November days of action against drone killings
In addition to the November 16 rally at 10 a.m. at Fleur and McKinley, 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.
Links for more information:
15 Faith based organizations
US Conference of Catholic Bishops statement