Anti-Drone Days of Action

Assembly and Workshops

Sunday, April 7, 9:30am-3pm
Centro Cultural de la Raza,
2004 Park Blvd., San Diego 92101

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9:30-10am

Coffee and snacks

10-11am

General Assembly

Meet together as a group to disscuss our next steps

11am-12noon

Workshop: New Media, New War - Tools to promoting protest!

Consider this: There are well over 250 brands -- everything from sweatshop retailers like Walmart, to fast food like McDonalds, to the military like the U.S. Army -- on Pinterest. All representing and supporting the 1%!

Meanwhile, Instagram users are posting upwards of 40 million photos per day.

And though Tumblr's ad offering is still making baby steps, it hasn't stopped Wall Street from setting up shop.

The bottom line is that millions are using these tools to express themselves.

It's time to express our anti-drone messaging in combining the visual and social nature of these platforms because "average" ideas won't cut it anymore.

So in this workshop, you'll hear the creative best practices on using Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Ustream, Twitter, Mobli, Tumblr and more.

PunkboyinSF, is a San Francisco independant video journalist, political commentator, and Occupy Wall Street livestreamer. @punkboyinsf

Steve Rhodes is a San Francisco photojournalist. He was online editor at the Bay Guardian & has worked on documentaries for Frontline at the Center for Investigative Reporting & with Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting and Paper Tiger TV. His photographs have been in (or on) Rolling Stone, 60 Minutes, the Daily Show, the Progressive, the Guardian and the Independent in the UK and many other publications and books. His writing has been published in Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, alternative weeklies and other books and publications. @tigerbeat on twitter and Instagram

Nancy L. Mancias is a campaign organizer for CODEPINK. She is a contributing write to "Beautiful Trouble: A toolbox for revolution", a book that puts the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest into the hands of the next generation of change-makers. @nancymancias

11am-12noon

Workshop: The Changing Face of Empire

The Obama doctrine shifts global US military strategy to emphasize reliance on drones and 'special ops'. The new policies also project a pivot toward Asia, and increased US military intervention in Africa. These are course corrections to the failed 'boots on the ground' policies of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld years in Iraq and Afghanistan. What remains unchanged, however, is the goal of US policy unchallenged military supremacy to further US corporate profits internationally. Join us in this workshop to discuss how the antiwar, peace, and justice movements should respond to drone warfare and the new Obama doctrine.

Rick Greenblatt
International Socialist Organization

11am-12noon

Workshop: Drones out of Africa and the Middle East!

Under the guise of a so-called "war on terror," the US and Europe are deploying drones as their latest weapon to carry out a vicious campaign of terrorism and occupation against the people of the Middle East and Africa. The US has also begun to use drones to monitor and terrorize the colonized African and Mexican communities inside the US. In reality, the use of drones is not an indication of the strength of imperialism, but a sign of its ever escalating crisis and decline. This workshop examines the use of drones from the perspective of the theory of African Internationalism.

Uhuru Solidarity

12noon-1pm

Lunch

1-2pm

Workshop: Israel, Drones and Elbit Systems

Are drones are the newest phase of asymmetrical warfare?
Why is the Middle East the biggest testing ground for drones?
Why are the U.S. and Israel at the forefront of the military application of drones? [Because at the center of both countries' policies is a central need to control people.]
Who profits from all this?
Why you can't be anti-drone and not care about Palestine.
If you want to discuss these questions and others, come to our workshop.

San Diego Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

1-2pm

Workshop

Drones: What is being tried vis a vis legislation to limit drone use in the United States;
Issues joining up domestic and international fight against drones;
Where to turn for resources.

Jim Haber
Anti-Drones organizer, Nevada Desert Experience

2-3pm

General Assembly

Meet together as a group to disscuss our next steps