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Report Back: Travis Air Force Base

Stop Bombing Afghanistan!  The People Want Real Peace! MONARCHS FOR PEACE!
by Toby Blomé
CODEPINK & Veterans for Peace collaborate again!
Ban Killler Drones, a recently formed national organization to unify the anti-drone groups across the country, called for a mobilization on Friday, Aug. 20th, at drone bases and other military installations across the country.  The goal: to be a voice against the Biden Administration hidden agenda to continue the bombing of Afghanistan even after U.S. fully “withdraws it’s troops.
That plan, referred to as  the “beyond the horizon” campaign,  is a cleverly veiled secret to fool the public into thinking the Afghanistan war is over.  NOT.   With 10 to 20 thousand CIA operatives and special forces still “embedded” on the land we know as Afghanistan, U.S. missiles and bombs are expected to continue their slaughter indefinitely.  We all know who will suffer the most.  There were similar actions in Hancock National Guard Drone Base (Syracuse, NY), Des Moines Air Guard Drone Base (Iowa), Ithaca Catholic Workers Saturday vigil (NY), and elsewhere.
So 5 activists, (from Fremont to El Cerrito) rose from their slumber in the dark early morning hours to arrive at Travis Air Force Base by 6:00 am, for a  2 hr. vigil during morning commute.
Literally thousands of cars entered the base. Meaningful numbers of base personnel waved and gave us peace signs as they entered the base:  Signs that they are getting fatigued from endless wars as well.
It was a very successful effort.  Amazingly, Eleanor was able to distribute over 50 leaflets to people exiting the base in the morning.
A beautiful giant dancing Monarch kept us all entertained!  Thanks Sharat!
Gratitude to Sharat Lin, Raleigh McLemore, Fred Bialy and Eleanor Levine for participating.  Thank you Eleanor for writing and printing the leaflet.
Please sign the petition to Ban Killer Drones on BanKillerDrones.org  HERE.
The leaflet:  Afghanistan:  What Now?

 

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