We're all inundated with facts and figures about the killings being carried out with drones. But it's the personal testimony of witnesses -- like the relatives of victims who traveled all the way from Yemen to tell their stories and ex-military personnel like former intel analyst Daniel Hale -- who play the most vital role in explaining why drone killing has to stop. (Listen for yourself.)
(2) A war against communities of color
(See Drone Gaze, Drone Injury: The War on Communities of Color)
We held a session at 8:30 Sunday morning about building the U.S. network against drones. There was a huge turnout for a very effective session, and everybody left the room committed to pitching in to make the network successful. (Join the network yourself.)
It's clear that the beginnings of a global network are coming into place. My prediction? 2014 will be the year that we see truly coordinated activism by people worldwide to put a stop to the misuse of drones.
Bruce Gagnon from the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space concurs: "Clearly there is growing interest and organizing energy around drones and we are thrilled to see that."
(See What Would a Global Movement to Ground the Drones Look Like?)
(5) CODEPINK is awesome
This was a big event -- about 400 participants with many moving parts. It came off flawlessly. I can't say enough about what a great job CODEPINK did in putting the event together and carrying it out. (Watch for yourself.)
We're all fortunate to have CODEPINK doing this important work.
Drone Free Zone: At the second annual Drone Summit, Code Pink and Cornel West argue that all lives are equal
(See The DC Drones Conference: What I'll Be Thinking About)
(See AFRICOM: The Heart of Darkness)
What does this tell us about the real workings of the immigration policy that Obama and the Democrats have created? What's the real meaning of the DREAM act?
(See The Militarization of Ames: The Real Meaning of the DREAM Act )