Upstate Drone Action

June 4, 2024: Clergy Day at the Base: Should clergy be enabling long distance killing machines that allow our government to kill people from a desktop computer on the other side of the planet? Join us by the front gate for leafleting at 8:30 AM, holding banners and signs. Press Release for June 4 Action

Photo from Clergy Day at Hancock, 2022

To read more on the subject, click the link below.

US Drone Warfare Faces Questions of Legitimacy, Study of Military Chaplains Shows

December 17, 2023: Find Baby Jesus in the Rubble

Join us! Ceasefire Now, End Drone Killing!
Christmas Nativity Scene at Syracuse Cathedral  
Finding Baby Jesus in the Rubble! 
Who wants to come with us? 

Date: Sunday, December 17th, 2023   Press Release

What: We will be creating a live Nativity scene with a Ceasefire Now Banner and other banners at the front of the Cathedral. We are calling for a CEASEFIRE NOW, calling to end the ongoing genocide in Gaza, and an End to US & Israeli Drone Killing. The Nativity scene will include “Finding the Infant Jesus in the Rubble.” Flyers will be passed out to the 1,000 parishioners going into Mass and when they leave.

Place: Syracuse Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
259 E Onondaga St, Syracuse, NY 13202

Time: 9:20 am – Gathering ahead of time  at the church to set up and be ready by    9:30 am. / Some will be there by 9 am to set up the crêche.
9:45 am Mass time for 1,000 people.
Between 10:45 to 11 am, people will be leaving the church.
Leaving Ithaca at 7:45 am (meet at Mary Anne’s house/ 607-280-8797. Call if you’d like to come.)

December 03, 2023: Peace Rally for Palestine in Scranton, PA, Bidens hometown

Sponsored by The Merchants of Death Tribunal, Ban Killer Drones, Upstate Drone Action, Broome County Peace Action, Broome County Veterans for Peace.  No more weapons for the Israel Genocide of Palestinians!!  Read more…

Video by Heriberto Rodriguez:

July 22, 2023: Peace Rally for Ukraine in Scranton, Bidens hometown.

Sponsored by: Upstate Drone Action, Ban Killer Drones, Veterans for Peace, United National Antiwar Coalition, World Beyond War and more.

Video Filmed and Edited by Vera Scroggins.

April 21, 2023:   Spring Action in Solidarity with the “Merchants of Death” Tribunal:  Handing out Subpoenas and sending up the Recipients.

An Earth Day celebration mocking the clever fools of the war machine produced a lot of grim fun in Syracuse, New York, on Friday, April 21. A coalition of peace groups including Upstate Drone Action, Veterans For Peace Chapter 90, Peace Action, UpState PaxChristi, and Ithaca Catholic Worker had already issued subpoenas to six merchants of death and their enablers in the Syracuse community to testify at the November 2023 Merchants of Death Tribunal. Now it was time to hear from the war enablers themselves!  Read more –

Filmed by Vera Scroggins, Edited by John Amidon.

After sending up New York’s corrupt Senators, we went on to challenge JP Morgan Chase, a major shareholder in the Merchant’s of Death, and then on to the Chancellary of the Diocese of Syracuse (above), and then off to Lockheed Martin and Hancock Killer Drone Base.  Medea Benjamin and Tighe Barry of CodePink and Diane Sare, an antiwar politician (a rare bird these days) both spoke at the Federal Building. A quick video review of the day.

Medea Benjamin’s Presentation, filmed  and edited by Vera Scroggins

April 21, 2023:   Spring Action in Solidarity with the “Merchants of Death” Tribunal:

Join us!  with Guest speakers Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and Diane Sare

SUBPOENAS WILL BE DELIVERED TO MERCHANTS OF DEATH (e.g. LOCKHEED) and their allies, calling them to give account at the November Merchants of Death Tribunal for making huge profits from war while causing the suffering of millions of victims and severe destruction to the earth and all her creatures. The Earth and her people cry out for relief. No More Weapons for War! Lockheed is the world’s largest weapons dealer and profiteer. Their CEO is on the NATO board. All countries who sign on must spend 5% of their GDP buying Lockheed weapons and parts. According to Vets for Peace, the US military has the largest institutional output of greenhouse gases, more than 145 countries combined, supplying 800 US bases around the world, sending rockets to put satellites to conduct all our wars and surveillance. Lockheed feeds the beast of war. We go to the gates of Lockheed, Merchant of Death to say Peace is the Way. “We used to make weapons for war! Now we make wars for weapons!”  Click here for Schedule of Activities/Locations

Why You Need to Join Us, Friday April 21! 

January 22, 2023: Celebrating Martin Luther King Day.   Dr. King often spoke of the evil triplet of Racism, Poverty and Militarism.   In his speech, Beyond Vietnam, he famously spoke of: “The greatest purveyor of violence on earth – my own government.”  This remains the case today.  He said “I cannot be silent,” and neither can we.

In that light, a number of us attended the yearly Syracuse University Martin Luther King Celebration Event.  We brought with us reminders of the third member of Dr. Kings Triplet, militarism, so often forgotten in these days of increasing poverty and racialized violence in the U.S.  Click to see our Flyer; Statement;

September 9, 2022: Time to Confront the Merchants of Death

Click here to read Jack Gilroy’s excellent synopsis of events and see more photos.

Click here to view a slideshow of the protests at BAE in Endicott and Lockheed Martin in Owego, facing the Merchants of Death.  Change your ways!  It’s time support life!

Local TV Coverage on Channel 34.
(wait about five seconds to play this link first covered by an ad)

More coverage to come, hopefully to include musicians present at the event.

A short video by John Amidon.

We had a couple of excellent rallies with some press coverage.  BAE and Lockheed were suitably stressed.

Join us a BAE Systems in Endicott New York at 11 AM, and then at Lockheed Martin in Owego at Noon on September 9.   Practical Information for attending September 6 Rallies.

We will tell them its time to change their ways and their products.  Both companies make about 1% useful products that help us live better and 99% horrific weapons.  Let’s work to change their minds.  Read more about this issue: The Weapons Industry Transformed (with organization signators).  Click to download Flyer (pdf) or Flyer for Social Media, another flyer.  

Broome County activists in front of BAE Systems Offices in Endicott, NY











April 28, 2022: Latest court case dismissed In the Interest of Justice!

Earth Day: Friday, April 22, 2022

11:15 AM,  Meet @ Syracuse Peace Council. 2013 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY, 13210.

12:00 -3:00 pm – Earth Day Festival -Skit by Upstate Drone Action, Flyers

– Skit, distribution of Flyers at Thornden Park Amphitheater area. ? Look for Mother Earth banners, Thornden Park Dr, Syracuse, NY 13210.

4:00 – 4:45 pm Hancock Drone Base Skit, Posters, Flyers

6001 East Malloy Rd, Mattydale, NY (E. Syracuse), 13211.   At drone pilots & personnel shift change we’ll be vigiling, holding posters, and enact the earth day skit. Note: We are not planning to risk arrest at this event.

Directions from Peace Center to the park:   Left out of lower back driveway onto Westcott st. Go 2 blocks. Take a right onto Dell st.  Go 2 blocks. Take right onto Beech St. to Thornden Park Drive on left. Follow the road past the pool to the amphitheater area. Park along the road or circle around on the other side for more parking.

Video ‘Stop the War on Mother Earth’ produced and directed by Mary Anne Grady Flores

The First Earth Day:  Fifty-two years ago, twenty million Americans turned out for rallies and marches in a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment intended to shake the political establishment out of its lethargy and force the environment onto the national political agenda. 

Since then the Earth has gotten hotter. We have to go beyond changing our light bulbs and recycling and again shake up the powers that be. An unspoken key driver of climate change is militarism and war, and we will have to confront this in order to change the course of our climate crisis.

  • The US military is the single biggest institutional consumer of oil, emitting more CO2 than most nations on Earth.
  • A key purpose of the US Military is to maintain access to and control of fossil fuel and other earth resources.
  • The US military is exempt from environmental (EPA) regulations and is not required to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Militarism is devouring our resources and distracting our attention from the environmental problems that war can never solve.

End US racist interventionist wars! Decarbonize our society! Go green!

December 28: Upstate Drone Action held protests at Hancock Base Outside of Syracuse, and in Rochester and Binghamton at the Federal building to draw attention to the many innocent lives lost in the U.S. Drone attacks in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq over the last decade on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, a holiday celebrated by Catholics and Christians throughout Europe and Latin America to commemorate the children killed by Herod in his attempt to block the new ‘king’ Jesus from coming to maturity.   Like Herod’s campaign of terror, drone warfare knowingly kills innocents to achieve broad coverage.

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