Drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) have become the signature
weapons of the Obama administrationís air strikes in Afghanistan
and Pakistan. Drones scout over the two countries launching
Hellfire missiles into the region missing their intended
targets, resulting in the deaths of many innocent people including children.
We call on the Obama administration to Ground the Drones! Sign
your letter today!!
Predator and Reaper drones, referred
to as remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) or unmanned
aerial vehicles (UAVs), are flown over Pakistan
by the United States Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) to combat potential al-Qaeda and Taliban
leaders. The Predator and Reaper drones are piloted
from the CIA headquarters in Langley,
VA and other secret locations. Creech
Air Force Base, just north of Las Vegas,
is the headquarters of the Air Force's Predator
and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) program.
The base is one of the epicenters on the war in
Action to Ground the Drones!
- Make the call: Call your Member of Congress's
office (find your representative here),
be polite, passionate and articulate. Explain to the aide who answers
the phone that you are concerned about the number of innocent civilians
killed by predator drone attacks, that the money going to build and
man drones could be better used at home toward life-affirming policies
like education and healthcare, and finally, how much you care about
their leadership and participation on this issue. Sign
the petition to President Obama here.
- Organize a film showing:
For free you can watch the incredible
collection of Rethink
Afghanistan, which provides an excellent
introduction to the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
here for more details on screenings. Or
you can order a set of DVDs here.
- Download and distribute
our NEW Flier: DRONES
- Host a house party:
Eating is one of the easiest ways to
bring people together (especially with busy
schedules). Host a dinner or potluck with food
from Central/South Asia. Set aside a few minutes
before or after the meal to explain the latest
on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan
- Letter writing: Write
a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper
about the use of the Predator and Reaper drones
in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Sample letter coming
- Tell us about your
action! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
and post it to the CODEPINK