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)
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.
Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, South Terrace Hastings TN34 1SA
Ground floor – easy access – free event – donations welcome
We will provide the materials for kite making.
Saturday 18th March
–RAF Waddington: Join the big demonstration, five miles south of Lincoln, 1-3pm
There are regular busses from Lincoln and Grantham to the base, from which the British armed Reaper drone is controlled.
Let’s make it really big this year, to show that
Don’t forget your kite!
-Hastings: Join Hastings Against War at 11 AM
On the beach opposite the Carlisle Pub TN34 1PE (by the long boat metal sculpture of a prow rising out of the beach)
Whatever the weather we will gather with our kites for photo opportunity,
to share in solidarity with the Fly Kites Not Drones campaigners in the UK and internationally.
More information 07895 830125
Sunday 19th March:
-Leicester: Victoria Park near Queens Road, Sunday 19th March 12.30
-Bradford: Summerville Road Playing Field BD7 1PX 2.30pm
contact Susan 07974908951 or firstname.lastname@example.org
-Bournemouth: Bournemouth Quakers are flying kites at Hengistsbury Head on Sunday
afternoon, March 19th from 2pm. The kite-flying field is behind the main car-park, between it and the sea. Everyone welcome.
Tuesday 21 March:
-Bristol Fly Kites not Drones
Join us for a family-friendly craft stall and build your own kite as
part of the Fly Kites Not Drones week of action. Bristol is a major hub
for aerospace and drone companies, with industry giants Babcock, BAE and
Airbus all based in the area. We’ll be crafting our kites and talking to
the public in central Bristol, outside Osborne Clarke Solicitors, who
supply legal services to Israeli drone company Elbit Systems. Come and
find us on the junction of Temple Way and Temple Back East, BS1 6EG
(between Old Market and Temple Meads Station) from 12.30pm – 6pm on
Tuesday 21st March, and help us raise awareness of Bristol’s arms trade
links. You can join and share the facebook event here.
-London – Finsbury Park:
2.30pm – 3.30pm We will meet in Finsbury Park near the Finsbury Park tube station with Kites to share. There will also be a Bring and share Picnic! More details here
You can download a campaign pack with background information on drones, instructions on how to make a kite, a petition against targeted killing, a questionnaire to ask passers by, and ideas on lots of other actions as well as flying kites! You can also send off for Fly Kites Not Drones tee shirts and badges.
Saturday 25 March
1 – 4pm, by Meadows Pavillion Cafe,
Kite making, decorating and flying or bring your own kite, free soup, music, facepainting, craft and more – All welcome
Click on the links to download these resources:
- Fly Kites Not Drones Briefing: Word or PDF
- Take Action: Word or PDF
- How to make a kite: PDF
- Handout leaflet: Word or PDF
- Questionnaire: Word or PDF
- Petition: Word or PDF
Badges are now available – suggested donation £5 for 10. Email email@example.com to order.
Order a ‘Fly Kites Not Drones’ T-Shirt!
They 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):
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures from FKND 2016:
To add your event to the list, email email@example.com