Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September 21-22 - Campaign Nonviolence Focus at Heritage Festival in Tiffin

Nonviolence Education!
September 21-22, 2014 10am
Downtown Tiffin, OH on the Old Courthouse Square

Sr. Paulette Schroeder teaches two nonviolence 6th. grade classes at the Tiffin Middle School. This year she plans to groom all her lesson plans around Campaign Nonviolence.

Josie Setzler and Sr. Paulette are planning along with their advisory committee for Project Peace–Imagining a World without War — to set up two booths at our Seneca County Heritage Festival featuring Campaign Nonviolence and especially the reality of drone warfare.

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This event is one of the dozens of Campaign Nonviolence actions
taking place nationwide during September, 2014, many of them
organized by groups with a strong history of protesting drones
killings and drone surveillance.
See the full list of actions nationwide.

Related posts

Perhaps the single most significant consequence of the advent of killer drones is that they allow the state to efficiently separate war-making from the emotional involvement of the people of the country using them. In other words, with the coming of drone warfare, we have been denied the opportunity for empathy with those affected by our (direct and indirect) actions.

(See Why is "Ending the military drone program" a pillar of Campaign Nonviolence?)

In Pennsylvania, demonstrations to stop the establishment of the Drone War Command Center at the Horsham Air Guard Station, outside of Philadelphia, have been going on monthly. There will be a protest on September 27, 2014, in conjunction with the Campaign Nonviolence week of actions.

(See September 27 - Stop Drone War Command Center at Horsham )

If we can make a difference in Dayton, Ohio, Middle America, we can make a difference anywhere since Dayton region has become the epicenter for military UAS [drone] technology.

(See "Not In My Name": Know Drones Action - April 5, 2013 )

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Rep. Marcia Fudge: Support the "Come Clean on Drones Killing" Bill!

It's time for Marcia Fudge to take a position on drones.

Congresswoman Fudge is clearly not afraid to take a position on "national security" issues:

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), head of the Congressional Black Caucus, had some advice for the president as he weighs his options [on Iraq].

"Stop listening to the people who sent us there with no plan," Fudge said Wednesday. "I would hate to see another generation of young people have to fight in Iraq in a civil war.

“So let us do what we should have done in the very beginning: let's determine what it is we get out of Iraq, how we get out of Iraq and how we help the Iraqi people,” she continued.

"Enough people have died in this war."

(See "Clyburn: Iraq 'cries out' for drone strikes" in The Hill.)

Now a bill is pending in Congress -- the The Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act (HR 4372) -- also known as the "Come Clean on Drone Killing" Act. At this writing, quite a few of Rep. Fudge's fellow progressive caucus members have become co-sponsors for the bill. So where is Rep. Fudge?

Rep. Fudge's constituents need to contact her and urge her to co-sponsor the bill today.

Additional resources to help:

Identify your member of Congress

Example letter to a member of Congress in support of HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act (the "come clean on drone killings" act)

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First Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) called the U.S. on the carpet for dodging the call from the international community to come clean about its drone killings. Then Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) submitted a bill calling for drone transparency. So ... are we finally going to get the truth?

(See REAL Progressives Demand that the U.S. Come Clean on Drone Killings)

Ohio activists have focused on the support that Ohio congressman Michael Turner has provided for drone programs.

(See Ohio Congressman Michael Turner: Stop the Drones! )

A 2013 U.N. report makes it clear that the U.S. has to report fully on all its drone attacks.

(See 2014: The Year of Transparency (for U.S. Drone Use)?)