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.

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 srsusanclarkson@gmail.com

-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

-Edinburgh

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:

  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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