Thursday, January 28, 2016

Shut Down Creech! - Spring 2016


Mass Mobilization to Stop the Drone Wars
March 27 - April 2 , 2016 
(Sunday through Saturday)


(For those who can participate for a limited time, key programming will be scheduled for Wednesday morning through Friday evening, March 30 - April 1, 2016.)

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Join us March 27-April 2, 2016 at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada for a 2nd national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down killer drone operations in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan,Yemen, Somalia and everywhere.

Last year nearly 150 activists joined us from 20 different states across the country, including over 50 veterans. In a very successful resistance action, we were able to interrupt business as usual for nearly an hour, with 34 activists ultimately arrested. Let's make SHUT DOWN CREECH 2016 an even more powerful stance against illegal drone killing. Please join us, and help spread the word. Together we are PEACE!

We will hold vigils daily, Mon.-Fri., March 28th to Apr. 1, during rush hour commute:6:00-8:00 am and 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Participants who can only join part of the week are urged to participate Wed.-Fri., Mar. 30 - Apr. 1, when we hope to have the largest resistance....mass mobilization.


Sponsored By:
CODEPINK: Women For Peace
Veterans For Peace
Nevada Desert Experience
Voices for Creative Nonviolence

In 2005, Creech Air Force Base secretly became the first U.S. base in the country to carry out illegal, remotely controlled assassinations using the MQ-1 Predator drones, and in 2006, the more advanced Reaper drones were added to its arsenal. Creech drone personnel sit behind computers in the desert north of Las Vegas and kill "suspects" thousands of miles away. Recent independent research indicates that the identity of only one out of 28 victims of U.S. drone strikes is known beforehand. Though officials deny it, the majority killed by drones are civilians.

In 2014, it was leaked that the CIA's criminal drone assassination program, officially a separate operation from the Air Force's, has been piloted all along by Creech's super-secret Squadron 17. In November 2015, four Air Force drone veterans who were based at Creech wrote to President Obama, “We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS, while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantanamo Bay. This administration and its predecessors have built a drone program that is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.”

Since 2009 dozens of activists have been arrested for allegedly trespassing at Creech, in attempts to stop the indiscriminate killing and burning of innocent people by drones.

The US drone program is rapidly proliferating as air bases are being converted to drone bases across the U.S. and abroad, but Creech remains the primary air base in U.S. state-sponsored global terrorism. Creech is where the killer drone program started--it is where we shall end it.

-We must put an end to this desecration of our Mother Earth and all creatures who inhabit it.
-We must put an end to the dehumanization of lives from Ferguson to Palestine to Syria and Yemen.
-We must close all foreign U.S. military bases. Money for human needs.
-We must put an end to drone murder, drone surveillance and global militarization.

Read about the 2015 Shut Down Creech events.

Sponsor/Support 2016

Want To Support Shut Down Creech 2016?

CODEPINKNevada Desert Experience (NDE)Veterans For Peace (VFP)Voices For Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) and others are joining forces this spring in an historical united front at Creech Air Force Base, calling for an end to the violence and injustice inherent in U.S. global terrorism, endless wars and drone killings. We are inviting organizations across the country to support this mass mobilization. We are asking for your organization to support us in one or more of the following ways:

As an Endorser:
  • Advertise the event through any and all of your Social Media resources, your email lists, newsletters and/or website.

As a Sponsor: (One or more of the following)
  • Take an active role to get members of your organization to participate.
  • Enable member(s) from your organization to attend by assisting with travel costs.
  • Join one of our committees to help plan and implement the event.
  • (Committees incl. Logistics, Outreach/Social Medea, Programming, Direct Action, etc.)
  • Make a donation to help with expenses (help finance limited meals, port-a-potty rentals, program costs, educational activities and a play on drone killing, and, if sufficient funds are raised, scholarship funds to help bring activists who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend.)

Donations can be sent to:
Nevada Desert Experience
1420 West Bartlett Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106

Please put "Shut Down Creech" in the memo line and make checks out to: "Nevada Desert Experience." 100% of monies raised will be used to fund this event. Donate Online

Educational activities are in the planning stages and will take place at CAMP JUSTICE directly across from the base entrance, as well as in Las Vegas, a 50 min. drive from Creech AFB. If your group would consider providing a speaker for one of these educational activities or workshops, please let us know.

Housing and Transportation 2016

Please be sure to register for the week's actions, so we can better plan housing, transportation, and daily meals. Note: Three meals a day provided Wednesday-Friday, March 30th- April 1st. 

Camp Justice:
Camp Justice will be set up all week! Tents, Camper vehicles, and vans are all welcome. Port-a potties and outdoor showers will be available all week long. Help us build the most beautiful Peace Camp EVER!
  • WHERE: Across highway from South Gate of CREECH AFB on Hwy 95
  • WHEN: Sunday March 27th 5pm to Saturday April 2nd 12pm
  • For more information, visit the Camp Justice page
Santa Fe Station Hotel:
We have reserved a number of rooms at the Santa Fe Station Hotel at a discounted rate (Use Code: ACIVETS). You can choose between Deluxe King Room (1 king bed) or Deluxe Queen Room (2 queen beds) at this discounted rate. This rate is open to both veterans and non-veterans.
  • Use Offer Code: ACIVETS for discounted room rates
  • Book Online Here
  • Book by Phone: (866)-767-7771/Hearing Impaired (858)-815-2742 (TTY)
Goddess Temple:
The beautiful and sacred Goddess Temple is able to house a limited number of guests. Priority given to activists over 70 years young, and those with special needs. Beds filing quickly. Wait list for under 70 available. For inquires, please contact Maggie Huntington:  

Other Hotels:

We are able to help coordinate transportation needs from Las Vegas to Creech and back throughout the week. Be sure to register online, so we can plan meals. If you are able to assist with transportation, please fill out the transportation form in addition to registering, so we can help with these arrangements. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with transportation from your home town/state to Las Vegas. We are also unable to assist with travel from the airport to your Las Vegas housing/travel accommodation.

Public Transportation:
Local Taxi Numbers:
  • Yellow Checker Star Transportation (702)-873-2000
  • Frias Transportation Management (702)-798-3400
  • A Cab Taxi (702)-369-5686

Daily Program for Shut Down Creech! Mobilization 2016

Hot News:  
  • March 30th 6pm:  Inside Drone Warfare:  Symposium in Las Vegas, which will include 2 Drone Whistleblowers, sponsored by Veterans for Peace
  • March 31st 7pm: David Rovics Concert
  • April 1st 6:30pm: Closing Ceremony, Talent Show (Open Mike)                                
CAMP JUSTICE:  Sun. March 27, 5:00pm- Sat. April 2, Noon
24 hour Peace Camp
Including nightly fire circles, drumming and community building activities
(See Camp Justice page on website for details)

Daily Peace Vigils, Monday - Friday, during commute hours at the southeastern gate, across from Camp Justice:  6-8 am and 3-5 pm, starting Monday, March 28th

Monday and Tuesday between vigils will include excursions to hot springs and wild horses, desert walkabouts, yoga, tai chi, singing, poster and banner making, …  and preparation for the three busy days at the end of the week.  Participants will be on their own for meals until Wednesday morning, when the more formal program begins.  There are very limited options in Indian Springs for nourishment, including the Oasis Bar and Restaurant and a very tiny mini-market, so come well prepared for meals until Wednesday.  Three meals will be provided daily at Camp Justice, Wednesday - Friday.

Wednesday, March 30

6 - 8 a.m.     Peace Vigil at Creech, southeast entrance, across from CAMP JUSTICE
8 - 9 a.m.     Breakfast
9 - 11 a.m.   Teach In on Militarism, Armed Drone Violence, & Environmental Injustices
11 - 1 p.m.   SDC Overview Plus Formation of Affinity Groups
1:00 p.m.      Lunch
2:00 p.m.      Affinity Group report backs on tentative plans.
3 - 4 p.m.*    Peace Vigil at Creech, southeast entrance, across from CAMP JUSTICE
4:00 p.m.       Bag Dinner for optional drive to Las Vegas for Drone Symposium
6 - 9:00 p.m.  INSIDE DRONE WARFARE: Perspectives of Whistleblowers, Families of Drone                       Victims and Their Lawyers, sponsored by Veterans for Peace
Moot Court Room, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Law School
10 p.m.           Drumming Circle @ CAMP JUSTICE

Thursday, March 31

6 - 8 a.m.        Peace Vigil at Creech, southeast entrance, across from CAMP JUSTICE
8 - 9 a.m.        Breakfast @ CAMP JUSTICE
9 - 11:30         Nonviolence Training
11:30 p.m.       Lunch
12:30 - 1 p.m.  Legal Consequences Discussion and Q & A
1 - 2 p.m.         A:  Legal Observers Training    OR
B:  Continuation of Affinity Group strategizing/planning
2 p.m.              Final Affinity Group report backs
3 - 5 p.m.         Peace Vigil at Creech, southeast entrance, across from CAMP JUSTICE  
5 - 5:30 p.m.    Dinner
7 - 10 p.m.       Evening Program at CAMP JUSTICE
        Brief Introduction of Organizing Groups & Campaigns
                 David Rovics Concert
10 p.m.             Drumming Circle at CAMP JUSTICE

Friday,  April 1

6 - 10 a.m.     Shut Down Creech!  (Direct Action to End Drone Warfare)
          Light breakfast/Snacks available before and after action.
10  a.m.          Recovery/Debriefing.  Jail Support as needed.
12:00 pm        Lunch
1- 3 pm         Local Excursions, Relaxation Time
3 - 5 p.m.        Final Peace Vigil at Creech Base Entrance across from CAMP JUSTICE
5 - 6:00 p.m.   Last Dinner, GODDESS TEMPLE, Peace Pavilion
6:30 p.m.        Closing Ceremony, Peace Pavilion
        - Talent Show: Music/Dance/Celebration!  (Open Mike)

Saturday, April 2

BREAK DOWN CAMP by noon - leave no trace of our having been there

Saturday, April 2

BREAK DOWN CAMP by noon - leave no trace of our having been there

Camp Justice 2016

WHERE: Across highway from South Gate of CREECH AFB
Site of daily vigils, just south of Indian Springs, Nevada, on Hwy. 95
WHEN: March 27, 5pm to April 2, NOON (all week long this year)

BIG NEWS FOR 2016: New outdoor shower stalls and sink at our beautiful Goddess Temple, 2 miles down the road, will offer a great place to keep our sacred activist bodies CLEAN!

Join Our beautiful weeklong Peace Encampment, where, in the spirit of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, we will create the "change we want to see in the world." Optional: bring lots of colorful visuals and signs to decorate your tents and camp sites. We will show the U.S. Air Force what a DRONE FREE & DEMILITARIZED ZONE looks like!


This will be a somewhat "primitive" camp ground, without running water, but these inconveniences are temporary and will pale in light of the JUSTICE we are seeking for all humanity.  We will provide drinking water in large vessels all week long.  In addition, just 2 miles down the road at our lovely Goddess Temple, there is a newly installed outdoor shower stall and sink.  This is a tremendous improvement from last year, allowing all campers to have a place to go to take care of all hygiene needs.

Tents, Camper vehicles and vans are all welcome! Port-a potties will be available all week long. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be provided on March 30, 31st and April 1st (Wed.- Fri.)  Dinner only will be offered on Mar. 28 & 29 (Mon. & Tues.)  Donations are encouraged to defray the costs, but not required. You may donate ahead of time HERE. 


NEW CHANGE: Reusable metal utensils will be provided. Feel free to bring non-perishable food items you’d like to have. During the early part of the week campers will be on their own for all meals. There are very limited options in Indian Springs for nourishment, that include The Oasis Bar & restaurant, and a very tiny mini-market next door to the bar, so come prepared, depending on your personal needs.  The outdoor sink at the Goddess Temple will be available for cleaning personal dishes, etc., but please help to keep this area clean.

Early morning (vigil) and night time will be cold (high 30 to 40 degrees predicted as of 3/22/16), but the daytime should be mild (mid 60's to 70's). Bring layered clothing, and accessories to address these varying conditions, including protection from the dry environment and desert sun (hats with large brim, clothing to cover skin, sunscreen, lip balm, dry skin lotions/oils, nasal saline solution) and less likely rain. The desert is beautiful all year long, with the surrounding mountains and gorgeous Nevada sunrises and sunsets to inspire us all....and, yes, wild horses to visit nearby!

Spontaneous creative expressions are welcome throughout the camp experience, with song, instruments, yoga, dancing and other shared talents encouraged. 

Our evening Camp Justice experience will be more fully embellished this year, compared to last, with Drum circles, music, singing, Group Yoga, etc.  We want to create a connected community at Camp Justice in the evenings and create a comfortable place to de-stress from daytime activist efforts. We welcome help and suggestions in the area. Other inspiring activities are in the works. At Camp Justice we also hope to offer chances to exchange ideas and brainstorm ways we can better connect and work together to demilitarize Our Mother Earth.

"Peace, Love and S'mores........SCONES NOT DRONES!”

Friday, December 26, 2014

"Shut Down Creech!" - Inspiring Photos from Past Moblizations

Below is a small selection of photos from past mobilizations to shut down Creech.

April 2014, CODEPINK Resisting Drones at Creech,
memorializing the victims on pink paper drones.

HOW MANY . . . 
KIDS WERE . . . 
Protesters stretch down down the highway
approaching Creech Air Force Base


No More Wars
The dramatic setting of the Shut Down Creech! demonstrations.


One on one


No Nukes! No Drones!


One People One Earth . . . Stop Drone Attacks!

Kites for Peace

Kill the Drones - Not Innocent People
U.S. Drone Warfare is TERRORISM

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Contact us at Shut Down Creech!

April 2014, CODEPINK Resisting Drones at Creech,
memorializing the victims on pink paper drones.

Shut Down Creech! is a national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down killer drone operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan,Yemen, Somalia, and everywhere.


Toby Blomé of Bay Area CODEPINK
510-215-5974 (h)

Brian Terrell of VCNV and NDE

Sponsored by (list in formation):
CODEPINK: Women for Peace
Nevada Desert Experience (NDE)
Veterans For Peace (VFP)
Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV)
. . . and more (see full list)

Learn more about endorsing/sponsoring.