Drones: NO!

Fall 2013 Events and Actions to Culminate in November Days of Action Against Drones

Participating organizations in the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare (NSDSW) -- including CODEPINK, World Can't Wait, AFSC, Know Drones, No Drones Network, and others -- are responding to a call by activists nationwide for a follow-on campaign to the tremendously successful April Days of Action 2013 with a call for. . . November Days of Action Against Drones 2013


Wiki for Drones Resisters

A new resource for people everywhere working against drone surveillance and warfare! Anyone can use it, anyone can contribute to it, and it is full of useful materials - including examples of all kinds of creative resistance, example campaigns, and information on who, what, and how to to protest. Please check it out . . . use it . . . contribute to it . . . and share it widely!


10 Questions to Spur the Drone Debate

I've suggested that it's time for a serious debate on drones, and that a good place to start is with Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics." Here are 10 questions that come straight out of the writings of Asimov and that can help spur the debate.

(More posts about drones on Scarry Thoughts.)




Drones in Light of a Confession of Faith

Can one rely on one's confession of faith to make sense of, and respond to, a situation such as the drones problem? In the light of a problem such as that of drones, is one's confession of faith further illuminated and strengthened?

(More posts about drones on Awake to Drones.)







April Days of Action Against Drones (2013)

Groups in 23 states carried out a nationwide antiwar campaign unprecedented in scope in recent years.

(More posts about drones on the No Drones Network.)



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SCARRY THOUGHTS


I came back from a drones conference in Washington, D.C., at the end of April, 2012, filled with a sense of urgency about making drones killing 100% VISIBLE to the American public.






We had a chance to do that in Chicago several weeks later during the NATO Summit. (Read on to see how we are trying to keep that work going . . . )







I've gotten into the problem of what's different about drones with Congressman Dana Rohrabacher on Twitter. This has led me to think seriously about the sharp disparity in perceptions between people who see drones as a source of good jobs and "clean" warfare, and those who are thinking about the moral consequences.








Is the difference with drones that they put us in an unbreakable cycle of violence? Yes ... and ...









I keep coming back to the problem of "seeing," and how "seeing" is different with drones. I first wrote about this several years ago in a blog post on drones, Orwell's 1984, and Foucault's panopticon, and Foucault's ideas about how the state imposes its power through "discipline".





I'm now beginning to see ask how Christ asked us to think about "seeing," and what that has to do with drones.








Was Jesus a victim of a wrong way of "seeing"? Is it possible that the Crucifixion of Jesus was, itself, the first "signature strike"?









AWAKE TO DRONES

I recently joined a Chicago-based project investigating the ethical, moral, and theological dimensions of drone use: Awake to Drones. Over the weeks and months ahead, we will work to expand the conversation on this issue throughout the country and around the world. My recent posts in this project have included:


NO DRONES NETWORK

There are people all over the country working to protest drones. I've been helping to publicize their efforts through a series of networked blog sites:

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Image: Foreshadowing by Lillian Moats, from Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, a project of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).