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Celebrate Gandhi’s Birthday. Ignite Peace in Horsham…Protest Drone War Operations in PA/Across the U.S./Around the World…
October 2 @ 12:00 pm
Ignite Peace in Horsham, PA… Celebrate Nonviolence on the Birth of Mahatma Gandhi, Saturday, October 2.
In SUPPORT of the National SHUT DOWN CREECH PEACE ENCAMPMENT, September 26 – October 2, 2021 co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace, https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/shut-down-creech, and CODEPINK, https://www.codepink.org/shutdowncreechapril2021
Protest Drone War Operations in PA/Across the U.S./Around the World…
Creech Air Force Base, located in Indian Springs, Nevada, an hour north of Las Vegas is the over-arching command base for U.S. drone wars across the world. Additionally there are now 12 auxiliary remote drone command points across the continental U.S.
The Drone War Command Center is located at Horsham PA Air National Guard Station and is the heart of drone war operations in the state Pennsylvania
IGNITE PEACE. Banners, signs aplenty, nearby parking, stand, sit (bring a chair), make a song, speak-out. We will adhere to a discipline of nonviolence (see below).
The Covid-19 Delta variant is surging and we will adhere to all safety precautions. To all participants we implore you, if un-vaccinated, to get vaccinated and to wear a mask and social distance – related recommendation, bring a folding chair and sit six feet apart from other participants. We thank you!
Sat., October 2, 2021, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Horsham PA Air National Station, Route 611/Easton & County Line Roads, Horsham, PA. (where people have gathered for protest demonstrations since 2013)
One of the country’s 12 drone remote command centers, throughout the continental U.S., now operating at the Horsham Air Guard Station
Dear Drone Operators: Just Walk Away; Stop the Killing! Peace, Your Neighbors
Appeal to the Governor of Penna., the civilian head of PA Air National Guard
*Tell PA Governor Tom Wolf, : BAN PA DRONE WAR OPERATIONS!
Governor Wolf can really do something to stop drone warfare.
For more informatiion, call the Brandywine Peace Community, 215-843-4827.
Nonviolence Discipline for Demonstration Participants
To assist in the unity of demonstration participants, and to project justice, our humanity, and moral message:
1. We will not carry weapons.
2. We will not vandalize or destroy property.
3. We will not use or carry alcohol or illegal drugs.
4. We will not run or make threatening motions.
5. We will not insult, swear at, or attack anyone, refraining, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from “the violence of fist, tongue, or heart.”
6. We will not assault, verbally or physically, those who oppose or disagree with us.
7. Our attitude, conveyed through our words, symbols and actions, will be one of peace, openness, and respect toward everyone.
8. We will remain focused on the message of the demonstration, cooperate with the planning of the demonstration, and help maintain its nonviolent discipline.
9. If an individual has a serious disagreement with the organizers of the action that cannot be resolved, the individual will withdraw from the action.
10. We will maintain — in word and deed — our nonviolent resolve for peace and justice.
Initiated by the Brandywine Peace Community, the nonviolent campaign to stop the drone war command operation has the endorsement of the following groups and activists: Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition; BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action; Catholic Peace Fellowship; Coalition for Peace Action (Princeton, NJ); Death Walk Against Drones; LEPOCO (Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern); Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); Global Women’s Strike/Phila.; Granny Peace Brigade—Philadelphia; Green Party of Philadelphia; Greens of Montgomery and Bucks County; Main Line Peace Action; Pacem in Terris (Wilmington, DE); Payday men’s network/Phila.; Peace & Justice Ministry of St. Vincent’s Roman Catholic Church in Germantown; Philly Against War; Peace Center of Delaware County; Philadelphia Catholic Worker; Shalom House/Circle of Hope; Veterans for Peace; Vietnam Veterans Against the War; Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF), Phila-Delco.
March 2013 the U.S. Air Force announced, along with local, state, and federal officials, plans to establish a drone war command center within the 111th Fighter Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, at Horsham Air National Guard Station.
The purpose of the drone war command center in Horsham is remote-controlled killing. From Horsham, computer piloted “Reaper” drones are directed to targets thousands of miles away.
These attack drones carry deadly Hellfire missiles and laser-guided bombs that are fired by computer “pilot” command from the U.S. against people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia. Drone strikes have killed thousands of people, mostly civilians and children whose images and faces may have appeared on the pilot’s computer monitor.
The multi-million-dollar drone command center in Horsham is a central part of the growing network of drone bases, training sites, and command centers, crisscrossing the U.S, funded by billions of U.S. tax dollars, and enabling remote-controlled drone strikes around the world.
Millions in federal dollars were first appropriated in October 2013 for the drone command center at the Horsham Air Guard Station. The remote drone command became fully operational in 2016 and is now conducting drone killing ‘missions’ from the station.
More on drone warfare, see www.knowdrones.com
‘Meet the Reaper’, the MQ-9 Reaper DroneUnmanned, remote-controlled, 66 foot wingspan, 4,900 lbs., 230 mph cruise speed, 1,150-mile range, 50,000 max. altitude, $53.5 million (FY 2006 dollars)=cost of four aircraft with sensors, (not counting weaponry and remote-control technology)
Reaper Weaponry: Hellfire Missiles (Lockheed Martin); Paveway/GBU-38 Laser-Guilded Bombs (Raytheon)
And the final U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan, after twenty years of war, was met with the killing of children by an U.S. drone strike.
“…The first lethal drone strike in history occurred in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, when the CIA identified Taliban leader Mullah Omar, “or 98-percent probable it was he,” but the Hellfire missile launched by a Predator drone killed two unidentified men while Mullah Omar escaped. These two recent instances of “force and precision” ordered by Biden twenty years later, marked the presumed end to the war there just as it had begun. The intervening record has not been much better and, in fact, documents exposed by whistleblower Daniel Hale prove that the U.S. government is aware that 90% of its drone strike victims are not the intended targets.