The use of armed drones in Syria and Iraq is constantly in the news. This new weapon is already leading us into a state of perpetual war, where sending in drones is seen as an easy option by the military, many politicians and often the public too without thought to the consequences. We are lulled into accepting the myth that no civilians are being killed.
The Persian New Year, March 21st, has become established as an excellent time to remember the millions of young people for whom the threat of drone strikes means an end to the simple pleasure of kite flying; a time when we can fly kites in solidarity with them. If you would like to make your own kites or run a workshop or simply find out more information see www.flykitesnotdrones.org (there is an excellent video in workshop 3).
Pictures are already coming in from your FKND events this year. Got more? Send them to penny.dcn[at]gmail.com
Saturday 17th March 1pm – 3pm, Lincoln, at RAF Waddington, from where the armed Reaper drone is controlled. It is 5 miles south of Lincoln on A607. The number 1 bus between Grantham and Lincoln stops by the base. Bring kites to fly!
Sunday 18TH March, 11am, Hastings FKND Marathon Special Hastings Beach, in front of the Carlisle Pub TN34 1PE.
Organised by Hastings Against War, schedule to coincide with the Hastings Half Marathon, they will certainly be spreading the message high and far.
Tuesday 20th March the usual Tuesday protest (6:00-7:30 Main Gates
of NSA/NRO Menwith Hill), Harrogate will have a Fly Kites not Drones theme.
Saturday March 24th, 2:30, Infirmary Fields, Westgate, Bradford BD1 3AA
Saturday 24th March, 11-1pm Leicester, Victoria Park, near Queens Road, LE1 7RY
Flying Afghan Style: Afghan Community comes together with Leicester CND for Afghan kite making and flying plus Afghan food and exhibition. Contact Penny on 07414 465695
Saturday 24th March in Huddersfield Market Square 12-12.30pm. All welcome. Please bring any kites you have, and feel free to make banners. Organised by Huddersfield Quakers.
Saturday 24th March 2pm on Parliament Hill, London, with London FKND Collective.
Co-organised by London Catholic Worker, Campaign Against the Arms Trade & War Resisters International, spectacular London views, the action will also be made into a short film.
Saturday 24th March, 2-4pm, Herefordshire, Leintwardine village, We will fly kites and celebrate peace on the water meadow by the river Teme at the south of the village. All are welcome. To become involved with kite-making before the day, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Jules on 01547 540461.
Sunday 25 March, 10:45. Kite flying on the Stray in Harrogate
with the help of children from Harrogate Friends’ Meeting.
Everyone’s welcome, with their kite if they have one!
We’ve arranged to meet on the Stray near the crossing at the top of
Queen’s Parade at 10:45. The children will be there for about half an
hour until 11:15. We’re then invited back to the Meeting House for a
cup of tea (and optional attendance for last ten minutes of meeting).
(If it’s wet, we’ll also be able to use the Meeting House hall.)
SUNDAY 25TH MARCH, 10am-12pm Aberdeen Ferry Hill Community Centre, Albury Road, Aberdeen, AB11 6TN
“Aberdeen Gets High”: Kite making, decorating and flying hosted by Aberdeen CND.
Sunday 1st April, 1-4pm, Edinburgh, at the Pavilion Cafe on the Meadows, Jawbone Walk, Melville Drive EH9 1JU. With the Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre, for their Fly Kites Not Drones festival. Join us again for our fun, family friendly day full of kite making,decorating and flying in solidarity with those affected by militarised drones. Delicious soups and live music, provided by Refugee Community Kitchen.
To add your event to the list, email email@example.com
Resources for holding your own Fly Kites Not Drones event
Click on the links to download these resources:
- How to make a kite: PDF
- Template letter for sending to your MP: PDF to preview and Word document to edit
- Petition – “End the Secrecy around UK Drone Wars”: Word or PDF
- Questionnaire for engaging the public during events: Word or PDF
- Poster about the day, encouraging people to plan an event: download the PDF
- A flyer about Fly Kites Not Drones. For giving out at your event, or putting out somewhere for people to take away and plan their own event. Download the PDF
- Education resources: external website
- An flyer with information about drones: PDF
- Our latest information briefing: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Control (or order a paper copy for £3.50 from dronecampaignnetwork[at]riseup.net)
Here’s a great 4 minute film from the Carmarthen Branch of Cymdeithas y Cymod
(click on the image to watch)
Badges are now available – suggested donation £5 for 10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Order a Fly Kites Not Drones T-Shirt!
Made from Fair Trade cotton, thee are gold on black (new design includes cross-hairs on the O in “drones” to clarify that it’s about armed drones). £12 each plus £2 p&. Available in 6 sizes (measurements are across chest):
small (18 inches/46cm
medium (20 inches/50cm)
large (21 inches/53cm)
xlarge (22.5 inches/157cm)
xxlarge (24.5 inches/62cm).
To order t-shirts, contact email@example.com
Pictures from events in 2017:
FKND events in 2017 were held in:
- RAF Waddington (Lincolnshire)
Resource from 2016: Fly Kites Not Drones briefing
Pictures from FKND 2016: