Thursday, August 23, 2012

Why We Need to STOP the Raytheon Drones Killing Machine

Raytheon, one of the biggest U.S. military contractors, is jumping to the front lines of the U.S. war of terror against people all over the world by providing the terrifying weapons that make drones so lethal.

Raytheon is one of the suppliers of the laser-guided "Paveway" 500-lb. bombs used in U.S. drone attacks. Now Raytheon is making even lighter weapons, so that the small-scale drones that will soon proliferate skies everywhere can be just as murderous as the large Predator and Reaper drones.

Join CodePINK and Occupy Tampa to protest the Raytheon Drones Killing Machine Thursday, August 23, 2012, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Raytheon facility at 7887 Bryan Dairy Rd, Largo,FL 33773, USA:

In the past, activists have also focused on Raytheon's facility in Tucson, AZ, where Raytheon Missile Systems is based.


A Raytheon spokesperson reportedly responded to the protest against his company's killer drone role by playing the employment card: "Here in Largo and St. Petersburg, Raytheon has more than 1,000 employees making communication products and systems that protect our national security and help keep America safe," said Peter Ramjug, according to the Tampa Bay Times. (See Drone maker Raytheon target of first RNC-related protest.) Apparently, the "communication products and systems" he refers to are the laser-guidance systems on the PAVE 500-lb bombs Raytheon supplies for drones.

More coverage at:
Raytheon protestors against drones say RNC perfect time to make point

RELATED STORY: Indianapolis: Hoosiers Protest Raytheon Role in Drone Killings

Medea Benjamin from CodePINK will appear Sunday, August 26, 5:00pm, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida, as part of her national tour in connection with the publication of her book, Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CodePINK's Medea Benjamin: Drone Talks at VFP Miami & Ft. Lauderdale

CodePINK leader Medea Benjamin will be in Florida to help educate the public about the menace of drone killing and drone surveillance as part of her national tour to promote her book, "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control".


Ft. Lauderdale - Thursday, August 9, 7 p.m. - Hiroshima/Nagasaki Observance at St. Maurice Church, 2851 Stirling Road

Miami - Friday, August 10, 11 a.m. - Workshop on "Reining In The Drones" at the Veterans For Peace (VFP) National Convention, 3rd floor, Miami Marriott (Biscayne Bay), 1633 N. Bayshore Drive

Miami - Friday, August 10, 7 p.m. - "Veterans Meet the Community" event at Trinity Episcopal Church (VFP National Convention) 464 North NE 16th St., (corner of No. Bayshore Dr. and Venetian Causeway, next door to Marriott)

Members of Veterans for Peace are helping to lead the No Drones! effort around the country, including No Drones Wisconsin, No Drones Ohio, No Drones North Carolina, and more. To learn more about the VFP, see the main Veterans For Peace (VFP) National Convention page.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Florida: Bristling with Drone Bases?

According to the Department of Defense Report to Congress on Future Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training, Operations, and Sustainability (April 2012), Florida has nine (9) locations that have been designated as potential basing locations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) [i.e. drones] (p. 8 ff.).

The table below gives information on the types of drones that are proposed for basing at each location.

BASE Predator/Reaper type Shadow/Raven type Other
Hurlburt Field MQ1B, MQ9A RQ-11B Wasp, Puma
Avon Park MQ1B, MQ9A
NS Mayport MQ8
Appalachicola RQ-11B Wasp, Puma
Homestead RQ-11B Wasp, Puma
NOLF Choctaw RQ-11B Wasp, Puma, Scan Eagle
Starke RQ-11B, RQ-7B
NAS Jacksonville RQ4-Blk40
Archer Field Wasp, MAV

How long will it be before you see and hear drones overhead?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Protest Drones During the RNC in Tampa

The 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC) will be held in Tampa, FL, beginning on August 27.

Plans are now in formation to make a strong statement against drones killing and drones surveillance at the convention.

To volunteer, please contact us at nodronesflorida [at]