November days of action against drone killings

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Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 10:00am

Drone graphic for Iowa

Drone graphic for Iowa

In addition to the November 16 rally at 10 a.m. at Fleur and McKinley, Congressional office visits are set for Monday, November 18 -- 2 p.m. with Senators Harkin and Grassley's staff at the Federal Building, 210 Walnut, and 3 p.m. at Rep. Latham's office, 2700 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

Called by National Network to Stop Drones Warfare and Surveillance, actions planned around the country are to include protests at weapons manufacturers, teach-ins, and congressional advocacy.

In Iowa, AFSC is working with Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), Catholic Peace Ministry, and Veterans for Peace in building a campaign to stop US drones warfare.

Public outcry is rising as faith-based organizations, human rights organizations and international legal bodies call for an end to the killings and insist that the US provide transparency and accountability in its assertion that a “global war” against terrorism gives the US authority to wage its drone warfare. The push back is coming with UN reports exposing the breadth of the US war; Amnesty International asserting that some of the drone killings amount to war crimes; and the faith communities challenging the ethics and legality of the drones war.

To participate in this campaign or to request a speaker for your meeting, church or organization, please contact Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator.

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Links for more information:

15 Faith based organizations

http://fcnl.org/issues/drones/faithbased_organizations_Question_lethal_use_of_drones/

 

US Conference of Catholic Bishops statement

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/war-and-peace/arms-trade/upload/letter-to-administration-congress-on-drones-2013-05-17.pdf

 

UN report

http://justsecurity.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/UN-Special-Rapporteur-Extrajudicial-Christof-Heyns-Report-Drones.pdf

 

Amnesty International

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/usa-must-be-held-account-drone-killings-pakistan-2013-10-22

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