Saturday, July 19, 2014

Louisiana World Peace Day - A Perfect Day to Say a Loud "No!" to Drone Killings

People around the country -- and around the world -- have been saying a loud "No!" to the U.S. program of drone killings and drone surveillance.

This inaugural post about anti-drone and pro-peace and human rights activity in Louisiana is dedicated to a modest proposal:

Louisiana World Peace Day:
A Perfect Day to Say a Loud "No!" to Drone Killings

Louisiana World Peace Day falls on Sunday, September 28, 2014. It will include an exhibit of Louisiana student artwork, an interfaith candle lighting ceremony, and student performers and presentations in Baton Rouge.  (October 1, 2014, is World Peace Day in Louisiana legislative resolution and gubernatorial proclamation.)

Louisiana students are invited to take part in World Peace Day activities by submitting an entry describing World Peace and what it means to you. Submit your drawings, poems, songs, pictures, or videos. If chosen, your entry may be displayed at the State Capitol Building during the month of October. For more information see the Louisiana World Peace Day website.

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In Chicago on Good Friday, 2013 (March 29), a cast consisting of long-time Chicago antiwar activists was joined by a NY playwright (and defendant in actions against US drone bases), Jack Gilroy, for one of the events kicking off a month-long campaign of anti-drones events across the country: a performance of Gilroy's play, The Predator.

(See "The Predator" in Chicago - Good Friday, 2013 - "A Passion Play for the Drones Era")

The exhibition is a traveling mural exhibit that "makes a powerful statement on a nearly invisible reality." The exhibit consists of more than 45 large scale paintings by artists from all over the country that memorialize Afghan civilian casualties. The exhibit also includes images collected from Afghan high school students by Dr. Zahir Wahab, a professor at Lewis and Clark College, who asked young Afghans to draw images from their daily reality.

(See Iowa Makes the Drone Victims Visible in September and October)

Over 50 activists from Chico to Grass Valley to Bay Area and Sacramento showed up on Tax Day 2013 at the Sacramento Federal Courthouse to demonstrate as part of the April Days of Action Against DronesBanners and signs galore colored the street around the courthouse, in the shadow of downtown Sacramento's high-rises, including a tapestry depicting children dead as a result of U.S. drone strikes.

(See April Days of Action Against Drones in SACRAMENTO )