Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, is known world-wide as a tireless campaigner for peace and justice. She will be a presenter at the Drones Symposium at Grinnell College on Wednesday, September 10th at 4:15 PM. Prior to that, she will lead a rally at 10:00AM at the gates of the 132nd Iowa Air National Guard at the north side of the Des Moines airport.
The 132nd is being converted to a piloting and control center for Reaper Drones. Armed with Hellfire missiles, these drones may be used to assassinate people, combatants and civilians alike, in countries with whom the US is not at war.
Medea is the author of Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control
Iowa Must Not Pilot Reaper Drones
Rally at the Iowa Air National Guard 132nd Base
3100 McKinley Ave, Des Moines
Wednesday, September 10th
10AM – 10:45 AM
Speaker: Medea Benjamin
Iowa is resisting the establishment of a drone command center, too. As reported via a well-crafted video report in the Des Moines Register, over 100 Catholic Workers and members of Veterans for Peace, among other Iowans, arose on St. Patrick's day at the 132nd Air National Guard base to bear witness to those killed by drone warfare and to deliver an indictment to base commanders in protest of the base's conversion to one that will be used to pilot drones.
(See 7 Arrested delivering powerful indictment of drone warfare at 132nd division Air National Guard Base )
(See September 25 - Catholic Worker Presentation with Brian Terrell)
(See The 2013 DC Drones Conference: 5 Big Takeaways )