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Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court

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Kelly and Walker later met with supporters and attorneys to discuss plans for a vigorous defense on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. 

Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

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End%20the%20War.jpgOctober 7, 2014 | (Today) Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility.  The charge was based on their participation, at Whiteman Air Force Base, in a June 1st 2014 rally protesting drone warfare.  Kelly and Walker attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the Base Commander, encouraging the commander to stop cooperating with any further usage of unmanned aerial vehicles, (drones) for surveillance and attacks.

The prosecutor, USAF Captain Daniel Saunders, said that if Kelly and Walker would plead guilty to the charge, he would seek a punishment of one month in prison and a $500 fine.  Kelly and Walker told the prosecutor that they could accept a “no contest” plea but were not willing to plead guilty.  The prosecutor then said he would recommend a three month prison sentence and a $500 fine.  The judge refused to accept a “no contest” plea.  Kelly and Walker then requested a trial which has been set for December 10, 2014.

Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence

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When Did Americans Become the Enemy?

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  • Land of the free, home of the brave does not mean non-violent citizens being beaten into submission, SWAT team raiding homes on a regular basis, or armored tanks rolling through towns anytime Americans exercise their right to peaceful protest.
  • Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers

Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films

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ferguson9.jpgSeptember 8, 2014 | Armored tanks. Automatic weapons. Tear gas. In small towns across America.

When did we all become the potential target of hostile military-police aggression? When the federal government decided to spend billions getting police every toy they could possibly want.

To use against our own citizens. With no protocol or training on when such force and intimidation may be justified.

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But now we have the chance to tell the federal government that this must stop.

Land of the free, home of the brave does not mean non-violent citizens being beaten into submission, SWAT team raiding homes on a regular basis, or armored tanks rolling through towns anytime Americans exercise their right to peaceful protest.

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Thank you for your continued support of Brave New Films’ work around ending excessive militarization, both at home and abroad!

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Robert Greenwald, president of Brave New Films, is an award-winning television, feature film and documentary filmmaker. He turned to documentary filmmaking in 2002, inspired by pervasive voter rights abuses in the 2000 U.S. presidential election. The documentaries produced by Brave New Films have been streamed across all seven continents and have been viewed over 70 million times and counting.  

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Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers, Andrew Emett, Nation of Change

  • Federal records confirm that schools throughout the U.S. have received surplus military-grade weapons and vehicles. But is there really a need for military-grade weapons on campus?
  • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat

 

 

 

Pentagon Supplies School Districts with Assault Rifles and Grenade Launchers

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  • Federal records confirm that schools throughout the U.S. have received surplus military-grade weapons and vehicles. But is there really a need for military-grade weapons on campus?
  • When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat

Andrew Emett, Nation of Change

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September 22, 2014 | Due to public outcry, school districts nationwide are debating whether to keep their Pentagon-issued assault rifles, grenade launchers, and Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Donated free of charge as part of the Defense Department’s 1033 Program, surplus military equipment has been dispensed throughout law enforcement agencies and school districts for decades. Recent criticisms of excessive police militarization in Ferguson, Missouri, last month has left many school officials questioning the need for military-grade weapons on campus. 

According to the Defense Logistics Agency, over $5 billion in military equipment has been handed out to more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies and at least 26 school districts since 2007. California alone has received 8,533 surplus guns, 7,094 pieces of night-vision equipment, 2,370 bayonets and knives, 49 armored vehicles, 59 airplanes and helicopters, and 18 grenade launchers since 2006. 

Andrew Emett is a staff writer for NationofChange. Andrew is a Los Angeles-based reporter exposing political and corporate corruption. His interests include national security, corporate abuse, and holding government officials accountable. Andrew's work has appeared at WeAreChange, TravelersToday, The Joy Camp, and ForceChange.

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When law enforcement is law and order’s biggest threat, Simon Maloy, Salon

  • The debacle in Ferguson represents a near-total breakdown of our civic institutions. Here's why that's so scary
  • All hell has broken loose. 
  • Cops Behaving Badly, June 28,2014

 

Shoot first, ask later: Why the concept of “reasonable fear” is anything but reasonable

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  • Courts say cops can shoot out of "reasonable fear." In America that entails a myth of race and gender neutrality.
  • Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans

Falgunia A. Sheth, Salon

 

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Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 | Recently, Tamara Nopper and Mariame Kaba authored a haunting article, “Itemizing Atrocity,” analyzing reactions and analyses of the police shooting of Michael Brown and the seemingly sudden militarization of the police. They point to Ferguson as an example of the excess of the spectacle that draws attention to the most extreme cases of brutality or violence, and simultaneously renders the daily, hourly, violence faced by black Americans as ordinary and therefore unworthy of the empathy engendered in extreme cases.

Attention is drawn to the “spectacular event” rather than to the point of origin or the mundane. Circulated are the spectacles — dead black bodies lying in the streets or a black teenager ambushed by several police officers in military gear, automatic weapons drawn. 

Falgunia A. Sheth, a professor of philosophy and political theory at Hampshire College, writes about politics, race, and feminism at translationexercises.wordpress.comhttp://translationexercises.wordpress.com

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Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans, Joanna Rothkopf, Salon

  • In a shocking video posted to YouTube, police tase and arrest a black man picking his kids up from preschool. 
  • “I’m not your brother!”
  • Justice Ginsburg: America Has A ‘Real Racial Problem’ 

Inspiring Team with Cop Watchers

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Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Michael Cavlan for this contribution. 

August 26 ·| Ferguson Man Forms an Inspiring Team with Cop Watchers to Hold Police Accountable

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