Fly Kites Not Drones: 18 – 21 March 2017

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).
Let us know of any kite flying events you are organising this year and we can include them in the next newsletter or on this page.

Here’s a great 4 minute film from the Carmarthen Branch of Cymdeithas y Cymod
(click on the image to watch)

ADAR ANGAU CYC MASTER 2 from Lleucu Meinir on Vimeo.

Pictures from events in 2017:

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Hastings

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Waddington

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Leicester

Past FKND events in 2017:

Tuesday 7th March 2017 at 7.30 PM
Hastings Against War invites you to meet Maya Evans for an informal conversation on her recent visit to Afghanistan and to join in this UK and international campaign by making kites with messages of solidarity to those who experience armed drones in the undeclared war in their countries. Maya is the UK Co-ordinator for Voices for Creative Non-Violence which works in partnership with the Afghan Peace Volunteers.

Kite flying events in 2017 were held at:

  • RAF Waddington (Lincolnshire)
  • Hastings
  • Leicester
  • Bradford
  • Bournemouth
  • Bristol
  • London
  • Edinburgh

Click on the links to download these resources:

  1. Fly Kites Not Drones Briefing:  Word  or PDF
  2. Take Action:  Word or PDF
  3. How to make a kite:   PDF
  4. Handout leaflet:  Word or PDF
  5. Questionnaire:   Word or PDF
  6. Petition:   Word or PDF

Badges are now available – suggested donation £5 for 10. Email drones@for.org.uk to order.

Order a ‘Fly Kites Not Drones’ T-Shirt!
fly_kites_not_drones_tshirt_200They cost £12 plus £2 post and packing and are made of fairly traded cotton. All of them are gold on black and come in 6 sizes (measurements are across chest):
xsmall (17inches/43cm)
small (18 inches/46cm
medium (20 inches/50cm)
large (21 inches/53cm)
xlarge (22.5 inches/157cm)
xxlarge (24.5 inches/62cm).

To order contact dronecampaignnetwork@riseup.net

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Pictures from FKND 2016:

Waddington FKND 2016 gates

RAF Waddington 19th March

Leicester FKND 2016

Oxford 2

London

Scarborough

Scarborough

Chicago

Chicago

Edinburgh 2

Edinburgh

Glasgow 2

Glasgow

Kabul 2

Kabul

Littlehampton

Littlehampton

Leicester

Leicester 20th March

Berlin

Berlin

Hastings 2

Hastings

London 2

To add your event to the list, email dronecampaignnetwork@riseup.net

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