It's Working

November 21, 2013

Dear Activist,

We are proud to say that the 2013 CODEPINK Global Drone Summit was a major success, with over 400 attendees, plus thousands watching our livestream and C-SPAN coverage, and over 150 press clips, including this one on NBC news.

The presentations and workshops were nothing short of incredible. Read about them in this article by one of the Summit speakers, Marjorie Cohn. Our featured speakers were delegates from Yemen, who told us first-hand accounts of life under drones. In addition to the Summit, we protested at the White House and General Atomics headquarters, lobbied over 150 Congressional offices and held a Congressional briefing with Yemeni drone victims. Representatives Grayson, Lee, Schakowsky, Pingree, and Rangel all attended the historic briefing, as well as staffers from over 40 Congressional offices (thanks to everyone who urged their rep to go!). 

Much to our dismay, just hours before the Yemeni delegation testified before Congress, a drone strike hit the province of Faisal bin Ali Jabar, one of our speakers. Two days later, a US drone strike hit Pakistan, shattering the prospect of peace talks between the Pakistani government and the Taliban. These strikes serve as an important reminder that we still have a lot of work to do.

Here are some actions you can take:

1. Watch the morning of the summit
on C-SPAN, including Dr. Cornel West's inspiring opening remarks. Check out and share photos from the Summit on Flickr.

2. Get two copies of Medea's newly updated book, Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control. Keep one for yourself and donate the other to your local library!

3. Share this drone fact sheet with friends, colleagues & family.

4. Get a CODEPINK “Drone Free Zone” t-shirt in pink or gray!

5. Keep up to date with the latest drone news on Global Drones Watch.

Thanks again to everyone who turned up, tuned in online, followed on Twitter, and donated to the summit. Our greatest love and appreciation for all you did to make it possible! Now let's get to work.

Onward toward a drone-free world,
Noor Mir and the CODEPINK DC team