Monday, April 15, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones in SACRAMENTO:

Over 50 activists from Chico to Grass Valley to Bay Area and Sacramento showed up on Tax Day at the Sacramento Federal Courthouse to demonstrate as part of the April Days of Action Against DronesBanners and signs galore colored the street around the courthouse, in the shadow of downtown Sacramento's high-rises.
Imposing Predator Drone model hovers among the
 "clean" corporate office-scape

"DRONES CREATE ENEMIES" was the message broadcast
 to the bureacrats and politicians working in California's capitol.

A tapestry depicting children dead as a result of U.S. drone strikes.

Eerie white faces highlight the deaths resulting from drone warfare,
 while the message: "Schools and Homes, not Bombs and
 Drones" reminds viewers of the tradeoffs necessary to support military research.
"Is it really OK if Obama does it?"
Singing for Peace
"I HATE WAR as only a soldier who has lived it can, as only one
 who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."
-General Dwight Eisenhower


Protestors also report having made their way into the offices of Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Senator Barbara Boxer. In Matsui's office: "Her staff person, Chris, spent an extended time with us, though we didn't have an appt.  He even looked genuinely saddened when we read off the victim's names that we each held.   Chris promises to follow up in a way that didn't happen the last time."

"These next 2 pictures were taken in Sen. Boxer's office, and we only could air our complaints to the receptionist.  But we left a couple of bloody hands and child victim names a visual display of the cost of these drone wars........"

Message on photo to Sen. Boxer from the Global Hawk drone team
 and Commander of Beale Air Force Base: "Thank you for all your 
support!" Demonstrators decided to leave a message for Barbara from 
Shafiq, a one year old victim of a U.S. Drone strike."
The demonstration was planned and executed by Sacramento Area Peace Action. More photos can be found here.

April Days of Action Against Drones continue. Get involved in your state!

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