Activists Stage Fast Outside of
Creech Air Force Base
Las Vegas, Nevada - Activists with peace groups CODEPINK and Nevada Desert Experience will Fast outside of Creech Air Force Base against U.S. drone strikes on Afghanistan and Pakistan over the Thanksgiving Holiday, November 26th through November 29th. After learning about the brutal assaults on innocent bystanders in those countries, the activists decided to Fast as a way to show to the global community and the U.S. government that we do not support the drone strikes.
According to an October 2009 New Yorker article "The Predator War" written by Jane Mayer, the Predator drones strikes continue at a fast pace -- "a rate of approximately one bombing a week." The pilot program is housed at various military installations in the United States with Creech Air Force Base, just north of Las Vegas, as the headquarters of the Air Force's Predator and Reaper "hunter-killer" UAV squadron, the 432nd Flight Wing. Young Air Force pilots commute into the base everyday to fly the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), referred to as drones, to scout over Pakistan and Afghanistan and launch Hellfire missiles onto the region as part of a controversial C.I.A. targeted international killing program; and at times missing their intended targets, resulting in the deaths of many innocent people including children. The non-violent peace activists call for a stop to the U.S. drone strikes and call on our government to stop spending American tax dollars on C.I.A. classified covert drone programs.
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Second Day of Ground the Drones Fast In Syracuse
All of the fasters are doing fine.
Everyday we spend an hour at Clinton Square bannering. Today, after that, we went to the mall and bannered and leafleted (handed out 400 leaflets). And then retuned to Clinton Square for the gala winter festival and tree lighting, which gave us the our best chance to have conversations with people. Several people came up to ask What are drones
Mike Ferner tells the stories of two men he met randomly at Clinton Square in Syracuse to demonstrate the connection between the war and our failing economy. The first man was 55 years old and worked for an electric parts manufacturer, the second was a young father with two children, in the Marine Corps reserve.
Commenting on the situations of these two men, Ferner said, "This just really sums it up. A trillion dollars spent on wars we have no business fighting and an economy in the toilet as a result. These stories are repeated a million times a day across the country as jobs keep disappearing, homes are foreclosed, people go without health insurance. People know that something is wrong with the system and a big part of our job needs to be getting involved in other people's struggles so we can connect the dots with real human relationships. We will all benefit so much when we do."
Contact: Elliot Adams, Past President, Veterans for Peace 518-441-2697