Saturday, March 30, 2013

April Days Kicks Off Education Effort On Drones

The April Days of Action Against Drones is just the beginning of an intensive campaign to educate people nationwide about the menace of drone surveillance and drone killing.


Medea Benjamin: DRONE WARFARE

A vital tool in the campaign to educate people about drones in Medea Benjamin's book, Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control.

''In this remarkably cogent and carefully researched book, Medea Benjamin makes it clear that drones are not just another high-tech military trinket. Drone Warfare sketches out the nightmare possibilities posed by this insane proliferation.'' --Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times bestselling author

''Activist extraordinaire Medea Benjamin has documented how the US government's use of drones to murder hundreds of innocent civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen has increased the danger to our national security. Benjamin's Drone Warfare is the first book that reveals the vocal international citizen opposition that challenges the legality and morality of America's extrajudicial execution drones before they kill here at home.'' --Ann Wright, US Army colonel (Ret.)


VIDEO

A series of very useful videos are being provided on Youtube by KnowDrones, as part of their Drones and Global Conflict Education Series.

Drones, Jobs and Green Industry - Interview with economist Bob Pollin on the jobs benefits of not spending tax money on military projects, and where we must go in green industry.

Resource Realities and War - Interview with Michael T. Klare, about the ways in which the competition for resources is leading to continuing wars, and the necessity to develop alternative, renewable energy and materials.




SPEAKERS

A growing body of speakers with first-hand experience in the problem of drones is playing an important role in local education efforts.

In September, 2012, a Code Pink delegation traveled to Pakistan, and many of the participants are now available as speakers. (Read the excellent multi-part report by JoAnne Lingle on the Code Pink Pakistan delegation for more on this.)

There are also numerous speakers available through Voices for Creative Nonviolence delegations to Afghanistan.


DATA

The availability of carefully-researched statistics on drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and other countries has been vital to educating the public about the threat of drones. The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism's drone reporting forms the key resource being used by everyone in the anti-drones movement.

A related resource is this visualization of drone strikes.






ART

People throughout the country have learned about the problem of drones through the traveling art exhibition commissioned by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), "Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan."

"Windows and Mirrors" is part of a growing body of anti-drones art that is playing an important role in the movement.











FILM

One of the most powerful ways to educate people about the problem of drones is through film.

View the trailer for the award-winning short film from Pakistan, The Other Side. A group viewing of The Other Side is an excellent way to build understanding in your community about drone use by the U.S. government abroad.




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