4th Year Anniversary of the Drones Quilt Project

Maezol Khan by Toby Blome

The Drones Quilt Project was created 4 years ago as a way to remember the thousands of people who have been murdered by missiles launched from American combat drones. The use of combat drones is immoral, illegal and ineffective, yet the U.S. continues to use them, killing countless people whose names they don’t know, and don’t want to know.
Combat drones were first used by President Bush, then expanded rapidly during the Obama administration. Recently President Trump gave carte blanch to the CIA to target and kill people with drones.
As long as people continue to be murdered by drones, the Drones Quilt Project will continue in an effort to educate the public, and to remember the victims, named and unnamed.

Drones Quilt Exhibit opens in Brooksville, Maine December 3

BLUE HILL, ME — The Drones Quilt Project, quiltdisplayme161203a nation-wide traveling exhibit of quilts commemorating victims of U.S. drone strikes, will be on display at Reversing Falls Sanctuary in Brooksville in early December. The quilts have been shown in more than 20 U.S. cities, and at The Hague. The quilts are each made up of 36 individually crafted squares — visual reminders of a child or other victim. Many of the squares are dedicated to “Anonymous,” as an estimated 80% of drone victims are unnamed.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by Peninsula Peace & Justice and Reversing Falls Sanctuary (RFS). An opening will be held at the RFS Gallery on Saturday, December 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. Seven quilts will be exhibited. Dud Hendrick, member of Veterans For Peace, will speak on drone warfare and its implications. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. A complete schedule of gallery open times appears on their web site: reversingfalls.org

For more information: 207-326-4405


Press release submitted by:
Peninsula Peace & Justice
P.O. Box 1515
Blue Hill ME 04614

Drones Quilts at the Intrepid Museum

drones-headerThe prestigious Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City will be holding a major exhibit on drones beginning May 5th 2017 and running at least until the end of the calendar year. The Drones Quilt Project has been invited to participate in this exhibit, where we will be able to show the damage done by weaponized drones. This exhibit will be seen by many thousands of people, so it presents a great opportunity to educate the public.

Drones Quilts get great press in Connecticut

Drones Quilt Project on display at Norwalk Public Library

By Kaitlyn Krasselt, The Hour, Norwalk, CT

At first glance, the patchwork quilt looks like any other, with its carefully sewn squares and bright colors.

Photo: Alex Von Kleydorff / Hearst Connecticut Media

Photo: Alex Von Kleydorff / Hearst Connecticut Media. More photos (click here)

Upon closer inspection, the squares are adorned with names — one for the person who sewed them and another remembering a civilian killed by U.S. drone strikes in the Middle East.

An exhibition of the U.S. Drones Quilt Project in conjunction with Veterans for Peace is on display through Oct. 30 at the Norwalk Public Library. An opening reception, attended by roughly a dozen people, was held Monday and featured noted peace activist Ed Kinane.

Each of the quilts on display was made by individuals from around the world to commemorate the civilian victims of weaponized drone strikes in Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. The quilts are intended to serve as visual reminders of the civilians who’ve died as a result of U.S. drone strikes in the Middle East. Each square contains the name of its creator and the name of one victim to be memorialized. The squares are sewn together to form a quilt panel used by the U.S. Drones Quilt Project to raise awareness about civilian deaths.

Kinane’s talk Monday prompted a lively discussion and questions from the audience regarding drone use and why organizations like the United Nations have allowed drone strikes to continue, despite being considered a war crime by some.

More Information

US Drone Strikes

Pakistan 2004 onwards

Total strikes: 424

Civilians killed: 424-966

Yemen 2002 onwards

Confirmed drone strikes:133-153

Civilians killed: 65-101

Somalia 2007 onwards

Drone strikes: 31-35

Civilians killed: 3-10

Afghanistan 2015 onwards

Total strikes: 474-479

Civilians killed: 75-130

Source: The Bureau for Investigative Journalism

“Why use drones?” Kinane said. “They’re tactically very useful. There’s no crew which means there are no body bags coming back to the U.S. Drones are tireless, no human crew can do that … and they’re obedient. During the Vietnam era, particularly during the later part, the U.S. couldn’t get GI’s to do the dirty work and they become some of the best opponents to the war. You don’t have that problem with drones.”

Kinane, co-founder of the Upstate Drone Action Coalition and a contributor to the progressive website Truthout, spoke exensively about U.S. drone strikes, and the work his organization has done protesting the Air Force drone bases in upstate New York at places like Hancock Airport, which recently started daily flights of Reaper drones.

The Reaper drone is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft primarily used against moving execution targets and, secondarily, as an intelligence collection asset, according to the U.S. Air Force.

The Hancock Airport, near Syracuse, hosts the 174th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard, which reportedly operates Reaper drones over Afghanistan. Kinane and members of the Upstate Drone Action Coalition protest several times a month at Hancock, blocking the entrance during the evening shift change. Kinane calls the demonstrations “street heat.”

“I don’t want the U.S. government, military and various intelligience agencies to have this technology because it’s only a matter of time before it comes home to roost,” Kinane said.

KKrasselt@scni.com; 203-354-1021; @kaitlynkrasselt


The Army Chaplain Who Quit Over ‘Unaccountable Killing’ of Obama’s Secretive Drone Program


Rev Chris Antal

As a witness to the removal of fallen U.S. troops from Afghanistan, Army Chaplain Christopher John Antal can’t recall a time when that solemn ceremony wasn’t conducted without the presence of drones passing along the horizon.

They were sleek and quiet, making a gentle humming noise as they flew over the flight lines — where aircraft can be parked and serviced — of the Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan, where he was stationed in 2012. Not everyone had access to the flight lines, according to Antal, but he was responsible for participating in dignified transfer ceremonies, also known as ramp ceremonies, which were set there to greet the caskets of fallen service personnel as they were returned to base, en route to the U.S. On these occasions, he would watch the drones drift in and out, loaded with Hellfire missiles. Continue reading