Washington, DC - 400 people gathered at an international summit in Washington D.C. to oppose the use of drones by the U.S. government. The summit was hosted by Code Pink and featured Medea Benjamin, activist and author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. Many activists and organizers came to hear experts and share experiences in building the movement against U.S. drone warfare. Many were excited to hear academic and author Cornel West.
People came from as far away as Pakistan and Afghanistan to attend. One panel “View From Yemen” featured an attorney, a politician and a family member whose relatives were killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.
Kait McIntyre, a member of the Anti-War Committee-Chicago, presented on their campaign, “No Killer Drone for Boeing,” an effort to stop the Boeing corporation from obtaining the U.S. Navy’s killer drone contract. In the workshop titled “Activism: From Boardrooms to Bases,” McIntyre relayed lessons from the campaign and the Sept. 28-29 Midwest Action Against Drones, the largest U.S. demonstration against drones, that took place outside Boeing headquarters in Chicago.
Holly Kent-Payne, another Anti-War Committee-Chicago member and attendee, was glad to discuss the Anti-War Committee’s campaign and is looking forward to applying what she’s learned to upcoming protests against the Boeing Corporation. “We must continue connecting people’s concerns about school closings, lack of employment and other social issues with demands to end U.S. war.”
Members of the Minnesota-based Anti-War Committee also attended the summit.