Thursday, May 2, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones Concludes at Horsham Air National Guard Base

50 demonstrators of all political stripes marched in front of Horsham's Air National Guard Base on Saturday 4/28, in protest of its upcoming conversion to a drone command center. The event, which received coverage by local media, was organized by Horsham native Sean Miller, who reported that he was motivated to action by learning that drones would be piloted from the area in which he grew up.
Protestors made a powerful statement about the reckless killing of
civilians inherent in drone warfare, but also raised concerns about
 their potential for domestic use.

As the news report notes, the plans to convert Horsham to a drone base have been generally lauded by local officials as a boost to the economy. Protesters served as a needed counter to this blithe outlook, raising awareness both about the unseen suffering caused by drone strikes halfway across the globe and about the enemies they create.

The demonstration in Horsham was joined by many across the state as well as the nation last weekend, including a protest at Hancock AFB in Syracuse, NY which brought out hundreds and resulted in dozens of arrests. Thus, the April Days of Action Against Drones were brought to a resounding conclusion that promises to galvanize future anti-drone activism.

Don't just sit there- GET INVOLVED IN YOUR STATE!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones in PENNSYLVANIA

Before Easter, Good Friday.

Good Friday Stations of 
Justice, Peace, and Nonviolent Resistance
to Lockheed Martin, King of Prussia, PA
March 29, 2013

In one of the initial events in the nationwide April Days of Action Against Drones, about forty people gathered at Lockheed Martin for the Brandywine Peace Community's annual Good Friday Peace Demonstration and service modeled on the traditional stations of the cross, however with readings, poetry, recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and music paralleling Jesus' last steps and crucifixion with the suffering of humanity through war, social injustice, and the violation of the earth, as well as signs of hope and expressions of radical peacemaking - people facing arrest for nonviolent resistance to the criminal authority of Lockheed Martin, the world's largest war profiteer. (Read full details of Good Friday protest against Lockheed below.)


PHILADELPHIA - Thursday, April 4, 2013 - Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 4p.m. - 5:30p.m. - Banner & Sound Display, Phila. Federal Building, 601 Market Street

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 12:00 Noon, University of Pennsylvania, 34th and Walnut - Drone Death Walk and Kite Flying for Peace.

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 2 p.m.Philly Against War Anti-Drone Forum at Tabernacle Church, 3700 Chestnut Street

Thursday, April 27, through Saturday, April 29, 2013 - Saying NO to Drones during Penn Relays at University of Pennsylvania. Protests around campus as thousands of people from around the country and the world descend on the campus.

(Add additional events to the master list of national April Days of Action actions.)

Read about ALL the ways YOU can be involved 


The emphasis at this year's Good Friday demonstration was the multi-billion dollar role in this new era of robotic warfare and state repression by bringing something of the humanity of the victims of U.S. drone strikes to one of the largest corporations profiting from drone weapons technology and use. After reading each station and its commentary reading or piece of poetry or music (with original songs by Tom Mullian), participants would would partake in the Good Friday litany as a cross four-plus foot high cross, each with Lockheed Martin logos at the crucifixion nail points, would be hammered into the ground by the main entrance to Lockheed Martin main driveway. A much larger cross stood behind a large wooden sign with Lockheed Martin logo, reading "We're Making A Killing".

At the 12th station - Jesus dies on the Cross - the tolling of our large peace bell accompanied a period of silence and the reading of names - all civilians, mostly children - of drone strikes victims in Pakistan. A group of people then with crosses, signs, and a long banner reading - Lockheed Martin War & Weapons Christ Crucified - walked into the crosswalk of the company's wide main driveway entrance and stood as the names continued to be read. The eleven people blocking the entrance way turned and began walking, with copies of the drone strike victims, toward the main doorway. There, they had planned to read the names. As people were stopped by company security and Upper Merion police, the names of the victims could be heard as they were arrested transported to the Upper Merion police station.

 11 people were arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, and released from the police station. They are: Carroll and Joe Clay, Mary Ellen Norpel, Bernadette Cronin-Geller, Fr. Patrick Sieber, OFM, and Robert M. Smith, all from Philadelphia; Tom Mullian and Teresa Camerota, from Wyncote, PA; Paul Sheldon and Annie Geers , from Media, PA, and Tyler Sheaffer, from Sunbury, PA.

If you wish a copy of the Good Friday Stations of Justice, Peace, Nonviolent Resistance, return this e-mail with note: Send Good Friday Stations and they will be sent to you in attachment.

The Good Friday Stations of Justice, Peace, and Nonviolent Resistance to Lockheed Martin this year were dedicated to Mary Jo McArthur who died just days before. It was the first time in more than three decades that Mary Jo's name hasn't appeared on a Brandywine Peace Community list of those arrested for peace and the works of justice.

Presente: Mary Jo McArthur
Memorial, Saturday, April 13, at 11A.M.
St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church,
4625 Springfield Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143 (47th Street and Springfield Avenue) located on the 900 block of south 47th St.,

9th Station: Jesus Falls the 3rd Time (Stations of the Cross)

Daniel Berrigan once described the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor and martyred resister to Nazi Germany, this way: "He said his prayers, he told the truth, and then he died."

Anyone who has over the past four decades been at Lockheed Martin or elsewhere with the Brandywine Peace Community or any number of other groups from Philadelphia to Washington, DC would have seen Mary Jo McArthur -- holding a sign, gripping a banner, standing, walking, getting arrested, doing what was just a matter of fact for her - quietly standing up for justice, saying her prayers, doing peace, caring about and serving others.

Last Saturday, March 23, Mary Jo McArthur died. Her passing was with the same peace in which she acted over and over and over and over, again and again, without bluster, or argument, with just a matter of fact-ness that says, in effect, this is where I am, I know what happens here, and this is what I do…knowing full well what would happen.

Mary Jo is still with us here today, in the prayer of St Ignatius that she said daily and she asked Bernadette Cronin-Geller to bring here today.

“ Take Lord and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. You have given all to me. To You, O Lord, I return it. Everything is yours, do with it what You will. Give me only Your Love and Your grace, for this is enough for me.”

Resist "the evil triplets of American society: racism, extreme materialism, and militarism"
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,
Riverside Church, New York City, April 4, 1967

Friday, April 19, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones in PHILADELPHIA

Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m.
A Free Public Forum on Drone Warfare...
and Why We Must Oppose It
Tabernacle Church, 3700 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (located near University of Pennsylvania at the corner of 37th & Chestnut Street, enter on 37th Street; easily accessible by SEPTA bus #23, and Market Street subway.  See )

U.S. unmanned drones, remotely controlled from command centers throughout the U.S. and through space  by satellites built by Lockheed Martin, firing Lockheed Martin produced Hellfire missiles, have killed thousands of civilians in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen.This month, demonstrations have taken place around the nation in protest of this imperialistic killing and the industry that makes it possible.
Demonstration in front of the White House on Saturday, 4/13 as
 part of the April Days of Action Against Drones.
 More killing awaits in this new era of robotic warfare, and the Philadelphia region is poised to be complicit in this.There are now plans to open a new command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station (formerly the Willow Grove Naval Air Station), outside of Philadelphia, from which to conduct drone warfare from the continental U.S. to targets on the other side of the world.  Meanwhile, drone research and technology application continues at UPenn and Drexel.

Forum will include:
• Hamzah Saif, Pakistan-Afghanistan Editor at Ajam Media Collective; authors the Pakistan column at the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs; frequent contributor to political commentary journals.
• Peter Lems, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

• Marjorie Van Cleef, Womens’ International League for Peace and Freedom

Sponsored by Philly Against War.  Endorsers: Brandywine Peace Community, Philadelphia International Action Center, Philadelphia Green Party, Socialist Action, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
For more information: (610) 544-1818 or (856) 220-7188

Upcoming Anti-Drone War Action:
Thursday - Saturday, April 25 - 27, UPenn drone research protest display and leafleting during the Penn Relays at University of Pennsylvania. Noon - 2p.m., each day( 34th & Walnut Streets in University City/West Phila., PA 19104.) 
Thousands of people from around the country and the world each year come to the celebrated Penn Relays.  Let them know about about the drone side of UPenn.

April Days of Action Against Drones continue! Learn more about events going on around the country!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Call for "No Drones" in Pennsylvania Colleges, Universities, and Research Institutions


A national call has been made for “April Days of Action” to focus on three key components of U.S. drone work: Drone Manufacturers, Drone Bases in the U.S., and Drone Research. (See the list about nationwide actions and post your own planned actions for April.)

Given the fact that drones are now the primary weapons of warfare used by the US, and for surveillance both domestic and abroad, the research and development of this warfare is growing rapidly at academic institutions, in our towns and neighborhoods. Drones are the perfect instrument for endless war that kills civilians, even as they target “militants” in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan.

Academic institutions often receive large grants from the U.S. Department of Defense, enabling them to build labs within schools of engineering, for instance. We are well aware that without this research in robotics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), and the accompanying accessories, these drone warfare projects would probably not take place. So there is an interdependent relationship between the universities and the U.S. government and or its Department of Defense and CIA. (CIA drones are used in countries with which the U.S. is not “at war”, ie Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Mali, and others.)

While universities tend to publicize some information on their respective websites regarding the drone work, it is most often said to be for non-military purposes. And there are students working in the labs who are convinced that all the research is for humanitarian purposes. However, history has told us that non-military can quickly and easily become military. Moreover research has shown drones make mistakes on recognizing their targets.

We are therefore asking organizations and individuals, nationwide, to explore any drone research that might be going on at their local university. We are calling for local actions between April 16 and 18, 2013 (Suggested actions are listed below) Our limited research into University and Academic UAV programs indicates that research centers are operating in Pennsylvania:
Carnegia Mellon Institute of Robotics - Pittsburgh
Drexel University - Philadelphia
Lehigh University - Bethlehem
University of Pennsylvania – GRASP Lab, Philadelphia
Before those dates in April we will need to know what information you have acquired about the research and what actions and events your group is planning.This will be shared among groups in the Network. You can send this information to us at

We will have a press committee that will receive your press release and any articles you are able to publish before or after the event.

This project will complement other outreach, education and action projects that will be launched in April, focusing on drone bases, April 27-28 and drone manufacturers , April 4-6.

Suggested actions:
  1. Learn what research is being done by searching on a university website. Look especially at the Engineering Dept. 
  2. Organize a forum, preferably on campus, with speakers and discussion. Be sure to publicize in campus newspapers, and possibly include a professor as one of the speakers. Also include local activists.
  3. Plan a small meeting with the appropriate persons in the department working on drone research, both professors and students.
  4. Hold vigils and leaflet on or close to the campus, as well as in town.
  5. Let us know if you need further tools for your research.
Thanks in advance for your reply to

With all good wishes,

Marge Van Cleef, WILPF, Philadelphia
Leila Zand, For USA
Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Friday, February 1, 2013

September: Know Drones in Pennsylvania: Bethlehem and Bucks County



Know Drones will do an educational tour in Pennsylvania in cooperation with local peace groups in Bethlehem and Bucks County, September 21-22, 2012. The tour will include sidewalk display of a 1/5 actual size replica of a Reaper drone (8' length, 11' wingspan), elevated on a lifter, and include video displays showing various aspects of drone operations as well as simulation of drone targeting.

The United States operates at least sixty drone bases inside the U.S. and around the world. U.S. drone attacks have taken place in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Uganda, and the Philippines. Hundreds of people, including civilians, have been killed in U.S. drone attacks.

The Know Drones Tour provides information, hoping to create more public discussion and debate about the wisdom, legality, and morality of using war and spy drones.


The public is invited to attend all of these events. The local visit of the Know Drones Tour is organized by the Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern (LEPOCO), the 47-year-old local citizens organization with a Peace Center in south Bethlehem. For more information contact LEPOCO at 610-691-8730 or lepoco [at]

Thursday, September 20 - Lehigh University

2:00 pm - Drone set-up and sidewalk education on the Green at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

4:10 pm - Presentation:“Endless Warfare: Where Are Drones Taking Us?”
Maginnes Hall, Room 101, Lehigh University, south Bethlehem
Sponsored by the Dialogue Center at Lehigh University

Read coverage of the Lehigh events: Lehigh University students warned about the local use of drones - "Hino Haitham, a Lehigh University grad student born in Yemen, said the problem with the drones is not its planned use as law enforcement tools locally, but its current use as military weapons. Haitham's experience with drones came in 2009, when a drone strike in a village where she had family killed 40 civilians. 'They hadn't heard of Osama bin Laden or al-Qaida or anyone else like that,' she said. An international rights group has a lawsuit in the works regarding that strike, Haitham said."

Friday, September 21 - Lafayette College

Noon - In observance of the International Day of Peace
“Peace One Day: Know the Drones”
Farinon Student Center, Marlo Room, Lafayette College, Easton
Sponsored by the Landis Center and FYS158: Nonviolence, Lafayette College

3:00 - 5:30 pm - Drone display and public education
City Center Plaza, on Church St. (between City Hall and the Public Library), Bethlehem

6:30 pm - Potluck Dinner & Talk
“Where Are Drones Taking Us?”
Lehigh Valley Friends Meeting, Route 512 (½ mile north of Rt. 22), Bethlehem

Sponsored by the LEPOCO Peace Center

Read coverage of the Lafayette events: Speaker wants to take down drones - "Mottern noted that every time innocent civilians are killed or terrorized by drones, more people turn against the U.S. His comments were echoed by Asad Akram, associate facilities supervisor for Lafayette's recreation services department. 'I'm from Pakistan, and [using drones] is a bad sort of foreign policy,' he said. 'You're trying to win hearts and minds, and then you blow up people at a wedding the next day?'

Saturday, September 22 - Bucks County/Lahaska

10:30 am to 4:00 pm - Quaker Peace Fair
Buckingham Friends Meeting, 5684 York Rd. (Routes 202 & 263) near Lahaska, PA

Read about the Ohio portion of the tour: Dayton/Springfield September 13-16 and Columbus, September 17-19.


American Civil Liberties Union (Philadelphia)
American Friends Service Committee
Brandywine Peace Committee
Brooklyn For Peace
Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition
Catholic Peace Fellowship (Philadelphia)
Central Ohioans for Peace
Central Ohio Peace Network
Coalition for Peace and Justice (Southern New Jersey)
Code Pink
Columbus (Ohio) Campaign for Arms Control
Daytonians Against War Now
Delaware Pacem in Terrris
Free Press
Faith Communities United for Peace (Columbus, Ohio)
Franklin County (Ohio) Green Party
Interfaith Peace Network of Western New York
Granny Peace Brigade (Philadelphia)
International Action Center
LEPOCO Peace Center (Bethlehem, PA)
Missing Peace Art Space – Dayton, Ohio
National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Occupy Fredrick (MD)
Occupy Wall Street – Anti-War
Pakistan Solidarity Network
Pax Christi – Greensburg, PA
Peace Action New York
Peace Center of Delaware County (PA)
Peace Resource Center (Frederick, MD)
Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore
Progressive Peace Coaltion (Columbus, Ohio)
Unitarian Fellowship for World Peace – Dayton, Ohio
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars
Veterans for Peace Chapter #128 (Buffalo, NY)
Veterans for Peace – Dayton, Ohio
Veterans for Peace (Philadelphia)
Voices for Creative Non-Violence
War Resisters League
WESPAC Foundation
Western New York Peace Center
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Philadelphia)
World Can’t Wait
Wright State University (Ohio) Chapter of Young Democratic Socialists of America