Leicester 18th March
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.
Over the past few years March 21st, The Persian New Year, has become known as Fly Kites Not Drones Day when people all over the world fly kites in solidarity with young people living under the fear of drones, whether in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Gaza, Pakistan or any other country. In 2016 it falls on a Monday so we encourage people to take action Saturday 19 to 21 March
You can download a campaign pack here 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.
Click to download
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
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Events happening around the country:
Leicester: Friday 18th March 5.30pm – 6.30pm at the Clocktower, Leicester city centre, Leicester Against War will be flying kites at their weekly vigil. Everyone welcome.
Hastings: Saturday 19 March (or Sunday if wet) 11am on the beach opposite the Carlisle pub, Hastings, http://www.hastingsagainstwar.org/
Lincoln – Saturday 19th March 1pm – 3pm we will be flying kites at RAF Waddington from the where the British armed Reaper drone is controlled, attacking people in Syria and Iraq, Join us near the gate on the A607 between Bracebridge Heath and Waddington village. the Number 1 bus from Lincoln to Grantham leaves Lincoln bus station (opposite the train station) at 05 and 35 past each hour, returning on the hour and half hour.
Bradford – Sunday 20th March 2.30pm at Summerville Road Football Pitch, BD7 1PD
Edinburgh – Sunday 20th March 1pm – 4pm on the Meadows by the Pavilion Cafe – more details here
Leicester: Sunday 20th March 12.30 pm on Victoria Park near the Queens Road entrance. With Leicester CND.
Glasgow: Sunday 20th March 2pm in Bellahouston Park more info at https://www.facebook.com/events/815206815252186/
To add your event to the list, email firstname.lastname@example.org