Thursday, August 21, 2014

September 29/30 - Stop the Drones! at Beale


STOP THE DRONES!

Drones allow aggressors to destroy targets killing suspects extra-judicially including children & innocent people from a computer thousands of miles away! They can spy intimately on anyone including domestic surveillance or commit assassinations in defiance of international & US law! 50 nations now have drones – an expanding insane proliferation.

Vigil at Beale Air Force Base (north of Sacramento, CA)
Occupy Beale Event, Co-Sponsored by Campaign Nonviolence
Date: September 29 - 30, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Organizer: Sherri Maurin
Venue: Beale Air Force Base
City: Beale AFB, CA


PLEASE WEAR TURQUOISE BLUE SCARVES

Monday & Tuesday– September 29th & 30th

Monday 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.:  Wheatland Gate, S. Beale Rd., (call organizers or check OccupyBeale website to confirm location; subject to change)

Monday, 5:30 p.m.:  Anti-Drone Encampment & Potluck, Main Gate, N. Beale Rd. Campout at the main gate, or stay in local hotel. Other overnight arrangements possible.

Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:00 a.m.: Main Gate (N. Beale Rd) Vigil, Bannering, & Leafleting.


For more info. /carpooling/ or to discuss Nonviolent Direct Action opportunities:

Nevada/Yuba: Shirley 941-320-0291 slogood481@hotmail.com

Sacramento Area: Barry 916-284-0944, bbinks@comcast.net

Bay Area: Toby 510-215-5974, ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net

Campaign Nonviolence NoCal: Sherri 415-250-7986 smaurin@aol.com


This event is one of the dozens of Campaign Nonviolence actions
taking place nationwide during September, 2014, many of them
organized by groups with a strong history of protesting drones
killings and drone surveillance.
See the full list of actions nationwide.



Related posts

Beale pilots control the Global Hawk, an important surveillance and reconnaissance drone that plays an important role in finding military drone targets and coordinating information before and during drone strikes. Pilots at Beale witness the carnage and devastation of drone strikes and are complicit in the assassination program.

(See Beale: Occupy Militarism, Ground the Drones, Shut the Base Down! )


The "Veterans Spring Days Drone Action" temporarily blocked traffic at the two busiest gates entering Beale AFB, the home to Global Hawk (Surveillance drone), the U2 and the MC12 Liberty aircraft, all participants in the so-called "war on terror." They have been complicit in the deaths and injuries thousands of innocent civilians.

(See Occupy Beale AFB Update: The ultimate right is the right to life! )




In Pennsylvania, demonstrations to stop the establishment of the Drone War Command Center at the Horsham Air Guard Station, outside of Philadelphia, have been going on monthly. There will be a protest on September 27, 2014, in conjunction with the Campaign Nonviolence week of actions.

(See September 27 - Stop Drone War Command Center at Horsham )

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 21: Demand a Drone-Free LAPD

Call to Action: 

Join us THURSDAY August 21, 2014
at City Hall!

Communities across Los Angeles will launch the Drone-Free LAPD/No Drones, LA! Campaign TOMORROW, Thursday August 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM at the Los Angeles City Hall followed by a Press Conference at 10 AM. As residents of Los Angeles, we reject the recent acquisition of drones by LAPD. We believe this acquisition of drones signify a giant step forward in the militarization of local law enforcement that is normalizing continued surveillance and violations of human rights of our communities.

Join the fight against Drones. Demand a Drone-Free LAPD! Check out the event on Facebook!

When: Thursday August 21, 2014 at 9:30 am

Where: Los Angeles City Hall - South Steps facing First Street (across LAPD headquarter)

Who: Drone-Free LAPD/No Drones, LA! Campaign is comprised of a cross section of concerned individuals, including human and civil rights, and privacy rights organizations, faith based and community based organizations.

For further information please email: stoplapdspying@gmail.com or call (424) 209-7450

Follow the Coalition: http://nodronesla.org/No_Drones,_LA!/home.html and  http://nodronesla.tumblr.com/

Will We Sleep Or Will We Fight!??!


Keep LAPD DRONE FREE!
FOLLOW: 
@noDRONESla 
@stoplapdspying




See the Stop LAPD Spying website for more info.
The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition invites you to our monthly General Coalition Meeting. Join us in planning the “No Drones in LA!” campaign. Communities across the world are speaking out and taking action against Drones. They spy, they kill, they crash.

We say No to Drones in LA and need to stop LAPD’s recent acquisition of drones and make sure these drones never get off the ground in our town! Join us Tuesday July 15th at 6:30pm at the Downtown UCLA Labor Center at 675 S. Park View Ave., Los Angeles - adjacent to MacArthur Park.

Will We Sleep Or Will We Fight!??!

Join the Facebook event and invite others!


Draganflyer X6 drone


BACKGROUND

Nearly a year ago,the Seattle Police Department acquired two 3.5lbs Draganflyer X6 drones through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The community of Seattle actively resisted the city’s attempt to use drones in a highly fueled public hearing at the Seattle City Council with community residents chanting “No Drones!” and ”Murderers!” The public uproar over privacy rights and police spying compelled the mayor to scrap the program permanently before the drones got off the ground. However, the Canadian manufacturer who built the drones refused to take them back. This prompted Seattle to “gift” them to our Los Angeles Police Department.

It comes as no surprise that LAPD was given these drones. In fact, this is not the first time LAPD has talked about drones. Earlier in February LAPD was in Israel during their “Big Data” conference looking at drones called “Hovermast”. “Hovermast” drones can be used for spying and even crowd control.

The acquisition of these drones in the larger context of the LAPD Architecture of surveillance, spying and infiltration demonstrates the continued militarization of the LAPD. Embedded within this infrastructure is an enormous array of electronic and human surveillance programs and devices such as - Trapwire, Stingray, Hi Definition Cameras, Automatic License Plate Readers, Suspicious Activity Reporting, Special Order 1, iWATCH, Predictive Policing, and the Safer Cities Initiative.

Along with violating our basic human rights, the potential for destruction of lives and property remains high. As reported on June 23, 2014 by the Washington Post: “When Drones Fall From The Sky - more than 400 large US military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001,” highlighting “a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open [our] skies to drone traffic.”  [See: California: Is the Sky Falling?]

Though Chief Beck is publicly stating he is seeking community input, he never sought community input while LAPD was at the Big Data Convention in Israel admiring the use of Hovermast. Chief Beck went public claiming to arrange a meeting with the American Civil Liberties Union to quell public shock in regards to privacy violation. In an article released by L.A. Times ACLU is quoted stating they never agreed to such a formal meeting with LAPD.

The people of Los Angeles say NO! to drones too - We can’t let LA be the dumping ground for other cities. We are the community and we are not going to wait for a public hearing or for Chief Beck to speak to advocacy groups. We say: No Drones Here or Anywhere!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

California: Is the Sky Falling?

On June 22, 2014, the Washington Post published the results of a far-reaching investigation into crashes that have occurred in the U.S. drone program.

Shockingly, of the 194 major ("Class A") crashes that the Washington Post was able to document, 47  occurred within the United States.

Below is information on ten (10) drone crashes that occurred in the state of California alone between the years 2004 and 2011. (The listed incidents are Air Force-related, unless otherwise indicated.)

(See the full online database of crashes on the Washington Post website for full details of these and other drone crashes.)


Victorville crash: July 28, 2010

2004

Date: October 13, 2004
Location: Palmdale
Estimated damage: $1,721,973
Details: A brand-new Predator crashed . . . .


2005

Date: October 21, 2005
Location: Palmdale
Estimated damage: $6,796,497
Details: A Reaper on a training flight crashed . . . .

2008

Date: September 9, 2008
Location: undisclosed CA location
Estimated damage: N/A
Details: Reaper crash

Date: November 17, 2008
Location: undisclosed CA location
Estimated damage: N/A
Details: A Warrior (MQ-1C) owned by the Army crashed


2009

Fort Irwin crash: March 20, 2009
Date: March 20, 2009
Location: Fort Irwin
Estimated damage: $3,929,647
Details: A Reaper crashed . . . .

Date: May 28, 2009
Location: Rogers Dry Lake bed, adjacent to airfield at Edwards Air Force Base
Estimated damage: N/A
Details: Emergency landing by Global Hawk . . . .


2010

Date: July 28, 2010
Location: Victorville
Estimated damage: $5,000,000
Details: A Hummingbird (A160T Hummingbird) owned by the Army crashed . . . .

Victorville crash: April 20, 2010
Date: April 20, 2010
Location: Victorville
Estimated damage: $3,742,211
Details: A Predator crashed . . . .

Date: August 31, 2010
Location: two miles north of Gray Butte Airfield, Palmdale
Estimated damage: $10,300,000
Details: A brand-new Reaper crashed on private property . . . .


2011

Date: March 16, 2011
Location: undisclosed CA location
Estimated damage: N/A
Details: A Gray Eagle (MQ-1C) owned by the Army crashed . . . .

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Say "War is Not Green!" this June at Beale AFB

OCCUPY BEALE AFBMonthly NO DRONES PEACE ENCAMPMENT: Join CodePinkVFP, and activists from throughout Northern California:
-June 23, Monday, 3pm-5pm,  Wheatland Gate, S. Beale Rd. and Ostrom Rd.
-Mon. Night Encampment, Main Gate, N. Beale Rd.
-June 24Tuesday, 6-8am, Main Gate, N. Beale Rd.

"WAR IS NOT GREEN! PROTECT EARTH!"

Message from CODEPINK for Peace:

Dear Friends,

While we vigil at Beale to protest drone warfare, we also occupy Beale AFB every month to oppose militarism and global militarization.  This month please join us as we try to underline the threat militarism has on the health of our mother earth and say "WAR IS NOT GREEN!"

Depleted uranium, nuclear weapons, agent orange, toxic waste dumps, white phosphorous, napalm....the list is endless.....not to mention the grossly excessive use of fossil fuel that contributes to climate change.  The U.S. military uses more fossil fuel than any other institution on the planet!  And our soldiers suffer too.....high cancer rates, birth defects in their children, sterility, etc., etc.

Dress yourself up in GREEN clothing to emphasize the point, or come as you are....but we welcome large signs and banners to help with the messaging.  

We will also be honoring and welcoming home:  Bowe Bergdahl....
one more soldier who had the courage to listen to his conscience and act!
WELCOME HOME BOWE!

Join us in uniting for Peace,
Shirley, Flora, Barry, Michael, Pamela, Janie, Fred, John, Catherine, and Toby
       
For more info./carpooling, 
Nevada/Yuba County:  Shirley  941-320-0291 slogood481@hotmail.com
Sacramento Area:  Barry  916-284-0944,  bbinks@comcast.net
   


Directions To Wheatland Gate (PM & AM vigils),  
At intersection of So. Beale Rd. and Ostrom Rd.:

From the North  (Chico/Marysville):
Take Hwy. 70 south from Marysville, merge to left onto Hwy. 65.
Take Ostrom Rd. to left until it meets So. Beale Rd.  Turn left on So. Beale Rd. and park car to side of Rd.  If you miss the Ostrom Rd. turn off, continue south on Hwy 65, and turn left on So. Beale Rd. (marked with Beale AFB sign).

From the South (Sacramento/SF Bay Area)
Please check out these directions on pdf below, as getting onto Ostrom Rd. is a bit tricky from Hwy 70.

Directions to Main Gate (Mon. nite encampment area) :  
Take I-5 north of Sacramento, just north of I-80, take exit 525B to transfer to Hwy 99, continue  12.5. mi. and stay right to transfer onto Hwy 70, continue about 20 miles, exit at Feather River Blvd., just after the Erle Rd. exit. Do not take the 1st Feather River Blvd. which is about 10 miles earlier!  (note sign to Beale AFB)  Turn right at ramp, You’ll be facing Burger King, across the street, a good bathroom stop.  If you don’t cross the intersection, turn immediately right at the light (Lindhurst Ave.) and left at 2nd light to get on N. Beale Rd.   Continue on N. Beale Rd. for over 6 miles.  It dead ends at the Gate Entrance.  Plenty of parking on left side of Rd. near the gate.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Walk to Peace Arrives at Gates of Beale AFB Bearing Memories of Drone Warfare Victims

The Walk to Peace arrived at the Gates of Beale
 Air Force Base, from which the Global Hawk
 Surveillance Drones are piloted, on Tuesday 5/27.
They bore with them the stories of the many innocents
 killed and terrorized by U.S. drone warfare.
 
They left white chalk outlines on the ground in
 front of the gates, recreating the scene of a drone
 massacre as testaments to the dead.
Veterans for Peace was a major sponsor of the Walk to Peace,
 which was planned by Occupy Beale AFB
A posture of submission emphasized the helplessness
 of those made victims of U.S. imperial might.

Killed shamelessly by hellfire missiles while trying to flee.
The Peace Walkers appeared formidable as, standing at the
 gates, they took up a cry of righteous anger.

Festooning the gates with pink garlands on
 which were written the names of drone victims.
 
The ten-day walk from San Francisco to Beale may have come
 to an end, but our collective Walk to Peace continues. Join us.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Drone Strike Kills 7 in San Diego

Last weekend, California was alive with anti-drone ferment. While the Walk to Peace, a 10 day sojourn to Beale Air Force Base, set off across the San Francisco Bay, activists in San Diego held a weekend of demonstrations in solidarity with the nationwide Spring Days of Drone Action. One feature of the weekend was an evocative and powerful street theatre performance in San Diego's Balboa park, simulating a drone attack on American soil like those that have been and continue to be deadly reality in Pakistan and Yemen. Click here to stream video of the event.
The simulated Hellfire missile
 was lowered from above.
Balboa Park soon became a grisly scene indeed.
When Drones Fly, Children Die. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism 
has documented over 200 children confirmed killed by U.S. drone strikes.
What if they were our children?
Nearly five thousand people have been confirmed killed by
 drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen alone.
Those killed by U.S. drone strikes leave behind families and
 communities that are traumatized by their absence and
 by the randomness and violence of their slaughter.
Photos by Cristie Ann Paris
Thank you for bringing the consequences of U.S. drone policy
 home so vividly in San Diego, the home of General Atomics
 and many other military contractors that profit from drone terrorism.
The Spring Days of Drone Action continue throughout
 California and nationwide! Click here for more information.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Walk to peace crosses the bay.

Report of Walk to Peace, Day 1:  

UPDATE: The day was featured in a fantastic article on Popular Resistance.

We met at the Golden Gate Bridge and walked to the center of with banners & flags. It was very crowded so a lot of people cheered our signs.




Symbolically beginning the march from the center of the Golden
Gate Bridge, to head south and east then cross the bay by ferry.
Toby Blomé of Code Pink, Braving the
winds to hold aloft our message.
The bridge looks like a utopian monument to peace in this context.

"One people, one Earth. Stop Drone Attacks."

Bearing the standards of Peace.

Devan Phenix


Walked through Fisherman's Wharf and on to the Ferry Building where members of World Can't Wait greeted us with a scale model of an armed Reaper Drone, the model that continues to torment and kill in Pakistan and Yemen.

We took the ferry to Vallejo for the first night of our journey. A wonderful activist, Barbara, put us up for the night, presenting a delicious vegetarian meal. Tomorrow, we set out for day 2, 15 miles to the west side of Fairfield.

 Peace.


The Walk to Peace continues, and the Spring Days of Drone
 Action 
continue nationwide. Click here to
 find out about events in your state.