Campaign Nonviolence Action at Beale

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Sharon, Chris, Toby, Shirley, Barry, and Cathy.  All but Barry crossed onto the base.

This morning I was arrested with four other women at Beale Air Force Base after crossing onto base property.   We were taken by military bus to a building on base, given citations, and released.  We may be given an arraignment date and we may go to trial, although in recent months all charges for peace activists have been dismissed.

We were wearing blue scarves and we had #enough written on our hands because we took this action in solidarity the Afghan Peace Volunteers and their blog Our Journey to Smile.  Afghan Peace Volunteers is a group of young people working for peace in Afghanistan.   I became aware of them when peace activist Kathy Kelly came with us to Beale a couple of years ago.  Our blue scarves and the #enough banners and words written on our hands are a response to their invitation “Join us to say #enough.”

Before we were arrested, each of us explained what we have had enough of.  I explained that I have had enough of drone warfare.  (Beale is the home of the Global Hawk Drone, a surveillance drone that identifies targets for armed Predator and Reaper drones.)  I have also had enough of the U.S. Air Force Vision for 2020, which is geared toward “full spectrum dominance” for the purpose of “protecting U.S. interests and investments” as “the globalization of the world economy… continues, with a widening between “haves” and “have-nots.”  I have had enough of the U.S. military enforcing a global order that is enriching the already wealthy, protecting the privileged, exploiting those who are vulnerable, causing massive suffering, and destroying this beautiful earth.  #Enough war. #Enough “accidental” (or incidental) killing of children.  #Enough suffering.  #Enough extrajudicial killing.  #Enough.

We also took this action in coordination with the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions.  Over 700 separate Campaign Nonviolence Actions have taken place in recent days.

If you want to know more about drones or past demonstrations and trials related to Beale, see my past blogs on drones.   Follow my blog by clicking the “Follow Sharon Delgado” button at the right or by “liking” the Shaking the Gates of Hell Facebook page.  

 

5 thoughts on “Campaign Nonviolence Action at Beale

  1. Dear Sharon….So good to see the courage and sanity of five women standing up for an end, Enough, of killing. Where are the men?
    Two years ago around this time I was on a California radio program sharing a interview with Chris Nelson, one of your team. I was awaiting a sentence that came two days later with a three month sentence in Jamesville Penitentiary for an action at Hancock Killer drone base in Syracuse. I have the ‘distinction’ of serving the longest sentence for any action at Hancock.
    Maybe you and the team could do a reading of my play, The Predator, that has been done in numerous college, university and church halls around the northeast and into the middle west. I can send you a copy or you can read it on line. If you need bail money or any expenses to move your group, feel free to do the play and pass the hat afterward for your group. A reading works if the four women only actors put passion into the reading. Just one of the 4 actors is young ….a 19 year old
    Jack Gilroy, Upstate (NY) Drone Action

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