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!