Friday, April 5, 2013

[SDCPJ] Important info/updates for Saturday NO DRONES ACTIONS! 4/6/13

Important info for Saturday NO DRONES ACTIONS!   4/6/13

1-3 p.m. 
Join us at the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum (Harbor Drive south of Broadway, downtown San Diego) for a demonstration. Please wear black. Coordinated by Women Occupy; More info: marthasullivan@mac.com or phone 858-945-6273
Details: On the grass between the U.S.S. Midway War Museum and Harbor Blvd, south of Broadway. Performances by the Occupellas (Women Occupy SD acapella chorus) and Vibe, a socially-conscious youth hip hop/rap band, with speakers, and highlighting the names of 178 children/youth documented to have been killed by U.S. drone strikes. Please wear black. 
NOTE:  There is construction at the bottom of Broadway; please allow time for parking.
THERE WILL BE CARPOOLING STARTING AT 12 P.M. FROM THE PEACE RESOURCE CENTER, 3850 Westgate Place, SD 92105.  If you can offer a ride or want a ride, please just show up.  We also have a shuttle van that will run from the PRC

3-6 p.m.  
Alternate Focus has produced three 1/2 hour films about drones.  We will be showing these at the Peace Resource Center, 3850 Westgate Place, SD 92105 after the demonstration at the Midway.  All are invited to come and see the films, or to rest/hang out/network in the Church of Brethren sanctuary which is also on the property and the venue for the evening program and dinner starting at 6 p.m.   We will have both the PRC and Church Sanctuary open starting at 3 p.m. Info: 619-263-9301 or info@prcsd.org or nodrones@prcsd.org

3:45 p.m. Drone Warfare, Part One:  The Drone Landscape

Drone warfare has increased dramatically since 2008 and there are over 60 bases across the globe engaging in a US drone missions. US drones are currently deployed in the skies of over 14 different countries, some for surveillance and others for attacking ground targets. The area of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan, known as Waziristan is the locus of much of the drone operati ons. But are these weapons keeping us safe, or do they just incite further terrorist attacks? And is their use a violation of the Geneva Conventions?


4:30 p.m. Drone Warfare, Part Two:  The Drone Economy

The forerunners of the drones that are currently targeting people on the ground were once themselves targets. They have since evolved into reconnaissance vehicles, and more recently as weapons platforms. Predator drones are manufactured in Poway, near San Diego, where over 4,000 people are employed at General Atomics at the taxpayers' expense. We examine the implications of this kind of warfare, and the loop of finance that rewards contractors and the politicians they support.

5:15 p.m. Drone Warfare, Part Three: The Drone Morality

Who bears responsibly for lethal action when weapons are fully automated? Can a machine have a code of ethics? While their accuracy might, in theory, minimize innocent deaths, drones also enable illegal political assassinations, and by keeping US troops out of harm's way they also make war easier. A serious debate on these topics is long overdue.


6 pm, dinner; 7-9 pm forum - Forum with Medea Benjamin (CodePink), Pedro Rios (AFSC San Diego), Ozzie Monge, Rick Greenblatt and others. Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Pl., San Diego 92105. More info: email Peace Resource Center
Details: Palestinian cuisine (some vegan) generously provided by Haritna Restaurant (La Mesa) available at no cost. Donations accepted. No RSVPs needed.


7:15-8:15 pm - Overpass Light Brigade at Forum site. 
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