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Iowans to take drone concerns to Congressional offices

Iowans to take drone concerns to Congressional offices

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

Congressional office visits are set for Monday, November 18 -- 2 p.m. with Senators Harkin and Grassley's staff at the Federal Building, 210 Walnut, and 3 p.m. at Rep. Latham's office, 2700 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.

Called by National Network to Stop Drones Warfare and Surveillance, actions planned around the country are to include protests at weapons manufacturers, teach-ins, and congressional advocacy.

In Iowa, AFSC is working with Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), Catholic Peace Ministry, and Veterans for Peace in building a campaign to stop US drones warfare.

Public outcry is rising as faith-based organizations, human rights organizations and international legal bodies call for an end to the killings and insist that the US provide transparency and accountability in its assertion that a “global war” against terrorism gives the US authority to wage its drone warfare. The push back is coming with UN reports exposing the breadth of the US war; Amnesty International asserting that some of the drone killings amount to war crimes; and the faith communities challenging the ethics and legality of the drones war.

To participate in this campaign or to request a speaker for your meeting, church or organization, please contact Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator.

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Links for more information:

15 Faith based organizations

http://fcnl.org/issues/drones/faithbased_organizations_Question_lethal_use_of_drones/

 

US Conference of Catholic Bishops statement

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/war-and-peace/arms-trade/upload/letter-to-administration-congress-on-drones-2013-05-17.pdf

 

UN report

http://justsecurity.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/UN-Special-Rapporteur-Extrajudicial-Christof-Heyns-Report-Drones.pdf

 

Amnesty International

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/usa-must-be-held-account-drone-killings-pakistan-2013-10-22

Documents: 

Drones actions in Des Moines Nov 2013

Location

Federal Building
210 Walnut St.
Des Moines , IA

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