Monday, December 5, 2016
Please consider joining us at the 3rd Annual SHUT DOWN CREECH Mobilization on April 23-29, 2017. Stay tuned for more information!
ANTI-DRONE ACTIVISTS WERE HANDCUFFED WHILE ATTEMPTING CITIZENS ARREST OF CREECH AFB COMMANDER
Dozens of Protesters Ordered Military Personnel to Disperse and Halt Their Complicity in the Crimes Against Humanity Being Committed at the Southern Nevada Drone Base; 5 Activists Later Arrested While Carrying Handcuffs and Attempting a Citizen's Arrest of the Base Commander.
On Thursday morning, November 10, activists blocked the main gate to Creech Air Force Base, (Indian Springs, NV) impeding early morning Air Force commute traffic. Activists called upon base personnel and Las Vegas Police present to "stand down" or assist in the arrest of Commander Col. Case Cunningham for "Crimes Against Humanity." Creech AFB plays a central role in the US drone targeted assassination program, where the U.S. uses remotely controlled unmanned planes from the desert of Nevada to kill suspects in many countries overseas. Thousands of civilians, including hundreds of children have been killed according to independent researchers.
During the protest, as the police were giving dispersal warnings, the symbolic "International Peace Patrol," as they called themselves, announced their own 5 min. and 3 min. warnings through a megaphone, ordering military personnel to disperse immediately and to stop being complicit in the crimes against humanity being committed at the base. Ultimately 5 activists carried a huge banner that stretched fully across the entrance road into the base that read "SHUT DOWN CREECH," while carrying handcuffs high up in the air. They repeatedly announced, as they marched slowly toward the base boundary line, that they were obliged to arrest the commander of Creech AFB for the illegal and violent crimes at the base. Dozens of Military and Las Vegas Police were present in anticipation of the civil disobedience that was expected.
Meanwhile, other protesters carried full size cardboard figures representing some of the 15 Afghan civilian men who were killed by U.S. drone missiles on Sept. 27, 2016, while sleeping in their beds. 13 other Afghan men were injured in this tragic incident. The United Nations is investigating the incident as a potential war crime. The Afghan men had gathered together in Eastern Afghanistan to welcome a relative/friend who had just completed his lifetime sacred pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj.
During the protest on Thursday morning, as the 5 activists approached the trespassing boundary line, they held handcuffs high above their heads, crossed the police line, and were immediately arrested and taken to the Las Vegas Jail. All were released by the end of the day, though one was held many hours longer due to an unresolved previous drone protest and arrest at Creech the previous year. Those arrested included Christian Stalberg (Santa Rosa, CA), Joseba Zulaika (Reno, NV), Linda Sartor (Santa Rosa, CA), and Toby Blomé (El Cerrito, CA).
The Thursday protest was part of a week of resistance against drone killing that takes place at Creech Air Force Base. It included early am and pm protests and vigils throughout the week. The convergence of peace activists included a very diverse collection of people locally from Las Vegas and from 5 states totally: California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada and Indiana. The group included an elder leader of the Western Shoshone nation, a retired 29 year Army Colonel and State Diplomat, a muslim from Pakistan, a german immigrant with Iranian ancestry, a British immigrant, an Indian Springs Mexican immigrant, recent and older U.S. Veterans, and many others with diverse backgrounds, all gathered for a common purpose: to halt the illegal drone assassination program. The Western Shoshone elder led the group in a daily prayer circle before daybreak to prepare the group spiritually and mentally for the peace work of each day.
Video of action:Creech Air Force Base Drone Warfare Protest
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Mass Mobilization to Stop the Drone Wars
March 27 - April 2 , 2016
(Sunday through Saturday)
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.
CODEPINK: Women For Peace
Veterans For Peace
Nevada Desert Experience
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
WHY WE PROTEST AT CREECH:
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.
Want To Support Shut Down Creech 2016?
CODEPINK, Nevada 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.
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 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)
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: email@example.com
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.
Local Taxi Numbers:
- Yellow Checker Star Transportation (702)-873-2000
- Frias Transportation Management (702)-798-3400
- A Cab Taxi (702)-369-5686