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Madison WI Honors Drone Victims

Posted by Ryan Hall
09.22.15

DRONE QUILT display at the Madison Monday Noon Vigil for Peace and Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda  During the Campaign Week of Actions 2015

Organizers in Madison, WI displayed Drone Quilts – and read names of children who have died in DRONE attacks – as part of their weekly Vigil for Peace, held every Monday at noon for an hour, at the corner of MLK Blvd, by the downtown post office. This Vigil, organized by Mary Beth Schlagheck, nearly 35 years ago – is still going!

State Senator Fred Risser stopped by to wish them well, they handed out nearly 100 flyers to people passing by, we had 10 at our Vigil.

There’s a short video of the Monday Vigil  – at their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/418929481573184/

On Friday, September 25th a group of 25 gathered to display the Drone Quilts in the Wisconsin capitol rotunda: A Project to remember the victims of US combat drones

The effort is meant to draw attention and educate the public to the consequences of U.S. drone warfare. Each quilt was made by individuals-square by square-from all over the world, to commemorate the civilian victims of U.S. weaponized drone strikes in Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. These quilts are visual reminders of the names of real people, mostly women and children, who are the ‘collateral damage’ of US and Israeli drone programs. We honor their lives and say their names.

They all read the names of known victims; some of them written on the quilt squares. Then, representatives of 6 local peace organizations provided a brief overview of how their group is involved in anti-drone efforts and peace initiatives. We all learned new things, and are inspired and committed to carry on the work of peace.

Groups involved include:

Veterans for Peace #25 – Joan Kemble – madisonvfp.org

Monday Noon Vigil – Mary Beth Schlagheck –mbspeace1@charter.net

WI Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars – Bonnie Block –
nodroneswisconsin.blogspot.com

Campaign Nonviolence – Joy First –
pacebene.org/programs/campaign-nonviolence

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Nancy Graham –
wilpf-madison.org

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice – Dace Zeps – wnpj.org

This event is part of Campaign Nonviolence, a nationwide movement of over 300 actions and events taking place across the country.

Information: 608 467 2637 or

http://wilpf-madison.org/

https://www.facebook.com/events/438109183044891/

Learn more about the quilts touring nationally by visiting contacting Leah Bolger www.dronesquiltproject.wordpress.com

Photo Credit: Judy Miner

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