Photo by Michael Kerr
CODEPINK had a small crew last week, but we accomplished a lot. Huge banners and signs opposing the barbarism of drone assassination colored the highway all week during am and pm commute traffic into and out of the base. Themes included: “Ending Militarism at Home & ABROAD,” “RESIST, DISARM, REFUSE,” “ WAR IS NOT GREEN,” and many others.
As the sun rose over the mountains activists from over 20 states participated with CODEPINK in a Mass Mobilization in the desert outside Las Vegas to shut down the gates to Creech Air Force Base, home of the Reaper and Predator drones program. For over an hour on both Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, activists protested, performed and called for peace. This was no April Fools’ joke but a serious mobilization of people who stepped over the line to confront the airmen who control killer drones. The two days of actions were part of a week-long protest at the base, March 27 – April 1st, culminating in a total of 25 arrests during the 2nd Annual National Mass Mobilization against Drone Warfare known as SHUT DOWN CREECH!
Had enough of War and more War?
Under President Obama, U.S. “military intervention” has expanded into at least seven countries. Most recently we are supplying Saudi Arabia with billions of dollars in military aid so that they can do our killing for us in Yemen. At least 74 children have died in just 2 weeks of Saudi bombing. Then there are the millions who have been killed, tens of millions displaced, and tens of millions injured…in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia and elsewhere.
And our dear soldiers suffer too, if not from death or injury, then from PTSD and death by suicide.
Clearly and tragically, WAR IS NOT WORKING, except for the war profiteers!
Will you join us?