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April Days of Action Against Drones in SAN DIEGO: Sunday, 4/7 Update
This just in: a video showing the evocative die-in demonstration at General Atomics Headquarters on Friday, 4/5. Speaking in the video is Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, discussing the perverse incentives of war profiteers such as General Atomics.
Day 2 demonstrations led by CodePink at the La Jolla home of General Atomics CEO Neil Blue (coverage by local media here), at GA HQs in Torrey Pines (featured on NBC) and at Northrup Grumman’s plant in Kearny Mesa continued to shine the light on their war profiteering, the civilians killed and maimed by their products, and the invasion of Americans’ privacy. They emphasized the need for Congress to set the rules for this unbridled technology NOW.
The early-morning demonstration at the home of Neil Blue shed
a light on the intimate relationship between Washington politicians
and the drone-industrial complex, which makes fabulous wealth
from the profits of drone warfare possible.
|Northrop Grumman, another war-profiteer dependent on drone warfare|
to protect its bottom line, was targeted in day 2 of the demonstrations.
|Day 2's protests also highlighted civilian fatalities|
as a result of drone warfare.
|An evocative display of what murder by drone looks|
like, brought to the drone industry's doorstep.
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"The US government has lost its moral compass," said Carol Jahnkow, Director Emerita, Peace Resource Center of San Diego. "Over 4,000 lives have been lost to American Drones made right here in San Diego, yet only 2% of those hit were considered high-level targets. The deaths of these innocent people is reprehensible. And, the deaths of the other 2% without due process of law makes a sham of international law."
Day 3 of the San Diego Anti-Drone Days of Action saw the unveiling of “Children At Play” on the grass in front of the U.S.S. Midway Museum in downtown San Diego, with music by the socially-conscious youth rap/hip-hop band, Vibe, as well as Women Occupy San Diego’s acapella chorus, the Occupellas, with brief speeches by local artist and activist, Doris Bittar, and Faith Leaders for Peace co-founder, Rev. Beth Johnson.
The "Children at Play" display delivered a stark message: the illusory
economic benefits of the drone industry in San Diego are delivered at
|The Occupellas chorus paid further tribute to children killed by drone strikes.|
|Topics included "Using New Media for Protest," "The Changing Face |
of Empire," and"Drones in the Middle East and Africa."
La Jolla- Code Pink led another demonstration at the General Atomics Headquarters this morning, April 5th, at 10 AM.
The demonstration featured a graphic simulation of the effects of a fatal drone strike on U.S. soil, implicating General Atomics and other war-profiteering corporations in similar carnage happening abroad.
CodePinkers performed a billionaire cocktail party skit/street theater at which Blue and his buddies chatted about why it is sooo good for their class to have drones making money for them and it only affects terrorists anyway.
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More images of yesterday's demonstration at General Atomics were just posted here :
|Code Pink and San Diego Veterans for Peace came together to |
protest at the headquarters of General Atomics
|Media was there in force to cover the demonstration.|
Realistic model Predator Drones simulate the experience of drones
flying overhead, targeting families and children.
The weekend-long event is still in full swing! Click here for a description of today's program, and here for a full schedule of the weekend's demonstrations.
Day 1 update:
Day 1 saw a coalition of citizens representing San Diego Veterans for Peace and Code Pink come out to demonstrate at the headquarters of General Atomics.
That evening, the message was passed to San Diego at large with a demonstration by the Overpass Light Brigade
More details and a preview of Day 2 can be found here. A schedule for the full weekend can be found here.