For Immediate Release
Veterans For Peace Take on Drone Makers in San Diego and London
WASHINGTON - San Diego Veterans For Peace and Veterans For Peace-United Kingdom are protesting drone manufacturer General Atomics today, September 27th, in both Poway, California, and London, England.
Both protests are scheduled for 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. local time.
The California action is at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and General Atomics Way in Poway, CA. For more information contact Gil Field, Director For Communications, San Diego Veterans For Peace, 858-342-1964, GField@san.rr.com
The London action is at Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, Ec2N 1HQ; tube Liverpool Street; For more information contact Ben Griffin 07866 559 312, firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Atomics is the manufacturer of the Reaper UAV in service with the U.S. and U.K. militaries. The Reaper has been used in numerous attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and other countries. People targeted by these weapons are killed from above without warning and without due legal process. Numerous entirely innocent people including women and children have been killed by these weapon systems.
VFP is calling for the grounding of Reaper Drones and for General Atomics to stop manufacturing them, and will be highlighting the fact that General Atomics is partially responsible for the slaughter of numerous innocent people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.
Other members of VFP are currently traveling from the United States to Pakistan as part of a delegation organized by Code Pink to visit one area where U.S. drone strikes have become frequent.
VFP is part of a coalition organizing an online petition in support of banning weaponized drones.
Veterans For Peace was founded in 1985 and has approximately 5,000 members in 150 chapters located in every U.S. state and several countries. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the United Nations, and is the only national veterans' organization calling for the abolishment of war.
Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations including from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.