Monday, April 22, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones in ILLINOIS

Chicago helped lead the kickoff of the April Days of Action Against Drones last week with a protest against Boeing's new killer drone program:

Chicago protesters performed Star Wars-themed street theater, with Darth Vader
representing Chicago-based Boeing Corporation, followed by a die-in in front of
Boeing headquarters to represent victims of Boeing's new Phantom Ray drone.

Full details of the April 6 Chicago protest against the Boeing drone program here.



CARBONDALE - Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 2nd Margie Parker Teach-in for Peace on Drones - talk by Robert Naiman, Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy, "Bringing Transparency and Accountability to the Drone Strike Program: A winnable fight.

CHICAGO - On Good Friday, March 29, a cast consisting of long-time Chicago antiwar activists was joined by a NY playwright (and defendant in actions against US drone bases), Jack Gilroy, for one of the events kicking off a series of events in Chicago and other Illinois cities as part of the campaign of anti-drones events across the country. The Chicago event, a play entitled The Predator, about a drone pilot, her teenage daughter, a peace activist, and a U.S. Senator, was offered in conjunction with the 33rd Annual 8th Day Center for Justice Good Friday Walk for Justice. The play was staged at Grace Place (637 S Dearborn,Chicago), and was co-produced by the American Friends Service Committee, the White Rose Catholic Worker, and the No Drones Network, all based in Chicago.

Read more about the Chicago production of The Predator.

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


The Illinois Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act – Senate Bill 1587 – is designed to place modest guidelines on the use of this powerful technology. The bill, for example, would bar the arming of drones, except in certain emergencies. The bill also would curb how much information could be gathered by drones and require annual reporting to the public about the use of drones in Illinois. Act now: tell your state senators to regulate surveillance drones!

Read about ALL the ways YOU can be involved 

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