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CODEPINK Hosts DC Global Drone Summit, Nov 16-17

Gathering will feature representatives from Europe, Asia, the Middle East


Summit: Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance

Time: Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm

Location: Georgetown Law Center, Hart Auditorium, Washington DC

In the wake of shocking new reports on the impact of US drone strikes put out by the UN, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the Global Drone Summit will bring together hundreds of people from across the US and around the world to discuss strategies to stop the proliferation of drones used for killing and spying. Entitled Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance, the Summit is organized by the peace group CODEPINK, along with the progressive think-tank Institute for Policy Studies, The Nation Magazine, Center for Constitutional Rights, and National Lawyers Guild (Georgetown Chapter). The event is open to the press (must show valid press ID). Please email to be put on the list.

Organizers will be bringing together drone survivors from Pakistan and Yemen, drone pilots, legal experts, human rights advocates, authors, social media experts, technology experts, artists and musicians, and grassroots activists for the international drone summit.

The program will include:

Opening Remarks by Dr. Cornel West

Victims' Testimonies: Honoring Voices, Acknowledging Lives

Drone Operators: Commanding the Machines

I Spy: Drones and the Surveillance State

Compensation: Helping with Loss

Global Action to Regulate Drones: The United Nations and the International Movement

Creative Resistance to Drone Warfare, Art and Poetry From Around the World

Film screenings throughout the weekend

Workshops on Sunday for direct action training, street theater, props making, social media and student organizing

Speakers include international law expert Mary Ellen O'Connell, ACLU's Hina Shamsi, Pakistani attorney for drone victims Shahzad Akbar, author of Drone Warfare Medea Benjamin, Retired Colonel Ann Wright, UK/Europe drone expert Chris Cole, renowned British scientist Noel Sharkey, and creator of DroneStream Josh Begley.

CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.

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