Sunday, October 5, 2014

Speak Out Against Drones!


Speak Out Against Weaponized Drones at Hancock Drone Base

Beginning 1 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2014, Upstate Drone Action and the Syracuse Peace Council will do all-of-us-involved street theatre outside the main gate of the Hancock Reaper drone base on East Molloy Road two miles east of Mattydale near Syracuse, NY. All are welcome.

Hancock is the home of the 174th Attack Wing of the NYS National Guard. The Attack Wing remotely controls weaponized Reaper drone robots, killing and terrorizing people in Afghanistan and probably elsewhere.

The event,  part of the world-wide Global Action Day Against the Use of Drones for Surveillance & Killing, is in solidarity with comparable events during this Keep Space for Peace Week in Asia, Europe and throughout the U.S.
Among our speakers will Mark Colville, of the Amistad Catholic Worker in New Haven, CT, recently found guilty in the De Witt Town Court on five counts for participating in a nonviolent attempt to deliver a “Peoples’ Order of Protection” to the Hancock chain of command. According to Mark, “That Peoples’ OOP, on behalf of the children of Afghanistan, is a response to the dozens of OOPs imposed on Upstate Drone Action members for exercising at Hancock our First Amendment right of petitioning our government for a redress of grievances. Those OOPs  are Hancock’s heavy-handed device for squashing dissent.”

The Syracuse Peace Council, founded 1936,  is this nation’s oldest independent local grassroots peace and justice organization. Upstate Drone Action, founded 2010, seeks to educate the public, the media and base personnel about the ongoing  Reaper drone war crimes originating at Hancock Air Base.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Resisting Drone Warfare - Rev. Gary Doupe Interviews Jack Gilroy

Interview: Hillcrest, NY, September 27, 2014
Sentencing Statement: Endwell, NY, September 30, 2014
Additional Video: Rally to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, Syracuse, NY, April 28, 2013

Update, October 1, 2014: Jack Gilroy was sentenced to 3 years probation, with the first 90 days to be spent in Onondaga County Jail, in addition to over $1200 in fines and surcharges in connection with his conviction on charges of trespass and obstructing governmental administration.

Press Release, September 30, 2014:

Jack Gilroy, 79, Broome County Peace Action Board member and longtime activist who has Honorable Discharges from both the US Navy and US Army will be sentenced by Judge Robert Jokl on Wednesday, October 1st at 4:30 PM at the DeWitt Court House, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057-8509.

Gilroy was convicted of trespass and obstructing government administration for his participation in a solemn funeral procession and die-in at Hancock Killer Drone base where missiles and bombs are fired via satellite just sixty miles away from Broome County. The maximum penalty is one year and 15 days in Jamesville Penitentiary.

Gandhian waves of nonviolent resisters to drone warfare by the 174th Attack Wing of the Hancock Air Force National Guard have been ongoing for the past five years. Gilroy's trial was based on his participation in an April 28th 2013 solemn funeral procession and die-in to illustrate the death and destruction of innocent people by drone missiles and bombs fired out of Hancock Air Force Base. Hancock is one of many drone bases around the United States doing assassinations of Muslim suspects in foreign nations.

Gilroy had an opportunity to plead guilty without penalty but noted that “the guilty are not those who carry the message to stop the killing.” He and others who have been arrested at the gates of the 174th Attack Wing all have taken oaths of non-violence. Gilroy and many others believe the United States extrajudicial killing of suspects is not only immoral and illegal but has become the premier recruiting tool for terrorists.

Websites and Books Recommended by Jack Gilroy:

Killer Drone Resources

Living Under Drones
Upstate Drone Action
Know Drones
No Drones Network
Veterans For Peace

Four selected books for students and adults:

1) A Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn
2) Compassion…Henri J.M. Nouwen
3) Strength Through Peace…Colman McCarthy
4) War is a Lie…..David Swanson
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