Archive for April, 2013
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).