Saturday, April 6, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones in INDIANA

Numerous Indiana events are part of the nationwide April Days of Action Against Drones.

On March 26, 2013, as part of the Indiana State University Human Rights Day observance, Robert Naiman gave a presentation entitled ""From Pakistan to Terre Haute: we can do something about the drone strike policy." Robert Naiman is Policy Director at Just Foreign Policy. Mr. Naiman edits the Just Foreign Policy news summary and writes on U.S. foreign policy at Huffington Post. He is President of the Board of Truthout. (Details on the Indiana State University 2013 Human Rights Day page.)


FT. WAYNE - Thursday, April 4, 2013 - - We will hold a protest at the gate of BAE Systems (formerly GE), 2000 Taylor Street. BAE is one of the larger companies that produce parts fo Predator and Reaper drones, the same one that have been killing innocent women, men and children in Pakistan, and other places. In addition to producing a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for war zones, it now is adapting the military-style planes for a consortium of government agencies (police departments, FBI. homeland security, etc) so they will be able to keep an eye on us from above. (There is parking on Taylor Street, as well as Electric Street, a short street running South off of Taylor, across from the BAE gates.)

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

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Nationwide April Days of Action against Drones: Demonstration at BAE Systems Plant Provokes Counter-Protest

The local chapter of Veterans for Peace showed up yesterday at the plant of BAE Systems, a corporation guilty of the production of drones that are kiling civilians in Afghanistan. This event was an important part of the April Days of Action Against Drones, a series of anti-drone protests taking place this month in communities nationwide.

For Indianans taking part in the demonstration, the use of drones by the U.S. military had a local dimension beyond the presence of BAE Systems: "It's a sad irony that April 4 is also the second anniversary when two United States servicemen, Benjamin Rast, of South Bend, and Jeremy Smith, of Arlington, Texas, were both killed by a U.S. Predator Drone in Afghanistan," said Dave Lambert, organizer of the protest and member of Veterans for Peace. The event received coverage on local mainstream media

The demonstration provoked a response from BAE, which sent out 8 union workers to picket a few feet away with signs that read "BAE Systems: We Protect Those who Protect Us."
BAE worker and anti-drone protester standing side-by-side in front of
BAE's Fort Wayne plant.  To date, this is the first substantive response seen
 by a manufacturer to the charges made by the anti-drone movement.

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