Thursday, April 18, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones in ARIZONA

Protests in Arizona will be part of the nationwide April Days of Action Against Drones.

SIERRA VISTA- Monday, April 29, 2013- The Drone Rangers of Cochise County are gathering at the main gate of Ft. Huachuca, Sierra Vista, Az.  Ft. Huachuca has long been the site of unmanned aircraft development and training as well as other "intelligence activity". We are gathering at  2:30 at the end of Fry Blvd. in front of the gate. For more information contact: Joel at

TUCSON - Monday, April 15, 2013 - Exhibit: Tax Day at Raytheon Missile Systems: Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson is manufacturing UAVs that can be armed as well as weapons to arm them. We are demonstrating on Tax Day to say "No Taxes for War!" Gather at Raytheon's entrance on S. Nogales Highway at Hermans Road, two miles s. of Valencia. 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. SEE REPORT ON THE ACTION HERE

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - Vigil at Davis Monthan Air Force Base -Monthly vigil at Davis Monthan AFB, where the 214th Recon unit of the Air National Guard pilots combat drones. "The 214th has flown more than 3,000 sorties and provided more than 55,000 flying hours of combat mission support in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn, providing overhead full-motion video to U.S. intelligence agencies and close air support to troops in contact." We vigil at corner of Golflinks and Craycroft Roads. 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones in Tucson: Early morning protest at Raytheon Missile Systems

Joining the nationwide April Days of Action Against Drones, Peace activists representing the Fellowship of Reconciliation rose with the sun on April 15, Tax Day, to picket outside Tucson's Raytheon Missile Systems while the workers arrived for the early morning shift.  

Holding signs - some reading "Not With Our Tax Dollars", "Drones: Terror From the Sky" and "Will the World's Children Survive Your Work?" - the group publicly expressed their desire that tax dollars fund social needs such as education and health care rather than the pilotless drones, cruise missiles, Star Wars "kill vehicles", cluster bombs and more built at Raytheon's Tucson plant.

That afternoon, John Heid had a trial in Tucson City Court for his December 28, 2012 arrest during a drone protest at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, home to an active combat predator drone unit.  He told the judge that he didn't go to Davis-Monthan AFB that day with criminal intent, but rather with the intent to challenge criminality.  Heid was found guilty of trespass and sentenced to time served on the day of his arrest.

Monthly peace vigils protesting drone warfare continue at both Raytheon and Davis-Monthan AFB. Email for more information.

Learn more about anti-drone events taking place around the nation!