Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Can you join an action?/Anti drones forum at JHU


I have been compiling a list of 2012 anti-killer drone events. It is very long, and I hope to finish it in the next few days. Meanwhile, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance is discussing proposals for a coordinated risk-arrest action.

Below are the proposed actions. Let us know of your interest in any of the proposals.

A} Return to Johns Hopkins University to protest swarming drone research.

B] Protest drone targeting at the National Security Agency.

C] Protest killer drone strikes at inauguration of President Obama.

D] Join the ongoing protests at Hancock Air Force Base.

E] Join the Nov. 27 action at Fort Meade to support Bradley Manning



The Human Rights Working Group at Johns Hopkins University invites you to:

Living under Drones at JHU


Thursday, November 15th, 6pm

Mergenthaler 111

JHU Homewood campus, 3400 N Charles St, Baltimore MD 21218

Two authors of a new NYU/Stanford report, Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan, will share their findings about the civilian consequences of drone warfare with the Hopkins community.

James Cavallaro, director of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford University and Omar Shakir, a Stanford Law student, recently returned from Pakistan where they studied the impact of drone warfare on civilians. The study's purpose was to conduct an "independent investigation into whether, and to what extent, drone strikes in Pakistan conformed to international law and caused harm and/or injury to civilians". Their report - widely covered in the national and international media - details the terrorizing effects of the US government's drone assaults as well as the many misleading statements by administration officials about that campaign.

Lauren Wilcox, a postdoctoral fellow in the Johns Hopkins Political Science department and an expert on drones, will join Cavallaro and Shakir on stage to discuss her research and Hopkins' role in drone research and development.

The event is part of the Johns Hopkins University Human Rights Working Group’s ongoing campaign to raise awareness about drone warfare and the university's involvement in drone research. The HRWG is concerned that drone technologies are lowering the threshold for war, and that U.S. drone attacks violate human rights and national sovereignty, have caused large numbers of civilian casualties, and are taking place largely outside public accountability. The group feels that these issues are of particular concern to members of the Hopkins community and citizens of the Baltimore/DC area because of Hopkins's involvement in drone research.

Sign the petition to get Johns Hopkins out of drone warfare:


Find out more about the Human Rights Working Group at JHU:


Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/

"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

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