone witness at AAI Corp.,
Noon – 3 pm – Visits to the campus of
5 – 6 pm - Join the weekly silent peace vigil outside the Homewood Friends Meeting House,
Sat. May 5
2 pm – Join a demonstration at
3 – 5 pm – Sidewalk education at
7 pm – Forum “Where Are Drones Taking Us?” with Nick Mottern, director of the Know Drones Tour and Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Pledge of Resistance, who will speak on the drone witness at Johns Hopkins University on May 8, 2012.
The Know Drones Tour is endorsed by: American Civil Liberties Union (Philadelphia),American Friends Service Committee, Brandywine Peace Committee, Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Brooklyn For Peace, Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Catholic Peace Fellowship (Philadelphia), Coalition for Peace and Justice (Southern New Jersey), Code Pink, Interfaith Peace Network of Western New York, Granny Peace Brigade (Philadelphia), International Action Center, Occupy Wall Street – Anti-War, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Pakistan Solidarity Network, Pax Christi – Greensburg, PA, Peace Action New York, Peace Center of Delaware County (PA), Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars, Veterans for Peace, Chapter #128 (Buffalo, NY), Veterans for Peace (Philadelphia), Voices for Creative Non-Violence, War Resisters League, WESPAC Foundation, Western New York Peace Center, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Philadelphia), World Can’t Wait.
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"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
 Estimate based on an analysis of figures at Open Secrets.org