Monday, April 14, 2014

Vigil Against the Drones coming to Volk Field

JOIN NATIONWIDE SPRING DAYS OF ACTION AGAINST KILLER DRONES

VIGIL AGAINST THE DRONES
OUTSIDE THE GATES OF CAMP WILLIAMS/VOLK FIELD
TUESDAY APRIL 22, 2014      3:30-4:30 pm

Dear Friends,

People across the country are coming together and speaking out against the killer drones in April and May as part of the SPRING DAYS OF ACTION AGAINST DRONES.
 
Recent vigil against drone terror at Volk Field
We have been vigiling monthly at Volk Field for more than two years.  As reported by Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, the work that we, and other activists around the country are doing, is having an impact. 

Without our continued dedication, these developments would not have taken place. 

WE NEED YOU NOW TO JOIN IN THE CONTINUING STRUGGLE, putting pressure on the Obama Administration to end this targeted assassination program.

If you can’t make the vigil at Camp Williams/Volk Field every month, please try to make the April 22 vigil and so we can show the country that Wisconsin says NO to drone warfare.

This is a legal vigil where we will be standing on public property.  As always, it will be solemn, remembering the victims of US government drone attacks. 

Other upcoming events here in Wisconsin for Spring Days of Action against Drones:
  • Thursday May 8 – 7::00-9:30 pm – Fountain – 122 State St. Madison – Screening of the film “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars”.  Discussion to follow.
  • Saturday May 17 – Time to be announced – Volk Field – Open house at Volk Field will give us a chance to be there and educate the public.
  • Look for information on filing a criminal complaint against Obama and personnel at Volk Field involved in the drone program with the US Attorney’s office in Madison.
  • Look for information on lobbying our members of Congress to end drone warfare.
Fly kites, not drones!

To get to Volk Field, take the Camp Douglas exit off Interstate 90/94 between Mauston and Tomah.  When you exit take County Rd. C to the northeast.  You will see the base straight ahead, but follow County Rd. C to the right and within a few blocks is a picnic wayside.  Since the wayside is closed for the winter, we will park on the side of the road.

We will gather at the wayside between 3:00-3:15 for introductions and to review the plan for the vigil, and then process together to the gates of the base where we will hold a solemn vigil for one hour to remember those killed by drones.  It is important that the voices of the victims be brought to the gates of Volk Field.

Bring posters if you can.  Bring a kite if you want to and FLY KITES NOT DRONES.

Please try to carpool.  If you’re in the Madison area, we will meet in the parking lot of East Towne Mall between JC Penney and the Firestone Auto Care Store.   Be there around 1:20 so we can take as few cars as possible and be on the road by 1:30.

We hope to see you at the vigil on Tuesday April 22.  If you can’t come this time, mark your calendar for the 4th Tuesday of every month and join us when you can.  If you have any questions please call or email Joy at 608 239-4327 or joyfirst5@gmail.com or Bonnie at 608-256-5088 or bblock@charter.net .

The nationwide Spring Days
of Drone Action continue!
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 about actions in your state!



Friday, April 11, 2014

Write or Call Your Member of Congress Today: Make the U.S. Come Clean on Drone Killings

Wisconsin has been a hotbed of in-the-streets vigils, marchs, die-ins, and other protests against drone killings -- as can clearly be seen in the posts on this blog.

Today, people protesting drones are contacting their representatives to encourage support for H.R.4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act. If passed, the bill will require the Obama administration to come clean about the killings it has carried out using drones -- killings that, up until now, the administration has been able to pretend don't exist.

So now's the time: write or call your member of Congress today. 

To determine what district you live in, go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

To see an example of a constituent letter, see An Open Letter to Congressman Mike Quigley on H.R.4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act


Wisconsin Congressional Delegation

(Members of the Progressive Caucus are presumed to lean in favor of the bill and are marked Progressive Caucus.)

WI01 - Paul Ryan - (202) 225-3031 email
WI02 - Mark Pocan - 202-225-2906 email (Progressive Caucus)
WI03 - Ron Kind - 202) 225-5506 email
WI04 - Gwen Moore - (202) 225-4572 email (Progressive Caucus)
WI05 - James Sensenbrenner - (202) 225-5101 email
WI06 - Thomas Petri - (202) 225-2476 email
WI07 - Sean Duffy - (202) 225-3365 email
WI08 - Reid Ribble - (202) 225-5665 email

[SEE: hub page for all Resources to SUPPORT the "Come Clean on Drone Killings" Act (Schiff/Jones HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act)]

Related posts

First Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) called the U.S. on the carpet for dodging the call from the international community to come clean about its drone killings. Then Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) submitted a bill calling for drone transparency. So ... are we finally going to get the truth?

(See REAL Progressives Demand that the U.S. Come Clean on Drone Killings)



A 2013 U.N. report makes it clear that the U.S. has to report fully on all its drone attacks.

(See 2014: The Year of Transparency (for U.S. Drone Use)?)









The reason the Administration is hiding truth about drones is that they don't have a satisfactory answer for how decisions about drone strikes are made.  As we have known all along, we need the public to think about how crummy the whole drone program is, and then they will be ready to be on our side. The best way to get them really thinking is to shine a spotlight on the secrecy, evasiveness, and deceit involved in the U.S. drone program.

(See Drone Killings: Come Clean )

Friday, March 21, 2014

VIGIL AGAINST THE DRONES OUTSIDE THE GATES OF VOLK FIELD

4th TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014  FROM  3:30-4:30 pm

A past vigil at Volk Field drew an enthusiastic crowd
 to speak out against drone killing and surveillance.

Dear Friends,
WHY WE MUST CONTINUE TO VIGIL 
Recent reports show how our government's policy of  "remote control killing" continues and what the results are.  On March 10, the United Nations expert overseeing the use of armed drones  demanded greater accountability and transparency by those states using them – including public investigations into allegations of civilian casualties.

A March 6 article reports that as the  United States steps up covert drone strikes on Yemen, with three suspected U.S. drone attacks killing at least four people in Yemen early this week, campaigners on the ground say the accumulated years spent living under constant threat of death from above are sowing tragedy, "psychological torture," and resistance across the country.  

To get to the vigil, take the Camp Douglas exit off Interstate 90/94 between Mauston and Tomah.  When you exit turn right on County Rd. C to the northeast.  You will see the base straight ahead, but follow County Rd. C to the right and within a few blocks is a picnic wayside.  Since the wayside is closed for the winter, we will park on the side of the road.

We will gather at the wayside between 3:00-3:15 for introductions and to review the plan for the vigil, and then process together to the gates of the base where we will hold a solemn vigil for one hour to remember those killed by drones.  Participants can stand in silence or read poems and stories about the effects of drone warfare.  It is important that the voices of the victims be brought to the gates of Volk Field.

Bring posters if you can.  This is a legal vigil on public property outside the gates. We'll also be standing in solidarity with Joy who will be part of an action in Washington D.C. 

A WORD ABOUT THE WEATHER 
It could be very cold so dress warm with extra layers.  If the wind chill is really low or if there is a winter storm warning, please check with Bonnie (608-256-5088 or 608-230-0569) to see if the vigil will be canceled because of weather.

CARPOOLING
Please try to carpool.  If you’re in the Madison area, we will meet in the parking lot of East Towne Mall between JC Penney and the Firestone Auto Care Store.   Be there around 1:20 so we can take as few cars as possible and be on the road by 1:30.  Thanks.

HOPE YOU CAN COME
We hope to see you at the vigil on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014.  If you can’t come this time, mark your calendar for the 4th Tuesday of every month and join us when you can.  And watch for an e-mail on special plans for April as part of a  nationwide campaign to ground the drones.  If you have any questions please email Joy joyfirst5@gmail.com or Bonnie at blbb24@att.net
Peace,
Joy and Bonnie

Spring Days of Drone Action 2014




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

VIGIL AGAINST THE DRONES - TUESDAY JANUARY 28, 2014 3:30-4:30 pm

DRONES KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE

VIGIL AGAINST THE DRONES
OUTSIDE THE GATES OF CAMP WILLIAMS/VOLK FIELD
TUESDAY JANUARY 28, 2014      3:30-4:30 pm

Dear Friends,

As our government tries to cover up what is going on with the drones and tries to distract us from the crimes they are committing, it is important that we continue to stand up and speak truth to power.  Though President Obama says that drones provide provision strikes  only used as a last resort and are only used to kill terrorists, we know that is not true.  For more on Obama’s hypocrisy on drones check out

And so it is important that we continue our monthly vigil outside the gates of Volk Field, continuing to strengthen and grow the resistance. 

This is a legal vigil where we will be standing on public property.  As always, it will be solemn, remembering the victims of US government drone attacks

WORD ABOUT THE WEATHER - It could be very cold so dress warm with extra layers.  If the wind chill is really low or if there is snow coming please check with Joy (608 239-4327) or Bonnie (608 256-5088) to see if the vigil will be canceled because of weather.

To get to the vigil, take the Camp Douglas exit off Interstate 90/94 between Mauston and Tomah.  When you exit take County Rd. C to the northeast.  You will see the base straight ahead, but follow County Rd. C to the right and within a few blocks is a picnic wayside.  Since the wayside is closed for the winter, we will park on the side of the road.

We will gather at the wayside between 3:00-3:15 for introductions and to review the plan for the vigil, and then process together to the gates of the base where we will hold a solemn vigil for one hour to remember those killed by drones.  Participants can stand in silence or read poems and stories about the effects of drone warfare.  It is important that the voices of the victims be brought to the gates of Volk Field.

Bring posters if you can. 

Please try to carpool.  If you’re in the Madison area, we will meet in the parking lot of East Towne Mall between JC Penney and the Firestone Auto Care Store.   Be there around 1:20 so we can take as few cars as possible and be on the road by 1:30.

We hope to see you at the vigil on Tuesday January 28.  If you can’t come this time, mark your calendar for the 4th Tuesday of every month and join us when you can.  If you have any questions please call or email Joy at 608 239-4327 or joyfirst5@gmail.com or Bonnie at 608-256-5088 or bblock@charter.net .

Peace,

Joy and Bonnie

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Jan 15-20: Wisconsin Lobby Day Against Drone Warfare

Wisconsin Lobby Day Against Drone Warfare
January 15-20, 2014
Organized by:
Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice

To participate or for more information: Joy First joyfirst5@gmail.com

Drones are immoral, illegal, and ineffective
What Should Members of Congress Do?

DRONE WARFARE IS IMMORAL:
*Between 3500-6000 people (over 200 have been children) are killed by drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and other places around the world. (Bureau of Investigative Journalism. www.thebureauinvestigates.com )
*Only 2% of those killed are high-level targets. (Living Under Drones.  Study by Stanford and NYU Law Schools. www.livingunderdrones.org )
*Drones constantly flying overhead are terrorizing entire civilian populations. (Living Under Drones.  Study by Stanford and NYU Law Schools. www.livingunderdrones.org )
*US soldiers involved in the drone program have high rates of suicide, PTSD, and anxiety.


DRONE WARFARE IS ILLEGAL:
*Drones are a violation of international law – the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions, the Hague Conventions, and the principles of the Nuremburg Tribunal.  They also violate the U.S. Constitution, international human rights laws, the laws of war, and the law applicable to the use of inter-state force. 
* The people who are killed have not been given any kind of due process.  They have not been charged, tried, or convicted of any crime.  They are summarily murdered by our government.
*In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Philip Alston, has said that the use of drones by the CIA amounts to, “a license to kill without accountability.”
*The Supreme Court of Pakistan has declared that U.S. drone warfare is a war crime.


DRONE WARFARE IS INEFFECTIVE
*Drones are not making the world safer.  Many people being attacked by drones operate by the rules of tribal law and when someone in their tribe is killed, they are obligated to take revenge. 
*Yemeni activist, Faera Al-Muslimi, testified before Congress and said that one drone strike instantly radicalizes people against the United States in ways that al Qaeda propaganda never could.
* At the Code pink “International Drone Summit” in Washington D.C. in November, 2013 a member of the Pakistani Parliament reported that 74% of the people consider the US an enemy.  http://www.pewglobal.org/2012/06/27/pakistani-public-opinion-ever-more-critical-of-u-s/


STORIES FROM VICTIMS SHOW DRONE WARFARE VIOLATES HUMAN RIGHTS

More and more stories coming out from people whose lives been shattered by drones.

One story was told by a thirteen-year-old girl who had been out selling gum with her father in Afghanistan.  When they returned to their village, they found their home demolished.  They found the pieces of her mother and two of her brothers scattered on the ground and in a tree.  The trauma rendered her father mute, and the girl became responsible for the rest of her family.  She led them into Pakistan where she begged on the streets to try and make money to support her family.

Another story is about a ten-year-old daughter who died with her mother in a drone attack.  She was clinging so tightly to her mother when she died that the family could not separate them and they were buried together.

Entesaar al Qadhi is a young politician from Yemen who reported at the International Drone Summit in Washington, DC that they didn’t even know who al Qadhi was until the US came.  She said, “We don’t support terrorism.  Why must we suffer terror attacks?”  She wants what everyone wants – to live in her home in peace.


WHAT DO WE WANT OUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO DO?

**Remember that Wisconsin has a military base where drone training is being conducted.  Volk Field has just opened a $4.5 million drone training facility.  We can demand an end to funding training for drone pilots at this Wisconsin base.

**We can demand that Congress better exercise real oversight over the drone program – whether it’s done by the military, the CIA, or private contractors.  In order to do so members of Congress need to receive pertinent information, whether it’s classified or not.

**We can demand an end to funding for the drone warfare program worldwide.

**As we approach the mid-term elections this fall, we will make drone warfare an election issue, letting members of Congress know that they must assure constituents that they will do everything possible to stop this illegal, immoral, and ineffective program that not only denies people around the world their human rights, but also makes us less safe in the long run.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

No Drones Wisconsin needs your help

No Drones Wisconsin:  A WNPJ member organization,  needs your help.

 

We have made great strides this past year in our educational outreach in the Madison area and around the state, in our quest to stop the use of killer drones.

  Our work nearly every Saturday at the Madison Farmers Market has been tremendous, where we have spoken to thousands about the use of UAVs/drones by the CIA and military, and ramped up our message on the use of surveillance drones by DHS, FBI, and local police departments.

One of the highlights was our invitation to speak at Edgewood High School in September to a group of 150 junior and senior high school students. That was a very good event and our message was well received by the students. In addition, we have shared our message at Many Ways of Peace in Eagle River, and Fellowship of Reconciliation in Janesville, plus a number of other speaking engagements, and appearances.

In order to continue our work, to keep up with developments, and help create a strong resistance to the use of drones and robotic weapons, in our quest to abolish war and  seek peace,  we would like to attend the next drone summit in Washington DC on November 16, 17. In order to get there and attend, we need funding for transportation, lodging, and meals.  If any donations exist after the trip, they will be used for literature and other expenses
.
You can donate using the link below. All funds are handled by the PC Foundation, http://www.pcfound.org/a Madison, Wisconsin, based 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Organization addressing social justice needs of individuals, families and communities through the following:
  • Provide fiscal sponsorship and other types of organizational support to individuals and groups.
  • Provide financial support (grants) to individuals and groups.

    A portion of your donation will be used by the PC Foundation in assisting other groups in the area, in addition to helping No Drones Wisconsin.
Thank you very much. NO DRONES. PEACE


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Oct 22: Vigil Against Drones - Camp Williams/Volk Field

DRONES KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE
VIGIL AGAINST THE DRONES
OUTSIDE THE GATES OF CAMP WILLIAMS/VOLK FIELD

TUESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2013 3:30-4:30 pm



Dear Friends,

Wisconsin has been a leader in the growing national resistance to drone warfare. Please be a part of this growing movement and join us for our monthly vigil against killer drones at Volk Field. They are training pilots to fly the Shadow drones at Volk Field. These smaller drones are used for surveillance to target people for the killer drones that follow.

This is a legal vigil where we will be standing on public property. As always, it will be solemn, remembering the victims of US government drone attacks. As we stand outside the gates of the base about 100 cars drive by, exiting the base, and see us standing there with our signs.

To get to the vigil, take the Camp Douglas exit off Interstate 90/94 between Mauston and Tomah. When you exit take County Rd. C to the northeast. You will see the base straight ahead, but follow County Rd. C to the right and within a few blocks is a picnic wayside. Since the wayside is closed for the winter, we will park on the side of the road.

We will gather at the wayside between 3:00-3:15 for introductions and to review the plan for the vigil, and then process together to the gates of the base where we will hold a solemn vigil for one hour to remember those killed by drones. Participants can stand in silence or read poems and stories about the effects of drone warfare. It is important that the voices of the victims be brought to the gates of Volk Field.

Bring posters if you can.

Please try to carpool. If you’re in the Madison area, we will meet in the parking lot of East Towne Mall between JC Penney and the Firestone Auto Care Store. Be there around 1:20 so we can take as few cars as possible and be on the road by 1:30.

We hope to see you at the vigil on Tuesday October 22. If you can’t come this time, mark your calendar for the 4th Tuesday of every month and join us when you can. If you have any questions please call or email Joy at 608 239-4327 or joyfirst5@gmail.com or Bonnie at 608-256-5088 or blbb@att.net .

Peace,

Joy and Bonnie