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Press Release: Hancock Drone Base Gates Closed, Drones Kill Children

PRESS RELEASE Date: September 21, 2015 Contacts: John Amidon: 518-312-6442 Ellen Grady: 607-279-8303 Drones Kill Children Hancock Drone Base Gates Closed    FIVE ARRESTED HOLDING HUGE “DRONES KILL CHILDREN” BANNERS                       ACROSS HANCOCK REAPER DRONE BASE MAIN ENTRANCE This morning, September 21, the U.N.-designated World Day of Peace, five members of the grassroots human rights coalition, Upstate (NY) Drone Action [upstatedroneaction.org], were arrested as they held aloft three large banners together spanning the Hancock’s main entrance and exit driveways.

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Exposing Drone Terrorism: Remarks at the 2015 Left Forum

Exposing Drone Terrorism: Remarks at the 2015 Left Forum by Ed Kinane.   Republished from Truthout.org Speakout I’ll begin by noting that most terrorism has not been perpetrated by Islamic-identified people. In fact, despite the relentless deluge of publicity to the contrary, Islamic-identified people commit only a fraction of the world’s terrorism. Most terrorism is large scale. In the 20th and 21st centuries most terrorism is high tech and airborne…whether over Guernica or Dresden or Nagasaki or Hiroshima or Tokyo or

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Open Letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel

On Ramstein: An Open Letter From US Citizens to German Chancellor Angela Merkel authored by Elsa Rassbach, Judy Bello, Nick Mottern, Ray McGovern reprinted from Truthout.org Speakout The letter was written and endorsed by Americans who stand in solidarity with the Yemeni survivors of drone strike victims on behalf of their murdered loved ones.   Faisal bin Ali Jaber, the first complainant on the suit, has previously met with members of Congress in the United States, but received no satisfactory response. 

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Ithaca Vigil in Support of the call to close the Ramstein US Drone Base

Today at the Ithaca Catholic Worker Peace Vigil we held signs in support of the call to close  the Ramstein US Drone Base in Germany. As we stood on the corner with our signs many traveling by honked at us in support and gave us the thumbs up. Tom Joyce of Ithaca said , “I’m here today because I want to show my support for the German people’s call to close the US base on Germany”. And James Ricks, also from Ithaca, stated,  “I

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Hancock Solidarity Vigil to Close the US Drone Base in Germany, Ramstein

Report Back From: Carol Baum of the Syracuse Peace Council and the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars Just wanted to let you know that today (May 21) we held a solidarity vigil to close the US Drone Base in Germany, Ramstein. We stood outside Hancock Air Base (in Syracuse), getting some (but not a lot of) media attention, but we did get a lot of car honks of support (but not from the cars coming

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Mother Earth is Weeping for Her Children

Mother Earth is Weeping for her Children: The US Military Must Stop Environmental Ecocide Guest Post by Joy First of NCNR As I traveled to DC to risk arrest in an action organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) I was feeling both nervous, but also knowing this is what I needed to be doing.  This would be my first arrest since I was arrested at the CIA in June 2013, and served a one-year probation sentence after

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End the Wars at Home and Abroad

End the Wars at Home and Abroad UNAC Conference in Secaucus, NJ May 8-10 Please come to UNAC Conference 2015 and experience a united movement for peace and justice inside this country and around the world.   Ed Kinane, Judy Bello, Nick Mottern, Malachy Kilbride will join Medea Benjamin, Kathy Kelly, David Swanson, Osagyefu Sekou, Abayomi Azikiwe and Glen Ford, and many more presenting at this conference.

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German Activist Confronts Foreign Minister Over Drones

Activist Elsa Rassbach confronts German Foreign MInister Rassback about German support for US Drone Prrogram

German activists are engaged in drone resistance around US Ramstein base which houses a critical repeater that is necessary for drone strikes in West Asia and Africa.   Ramstein has been a critical asset to US wars since the US occupation of West Germany after World War II.   Now it’s drone control.   There are a number of things going on in German resistance at present. ECCHR, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, is arguing a lawsuit against Germany on

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Drone Pilots, Please Don’t Fly

Nick Motten of Knowdrones.com has created a video ad to run on TV that calls out to drone pilots asking them to stop flying. The ad is quite graphic and emotionally demanding. It has stirred up some controversy and interest in areas where it has been shown so far. Here is the Ad: Airing ads is a very expensive business.  But, Nick has been getting great responses to the ads when he has aired them.   What follows is a report

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