National Anti-Drone Group Calls for April Protests

by Joe Scarry

originally posted at No Drones Network blog.

coalition of peace and justice groups — the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare (NSDSW) — has made a call for national protests against drones in April, 2013.

Full event list on the Know Drones website

The NSDSW is calling for “April Days of Action” as follows:

April 4 – 6: Drone Manufacturing

Organizers around the country are encouraged to identify drone manufacturing facilities in their regions and organize demonstrations, teach-ins and other actions calling for an end to drone attacks and an end to the manufacture of weaponized and surveillance drones.

April 16- 18: Drone Research/Training

Organizers around the country are encouraged to identify colleges and universities in their regions doing drone research and/or training of drone pilots and to call for an end to research and training related to drone warfare.

April 27 – 28: Drone Bases

Organizers around the country will be encouraged to organize protests at drone bases in their regions. People will be encouraged also to participate in demonstrations planned during this period at the Reaper drone base at Hancock Air Base near Syracuse, NY.

To date, actions and events have been listed in these locations:


NEW YORK: New Paltz, New York City, Syracuse
NORTH CAROLINA: Fayetteville


INDIANA: Terre Haute
MINNESOTA: Minneapolis
OHIO: Dayton


CALIFORNIA: Linda, San Diego

For additional information — and to list your event — go to the full, up-to-date list of anti-drone initiatives.

Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare (NSDSW) 

When it met in New York City on December 15, 202, the members of the group endorsed this draft statement of purpose for the network:

Horrified by the facts of the era of drone warfare and surveillance technology, we declare our commitment to establishing an ongoing network of groups and organizations. The Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare seeks to initiate and coordinate events and actions that will raise a united and spirited voice for justice and peace, and to stop weaponized drones and related technology applications. These activities are aimed at highlighting the illegality, immorality, and unconstitutional nature of using drones to spy on and/or kill human beings.

NSDSW Participants

Elliott Adams – Veterans for Peace
Nellie Hester Bailey – Black Agenda Report, Occupy Harlem
Ellen Barfield – Veterans for Peace, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Judy Bello – Upstate (NY) Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars
Steve Fenichel – Organizer, southern New Jersey
Bill Gilson – Chapter 34, Veterans for Peace, NYC
Alicia Godsberg – Peace Action New York
Marty Goodman – UNAC
George Guerci – Know Drones Tour
Mark Johnson – Fellowship of Reconciliation
Debbie Kair – Know Drones Tour
Kathy Kelly – Voices for Creative Non-Violence
Marilyn Levin – UNAC
Kwame Madden – Know Drones Tour
Alli McCracken – Code Pink
Nick Mottern – Know Drones Tour
Max Obuszewski – National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Joan Pleune – Granny Peace Brigade
Bev Rice – Organizer, New York City
Georgina Shanley – Organizer, southern New Jersey and Amnesty International volunteer
Bob Smith – Brandywine Peace Community, Philadelphia
Tory Smith – American Friends Service Committee
Jules Sorkin – Veterans for Peace
Alice Sutter – Occupy Wall Street
Madiha Tahir – Pakistan Solidarity Network
Debra Sweet – World Can’t Wait
Saadia Toor – Pakistan Solidarity Network
Marjorie Van Cleef – WILPF-Philadelphia
Leila Zand – Fellowship of Reconciliation

For further information about the NSDSW, contact

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