Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Drones & Dirty Wars: Prelude to Drone Days of Action 2014

While the Spring Days of Drone Action are already well underway in New York with events in Syracusethe Hudson Valley, and elsewhere throughout the state, their beginning will be marked on Wednesday, April 2 at 7 PM with a web-cast & live event in Manhattan. The event will take place at the Community Church at 40 E. 35th Street

In attendance will be:
Madiha Tahir, film maker, Wounds of Waziristan
An independent journalist reporting on conflict,
culture and politics in Pakistan, she has
 followed the U.S. drone attacks there for years.


  Maria LaHood, Senior Staff Attorney, 
Center for Constitutional Rights who
 specializes in international human
 rights litigation, seeking to hold
 government officials and corporations
 accountable for torture, extrajudicial
 killings, and war crimes abroad.


    Carl Dix, Vietnam War resister and member of  the Revolutionary Communist Party.  A leader of protests against police brutality, stop-and-frisk, and founder, with Cornel West, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.

The event will be sponsored by KnowdronesWorld Can't Wait, the Action for Justice Committee of The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist

For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

The nationwide Spring Days of Drone Action are just beginning! Click to learn more about events in New York and throughout the nation!
Spring Days of Drone Action 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Attack Drones, Cyber-Weapons and Autonomous Robots: Law and Morality

7 p.m., Wednesday, March 26
Panasci Family Chapel, LeMoyne College, Syracuse

The computer revolution has made possible the development of extraordinary new weapons. Although our current legal and moral principles do not permit force in any but the most serious situations and as a last resort, government officials and certain academics are arguing for new interpretations of the rules.

Mary Ellen O’Connell, professor of law and research professor of international dispute resolution at the University of Notre Dame, will address these arguments, which she believes are inconsistent with the fundamental right to life. 

Mary Ellen O'Connell, who will argue that
 attempts to reinterpret legal and moral principles to
 expand the use of force are incompatible with the
 fundamental right to life.

This lecture is part of “The Faith That Does Justice Series” sponsored by the College’s Office of Mission and Identity.

Spring Days of Drone Action 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014

NYC Screening of Wounds of Waziristan in NYC

Join Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and Madiha Tahir, the film's maker, for a screening of Wounds of Waziristan, a documentary chronicling the impact of the U.S. drone campaign in the tribal regions of Pakistan, this Wednesday March 12 from 6-8 PM at Lerner Hall on the campus of Columbia University. 
Wounds of Waziristan: to be screened 3/12/14, 6 pm at Columbia University
While the event is free, seating is limited, so click here to reserve a spot.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Relentless Anti-Drone Action this month in the Hudson Valley!

Drone-Alert Hudson Valley is hosting a series of what promise to be powerful opportunities to educate the public more about drone killing and surveillance this month.

A rally and sidewalk march will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 3 pm in Peace Park (behind Village Hall) in New Paltz. Bring signs, kites, balloons, drums, and any other means to get attention and educate passersby about drone injustice and atrocities.

Wounds of Waziristan to be screened 3/23 at 4:30 PM in the Elting
 Library Community room in New Paltz

A screening and discussion of Wounds of Waziristan, Madiha Tahir's powerful 25 minute documentary about the impact of drone strikes on people in the tribal areas of Pakistan, will take place on Sundaym March 23 at 4:30 pm in the Elting Library Community Room in New Paltz.  This documentary features Karim Khan, a Pakistani who was recently kidnapped and tortured by his government for his attempts to speak out about drone atrocities in his community and subsequently released after great public protest.
Kareem Khan, tortured and detained by the Pakistani government for
 speaking out against the American drone war.
On Sat March 29 at 2:45 pm there will be a rally and march on the Walkway over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie. We will gather at either end of the Walkway and set off at 3 pm, to meet at the flagpole for a rally. No signs are allowed on the Walkway so wear buttons/slogans on clothes (tape signs, bumper stickers on clothing). Bring kites, balloons, your well-behaved dog on a leash!(Heavyrain/snow date: Sun March 30, 2:45pm) 
The flagpole in the middle of the walkway will
 remind us to speak out forcefully against the perversion
 of American ideals that is drone killing.

For more information about these events, please e-mail Barbara Kidney of Drone-Alert Hudson Valley at bask999@yahoo.com

To learn more about the upcoming nationwide Spring Days of Action against Drone warfare and surveillance, visit http://springdaysofdroneaction.org