Two Calls for Action - Global Zero and Drone Diego
Please note: This April newsletter is sent to you early this year in time to share announcements for two calls to action that directly challenge the war machine. These groups are important players in a campaign that will ultimately dismantle the war machine and give us a future without war.
Global Zero Day of Action, April 5th
Committed to A World Without Nuclear Weapons
President Barack Obama, President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister David Cameron, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have endorsed Global Zero. Leading newspapers have backed Global Zero's plan, the Financial Times concluding that, "Global Zero's plan has shown the direction to be travelled; the world's leaders must now start moving."
Here is their call to action:
The Global Zero movement -- your movement -- is half a million strong and growing. But to set the world's course to zero we need to generate massive public momentum that rocks the White House, the media and political leaders around the world.
We can't do this without you. We need your voice and we need you to amplify it. Now's your chance to make an even bigger impact by forwarding the petition along to all your friends and urging them to join you as we make history and demand zero. You can link to the petition here.
With your help, we can generate a global public outcry impossible to ignore.
Fighting the good fight,
John-Michael, Lauren, Marion, Erin, Alex, Derek and the rest of the Global Zero team
Drone Diego Days of Action
Drone Diego Coordinating Committee
Creating Awareness of the Perils Posed by Drone Technology
National Anti-Drone Days of Action
San Diego CA, April 4-7, 2013
The Drone Diego Coordinating Committee invites organizations and individuals to come to San Diego on April 4-7, as we protest and bring attention to the dangers drones present to the people of the world. Join us for nonviolent actions, workshops, street theater and more, or organize your own activities.
Our opposition to drone warfare is based on our stand for peace and justice. We believe that:
▪ Armed drones are weapons of terror. They kill combatants and civilians, children and adults, men and women, alike. Their presence overhead terrorizes entire communities.
▪ Extrajudicial assassinations by killer drones violate U. S. and international law.
▪ Surveillance drones threaten our liberties, spying on communities and borders, invading our personal privacy.
▪ Drones make our families less secure by making it easier for military and paramilitary agencies (like the CIA) to continue endless war without limits in either space or time.
Why come to San Diego? San Diego is the drone production capital of the world. San Diego is home to General Atomics, builders of the killer Predator and Reaper drones (which may be armed with Hellfire missiles), and Northrup Grumman, maker of the Global Hawk surveillance drone. Surveillance drones also regularly fly along the border between San Diego and Mexico.
A strong presence in San Diego will draw attention locally and nationally to the hazards posed by these robotic killers and spy craft. We hope that this will be the first of many actions in San Diego
There are still some time slots for other actions if your organization would like to plan something! Contact us: email@example.com.
And please join us!!
April 4 - Thursday
3PM - San Diego Veterans for Peace (SDVFP) demonstration at General Atomics Predator drones production site along with an Overpass Light Brigade Action nearby
April 5 - Friday
Morning: Demo at General Atomics Headquarters coordinated by CodePink
Afternoon: Demo at Northrup Grumman site coordinated by CodePink
Evening: Assembly with socializing and movie (location TBA). Also, Overpass Light Brigade Action
April 6 - Saturday
Mid-day: Peace Train riders arrive from LA will join us at the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum for an afternoon demonstration coordinated by Women Occupy San Diego
Evening: Speaker's Forum at First Church of the Brethren, 7 p.m./dinner before
April 7 - Sunday (ending by 3 p.m.)
General Assembly - Workshops, next steps
Peace Resource Center of San Diego, San Diego Veterans for Peace, San Diego Coalition for Peace and Justice, CODEPINK, Global Exchange, Canvass for a Cause, Af3irm, A Future Without War.org, Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD), San Diego International Socialist Organization, SAME Alliance, Peace Fresno, Fresno Light Brigade, Peace Madera, ANSWER San Diego, San Diego Party for Socialism & Liberation, San Diego Committee Against Police Brutality, International Action Center San Diego, San Diego Libertarian Party, Environmentalists Against War, Al-Awda San Diego, ANSWER Coalition, San Diego Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), Okupi Damsels in Distress (Palm Springs), Women Occupy-San Diego, United Nations Association-San Diego Chapter, Women's Equity Council-UNA-SD, San Diego Overpass Light Brigade, San Diego Faith Leaders for Peace, San Diego Democratic Socialists of American, Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE), National Lawyers Guild, San Diego Green Party, International Action Center, San Diego Church of the Brethren, P.S.C.E. - Plan of Action in a Changing Era. (list updated 3/18/13)