Reports from Hancock and Beyond

Nine Arrested Good Friday at Hancock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ann Tiffany (315) 478-4571 Syracuse, NY Mary Anne Grady Flores (607) 280-8797 Ithaca, NY John Amidon (518)-312-6442 Albany, NY upstatedroneaction.org,       www.knowdrones.com/ PRESS RELEASE FOR GOOD FRIDAY PROTEST AT HANCOCK  Syracuse, NY – April 14 Nine non-violent civil resisters of Upstate Drone Action were arrested at the main entrance of Hancock Air National Guard Base protesting the extrajudicial drone killings perpetrated from the base. Three people hung on drone crosses representing victims of US drone strikes from

Good Friday Statement at Hancock Base

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ann Tiffany (315) 478-4571 Syracuse, NY Mary Anne Grady Flores (607) 280-8797 Ithaca, NY John Amidon (518)-312-6442 Albany, NY upstatedroneaction.org,       www.knowdrones.com/ GOOD FRIDAY HANCOCK DRONE ACTION STATEMENT April 14, 2017 ~ Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Recognizing that 70% of our nation identify as Christian, we come to the gates of the Hancock drone base to make real the crucifixion today. As Jesus and others were crucified by the Roman Empire, drones are

MLK: Beyond Vietnam

Some friends of ours held an event last week to commemorate the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s powerful speech at the Riverside Church in New York on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination. In that speech Dr. King makes a powerful connection between racism and war. Kings’ clear vision lit a new path for us but we were not ready to follow. Now it is more relevant than ever. In this video, you can listen to Upstate

War and Peace

Donald  Trump moved ahead last night to bomb Syrian government facilities in retribution for an unproven claim, an event not yet investigated, with no grounded information, no warning and no discussion.    He has taken his place on the tip of the spear of the war machine.    But make no mistake, Mr. Trump pulled the trigger but he didn’t aim the gun. Hillary Clinton ran on a bigger version of this same scenario.   The war machine has been geared up on

Drone Activist Responds to the NY Times OpEd on Drones

On MARCH 16, 2017 the New York Times published an Editorial “Preventing a Free-For-All With Drone Strikes”  where they express belated concerns about the US Drone program of Targeted Killing around the globe.   Our organization has been educating people about the drones since 2010.   We have engaged in a Gandhian Wave of civil resistance at Hancock Air National Guard Base, a domestic Reaper Drone hub, wherein many have been arrested many times, including Ed Kinane.   Here is Ed’s  response to

Hancock Nativity Tableau Charges Dismissed

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 contact: Ed Kinane  315) 478-4571 home 10 March 2017                                                  John Amidon 518) 312-6442 cell CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST 12/23 “NATIVITY FOUR” HANCOCK REAPER DRONE PROTESTERS FOLLOWING LAST WEEK’S JURY ACQUITTAL OF THE “BIG BOOKS” HANCOCK DRONE PROTESTERS In a surprise move, DeWitt Town Court Judge David Gideon dismissed charges against all four* Upstate Drone Action activists protesting the hunter/killer MQ9 Reaper drones piloted over Afghanistan by the 174th Attack Wing of the NY National

Jury Acquitted Hancock ‘Big Books’ Protesters

Drawings by Dan Burgevin A six person jury acquitted Hancock Big Books Protesters 2 years after demonstration resulted in arrests.  The trial of Hancock protesters, Ed Kinane of Syracuse, James Ricks and Daniel Burns of Ithaca and Brian Hynes of Brooklyn, began on February 28th with jury selection, and ended after 11 pm on March 2nd with all defendants acquitted.    They were tried before Judge David Gideon on charges of trespass and 2 counts of disorderly conduct, all violations, and

Pre Analysis of “Big Books” Trial #1

Our three-day Hancock trial in De Witt ended around midnight Thursday (3/2) and, exhausted, we scattered to the winds — some of us with long trips home.   Hence only minimal de-briefing or analysis. but here I’ll mention some of what I think are relevant factors in our acquittals. ~ First, obviously our cause is essential — not that that usually guarantees anti-drone activists victories in court…. ~ One of our four defendants (JR) is African American with Native American ancestry.

CONNECTING THE DOTS….NO BAN, NO WALL, NO KILLER DRONES at Hancock Airport/Air Base

Thank God for the great crowd of 1,000 protesting Trump’s Ban of Immigrants at Syracuse International Airport, as thousands flooded airports all across the US last Saturday night, Jan. 28th, when the ban first went into effect! We have a beautiful foto of a member of the Afghan Youth Peace Team with a poster saying “We Wish to Live Without War”. The youth sent a bolt of the sky blue fabric to US drone activists to wear as blue scarves

Four Arrested Enacting Nativity at Hancock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 23 December 2016 Contact: Ann Tiffany (315) 478-4571 home- Syracuse, NY Mary Anne Grady Flores (607) 280-8797 Ithaca UpstateDroneAction.org                                                                               Video by Jay Wilcox FOUR ARRESTED ENACTING NATIVITY SCENE AT HANCOCK DRONE BASE Syracuse, NY – On Friday, December 23, four activists were arrested at the main entrance of Hancock Air National Guard Base as many throughout the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Prince