KNOW DRONES TOUR TO VISIT COLUMBUS SEPT. 17-18, 2012

A PRESS ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2012

KNOW DRONES TOUR TO VISIT COLUMBUS SEPT. 17-18, 2012

 

KNOW DRONES TOUR TO VISIT COLUMBUS SEPT. 17-18, 2012

 

The Know Drones Tour, a national sidewalk education project aimed at informing the public on impacts of drone war and drone surveillance, will visit Columbus, Ohio on September 17-18, 2012.

 

“People in Columbus area are being asked to be part of the drone war development,” said Nick Mottern, director of the Know Drones tour. “We will be raising questions about where drones are taking us as a nation, as communities and individuals and whether we want to go there.”

 

“Drone attacks by the US have killed over 2,000 people, including women and children,” said Melonie Buller, a President of the Central Ohioans for Peace, “These attacks are violations of international law by targeting anyone in a strike zone.”

 

Mark D. Stansbery, Columbus Campaign for Arms Control said, “This fuels an insecure America. The US role in developing robotic war will only further isolate our nation from the global community. Furthermore, the use of drones in the American air space to provide surveillance on domestic communities signals the beginning of unconstitutional search and seizure methods not heard of since the British ruled the land."

 

“Central Ohio area is becoming home to drone technologies that are being used to carry out executions in faraway countries and to spy on U.S. citizens,” said Bob Fitrakis, Ohio Green Party candidate for US Congress. “We should be honoring the creative legacies of the Wright Brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar by creating a future for Ohio that provides jobs in life-giving technologies like renewable energy systems rather than in robotic warfare.”

 

Peter Johnson, president of the Columbus Free Press, said: “I think it’s our nation’s illusory vision that our leaders would accept the continued use of this highly controversial technology because of the false promise of jobs. Have we truly become this desperate? Can robotic warfare really be the future for Ohio jobs? Should a state that has had low-end technology used to steal elections use this high-end technology to invade our domestic air space? The people of Central Ohio must really question this technology as a means to secure our safety and health."

 

The Know Drones Columbus, Ohio visit is endorsed by: Columbus Campaign for Arms Control, Central Ohioans for Peace, Columbus Free Press, Central Ohio Green Education Fund, For Mother Earth (North American Coordination Team), Community Organizing Center, Progressive Peace Coalition, Sunday Night Action Group, Faith Communityes United for Peace, Peacemaking: A Believers' Calling, Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio; and local members of Veterans for Peace, Vietnam Veterans against War and Imperialism, and Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans against the War.

 

The Columbus, Ohio schedule for the Know Drones tour follows:

Mon. Sept. 17 –

11 am – Set up a sidewalk Know Drones tour education project at Northern Lights shopping area, Cleveland Avenue. The Know Drones tour will make the connection between drone warfare and the local Somali community.

 

1 pm - Set up a sidewalk Know Drones tour education project at Easton Town Center, Morse Road.  The Know Drones tour will make the connection between drone warfare and the local business community.

 

3 pm – Set up a sidewalk Know Drones tour education project at Broad Street and Georgesville Road.   The Know Drones tour will make the connection of law enforcement use of drones and the need to spend money on jobs other than drone and weapons making.

 

7 pm - Central Ohioans for Peace will host the tour at the Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 W. Oakland Park Avenue. The Public and Press members are invited.

 

 Tues. Sept. 18 –

8:30 am – Set up a sidewalk Know Drones tour education project at the Ohio Statehouse to greet politicians and staff going to work, High Street.  

 

11:00 am – Set up a sidewalk Know Drones tour education project at the Ohio State University campus, N. High Street and 15th Avenue.

 

 Weds.  Sept. 19 –

8:30 am – Set up a sidewalk Know Drones tour educationb project at the Capital Law School to make the connection between the US drone attacks and domestic and international laws.

 

The National tour is endorsed by:

American Civil Liberties Union (Philadelphia), American Friends Service Committee, Brandywine Peace Committee, Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Brooklyn For Peace, Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Catholic Peace Fellowship (Philadelphia), Central Ohioans for Peace, Central Ohio Peace Network, Coalition for Peace and Justice (Southern New Jersey), Code Pink, Columbus (Ohio) Campaign for Arms Control, Daytonians Against War Now, Delaware Pacem in Terrris, Columbus Free Press, Faith Communities United for Peace (Columbus, Ohio), Franklin County (Ohio) Green Party, Interfaith Peace Network of Western New York, Granny Peace Brigade (Philadelphia), Green Party of West Central Ohio, International Action Center, LEPOCO Peace Center (Bethlehem, PA), Missing Peace Art Space – Dayton, Ohio, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, Occupy Fredrick (MD), Occupy Wall Street – Anti-War, Pakistan Solidarity Network, Pax Christi – Greensburg, PA, Peace Action New York, Peace Center of Delaware County (PA), Peace Resource Center (Frederick, MD), Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, Progressive Peace Coalition (Columbus, Ohio), Sinclair Peace Club (Dayton, Ohio),Unitarian Fellowship for World Peace – Dayton, Ohio, United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars, Veterans for Peace, Chapter #128 (Buffalo, NY), Veterans for Peace – Dayton, Ohio, Veterans for Peace (Philadelphia), Voices for Creative Non-Violence, War Resisters League, WESPAC Foundation, Western New York Peace Center, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Philadelphia), World Can’t Wait, Wright State University (Ohio) Chapter of Young Democratic Socialists of America.