[act-ma] April 13, Whitehouse, U.S. Drones Out of Africa and Everywhere!

Amy Hendrickson amyh at texnology.com
Thu Jan 31 05:25:26 PST 2013

This antidrone action joins others scheduled for April by the No-Drones
action network.
Hope to see many local peace-activist friends at Medea's Cambridge talk on
drone warfare tomorrow night. 

[Tonight, Thur Jan 31, 7pm, 11 Garden St, Cambridge, Medea Benjamin talk] 

Peace and solidarity, Joan

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U.S. Drones Out of Africa and Everywhere! 

March and Rally at the White House
Saturday, April 13
Assemble at 12 noon
Lafayette Park - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 

 US drone firing missile

The targeting of Africa and its vast natural resources by the Pentagon and
CIA is in full swing.

Having killed thousands of people through U.S. drone strikes in the Middle
East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa, the U.S. government is now
putting all of Africa in the crosshairs.

The Pentagon is establishing a drone base headquarters in Niger and a
network of drone bases throughout the continent.

In late December 2012, the United States announced a plan to send military
missions to as many as 35 countries on the African continent. 

After engaging in centuries of colonial plunder and the kidnapping of
millions into slavery, the U.S. and European powers are bringing a new wave
of militarism to Africa.

Under the guise of "fighting terrorism" or "saving civilians," the United
States, France and Britain are invading and bombing African countries.

Now they will step up their campaign of killing African people by the
employment of Pentagon and CIA drone aircraft located in a network of bases
being established by the Pentagon throughout the continent.

The U.S. functions as a death squad government, permitting the president and
military leaders to create secret "kill lists" of people who have been
selected for assassination. There is no due process, no trial, no evidence -
the individuals are selected to be murdered and they are killed, and many
civilians who are nearby also die. Drones are the weapon of choice. 

Over 3,000 people have been murdered by U.S. drone strikes in the last few
years, including a large number of children among the many civilians who
have been slaughtered by these robotic killing machines. 

Sitting in offices thousands of miles away from their targets, U.S.
operators routinely decide to "push the button" and kill their unsuspecting
targets on the ground with hellfire missiles fired from unseen drone
aircraft. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, villagers have staged mass protests
against drone strikes after their kids were incinerated while they were
collecting firewood or farming in nearby fields.

In the 19th century, it was a common tactic of imperialists to use gunboats
to move around the world and assert their will, answering challenges to
their authority with bullets and cannon shot. The use, or threat of the use,
of naval force was used by Britain, the United States and other imperialist
nations to force exploitative terms of trade and political accommodations on
various political entities around the world. 

The United States government's drone program serves the same general purpose
as gunboat diplomacy. It enables the United States to extend its military
power over any country that lacks the ability, or will, to shoot down the

Join us at the White House for a march and rally on Saturday, April 13 to
let the world know that the people of this country are demanding "Drones Out
of Africa and Everywhere!"

Initial endorsers:

*	ANSWER Coalition
*	Cynthia McKinney, former Congressperson
*	Akbar Muhammad, International Rep. of Nation of Islam
*	Revival of Pan Africanism Forum
*	CRI-Panafricain
*	Democratic Union of Gambian Activists - D.C.
*	Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General
*	Nisa Muhammad, writer Final Call newspaper
*	Jared Ball, radio host, WPFW (Pacifica)
*	Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Minister, Plymouth Congregational United
Church of Christ
*	Imam Mahdi Bray, Freedom Coalition
*	Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director, Partnership for Civil
Justice Fund
*	American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)
*	Peta Lindsay, Party for Socialism and Liberation
*	Haiti Liberte
*	and others.

Endorse the April 13 action now!

The April 13 "U.S. Drones Out of Africa and Everywhere!" March and Rally at
the White House takes place during a nationwide month of action opposing
drones that also includes National Days Against Drones Actions in San Diego
April 4-7 and the Ground the Drones, End the Wars weekend of education and
action in Syracuse, N.Y., April 26-28. Details

Please donate to help the April 13 March and Rally at the White House

Please help us cover the many costs of the April 13 mobilization by making
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