GVCP [PANYS SC/GG] National Peace Leader Medea Benjamin in WNY Welcomes Undrone Upstate Peace Walk

October 19, 2015
Dear GVCP Members,

We spoke about these events at the GVCP meeting on Saturday.  We didn’t have firm information.  Thanks to Sally Jones, I’m able to send out the information.  Sorry we didn’t jump onto this sooner.


Arnie Matlin for GVCP

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Subject: [PANYS SC/GG] National Peace Leader Medea Benjamin in WNY Welcomes Undrone Upstate Peace Walk


National Peace Leader Medea Benjamin in WNY
Welcomes Undrone Upstate Peace Walk
Arriving at Niagara Falls Air Base

165-MILE WALK FROM SYRACUSE TO NIAGARA FALLS runs Oct. 7th – 21st, 2015

Undrone Upstate is a pro-peace, anti-drone demonstration and 165-mile walk to educate the public on drone operations in the Western New York region.

Meet Medea Benjamin and Welcome the Undrone Upstate Peace Walkers*

Tuesday, October 20 at 3:30 pm – Undrone Upstate Rally, Niagara Falls Air Base(NFAB), Main Gate, Lockport Rd., Niagara Falls. Music; speakers including renowned activist Medea Benjamin; street theater. Medea is co-founder of CodePink and Global Exchange. She was just one of the keynote speakers at the World Parliament of Religions, organizes at a national and international level; and is the author of Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control.
Tuesday evening, October 20 at 7-9 pm – Medea Benjamin will also speak on Working for Peace in the Age of Weaponized Drones, at Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202. Music provided by My Rap Name is Alex.

On Wednesday, October 21, 9:00-9:30 am – Skype Conversation with Afghan Peace Volunteers, Network of Religious Communities, 1272 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. See GlobalDaysofListening.org for more on this creative initiative by the youth.
Also on Wednesday October 21, 10:00 am  – Don’t Bomb Hospitals Demonstration, entrance to Gates Vascular on Ellicott St between North and High Sts. #Enough! is one of many initiated by the inspiring youth of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. See OurJourneytoSmile.org.

  • The Undrone Upstate group will arrive at the main gate of the Niagara Falls Air National Guard Base  after walking 165 miles from the Hancock Air National Guard Base, a national Reaper hub, to NFAB. Both bases are sites of drone operations, including training and remote piloting of drones over Afghanistan. The walk included outreach programs at colleges and community centers along the way. The walk included stops at hospitals with “Bombing This Site is a War Crime” signs.

Targeted drone assassination is Obama’s favored weapon against "global terrorism." Outdoor markets, wedding parties, and village meetings have all been subjected to drone attacks, carried out on secret evidence and with not enough regard for human bystanders. The Department of Defense plans to increase its use of drones by 50 percent over the next four years.

The purpose of the Undrone Upstate Peace Walk is to heighten public awareness of the murder and terror perpetrated in our names by the criminal use of killer drones. Members of Upstate Drone action were among the first to investigate drone warfare and actively begin protesting this illegal and immoral campaign.    For more information go to upstatedroneaction.org <http://upstatedroneaction.org> , or go to Undrone Upstate Facebook page. Sponsored by WNY Peace Center ,  Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, Veterans for Peace, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Syracuse Peace Council, PUSH Buffalo, Peace Education Fund, Interfaith Peace Network, CodePink, and others.

For more information, contact: Victoria Ross (716) 931-3520 or (716) 884-0582 or Russell Brown (716) 570-5200

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