SHOW THE TRUTH TO US TV AUDIENCES

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SUPPORT the FIRST-EVER TV COMMERCIALS SHOWING DRONE DEAD and CALLING ON DRONE “PILOTS” to REFUSE to FLY.

We need your help to continue an extraordinary campaign that uses a 15-second television commercial to show the UNCENSORED TRUTH about drone murder to hundreds of thousands, or more, U.S. television viewers!

On February 27, this first-ever TV commercial began a week-long run on various cable channels in Las Vegas, NV, including CNN and MSNBC, showing viewers living near the Creech AFB drone control center what they probably have never seen before – children killed and mutilated by U.S. drones.  It’s graphic but necessary.

On Mar 31, the same commercial began a month’s run on CNN, MSNBC and even Fox News in and around Beale AFB outside Sacramento, CA, a base critical to supporting U.S. killer drone operations.

We consider these showings to be a remarkable achievement because until now the images of those killed and injured by U.S. drones have been kept off of American television screens.

In addition to showing drone victims, the voice-over on the ad says: “Drone pilots, please refuse to fly.”

There is growing news coverage about the commercials.  Here is a link to an article in the Sacramento Bee, the major paper in northern California and part of the McClatchy Company news chain: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article17894003.html

This resulted in this article in Air Force Times, which will be read by many Air Force people and their families around the world:

http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/2015/04/09/commercials-against-drone-strikes/25532163/

Vice News followed with this report: https://news.vice.com/article/graphic-new-veteran-sponsored-ads-are-asking-drone-pilots-not-to-fly

Here is a link to an RT report also resulting from the showing of the ad near Beale: http://youtu.be/GTdlqqdrZ1U

And this is a report on KFBK, a radio station with a wide reach in northern California: http://www.kfbk.com/articles/kfbk-news-461777/new-tv-ads-take-aim-at-13461862/

The Guardian published this piece:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/01/anti-drone-television-ad-us-air-force-bases-california-nevada

All video clips and footage in the advertisements come from the independent short documentary film, Wounds of Waziristan ( http://www.woundsofwaziristan.com), directed by filmmaker and journalist, Madiha Tahir and co-produced by Messiah Rhodes and AJ Russo. The half-hour film features two survivors of drone attacks. One of them, Saddam, can be seen in the ad holding the photo of his dead niece. The documentary was released on Vice Motherboard as well as Democracy Now! marking the first time that Americans saw an extended portrayal of the consequences of drone attacks. 

Here are links to additional coverage of this campaign. Please note particularly David Swanson’s report for War Is A Crime.org that was critical in generating other coverage and which includes a list quotes addressing the illegality and immorality of drone war as well as a drone war fact sheet..

http://warisacrime.org/content/television-commercial-california-asks-drone-pilots-stop-killing

http://m.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/anti-drone-protesters-arrested-creech-air-force-base

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-03-05/peace/nv-protesters-american-drones-killing-children/a44947-1

We are now entering the second phase of this advertising campaign, and we are asking you to please contribute toward a total of $8,000 that will be needed, minimally, to run the TV ad in areas surrounding drone control centers at Hancock Air National Guard Base outside Syracuse, NY; Niagara Falls Air National Guard Base; Whiteman AFB near Knob Noster, MO; and Cannon AFB near Clovis, NM.

The campaign is being coordinated with local cable companies and networks by Information in the Public Interest, an activist social justice ad agency that produces issue-advertising for only progressive peace, environmental and social justice causes, operated by Cres Vellucci, a member of Veterans for Peace and other anti-war groups. Contributions are not tax deductible because the agency does political work.  All the money collected goes directly to buying airtime for the commercials.  $25 may buy a spot on CNN, $50 a spot on MSNBC (depending on the rates in local areas).

Please contribute whatever you can, and circulate this appeal far and wide.


Thank you for considering this request.

In solidarity,

Nick Mottern, http://www.knowdrones.com/
Cres Vellucci, Vets for Peace and Information in the Public Interest

Note: Organizational endorsers and sponsors include:
CODEPINK
KnowDrones.com
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
Syracuse Peace Council
Veterans for Peace – Sacramento
Veterans Democratic Club of Sacramento Valley
WESPAC Foundation
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Thanks to your donations, our ads have shown in Clovis, NM, near the Cannon AFB drone control center, and they are now showing in the Florida Panhandle near the Hurlbert Field drone control center, which is also the headquarters of the Air Force Special Operations Command. Thank you again for making this possible.
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Thanks to your donations the ad has been appearing on cable television channels in June around Hancock drone control center in Syracuse and the Niagara Falls drone control base. We now have enough money to begin running the ad near the drone control center at Cannon AFB in New Mexico and hope to start July 6. Thank you again.
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Latest update: June 2. Thanks to your contributions the ad will begin appearing tomorrow in western NY around the Niagara Falls drone control base at the same time it is running in Syracuse, NY near the Hancock Air Base drone control center. The Syracuse Post-Standard report of the ad generated a letter to the editor, opposing the ad, that, in turn, generated 82 comments.
Please continue to contribute and support our next ad run which will likely be near Cannon AFB in NM. Thank you for your support
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Update #3 - Our ads will begin to be shown in the Syracuse, NY area beginning Monday, May 25 for more than three weeks, thanks to the great generosity of our contributors. Hancock drone control base, conducting surveillance and attacks in Afghanistan, and possibly elsewhere, is on the outskirts of Syracuse. Please continue to spread the word on this appeal, and to our contributors thank you for your support.
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Show the pilot's console, so the mercenaries will recall the ad every time they start "working".

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Morality requires taking responsibility for one's actions.

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