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March 28, 2013

U.S. Drones Out of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Everywhere!

March and Rally at the White House

Saturday, April 13
Assemble at 12 noon
Lafayette Park - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

See below for transportation to D.C. and protests around the country!

Over 5,000 people have been murdered by U.S. drone strikes in the last few years, including a large number of children among the many civilians who have been slaughtered by these robotic killing machines.

Sitting in offices thousands of miles away from their targets, U.S. operators routinely decide to “push the button” and kill their unsuspecting targets on the ground with hellfire missiles fired from unseen drone aircraft. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, villagers have staged mass protests against drone strikes after their kids were incinerated while they were collecting firewood or farming in nearby fields.

The U.S. functions as a death squad government, permitting the president and military leaders to create secret “kill lists” of people who have been selected for assassination. There is no due process, no trial, no evidence – the individuals are selected to be murdered and they are killed, and many civilians who are nearby also die. Drones are the weapon of choice.

In the 19th century, it was a common tactic of imperialists to use gunboats to move around the world and assert their will, answering challenges to their authority with bullets and cannon shot. The use, or threat of the use, of naval force was used by Britain, the United States and other imperialist nations to force exploitative terms of trade and political accommodations on various political entities around the world.

The United States government’s drone program serves the same general purpose as gunboat diplomacy. It enables the United States to extend its military power over any country that lacks the ability, or will, to shoot down the aircraft.

Join us at the White House for a march and rally on Saturday, April 13 to let the world know that the people of this country are demanding “Drones Out of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Everywhere!”

Learn more:

To learn more, read a fact sheet about the U.S. drone program and print a one-page version to help spread the word.

Endorsers include:

ANSWER Coalition; Cynthia McKinney, former Congressperson; Akbar Muhammad, International Rep. of Nation of Islam; Revival of Pan Africanism Forum; African Diaspora for Democracy and Development; CRI-Panafricain; Democratic Union of Gambian Activists - D.C.;  Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general; Veterans for Peace; Col. Ann Wright; CODEPINK; CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations); CAIR-MD; Nisa Muhammad, writer, Final Call newspaper; Jared Ball, radio host, WPFW (Pacifica); Rev. Graylan Hagler, Senior Minister, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ; Imam Mahdi Bray, Freedom Coalition; Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director, Partnership for Civil Justice Fund; Zaki Baruti, Universal African Peoples Organization; American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC); Black is Back; United National Antiwar Coalition; Palestine Work Group; Peta Lindsay, Party for Socialism and Liberation; Haiti Liberte; Political Education and Action Committee-Howard University; Philly Against War; Students for Justice in Palestine-Temple U.; Conflict Free Campus Initiative–Temple U.; and many more.

Endorse the April 13 action now!

Help spread the word

View and print a 8.5x11 flyer to help spread the word about the April 13 March and Rally at the White House:

D.C. flyer: one-sided   two-sided

National flyer: one-sided   two-sided

NYC flyer: one-sided  two-sided

Philadelphia flyer: one-sided  two-sided

Baltimore flyer: one-sided  two-sided

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Transportation Centers for the April 13 March and Rally at the White House:

New York City, N.Y.
[email protected] · 212-694-8720
Departing from 135th St. and Lenox Ave (2/3 trains to 135th St.) at 6am on Saturday, April 13, returning around 10pm on the same day. Round-trip tickets are $35. Click here to buy your ticket online.

Philadelphia, Penn.
[email protected] · 267-281-3859
Departing from Temple University, Tuttleman Learning Center, 1809 N. 13th Street at  at 8am on Saturday, April 13, returning around 8pm on the same day. Round-trip tickets are $30. Click here to buy your ticket online.

Baltimore, Md.
[email protected] · 443-759-9968

New Haven, Conn.
[email protected] · 203-903-4480
Departing from Elm & Temple (across from library) at 5am on Saturday, April 13, returning around 11pm on the same day. Round-trip tickets are $30, student/low-income $20. Contact for details on obtaining tickets.

Protests around the country on April 13:

San Francisco, California
12:00 pm
Powell and Market Sts.
at Powell St. BART
[email protected] · 415-821-6545
View and print the flyer

Los Angeles, California
1:00 pm
LA City Hall, West Steps
[email protected] · 213-251-1025
View and print the flyer

Sacramento, California
6:00 pm
Gather @ 20th and J Sts., Sacramento
916-572-9680

St. Louis, Missouri
March and Rally at Soldier's Memorial
12 noon: Gather at 1315 Chestnut, St. Louis, MO 63101
1:00 pm: March to Robert Young Federal Building (1222 Spruce)
Meet and greet St. Louis Cardinal fans on their way to the game

Albuquerque, New Mexico
1:00 pm
Gather at Robinson Park
March to Lockheed Martin Headquarters
(drone developers for U.S war machine)
[email protected] · 505-268-2488

New Paltz, New York
Saturday, April 13
10:30 a.m.: Picket line
12:00 noon: March
In front of Elting Library (Main St. across from Starbucks)
Organized by the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter
[email protected]

Boston, Massachusetts
Saturday, April 13
1:00 pm
Park St.
[email protected] · 617-383-4857

Protests around the country in April:

Tallahassee, Florida
Thursday, April 11
3:00 pm: Leafleting
4:00 pm: Rally
Landis Green (on FSU Campus)
Facebook Event
View and print the flyer

Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, April 17
4:00 pm
Westlake (4th and Pine)
Sponsored include: Alliance for Global Justice; Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action; Veterans for Peace - chapters 92 (Seattle), 111 (Bellingham), and 143 (Everett); ANSWER Coalition; Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility; Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation; Women in Black

The April 13 “U.S. Drones Out of Africa and Everywhere!” March and Rally at the White House takes place during a nationwide month of action opposing drones that also includes National Days Against Drones Actions in San Diego April 4-7 and the Ground the Drones, End the Wars weekend of education and action in Syracuse, N.Y., April 26-28. Find details here.

Learn more:

To learn more, read a fact sheet about the U.S. drone program and print a one-page version to help spread the word.

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