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 Everyone is invited to join CODEPINK in it’s Campaign of Non-violent Actions to Ground Killer Drones, End US Militarism and Endless War. The drone era of endless war began in  2001 with the US invasion of Afghanistan.  In 2003 the US invaded Iraq for a second time causing millions of causalities, civil war and creating millions of refugees. These wars had a domino affect on five other countries spreading death and destruction on a continental scale. Since 2009 CodePink along with dozens of protesters/activists have been arrested at drones bases worldwide: at  Creech Air Force Base, because it is the brain of the US’s worldwide killer drone network, at Ramstein AFB, the heart of the killer drone network, at Beale and other drone bases that extend the killer drone network worldwide. We demand that the US  government stop the indiscriminate killing, injury, and trauma to civilians in Pakistan,  Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Libya caused by drones and endless wars.

CodePink, drone whistle-blowers and independent researchers all dispute the government’s claim that the use of drones is a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the US safer by enabling “targeted killing” of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral damage. This argument is a cover up in the face of facts. There is huge collateral impact; thousands of non-combatants, even American citizens, have been killed in covert drone missions along with the destruction of hospitals, schools, infrastructure, towns and citiesThe threat of terrorist attacks in the west are increasing as is the growing stream of refugees and human misery.  Drone attacks, the face of US Militarism, are causing widespread civilian trauma not only in the Middle East, but in the US and Europe as well as terrorist revenge attacks increase. No one feels safe or secure.  Peace is nowhere in site.

Many peace & justice groups, including Veterans for Peace, a co-sponsor with Codepink of   Shut Down Creech, are calling for the US government to conduct a fundamental re-evaluation and halt of current targeted killing practices. They understand that the present strategy is losing the war and drone attacks cause suffering and that suffering is being turned into hatred and backlash against the U.S. and it’s western allies. In November 2015, four Air Force drone veterans who were based at Creech wrote to President Obama: “We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantanamo Bay. This administration and its predecessors have built a drone program that is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.” 
 
 CODEPINK’S  Campaign of Non-Violent Actions against the worldwide killer drone network and endless war is trying to change these acts of US Militarism and remote killings that has destabilized the Middle East,  created millions of civilian causalities, refugees and to a feeling of heightened insecurity in the west. The world desperately needs U.S. foreign strategy to becomes one of restraint, cooperation, rebuilding and mutual security. Twice a year CODEPINK has a national gathering at Creech AFB in an effort to Shut Down Creech.  CODEPINK Bay Area also demonstrates monthly with others at Occupy Beale AFB in Northern Ca. in an effort to interrupt business as usual. Periodically CODEPINK Germany marches at Ramstein and CODEPINK Japan against US Militarism at US bases in Japan.
 This year we hope to double the number of people attending anti-drone actions and asking their government to Ground Killer Drones and End Endless Wars! CODEPINK demonstrates because we want our government to stop the killing and start the rebuilding of hospitals. schools, towns and people’s lives. We hope you can join us and help spread the word that drones strikes brings endless war, it does not make us safer or will it bring peace! 
Please join us to make the 4th Annual Shut Down Creech  International Mass Mobilization Against Drone Warfare an even more powerful stance against illegal drone killing and endless wars!

2018:  Big Changes for our Drone Resistance Weeks at Creech Air Force Base!   (Note:  the 2 weeks are switched!)
April 1 – April 7:  Codepink Drone Resistance Week at Creech   
(Please note: this is a week earlier than previously advertised….details below).
Sept. 30 – October 6:  4th Annual Shut Down Creech
(Both weeks are committed to using peaceful nonviolent resistance to put an end to drone killing and global warfare!  Come for all or part of each week.)

Where: Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada 89018

BIG CHANGES:
1. We’re “flip flopping”!  Shut Down Creech, (SDC), the “mass mobilization drone resistance” week is moving to the the autumn.  Weather is milder, less wind.  The “smaller” CODEPINK organized week is moving to the spring:  April 1- April 7. (All welcome).  If you are planning to come in the spring, consider joining NDE’s amazing Sacred Peace Walk  as well, which will be the week just before. You can join all or part of both weeks.
2. Camp Justice at Shut Down Creech is moving to Goddess Temple Grounds, and will no longer be set up across from the base.  This will make camping and peacemaking much friendlier:  running water, showers, Peace Pavilion meeting area and lots of shade all at our fingertips!  This makes for happier campers, and better energy for peaceful resistance!
3.  Sponsorship for 4th Annual Shut Down Creech:  We are inviting every peace & justice organization and chapters across the country to send at least one representative to SHUT DOWN CREECH.  Let’s make 2018 Shut Down Creech larger than ever.  Dear Veterans for Peace chapters and other peace organizations:  Won’t you please consider sponsoring one member this year to participate in 4th Annual SHUT DOWN CREECH, Sept. 30-October 6?
FMI:  Please contact:
Eleanor Levine:  eastbaycodepink@gmail.com
For more information on housing, meals, transportation and more visit us at:  ShutDownCreech.blogspot and be sure to register using SDC2017 Registration Form. Join our Facebook page for updates and more info! And follow us on Twitter at @ShutDownCreech .

Contack: CODEPINKVeterans for Peace, and Nevada Desert Experience

Toby Blomé, CODEPINKratherbenyckeling@comcast.net 510-541-6874,

Brian Terrell of VCNV and NDE brian@vcnv.org  773-853-1886

Together we are PEACE! SHUT DOWN CREECH NOW!

Connecting With Our Peace Partners.
 CodePink Joins Afghan Peace Volunteers On  Our Journey to Smile to Say Enough! Abolish War for a Borderfree Green World!
The Afghan Peace Volunteers came together in August, 2014 and launched The Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre in Afghanistan. “We work nonviolently with the human family across all borders to abolish the socioeconomic, environmental, educational and military wars that are being waged in Afghanistan and the world today. We reject hatred, revenge and killing because we believe that nonviolent friendships can change Afghanistan and the world. The Mission of the Afghan Peace Volunteers is the creation of a people’s movement to build a critical mass of Borderfree nonviolent relationships and alternatives for a green, equal and nonviolent world without war, a key goal being the abolition of war. On the 21st of September 2015, the International Day of Peace, the Afghan Peace Volunteers launched a campaign to abolish war called  #Enough!

Our hope is to encourage all members of the human family to sign an agreement never to wage war again. In ‘The People’s Agreement to Abolish War’, we’ll work to ban wars person by person. It’s not a petition, because we don’t need permission to live without war. And we won’t wait for the elite, as they’re the ones who keep waging wars. We’ll wear the Borderfree Blue Scarf to remind ourselves that ‘all human beings live under the same blue sky.”

#Enough! We, the people of the human family, agree to abolish war. Please  Read and Sign the Enough!

On the 21st of September 2016, the International Day of Peace, the Afghan Peace Volunteers  grew their #Enough! movement with Earth GEN ( Green, Equal, Nonviolent )

  1. Green : Eliminate the human causes of global warming
  2. Equal : Build a nonviolent, cooperative economy where the basic needs of all are met ( especially of the most vulnerable people )
  3. Nonviolent world without war: Abolish war and weapons, nurturing a non-violent, critical pedagogy.

” We believe that revolution for a better world is grounded in nonviolent relationships that nurture equal relationships with nature & all human beings through local communities that connect with the human family worldwide, working together as a strong 99% to build a green, equal and nonviolent world without war. A critical mass movement is needed to heal ourselves, the Earth and humanity. Love can open every border!” 

CodePink also dreams of an open sky free of killer drones so we dance, resist, love and work with our peace partners to build a critical mass movement to abolish war and create a green, equal, nonviolent world! Join US!

 

25 Activists Arrested in Two days of Nonviolent Blockades at Gates to Creech AFB;

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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!

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Mass Mobilization to Stop Drone Wars!

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            A Convergence For Peace in the Nevada Desert TO SHUT DOWN CREECH!

Join us March 4-6, 2015 at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada, for a national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down killer drone operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan,Yemen, Somalia, and everywhere. Sponsored by CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Nevada Desert Experience (NDE), Veterans For Peace (VFP), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) and others. (Learn more about sponsoring/supporting.) CODEPINK will also hold vigils daily on March 2nd and 3rd, prior to the official beginning of this Creech Convergence For Peace, and welcomes everyone to join them.

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8 Anti-drone Activists Block Main Beale Drone Base for 1 Hour, No Arrests!

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REPORT BACK: OCCUPY BEALE AFB. Jan. 26 & 27

1/27/15  Blockade at Wheatland Gate,  Photo by Chris Nelson

On Tuesday during early morning commute, 8 Anti-Drone activists blockaded Wheatland road into Beale Air Force Base for 1 hour and 20 minutes, during the morning commute.  The majority of military personnel and non-military personnel enter through this gate each morning, totaling hundreds of vehicles.

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The national CodePink organization organizes for justice for Iraqis and to hold war criminals accountable. CodePink actively opposes the U.S. war in Afghanistan, torture, the detention center at Guantanamo, weaponized and spy drones, the prosecution of whistleblowers, U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine and repressive regimes.

Rooted in a network of local organizers, CodePink's tactics include satire, street theatre, creative visuals, civil resistance, and directly challenging powerful decision-makers in government and corporations. And, of course, wearing pink!