Thursday, April 4, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones hit Chicago this Saturday

As part of national days of protest against drone warfare, join the Anti-War Committee of Chicago to send a message to Boeing CEO Jim McNerney: 

Say “No” – To their plan to manufacture the next killer drone for the Pentagon; To their current production of spy drones; And demand they use their resources to fund research and development of green and sustainable forms of air travel.

The Boeing Company is competing with the other top arms manufacturers for the growing budget for unmanned aircraft for the military. The Pentagon has a $259 billion spending plan that will triple drone purchases over 10 years. This spring, the Navy is asking for designs for a new killer drone. Boeing is expected to propose its Phantom Ray.

In recent weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about the use of killer drones. Drones are controversial because the Obama administration has sent drones to assassinate American citizens in Yemen, for example; and because their use is officially a secret kept from Congress and the people of the US.

We oppose drone attacks for these reasons, but also because in Pakistan and Afghanistan where they have been most heavily used, the majority of their victims are not combatants on the US “kill list,” but civilians, including many children.

No New Wars - on Iran or Syria; No U.S. drones or intervention in Mali

We’re against drones - for spying on Iran and Mali, or for killing people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen, or in new wars in Syria, Mali or Iran. We also oppose Boeing’s production of other weapons, like the uranium depleted bombs that they supplied Israel to drop on Gaza, resulting in increased birth defects (see link here).

Money for Jobs, Healthcare and Education, Not War

We as part of a nationwide movement want the tax money being given to Boeing and spent to wage wars to be kept in our community to fund jobs, education and health care.

We will assemble to deliver this message at 12:30 PM on Saturday, April 6th at Washington St & Wacker Drive.

Join the facebook event and invite friends! Add your voice to the chorus of NOs.

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