Friday, April 19, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones: Protest at UH Manoa

A dozen activists carrying banners and leaflets, along with our drone replica, rolled down UH's McCarthy Mall on the morning of Wednesday, 4/17. This action joined demonstrations taking place nationwide as part of the April Days of Action Against Drones.
Realistic Predator drone model hovering
over the collegiate environment

 "Despite being confronted by campus security, we soon began to pass out leaflets on the step of Hamilton Library. Students leaving the library or the food court couldn't miss us. Many took photos of the drone and/or banners on cellphones and told us they'd be posting them to their classmates and on Facebook. Many more took leaflets. A few stopped to talk before rushing on to their next destination.
"Stop The Killer Drones"
We then headed down to Varney Circle, where we continued to hold banners and pass out leaflets and small "Stop Drone" stickers. Some students immediately put the stickers on their backpacks, bikes or skateboards. Some asked for extra to give their friends and classmates. 
Many students and faculty members stopped to thank us. Some had never heard of drones! Some opposed domestic surveillance but were ambivalent about using drones in other countries. A few energetically supported either drone warfare or domestic surveillance.  This is the first time we've been able to put out a strong message against drones at the UH-Manoa Campus and we felt the action was a success.  Now we're gearing up for April 27th, when we'll protest in front of the Wheeler Air Force base near Higgins Gate."

For more information and photos, check out World Can't Wait Honolulu

Learn about April Days of Action Against Drones events all around the country!

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