"Killing by Remote Control: Drone Warfare" 4-part series in Eagle River, Monday evenings

Learn more about U.S. killer drones on Monday evenings from Jan 28 to Feb 18 (6:30 - 8:30 pm) at Many Ways of Peace, 217 S. Main St. in downtown Eagle River.  All welcome!  The first talk is by Pat Chaffee, a Catholic sister from Racine who recently visited Pakistan with a Code Pink delegation to hear how drone warfare impacts communities there.

See below for details on this and other upcoming programs:

Monday, January 28:  Pat Chaffee, a Dominican sister from Racine, and a former high school, college and university English teacher, will describe what it’s like to live under the threat of US drones in the first program in the series . Chaffee has been active in human rights advocacy since 1982. She has travelled to Central America, Palestine, Afghanistan, and most recently, Pakistan, where she participated with the Code Pink peace delegation opposed to United States’ drone strikes in that country. She said her group was warmly welcomed in Pakistan and many Pakistanis wanted to talk with them,  since they were  so happy to find Americans who opposed their government’s drone program.  Chaffee will discuss the Obama administration’s argument for use of drones and provide resources for research on drones and anti-drone organizations.

Monday, February 4:  Ethan Cummings of Sugar Camp is moderator and  facilitator of the four-part series and  will lead the second program :  Drones 101: How they Evolved into Killing Machines in Remotely Piloted War .Cummings  recently retired after over 40 years of teaching sociology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Quincy College near Boston,  and for the past 20 years at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.  He has been active in many peace and social justice issues since the early 1960’s and mentored the Peace and Social Justice Club at Nicolet.    Cummings says drones make war look like fun and drone warfare has become entertainment, at least for those firing the missiles.  “We’ll explore the history of drones and their meteoric rise as weapons of war and surveillance in the wake of 9/11.”

Monday, February 11:  Local  religious leaders  will participate in a panel discussion on drones and warfare.  They include Fr. Robert Koszarek, pastor of St. Peter the Fisherman Parish in Eagle River;  Dale Bishop, former pastor of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Rhinelander;  Fr. Dean Einerson, pastor of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Rhinelander, and Jerry Woolpy of Minocqua, who is active in the Jewish Reform Congregation in Wausau.   The panel discussion will feature comments from each of the panel members and an opportunity for audience questions.

Monday, February 18:  We host guest activists from No Drones Wisconsin, who will display a scaled-down replica of the MQ-9 Reaper drone  for people to inspect.  The replica, which has a six foot wingspan, was built by KnowDrones, an organization which provides drone replicas and educational materials to support citizen action working towards an international ban on weaponized drones and surveillance drones, commonly known as war drones.

More information is available about the Killing by Remote Control: Drone Warfare  series by calling Many Ways of Peace at 715.480.4697 or by visiting www.manywaysofpeace.org.  Many Ways of Peace is a project of the MJ Berner Foundation for Peace and Justice, Inc. of Eagle River.