Friday, September 13, 2013

Midwest Action Against Drones (MAAD) Conference: Workshop Updates

Conference: Building the Movement Against Drones
Sunday, September 29, 2013
9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kent College of Law, 525 W. Adams in Chicago

Conference Schedule:

9:45 – 10:15 : Registration/coffee

10:15 :  Opening Plenary

         Call to order
         Boeing Campaign (Kait McIntyre - Anti-War Committee of Chicago)
         The situation we are up against (Joe Iosbaker)              
         What must the movement against drones do to succeed? (Medea Benjamin)
         Recognition of Groups involved in the movement against drones.

Workshop Slot #1 -- 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

A.      Protesting drone bases/command centers

        Peter Lems, American Friends Service Committee
        Joy First, WI: Camp Williams/Volk Field
        Larry Fisk, MN: Brainard Area Coalition for Peace, Camp Ripley

B.      Successful movement building

        Sarah Simmons, Parents 4 Teachers, Anti-War Committee - Chicago
        Pepperwolf, Lucia Wilkes Smith,WAMM’s Ground  All  Drones, MN.  Organizing “Drones 101”. 

C.      Local regulation of drones

        Matthew Kellegrew, Bill of Rights Defense Committee (via Skype)
        Marcia Bernsten, North Shore Coalition for Peace, Justice, and the Environment

Workshop Slot #2 - 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

A.      Protesting drone manufacturers/contractors

        Tom Bottolene, SueAnn Martinson, Pepperwolf, WAMM Ground  All  Drones, MN
        Kait McIntyre, Anti-War Committee – Chicago.  Boeing

B.      Economics: What drones are costing our communities

        Molly McQueen, American Friends Service Committee

C.      Countering the “boots on the ground” argument

        Jacob Flom, Milwaukee IVAN
        Vince Emanuele, Indiana IVAN             

2:00:  Closing Plenary

Registration: No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

For registration only, send an email to and your spot will be reserved.

Register and pay for the conference here.

Make a donation to MAAD here.

Check out the website for updated information.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Syria Debate on Fox32 in Chicago: Should the U.S. Intervene?

On the Fox32 newscast of September 10, there was an interesting debate on whether the U.S. should launch a strike into Syria. On the side of no intervention is Joe Iosbaker of the AntiWar Committee Chicago and calling for U.S. intervention is Kenan Rahmani of the Syrian-American Council.

Monday, September 2, 2013


March and Rally

Noon, Saturday, September 7th

Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St., Chicago

Join the Anti-War Committee - Chicago; Syrian American Forum; ANSWER - Chicago; U.S. Palestinian Community Network - Chicago; American Friends Service Committee; Iraq Veterans Against the War – Chicago Chapter;  American Party of Labor; March 19th Anti-War Coalition; Northwest Indiana Veterans for Peace; Palestine Solidarity Group – Chicago; Gay Liberation Network; Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice; 8th Day Center for Justice; and others

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