The very first exhibit of the Drones Quilt project was at the Veterans Peace Convention in Madison, Wisconsin and at every VFP convention since then. The exhibit will be available for view at this year’s convention, opening tomorrow in Berkeley, California. See the VFP website for more information.
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
DRONE QUILT EXHIBIT TO BE DISPLAYED AT THE WISCONSIN CAPITOL ROTUNDA
Monday, September 21st through Sunday, September 27th
First floor, Wisconsin state capitol building, 2 East Main St. Madison, WI 53703
Madison area peace groups will display 5 quilts and informational posters in the Capitol Rotunda drawing attention and educating 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.
This event is part of Campaign Nonviolence, a nationwide movement of over 200 actions and events taking place across the country from September 20-27.
PRESENTATION AND READING Friday, September 25, noon to 1 pm, Capitol Rotunda. Join a presentation from sponsoring groups including reading of the names of some of the victims of drone warfare. Sponsors: Veterans for Peace, Clarence Kailin Chapter 25, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Madison, Monday Noon Peace vigil, Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, and the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.
Please consider contributing to this powerful anti-drone participatory art piece to be held on the International Day of Peace in NYC.
The Drones Quilt Project exhibit made its original debut at the Veterans For Peace convention in Madison, Wisconsin in the summer of 2013. The exhibit has become a fixture of the annual VFP convention, making an appearance at last year’s convention in Asheville, North Carolina, and from 5-9 August this year in San Diego.
The exhibit is now being hand carried by VFP member Charles Powell to its next location in Albuquerque, New Mexico.