Friday, April 5, 2013

Campaign Against the Boeing Killer Drone Program

April, 2013, saw the intensification of a major campaign against the expansion of Chicago-based military contractor Boeing into drone production:

This followed demonstrations in May and December, 2012.

Boeing will be the focus of the Midwest Action Against Drones (MAAD) September 28-29, 2013, in Chicago.


April Days of Action Against Drones 2013: Protest Against the Boeing Killer Drone Program on Saturday April 6th

Local news reported Saturday on the demonstration by Chicagoans from all walks of life against the next generation of drone warfare: Boeing's new Phantom Ray, which is expected to be unveiled later this year. This event was a part of the national April Days of Action Against Drones.

Joe Iosbaker of Antiwar Committee Chicago talked to local radio ahead of the event, noting that although drones are nominally cheaper, they will ultimately be much more damaging to the national budget, as more enemies will be created via rampant civilian casualties. The result: perpetual war. "The United States war-making machine has to be stopped," thundered Joe.

"Money For Schools, Not War!": highlighting the perversity of pouring
 federal money into the perpetuation of war in a time of crippling debt.
Passersby were regaled with Star Wars-themed street theatre,
 in which Boeing was represented by Darth Vader.
"I’ll call it the Phantom Ray!
We’ll arm them with missiles made of depleted uranium, 
which will cause instant and long term damage.

And what the people of Chicago don’t know is that the money 
we, Boeing, make from tax breaks could be used to fund jobs, 
education, and health care.

You don’t know the power of the empire! Of the dark side!"

"I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of voices suddenly
 cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."
"The drone strikes on my planet have killed at least 178 children!
Please join us in our fight to stop the next phantom ray!"
Person X:  "I can't get involved. I've got work to do. It's not that
 I like the empire,I hate it, but there's nothing I can do about it right now.
It's such a long way from here."
"When schools are floundering, public intergalactic transportation
 has become less accessible, and jobs are becoming scarce,
we are told there is no money for people’s needs. But where do you
think that money goes?"
For killing those in other star systems so the empire
maintains galatic domination?"

Yes. So you see, fighting to improve your planet means showing
 solidarity with those whose planets are being destroyed by the empire.
 Together can we defeat it."

Picketing continued at the Chicago Lyric Opera

"Drones make killing Quick and Easy.
That doesn't make killing Legal or Right"  

A show of solidarity from veterans of the United States' most recent war.

The groups then marched across the river to Boeing HQ 
Kids came out in solidarity with children across the
world who are threatened by U.S. drone warfare
Speakers affiliated with Antiwar Committee Chicago came out to
inflame the crowd once it reached Boeing's headquarters.
Boeing heard the message loud and clear.
"Hands off Syria!" Repudiating the use of drones
to expand the sphere of American influence
The demonstration ended with a die-in, representing those
doomed to death by Boeing's Phantom Ray.

More information and pictures can be found at

All photos courtesy FJJ.

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