Saturday, February 4, 2017

4th Annual Shut Down Creech! 2018


Mass Mobilization to Stop the Drone Wars
  September 30 - October 6, 2018
(Sunday through Saturday)


UPDATE:  Our beautiful, weeklong peaceful convergence in the Nevada Desert is almost here!   We can't wait to see you all, and work together to GROUND the DRONES!
Please register HERE, so we can best serve everyone.


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Please come for part or all of this amazing Peace Convergence to nonviolently resist the illegal U.S. drone targeted assassination program.  Stay at the newly relocated Camp Justice peace encampment, to be set up on the "Goddess Temple" grounds, 3 miles from Creech AFB.  Most meals provided. We will send you a transportation form after you register with us, to coordinate ride shares to/from Camp Justice - Las Vegas.  Click on tabs at the top of this page for detailed info about:   Housing, Transportation, Camp Justice, Meals, Sponsorship, Registration, etc.

BIG CHANGES this year:  

- 4th Annual Shut Down Creech Moves to the Fall.  The beautiful Nevada high dessert is much more welcoming in the autumn with less wind and cold, making it easier to sustain our prolonged vigilance against killer drones.  If you've participated in Shut Down Creech in the past, you will appreciate this change.

- Camp Justice is now moved to the "Goddess Temple."  Our beautiful peace camp will no longer be set up across from the base in the open desert.  The Goddess Temple (more formerly known as the "Temple of Goddess Spirituality") is located 3 miles north on highway 95, from where we vigil daily at Creech.  This welcoming oasis offers us shade, running water, showers, and cooking facilities and much more.  The guest house beds will be available for those most in need:  our elders (70 & over) and those with physical limitations that make camping difficult. (see Housing & Camping tabs).  There is also the beautiful Peace Pavilion for a meeting place, and our sacred "Goddess Temple to Sekhmet" that offers a unique place for those seeking solace and a place for healing, prayer and meditation.

- Nonviolent mass civil resistance planned for Thursday, October 4, with preparation & planning taking place on Tues. & Wed., Oct. 2 & 3.  Please look carefully at the week's scheduled program, as you plan your trip. 

We will hold peaceful vigils daily, Monday - Friday, Oct. 1st - 5th, during the rush hour commute times:                6:00 - 8:00 am and 3:00 - 5:00 pm 

Thousands of cars enter and exit at these times, and we will stretch ourselves out along Highway 95 with large signs, banners and other visuals/props throughout the week.  We are developing vigil themes that will vary each day and we welcome any creative ideas for themes or offerings of help to make visuals & props. .
A pledge to nonviolence guidelines and participation in nonviolence training on Wednesday is required for full participation.  


Activists who can only participate in part of the week's activities are urged to arrive by the evening on Tuesday, Oct. 2, if able, so we will all be together on Wednesday to make final preparations for a large peaceful civil resistance action on Thursday.  

#SHUTDOWNCREECH


Please register HERE, so we can best serve everyone.

Join us September 30 - October 6, 2018 at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada for a 4th national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down killer drone operations in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan,Yemen, Somalia and everywhere.  Includes weeklong Camp Justice peace encampment.  Alternatives to camping are available, though we prefer that most or all folks stay at the Goddess Temple grounds to help with building solidarity and community.

Thanks to excellent journalism, it has been revealed this year that there are over 900 drone pilots operating out of Creech Air Force Base.  That means that there is a disturbing amount of remote murder on a daily basis happening at Creech alone.  A recent military official reported that currently over 80% of all U.S. air strikes involve U.S. drones, either for surveillance and targeting, and/or for direct strikes, and approximately 80% of all drone strikes go UNREPORTED.  These are mostly strikes off any "battlefield," killing people as they are eating dinner in their homes, sleeping in their beds, driving their cars on the highway, worshipping in a mosque, attending a wedding parties or funerals....living their lives.  Innumerable unarmed civilians, including women and children are being slaughtered by these cowardly weapons of destruction. This is unconscionable!  Let's make the 4th annual SHUT DOWN CREECH 2018 an even more powerful stance against the brutality of covert U.S. drone killing. Please join us, and help spread the word. We will organize together a large nonviolent civil resistance at Creech on Thursday, October 4.  People who aren't able to risk arrest, are equally needed as support and as witnesses.  Come one, come all. Together we are PEACE!

(Scroll down for more on:  WHY WE PROTEST AT CREECH) 

Inspirational Videos of past Anti-drone Resistance at Creech AFB:

            By Mauro Oliveira:
                Shut DownCreech 2016,  (Drone Strike on Funeral Procession) (4 min)
                ShutDown Creech 2015, "Drone Strikes - United States Terrorism" (25 min)
                       
            By Nico Colombant:  
                MusicVideo #1, Mike Rufo's "Streets of Plenty" (4 min)
                Music Video #2, Zoya Amarey, "Citizen's of the World"  (3 min)

                Fall 2016 CODEPINK Action, "Citizen's Arrest" of Base Commander  (6 min)




Sponsored By:

CODEPINK: Women For Peace, San Francisco Bay Area 

and more


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. The more primitive Predators have been mostly phased out. 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 unknown 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 (3 of whom 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, while attempting to peacefully interrupt 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 should be prioritized for human needs, not war profiteering. 
  • We must put an end to drone murder, drone surveillance and global militarization.