by Medea Benjamin and protest at Raytheon
Aug. 2012 - St.
Petersburg & Largo, FL
Thanks to everyone for two great days of learning about, and speaking
out against drones with Medea Benjamin and CODEPINK. About
people showed up to hear a powerful talk by Medea, and about 75 people
held a vibrant protest and march at Raytheon. Here's
an article regarding the protest.
Event participants included St. Pete for Peace, CODEPINK,
Not Bombs, Veterans for Peace, Occupy Tampa, NatureCoast Coalition for
Peace & Justice and Occupy St. Pete. WHY
PROTEST AT RAYTHEON? CHECK
OUT THE CHANTS FOR THE PROTEST! Check out a photo
of the protest in Arab News.
|One of the truly great activists
of our time speaks out against the signature weapon of the Obama
Spend an evening with Medea Benjamin as she
discusses her book, "Drone
Warfare: Killing By Remote Control". Medea's talk will take
620 1st Ave, S, St. Petersburg on Wednesday, August 22 at
The evening, sponsored by St. Pete for Peace, will include live music
with Jun Bustamante, a raffle and more.
Medea Benjamin is co-founder of Global Exchange & CODEPINK:
for Peace. Described as "one of America’s most committed --
most effective -- fighters for human rights" by Newsday, and called
"one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los
Angeles Times, Medea has distinguished herself as an eloquent and
energetic figure in the progressive movement. In 2005 she was one of
1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel
Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential
work of peace worldwide.
remarkably cogent and carefully researched book, Medea Benjamin makes
it clear that drones are not just another high-tech military trinket.
Drone Warfare sketches out the nightmare possibilities posed by this
insane proliferation.” Barbara Ehrenreich
“Activist extraordinaire Medea Benjamin has documented how
U.S. government’s use of drones to murder hundreds of
civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen has increased the
danger to our national security.” Ann Wright, U.S.
For more information send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
for more on Medea Benjamin and her new book.
RECENT ARTICLES ABOUT DRONES
- "Drones to patrol skies over Republican convention" (read).
- US drone
strikes listed and detailed in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen (read).
Investigator to US: End 'Conspiracy of Silence' on Drone Strikes (read).
- Cover-Up of
Civilian Drone Deaths Revealed by New Evidence (read).
History: America’s Secret Drone War in Africa (read).
Convention Has No Room for Critics (read).
Upholds Domestic Drone Use in Arrest of American Citizen (read).
- U.S. to
Provide Kenya With Drones to Fight Militants (read).
strikes threaten 50 years of international law, says UN rapporteur (read).
- Ex-CIA Official Slams Obama's 'Indiscriminate' Use
of drones (read).
- Look up in the sky and see a drone - monitoring
Americans from above (read).
- Weapons Builders Bank on Proliferation of Drones (read).
Carter savages US foreign policy over drone strikes (read).
plans more drone flights over Caribbean (read).
Drones Are Homeward Bound (read).
WHY PROTEST AT RAYTHEON?
the US military with drone software
enabling it to attain “real-time access to actionable
intelligence” gathered by drones around the world.
That’s the drone technology that helps a drone pilot in a
desert decide when to fire a Hellfire missile.
Raytheon also produces a 500-pound bomb called the Paveway for use by
larger drones like the Predator. It’s developing a
100-pound missile called the Monsoon to challenge the dominant role of
the 100-pound Hellfire made by competitor Lockheed Martin.
But Raytheon is discovering that smaller may be better, and is now
developing lightweight drone bombs… It produced the Griffin,
which weighs less than one-third of the 100-pound Hellfire
missile. By 2010, Raytheon had already received more than $40
million in contracts from the US Army for the Griffin. (NOTE: Raytheon
describes the Griffin as a "low-collateral-damage weapon" -
admitting the weapon kills innocent people.)
Even smaller is the 13-pound, 2-foot long Small Tactical Munition
designed, in the words of program manager Cody Trestchok, to meet an
“emerging need” for missiles to be strapped onto
drones that have been, up until now, only used for
Raytheon also designed its own Cobra drone to carry this little bomb.
And keep an eye out for what Popular
calls a “Supersonic Shape-Shifting
Bomber.” With a
target completion date of 2020, a Raytheon unmanned bomber -- also
called Switchblade – will have adjustable wings that will
purportedly enable it to “loiter just outside enemy territory
more than a dozen hours and, on command, hurtle toward a target faster
than the speed of sound.”
Excerpts from "Drone Warfare - Killing By Remote Control" by Medea
DRONE PROTEST CHANTS
Some of the
below are specific to Raytheon, but you can change the name to General
Atomics, Lockheed Martin or any of the other warmongering weapon
manufacturers who profit from war!
HEY – HO HO – KILLER DRONES HAVE GOT TO GO
DRONES – NO WAR – (THE MIDDLE
EAST/SOMALIA/YEMEN/PAKISTAN) CAN’T TAKE NO MORE
- NOT A
PENNY – NOT A DOLLAR – WE WONT PAY FOR HUMAN
- SHAME ON YOU! (CHILDREN/YEMENIS/AFGHANS/SOMALIS) DIE BECAUSE OF YOU
- WE’RE ON TO YOU - BUILDING BOMBS SINCE WORLD WAR TWO.
- 1, 2,
3, 4 - RAY-THE-ON LOVES WAR…….. 5-6-7-8 -
RAY-THE-ON SELLS HATE
WAR PIGS - BUILDING BOMBS AND KILLING KIDS
MAKES WAR TOYS - KILLING GIRLS AND KILLING BOYS
DRONES ARE A CRIME, FROM PAKISTAN TO PALESTINE
DRONES KILL KIDS, EVEN MORE THAN BUSH’S DID
OBAMA HERE’S THE PLAN – STOP THE DRONES IN
DRONES SPY AND KILL, THEN YOU FOOT, US THE BILL