April: Month of No Drones Actions!


April is an entire month dedicated to the national Stop Drones campaign! See our calendar below to check out what exciting events are happening near you. The first few actions listed are places where the CODEPINK national staff will be-- and we encourage you to come join us in those places-- but actions are happening nationwide, so check out the list below (organized alphabetically by state)!

If you are interested in starting a CODEPINK contingent at one of these events, or would like to set up an action in your community, email our anti-drone campaign coordinator Noor and she can help you mobilize!

CODEPINK ACTIONS

SAN DIEGO ACTIONS, April 4th to 6th (CODEPINK staffers joining: Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin, Nancy Mancias, Sam Deer, Candice Camargo, Tighe Barry)

Thursday, April 4

San Diego Veterans for Peace demonstration at General Atomics Production Site

  • When: 3 pm
  • Where: General Atomics Production Facility, 14200 Kirkham Way, Poway, CA
  • San Diego Veterans for Peace will hold a demonstration at the General Atomics Predator drones manufacturing facility along. Assemble at General Atomics Way and Kirkham Way, Poway.  Contact Dave Patterson, dpatterson998@yahoo.com or 760-207-9139

Overpass Light Brigade Action

  • When: 7 pm
  • Where: Clairemont Drive bridge over the I-5.
  • Park at Mission Bay Visitors Center, west of overpass.  Volunteers are needed to hold letters.   Contactchrisw51@sbcglobal.net

Friday, April 5

CODEPINK Actions against General Atomics

  • 8 am: Demonstration and die-in at the home of James Neal Blue, General Atomics CEO, 9756 La Jolla Farms Road, La Jolla, CA. Contact Medea Benjamin at (415) 235.6517.
  • 10 am – noon: CEO billionaire bash at the General Atomics headquarters! Obama, thanks for helping us make a killing! Please wear business attire!  3550 General Atomics Ct., San Diego, CA. Contact Medea Benjamin at (415) 235.6517.

CODEPINK Action against Northrop Grumman

  • When: 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Where: Northrop Grumman headquarters, 9356 Spectrum Center Blvd and Ruffin Rd., San Diego, CA Demonstration and bannering. Please wear black! Contact nodrones@prcsd.org
  • 6:30 pm – 9:30 p.m.: Assembly with dinner, socializing, and more. Location TBA. Contact:  info@sdcpj.org
  • 7-8 pm: Overpass Light Brigade Action, Volunteers needed! Location TBA.  Contact chrisw51@sbcglobal.net
San Diego Gun Store "Arms are for Hugging" Hug-in
  • When: 2-3pm
  • Where: Wise Owl Firearms & Tactical, 6904 Miramar Road, Unit 105, San Diego, CA 92121. Please wear pink and bring heart-shaped signs that say "Free Hugs" or "Arms are for Hugging". Contact codepink.nancy@gmail.com
Saturday, April 6

Women Occupy Demonstration At Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

  • When: 1-3 pm
  • Where: 910 N Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA
  • Join Women Occupy at a demonstration at the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Please wear black. Contact Martha Sullivan, marthasullivan@mac.com or 858-945-6273

Dinner and Speakers' Forum

  • When: 6:00 p.m, dinner from 7-9 pm
  • Where: Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Pl., San Diego 92105.
  • Forum with Medea Benjamin (CodePink), Pedro Rios (AFSC), and others. Contact:  carolj@prcsd.org. There will also be an Overpass Light Brigade Action at the same time and location. Contact: chrisw51@sbcglobal.net

Sunday, April 7

General Assembly and Workshops

  • When: Saturday, April 6, 9:30 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Location TBA
  • Workshops include: Israel, Drones and Elbit System, Using New Media, The Changing Face of Empire and Resolutions Against Drones. Contact: info@sdcpj.org

UPSTATE NEW YORK, April 26th to 28th (CODEPINK staffers joining: Noor Mir and Tighe Barry)

  • Three Days of networking, learning, sharing and preparing to build a national movement! Three Days to say NO! to Drones. NO! to Global Wars.
  • NO! to Empire.
  • Schedule:

Friday

  • Dinner provided with potluck dessert and snacks
  • Welcome and introductions
  • Music and Celebration with Charley King

Saturday

  • Registration, Bagels and Coffee
  • Plenary Panel with Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative NonViolence, Bruce
  • Gagnon of Global Network and David Swanson of War is a Crime and After
  • Downing Street
  • 4 Sessions with 3 or more activities in each including workshops, panel
  • presentations, an art workshop, organizing and networking
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Music and Celebration with Colleen Kattau and her band, 'Some Guys'

Sunday

  • Bagels and coffee
  • 12 pm: Head to Hancock Air National Guard Base for Rally and
  • Demonstration.
  • Presenters include: Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative NonViolence, Bruce Gagnon of Global Network and David Swanson of War is a Crime and After Downing Street. Colonel Ann Wright, Kevin Zeese and Dr. Margaret Flowers of Occupy Washington, Joe Lombardo of United National Antiwar Coalition, Debra Sweet of World Can't Wait and Nick Mottern of Know Drones and more. . . .
  • Topics include: The War on Terror Under Obama, Full Spectrum Dominance, Ending the Fabrication of the War on Terror: Lessons from Africa, Mass Action as a Strategy for the Anti-War Movement, The Human Face of War, International Law and Restoring the Law to the People, Activism from Spirit, Veterans Reflecting on the Justification "But Drones Save Lives . . .", Resistance Through Art, Civil Resistance in Action, Networking, Community Organizing Against Drones, Organizing on Campus
  • For Information Call (315) 308-0048
  • To Pre-register call (315) 472-5478
  • Online Registration will be available soon. $15 Suggested donation; Will be $20 on site.
  • Sliding Scale available on request. No one turned away for lack of funds

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, APRIL 13 (CODEPINK staffers joining: Medea Benjamin, Noor Mir, Tighe Barry, Alli McCracken, Dooler Campbell)

Join CODEPINK on April 13 as we join hands with the A.N.S.W.E.R Coalition and many others to say no to drones in a monumental rally in the Capital. We will assemble at noon at Lafayette Park on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and march to the White House, before heading to General Atomics nearby and ending with a forum at the GWU Law School at 3 p.m. E-mail noor@codepink.org for more information.

OTHER NATIONAL ACTIONS

ARIZONA

Tax Day at Raytheon Missile Systems

  • When: April 15, 6:30-7:30 am
  • Where: Gather at Raytheon's entrance on S. Nogales Highway at Hermans Road, two miles s. of Valencia.
  • Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson is manufacturing UAVs that can be armed as well as weapons to arm them. We are demonstrating on Tax Day to say "No Taxes for War!"

Vigil at Davis Monthan Air Force Base

  • When: April 30, 7-8 am
  • Where: Golflinks and Craycroft Roads, Tucson, AZ 85706
  • Monthly vigil at Davis Monthan AFB, where the 214th Recon unit of the Air National Guard pilots combat drones. "The 214th has flown more than 3,000 sorties and provided more than 55,000 flying hours of combat mission support in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn, providing overhead full-motion video to U.S. intelligence agencies and close air support to troops in contact."

CALIFORNIA

I did NOT vote for Obama's Drones

  • When: April 3, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Where: Getty Mansion, 2870 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • I did NOT vote for Obama's Drones or Prison Camps, or Kill Lists, or Deportations... Protest Obama's return to San Francisco Wednesday, April 3rd to renew electoral complicity of our good citizens in aggressive war and destruction of the planet. While representatives of Democratic imperialism gorge themselves on fancy victuals and indulge in the self-gratification that ownership of spoils of Empire provides, Guantanamo hunger strikers will persist under desperate circumstances to escape illegal and immoral incarceration in america's premiere torture facility, Guantanamo Bay. Join us to publicly renounce this violation of human rights, and all the crimes of your government, whoever does them.

Anti-Drone Rally for 'Beale 5' Defendants

  • When: April 15, 8:30-11:30 am
  • Where: 501 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
  • This is a tax-day rally in support of the Beale 5, part of a group charged with blocking the gates at Beale AFB and now facing a federal trial. A 1/5 size replica Drone will be at the rally. Beale AFB is home of the Global Hawk, a surveillance drone that is complicit in the U.S. targeted assassination program. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/208454562612842/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Occupy Beale Air Force Base

  • When: April 29, 3 PM - April 30, 9AM
  • Where: North Beale Rd., Main Gate, Beale AFB, Linda, CA 95901
  • Two day protest and encampment to resist drone warfare and illegal surveillance. Beale AFB is the home of the Global Hawk, a surveillance drone that is complicit in the U.S. targeted assassination program. Optional nonviolent action planned, support people needed. Affinity groups recommended but not necessary.

GEORGIA

WEEKLY Rally against Drones and Endless War

  • When: April 10, 4:45-5:45 pm
  • Where: Corner of Ponce de Leon Avenue & Moreland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307
  • Weekly demonstration aimed at rush-hour traffic with banners and signs, every Wednesday, 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.

HAWAII

No Drones

  • When: April 17, 2013, 9-11:30 am
  • Where: University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822
  • Meet at McCarthy Mall to rally University of Hawai`i students, faculty and staff to say NO to drones and drone research. Just look for the big drone replica!

No Drone Killing and Spying!

  • When: April 27, 10 am-12 pm
  • Where: Corner of Kamehameha Highway and Higgins Road, near the Higgins Road gate to Wheeler AFB, Wahiawa, HI 96786
  • Protest at Wheeler Air Force Base, one of Hawai`i's authorized drone bases. Meet in Honolulu to join a car caravan to Wheeler Air Force Base in Wahiawa at 9am. Or join the protest at Wheeler Air Force Base in Wahiawa at 10 am.
  • For more information about the car caravan and protest: www.worldcantwaithonolulu.blogspot.com.

ILLINOIS

Talk by Robert Naiman

  • When: April 11, 7 pm
  • Where: Lesar Law Building Auditorium, SIUC, 1150 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901
  • Talk by Robert Naiman, Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy, "Bringing Transparency and Accountability to the Drone Strike Program: A winnable fight”

INDIANA

Anti-drone Vigils

  • When: April 2- 4
  • Where: Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Contact: in-peace@comcast.net
  • Anti-drone vigils at BAE Systems (Northrop Grumman), Raytheon, and ITT.

IOWA

No War Drones In Iowa, May Day

  • When: May 1, 11 am
  • Where: 3100 McKinley Ave., Des Moines, IA 50321
  • May 1st is the date, 11AM is the time, the main gate to the Iowa Air National Guard base at the Des Moines airport is the place. Robert Naiman will be there for certain. Other details, including events before and after May 1st, to be determined. The 132nd Attack Wing will likely operate MQ-9 Reaper aircraft around the globe controlled via satellite links from a headquarters at the Des Moines Air National Guard Base.

MAINE

Maine Drone Restrictions Legislation

  • When: Month of April
  • Where: PO Box 652, Brunswick, ME 04011
  • Contact: globalnet@mindspring.com
  • Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, is working with the American Civil Liberties Union on legislation that would limit drone surveillance in the state of Maine. Hearings are expected to be held in the first half of April.

MARYLAND

Historians Against War Conference

  • When: April 5-7
  • Where: Keynote session on Friday, April 5 at St. John's Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD. All Saturday, April 6 and Sunday April 7 sessions at the College of Liberal Arts Building, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252
  • Topics in this important 3-day conference will include: "Distancing Acts: Imperial War from Counterinsurgency to Drones", "The Politics of Drone Warfare and the University" an "Teaching the War on Terror". Speakers will include: Rashid Khalidi - Columbia U.; Nick Turse - TomDispatch.com; Phyllis Bennis - Institute for Policy Studies; Ray McGovern - Ex-CIA White House briefer; Irene Gendizer - Boston U.; Judith Le Blanc - Peace Action; David Swanson - War is a Crime.org; Jerry Lembcke - College of the Holy Cross; Vinay Lal - UCLA; Paul Joseph - Tufts U.; Carolyn Eisenberg-Hofstra U.; John Prados-National Security Archive. Keynote Speakers Friday evening, April 5 - Col. Ann Wright, former Army officer and State Department diplomat; Alfred McCoy, University of Wisconsin. For details:www.historiansagainstwar.org

Drone Warfare Exhibit and Luminous Light Intervention

  • When: April 12, 9 pm- April 14, 9 pm
  • Where: Homewood Campus, JHU, 3400 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
  • Drone warfare exhibition and literature tabling at the Johns Hopkins Spring Fair with a night display by Luminous Intervention.

Workshop on Drone Warfare and Targeted Killing

  • When: April 16, 2013, exact time TBA
  • Where: Homewood Campus, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218. (Exact location TBA) Baltimore, MD 21218
  • Frank Januzzi, of Amnesty International, and others, will hold a workshop on drone warfare and targeted killing.

Dronecoming

  • When: April 26-28th
  • Where: Homewood Campus, JHU, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218
  • Mobile drone warfare exhibition at Johns Hopkins University homecoming events. Times TBA

MASSACHUSETTS

E. Mass. Anti-Drone March/rally/die-in

  • When: April 13, 1 PM
  • Where: Park St, downtown Boston, MA 02108
  • The Eastern Mass. No Drones Network calls for all to join us at Park St. downtown Boston for a rally, a march through downtown and a die-in on Saturday, April 13, at 1:00 PM.

MICHIGAN

Counter-Drone Witness

  • When: April 24, 10-2 pm
  • Where: 365 Sentry Ave., Battle Creek, MI 4903
  • Contact:  Dave Lambert at dl2001@comcast.net
  • Drone war protesters from Indiana and Michigan will gather at the Battle Creek Air National Guard base, 365 Sentry Avenue, Battle Creek, MI to witness against the establishment of an MQ-9 Reaper drone control center at the Battle Creek Air Guard field. (Time subject to change)

MINNESOTA

Stop the Wars, Ground the Drones

  • When: April 6, 1-4 PM
  • Where: Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406
  • April 6: Stop U.S. wars, Interventions and drone strikes. End the War in Afghanistan, Troops and Drones Out Now. No U.S drones or intervention in Mali. No new war on Iran or Syria. End U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Funds for housing and jobs, not wars. End drone surveillance at home. 1:00 Gather, 1:45 March, 2:15 Program at St. Albert's Church, 2836 33rd Av, Minneapolis https://www.facebook.com/events/533842286636341/

MISSOURI

STOP THE DRONE WAR MARCH

  • When: April 13, 2013, 12:30-3 PM
  • Where: The march starts in downtown St. Louis at Soldiers Memorial, 1315 Chestnut Street and goes to the Federal Building at 1222 Spruce Street.
  • St. Louis, MO 63103
  • Veterans for Peace-Chapter 61, the All African People's Revolutionary Party and Socialist Organizer have formed an Anti-Imperialist Coalition in St. Louis, MO and will hold a march to coincide why that ANSWER Coalition national protest on April 13 in Washington, DC. Please join us in calling for a stop to the barbaric murder of civilians and first responders.

Demonstration at Whiteman Air Force Base

  • When: April 14, 3-6 pm
  • Where: Whiteman Air Force Base, State Highway 23 south. Travel two miles south to reach the Spirit Gate on the left, Knob Noster, MO 65305
  • Demonstrators from Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, and St. Louis are welcome to join us at Whiteman Air Force Base. We will meet at the entrance of the base at Spirit Gate.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Protest Elbit Systems

  • When: April 5, 11:30-1:30
  • Where: Elbit Systems, 220 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH 03054
  • Members of NH Palestinian Network and NH Veterans for Peace are sponsoring a vigil/protest in front of Elbit Systems of Merrimack, NH, on April 5, 2013, from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm. Elbit is an Israeli-owned weapons manufacturer and some of its drones were used to kill and maim hundreds of innocent civilians in Gaza between 2008-09 and in 2012. Our goal is to bring attention to this company which profits off war. Elbit also produces, in Merrimack, the electronic systems used in the Apartheid Walls in Occupied Palestine and also the separation barrier between Mexico and the US.

NEW JERSEY

Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

  • When: April 28, 12 pm- 4pm
  • Where: Regency House Hotel, 140 Route 23, Pompton Plains, New Jersey 07444
  • This is New Jersey Peace Action's 56th Annual Dinner featuring Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater and a new book to be released on April 23rd, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield. Jeremy will be talking about the use of drones in these wars -- and promoting the June release of his movie by the same name. New Jersey Peace Action hopes that this dinner will galvanize organizing efforts against the use of drones and the possibility of war against Iran and Syria. https://www.facebook.com/events/268037246664347/?fref=ts

NEW YORK

Peace Grannies Anti-Drone protest

  • When: April 3, 2013, 5-6 PM
  • Where: West side of 5th Ave. between 49th and 50th Sts in front of Rockefeller Plaza, NYC, NY 10017
  • All New York City peace grandmothers and supporters and other interested parties will meet April 3 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Grandmothers Against the War vigil site at Rockefeller Center, the west side of 5th Ave. between 49th and 50th Sts. So far, Col. Ann Wright has agreed to speak. We will have drone models, banners and signs and, hopefully, some media. Participants will include the Granny Peace Brigade, Raging Grannies, Grandmothers Against the War, Grey Panthers, and many others.

A March to End War and Violence

  • When: Saturday, March 30th, 12:30-2:30 AM
  • Where: Corner of Main Street and 25A (at blinking light), Port Jefferson, NY 11777
  • Contact: (631) 473.0136
  • Join the North Country Peace Group as we march to end war and violence and to end the killing of innocent people using drone warfare.

Picket Line

  • When: April 13, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Where: Elting Library, 93 Main St., New Paltz, 12561
  • Contact: jacdon@earthlink.net
  • Join our picket line with signs visible to busy traffic at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Elting Library (Main St. across from Starbucks). At 12 noon, march with signs and leaflets through the business district (about a half hour). Two public parking lots on Plattekill Ave., including at Village Hall.

NORTH CAROLINA

Line Up Against Drones

  • When: April 6, 2013, 11-12 pm
  • Where: Yadkin Rd entrance to Ft. Bragg, Fayetteville, NC 28307
  • A peaceful vigil to call for a ban on militarized drones. We will line up on the sidewalk outside the Yadkin Road entrance to Fort Bragg from 11AM- Noon on Saturday, April 6.

OHIO

No Drones Weekend

  • When: April 5-7
  • Where: Dayton, OH 45402
  • Friday, April 5th: A mass demonstration at Congressman Mike Turner's office, a follow up to our demonstration/meeting with his representative in September, 2012, requesting he give his UAV/Drone contributions to the families of innocent victims of drone bombings.
  • Saturday April 6th: Teach-in with guest speakers and films. (Location pending: community house operated by local faith organization and others under discussion.) Action relative to Air National Guard base where the drone flights are being flown - TBA.
  • Sunday April 7th: Morning - Interfaith gathering to address the conflict of issues between the use of armed UAVs and our different spiritual beliefs along with prayers for peace and justice for all.
  • For more information: http://nodronesohio.blogspot.com/2013/02/april-drones-protest-ohio.html

PENNSYLVANIA

Good Friday Stations of Justice, Peace, and Nonviolent Resistance to Lockheed Martin

  • Where: Lockheed Martin, 230 Mall Boulevard (Mall & Goddard Boulevards), King of Prussia, PA 19404
  • When: March 29, 12 pm
  • Contact: Brandywine Peace Community, (610) 544-1818

45th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

  • When: April 4th, 4-6 PM
  • Where: Philadelphia Federal Building, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Contact: Brandywine Peace Community, (610) 544-1818
  • Banner and sound display, including loudspeaker broadcast of Dr. King's historic speech "Beyond Viet Nam: A Time to Break Silence" (April 4, 1967, Riverside Church, NYC)..Militarism is Killing Us...You Pay: Lockheed Martin Profit$...Cut the Military Budget Stop the Drone Wars.

Silent Drone Death Walk & Kite Flying for Peace at University of Pennsylvania

  • Where: 34th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • When: April 6th, 12-2 pm
  • Contact: Marge Van Cleef (267) 763-1644, Brandywine Peace Community, (610) 544-1818
  • Noon: Gather at corner of 34th & Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104. for death walk through campus. Protest U.S. Drone Attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. End drone warfare research at UPenn (and neighboring Drexel), which receives millions of dollars in research grants for drone research and technology application. Dress in black.
  • 1 pm: KITE FLYING FOR PEACE (Woodland Walk field, between UPenn and Drexel University, behind corner of 34th & Walnut streets). Kite flying, a widespread form of play throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan, expresses the children's hope for peace and an end to the war and drone strikes. Bring your kite, your children, and umbrella in the event of rain.

Philly Against War Anti-Drone Forum

  • Where: Tabernacle Church, 3700 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA.
  • When: April 20, 2 p.m
  • Contact: Brandywine Peace Community, (610) 544-1818

Saying NO to Drones during Penn Relays at University of Pennsylvania

  • Where: UPenn Campus, 34th Street & Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • When: April 25, 10 am - April 27, 5 pm: Philadelphia
  • Contact: Brandywine Peace Community, (610) 544-1818
  • Protests around campus as thousands of people from around the country and the world descend on the campus.

WASHINGTON

No Drones

  • When: April 17, 2013, 4-5:30 PM
  • Where: Westlake Park, 4th Ave and Pine Street. Seattle, WA 98101
  • There will be a rally with knowledgeable speakers, Music (Jim Page) and a short march.

WISCONSIN

Drone Vigil

  • When: April 6, 2013 11 AM to 1 PM
  • Where: Intersection of Milton Avenue and Blackbridge Road, Janesville, Wisconsin 53545
  • Contact: Norm Aulabaugh (608) 879-2841 or sunny@mousepadpolitics.com
  • Ample parking in the area but some lots posted “for customers only” so park discreetly! We will have extra signs, or bring your own to stage a sidewalk vigil and walk along Milton Avenue.

Monthly vigil against killer drones, Camp Williams

  • When: April 23, 3:30-4:30
  • Where: Camp Williams/Volk Field, 54618
  • Contact: joyfirst5@gmail.com
  • Regular monthly vigil against killer drones at Camp Williams/Volk Field.
Vigil against Drones in Milwaukee
  • When: April 11, 12-1 pm
  • Where: Army Reserve Camp, 5231 W. Silver Spring Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53217
  • Contact: Don Timmerman at don2roberta@yahoo.co,
  • Vigil from Noon to 1 p.m. at the Army Reserve Camp in Milwaukee.