San Diego Chapter
San Diego CA, April 4-7, 2013
The Drone Diego Coordinating Committee invites organizations and individuals to come to San Diego on April 4-7, as we protest and bring attention to the dangers drones present to the people of the world. Join us for nonviolent actions, workshops, street theater and more, or organize your own activities.
Our opposition to drone warfare is based on our stand for peace and justice. We believe that:
Armed drones are weapons of terror. They kill combatants and civilians, children and adults, men and women, alike. Their presence overhead terrorizes entire communities.
Extrajudicial assassinations by killer drones violate U. S. and international law.
Surveillance drones threaten our liberties, spying on communities and borders, invading our personal privacy.
Drones make our families less secure by making it easier for military and paramilitary agencies (like the CIA) to continue endless war without limits in either space or time.
Why come to San Diego? San Diego is the drone production capital of the world. San Diego is home to General Atomics, builders of the killer Predator and Reaper drones (which may be armed with Hellfire missiles), and Northrop Grumman, maker of the Global Hawk surveillance drone. Surveillance drones also regularly fly along the border between San Diego and Mexico.
A strong presence in San Diego will draw attention locally and nationally to the hazards posed by these robotic killers and spy craft. We hope that this will be the first of many actions in San Diego
Of course not everyone has the resources to come to San Diego. We encourage those who cannot come to make April 4-7 days of action against drones in their own communities.
Kickoff day is Thursday, April 4, with a demonstration at the General Atomics drone production facility in Poway, just north of San Diego. The San Diego chapter of Veterans for Peace is holding a weekly vigil there and we will join them.
We invite other organizations to develop workshops, forums and actions during the four days of action. If you or your organization would like to plan an event, please contact our host committee so we can provide information about locations, venues, and schedule coordination. We also welcome sponsoring organizations (which provide financial or organizational resources) and endorsing organizations (which express their public agreement with our goals) to contact the host committee.
Our host committee will work to provide housing in San Diego for activists who need it. We are also working to establish an encampment, with more details to follow.
For more info about the National Days Against Drones Actions in San Diego, or if your organization would like to become a sponsor or endorser, please contact SDCPJ, PRC, or Veterans for Peace. We can also be found on the web here and on Facebook
Tax-deductible donations to support this action can be made online through the Peace Resource Center of San Diego , Scroll down to Donate and specify anti-drone actionfrom the drop-down list.
Drone Diego Coordinating Committee
Sponsoring/Endorsing organizations: Peace Resource Center of San Diego, San Diego Veterans for Peace, San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice, CODEPINK, Global Exchange, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), Canvass for a Cause, Af3irm, A Future Without War.org, Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD), San Diego International Socialist Organization, SAME Alliance, Fresno Light Brigade, Peace Madera, Overpass Light Brigade San Diego, Alameda County Against Drones, ANSWER Coalition San Diego, Party for Socialism and Liberation San Diego, San Diego Libertarian Party, San Diego Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), National Lawyers Guild San Diego, al Awda San Diego, Border Angels, Gente Unida, Activist San Diego, Environmentalists Against War, International Action Center San Diego, Women Occupy San Diego, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace LA, Okupi Damsels in Distress Palm Springs, United Nations Association San Diego, Women’s Equality Council UNA-SD, San Diego Faith Leaders for Peace, Democratic Socialists of America San Diego, Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE), Green Party San Diego, Officers of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party, Orange County Peace Coalition, Peace Fresno, War Resisters League West, Movement for a Democratic Society, Bay Area, San Diego Committee Against Police Brutality, Pacific Beach Democratic Club, San Diego First Church of the Brethren, Plan of Action in a Changing Era (PACE), People for Social Sustainability, Courage To Resist, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Haritna Restaurant La Mesa, Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), Uhuru Solidarity San Diego, End the War Coalition Phoenix (CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, AZ. Alliance for Peace and Justice, Progressive Democrats of America, Women In Black).
MOVEMENT FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY
An Introduction and An Invitation
From the time of the First International, the International Workingmen’s Association of 1864, until today, the vast majority of the people of the world has suffered from failures of unity in the pursuit of our common needs and interests, in the face of highly organized and tiny elites of wealthy rulers. We keep trying. On the eve of the illegal U.S. Invasion of Iraq in 2003, a protest demonstration was held simultaneously on every continent, including Antarctica. This was not the first worldwide day of action in history. May 1, for generations has been observed as world labor day. But May Day was not organized “overnight”. It took months, years of communication in a world where communication was a major barrier to any global coordination. Today, we have the communications technology to overcome this barrier.
A landmark event took place in Chicago during August of 2006. People from across North America held a convention to re-start Students for a Democratic Society. SDS had not held a convention for more than 30 years. A small number of veterans of the 1960s SDS attended the 2006 convention and held a meeting there to re-start one of the SDS projects: Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS). MDS was conceived as a lifelong extension of the work SDS was doing on the campuses and in the community.
With ecological and economic nightmares popping up everywhere and every time we blink, let alone rest, we urgently need to try again to create a global community of both conversation and coordination.
We cannot afford to wait while we sort out all of our differences. We need to find ways forward on many life and death issues – war and empire, repression, healthcare, climate calamity, the struggle for the commons–even while we continue to express our differences and continue to try to persuade each other of the merits of our analyses of history and of our various visions of a new society.
Movement for a Democratic Society has formed to work on building this effective global community.
Join us. We are multi-tendency and multi-issue. We want people who already belong to other left and progressive organizations. We expressly want to build upon, and hopefully grow, the existing networks of groups in which our members work. And we want members who are not now active in any other group as well.
Movement for a Democratic Society Constitution 2009
(This constitution is adapted from the sds constitution 1962-67)
Preamble: Movement for a Democratic Society is a global association of people on the left. It seeks to create a sustained community of educational and political concern and actions: one bringing together liberals and radicals, activists and scholars, students, faculty and workers in all trades. It maintains a vision of a democratic society, where at all levels the people have control of the decisions which affect them and the resources on which they are dependent. It seeks a relevance through the continual focus on realities and on the programs necessary to effect change at the most basic levels of economic, political, and social organization. It feels the urgency to put forth a radical, democratic program counter-posed to authoritarian movements.
Contact Information: San Diego Chapter firstname.lastname@example.org
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