Monday, August 26, 2013

Fall 2013 Events and Actions to Culminate in November Days of Action Against Drones


People around the country are preparing for a full slate of peace and justice activities in the months of September, October, and November, 2013, which will have great significance for the expansion and solidification of the movement against drone warfare and surveillance.

Participating organizations in the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare (NSDSW) -- including CODEPINK, World Can't Wait, AFSC, Know Drones, No Drones Network, and others -- are responding to a call by activists nationwide for a follow-on campaign to the tremendously successful April Days of Action 2013 with a call for. . .


Below is information about the November Days as well as other major developments and events coming up.

A FULL list of ALL events relating specifically to drone opposition around the country is online - please add your events to that list!


SEPTEMBER

Midwest Action Against Drones (MAAD) 
Chicago
September 28-29

Participants from across the Midwest will converge in Chicago for an action (March On Boeing!) and conference (Building the movement against drones) in late September.


OCTOBER

Keep Space for Peace Week
(Various Locations)
October 5-12

Each fall the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space organizes Keep Space for Peace Week, during which activists around the world hold local actions that connect-the-dots between the militarization of space and endless war on Earth.



Malalai Joya
Nationwide Tour
October 3-23

On the 12th anniversary of the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, UNAC, in conjunction with the Afghan Women's Mission is sponsoring a national tour of former Afghanistan legislator, women’s rights and antiwar leader, Malalai Joya. For more information on the itinerary, please email UNAC's Malalai Joya National Tour Coordinator, Jeff Mackler at jmackler@lmi.net or UNACpeace@gmail.com.


United Nations: Action on Drones?
New York City
Beginning September 17, continuing through October

Several arms of the United Nations have already begun to investigate the criminal drone assaults launched by the United States government under President Barack Obama.

NOTE: October 25 is UN Debate on two special reports:
* Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson: Promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism

* Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns: Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

* READ THE FULL NSDSW PRESS RELEASE: Oct 25: US to Respond to UN Call for Full Accounting of "Extrajudicial, Arbitrary, and Summary Executions"?

Congressional Hearing and Associated events
Washington, DC, and New York City
October 29


(A) Capitol Hill (Washington, DC): Briefing for Rep. Alan Grayson and others on drone killing

(B) New York City: Views from the Ground: Investigating U.S. Drone Strikes - Speakers: Steve Coll, Robert Greenwald, Christof Heyns, Mustafa Qadri, Rafiq ur Rehman, Hina Shamsi, and Letta Tayler . RSVP required - see website.

NOVEMBER

CODEPINK: 2013 Drone Conference:  Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance
Washington, DC
November 16-17


The peace group CODEPINK, progressive think-tank Institute for Policy Studies, The Nation Magazine, and National Lawyers Guild (Georgetown Chapter) are hosting a second drone summit titled “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance” in Washington, DC.


November Days of Action Against Drones
Nationwide
November, 2013


There has been extraordinary public opposition to war as a result of the Obama administration's proposal to attack Syria and continuing question over whether Congress will authorize it. This has focused public attention on the use of force and the cost of war.

The weeks ahead are a perfect time for coordinated effort against war of all kinds, including drone wars.

The fulcrum of the proposed November days will be the “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance” summit being held in Washington DC the weekend of November 16-17, 2013.  Organized by CODEPINK, Institute for Policy Studies, The Nation Magazine, and National Lawyers Guild (Georgetown Chapter), coordinated actions will compliment and support the gathering.
* Friday, November 15: protests at General Atomics in Washington, DC.  We are calling for actions around the country at other manufactures of drones.

* Saturday/Sunday, November 16/17:  Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance (Registration and Program)

* Monday, November 18: legislative push at Congressional offices in DC and in local districts.
To help build this campaign, please:
(1) Post your actions on the unified national list of anti-drones actions.

(2) Opt-in to become a participant in NSDSW.

(3) Use the NSDSW online organizing manual to develop your actions, and share it with others!
. . . and please share this call widely.

An expanded description of November Days of Action Against Drones activities will be distributed by October 1.

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