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Ash Wednesday Arrests at Beale AFB
Anti-Drone Demonstrations at Beale Air Force Base
Earth Justice Ministries has been supporting Occupy Beale’s anti-drone demonstrations at Beale Air Force Base outside Marysville, California, for several years. Beale is the home of the Global Hawk Drone, a surveillance drone that identifies targets for weaponized Predator and Reaper drones. Earth Justice Ministries has been organizing worship services followed by nonviolent direct actions at the gate of Beale Air Force Base on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Read more and see a video of the 2014 Ash Wednesday service and nonviolent action at Beale.
Several well-known peace activists have joined us to risk arrest at Beale demonstrations, including Kathy Kelly. See theDemocracy Now interview of Kathy Kellyabout going to prison for direct action at Whiteman Air Force Base, and her recent article,My Future in Prison, where she presents her insights about theconnection betweenthe drone killings across Central Asia and the Middle East and the “compulsively vengeful and diseased criminal justice system” here at home.
On a personal level, we can pray for peace, learn about the issues underlying war, and examine our values in this area. We can teach, speak out, and continue the conversation. We can advocate for and be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world who are victims of war, violence, racism, or oppression. We can let our elected representatives know that we are opposed to war and want peace with justice. We can witness to peace by joining vigils, marches, and demonstrations. We can even engage in war tax resistance or public actions of nonviolent civil disobedience to stand in the way of further carnage and to bring the hope of peace. We can insist that everyone’s civil rights be upheld, for voices of dissent must continue to be heard.
Churches and other faith communities, even small groups or committees within faith communities, have a unique opportunity to provide a witness for peace. We can offer study groups or interfaith dialogues, hold memorials or vigils for those killed in war, publicize or dramatize the plight of torture victims, or organize a “stations of the cross in a time of war” event or other actions of social repentance. We can support young people or GIs who are struggling with issues of conscience related to war and military service.
Faith groups can join major demonstrations, bringing symbols of faith or signs (for instance, “Blessed are the Peacemakers”) that signal a spiritual motivation for action. We can organize a public witness for peace at a weapons lab, military base, or weapons manufacturer that may include nonviolent direct action. Nonviolence