Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Organizing Resistance to Drones at High Schools, Colleges, and Universities

This group focusing on organizing to do work at high schools, colleges, and universities as part of the resistance to drone warfare and surveillance met Sunday, November 17, 2013, in Washington, D.C.  It was a breakout session of the network-building workshop at the CODEPINK drones summit.

Below are general notes.  Next steps are being planned.  Please email Leila Zand at Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) lzand@forusa.org to be part of this group.  (Also: if you have not already done so, please also provide your information at the opt-in page for the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare (NSDSW).)

November 17, 2013, Meeting - Quick Summary

There were a little more than 30 people in our group.  We all shared:  
  1. Frustration 
  2. All are ready to be more involved with actions 
Groups believe we need to reach out to students in high schools and colleges with various strategies and plans, including:
  1. Drone Replica 
  2. Street theater 
  3. Music country tour 
  4. Alternative job suggestion 
  5. $ spends for drone building, research and student education
  6. Alternate spending of $ for peaceful projects
  7. Competitions for students on writing essays and making short films
  8. Connecting with teachers and professors already are working with students
  9. Creating 10 minutes document, to be shared with schools

Related posts

Preliminary research into University and Academic UAV programs indicates that a research centers are operating in dozens of locations.

(See List of U.S. Drone Research Sites)

Did you know there is an online resource FULL of materials to use in organizing your local activism against drones?

(See Organizer Manual on the NSDSW wiki)

What are some of the forms that campus activism might take? Since Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has a contract to do drone research, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR], on May 1, sent a letter to Ronald J. Daniels, JHU president, and Dr. Ralph Semmel, director of the APL, seeking a meeting . . . .

(See Anti-Killer Drone Activists Seek Meeting with Johns Hopkins University President )

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