Schedule & Speakers of the Ramstein Demo June 10th-12th - JOIN US!
(Here also Info on CODEPINK German Tour, April 2016)
(Here also Info on CODEPINK German Tour, April 2016)
(Infos über die CODEPINK Deutschland Tour, April 2016)
relevant to our 2016 tour in Germany...
The Women's Boat to Gaza Taken in International Waters: Whereabouts of Participants Unknown The US embassy confirmed that the boat was intercepted on October 6.
It is important to know that this happened in international waters and it is not only illegal but sets a bad precedent in giving a greenlight for other nations to attack civilian ships in international waters. The Zaytouna-Oliva was carrying no material aid. This was by design because Israel, as a premise for their attacks, would claim that weapons and contraband were on board. The owner of Zaytouna-Oliva is Israeli.
Ann Wright is a decorated former US diplomat, a member of Veterans For Peace and on our Advisory Board. On board with her were three parliamentarians, an Olympic athlete and Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead Maguire. They were committed to nonviolence as much as they were committed to breaking the blockade.
Jodie and Elsa with Leyla Boran, Berlin-based attorney, human rights activist, and representative of the Association of Yazidi Women’s Assembly at the IPB World Congress in Berlin (October 2, 2016)
Medea and Jodie with Harald Gindra, newly elected Left Party Member of the State Parliament of Berlin, Germany, and a longtime follower of CODEPINK’s Project, Growing a Local Peace Economy (October 2, 2016)
The escalating confrontation of the U.S. and Russia in Syria is a grave threat to world peace. Regarding the situation in Syria, Ray McGovern and I recommend this excellent article by Rick Sterling in Consortium News, Ray and CODEPINK’s Ann Wright traveled in Russia together with Rick Sterling this past June. — Elsa in Berlin
CODEPINK Co-Founders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans in Berlin October 2, 2016!
IPB World Congress – Technische Universität – Workshop B09 – 10:30 – 12:00,
Growing a Local Peace Economy
Every transaction we make in our daily lives ultimately contributes toward building a peace or a war economy, a world of compassion and well-being, or a world of indifference and violence. The peace economy model encourages us to shift our values. It calls for creating cultural, social and economic models that cultivate a sense of respect. This session offers the practices and map making needed to build the movement to grow peace. It starts local. “The foundation for world peace is building an economy where every community is self-reliant in basic needs such as food, water and energy.” Judy Wicks, BALLE
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
Jodie Evans, CODEPINK
See also: http://www.codepink.org/peaceeconomy
This is a very exciting and hopeful moment for us all. It was made possible through the inspiration of anti-drone movements worldwide and by years of work by families of drone victims as well as by NGOs, journalists, attorneys, parliamentarians, and US whistleblowers to reveal the key role of Ramstein Air Base in Germany in the US drone killings in many countries. Thanks to all of you who have worked so effectively and faithfully on this issue for so many years!
The demonstrators also declared their solidarity with the refugees who have to come here because of the US and NATO wars.
Appeal Link here
The US Air Force base at Ramstein, Germany, plays a pivotal role for preparing and executing wars of aggression violating international law. Most of the lethal missions of US combat drones, e.g. in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, and Africa, are conducted via Ramstein’s satellite relay station.
US drone pilots working from a multitude of military bases use Ramstein for operating killer drones in illegal war missions around the world. In Ramstein itself, about 650 personnel continuously analyze, update and pass on data from the surveillance of alleged targets.
With drones, the US government has extra-judicially killed almost 5,000 people in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia as well as more than 13,000 in the war in Afghanistan. US drones have killed countless victims in Iraq, Syria, and Libya. The large majority of the victims were innocents such as women, children, and old people. The orders to murder are transmitted from joysticks via Ramstein’s satellite relay station to the specific drones. Without Ramstein, the whole drone war would be obstructed decisively and might come to an end.
Furthermore, Ramstein was indispensable for logistically executing the brutal US/NATO war in Afghanistan and the US war of aggression in Iraq. The same is true for looming US interventionist wars, including at the borders of Russia.
The components of the US missile defense shield are stationed in different NATO states. One of its commando centers is incorporated into Ramstein’s AIRCOM, headquarters of all Extrajudicial executions of citizens of foreign countries on their own soil not only violate the UN’s human rights charter and international law but also violate the German constitution if the crime emanates from German territory. We will not accept this any longer: neither the illegal goings-on of the US in Germany, nor their crimes against international law emanating from German territory, nor their support by the German government.
We thus demand of the German parliament and government
· to ban the US from using Ramstein as the basis of their drone wars by law;
· to close down Ramstein’s satellite relay station;
· to renounce the purchase of combat drones for the Bundeswehr;
· to proscribe the acquisition of combat drones for military;
· to end the illegal spying of NSA, in cooperation with the German intelligence agency BND, for which Ramstein is a focal point.
Only individual commitment and determined action can put an end to the German government’s highly dangerous military politics and the US/NATO acts of war.
(Organizational affiliation for purposes of information only.)
Roland Blach (DFG-VK Baden-Württemberg); Reiner Braun (IALANA); Monique Broquard (NaturFreunde Saarland); Dr. Diether Dehm (MP, Song writer, Treasurer European Left); Dr. Sabine Farrouh (IPPNW); Leonore Fuger (Mahnwache Berlin); Wolfgang Gehrcke (MP, DIE LINKE); Karin Gottlieb (Freidenkerverband Rheinland-Pfalz/Saarland); Toni Groß (Friedensmahnwache Erfurt); Andreas Grünwald (Hamburger Forum für Völkerverständigung und weltweite Abrüstung); Klaus Hartmann (Deutscher Freidenker-Verband); Claudia Haydt (IMI); Klothilde Hinz (VVN/BdA Kreisvereinigung Bad Kreuznach); Inge Höger (MP, DIE LINKE); Willi Hoffmeister (Ostermarsch Rhein Ruhr); Andrej Hunko (MP, DIE LINKE); Matthias Jochheim (IPPNW); Peter Jüriens (Mahnwache Bochum, Friedenskreis Wanfried); Wolfgang Jung (LUFTPOST); Kristine Karch (No to War – No to NATO); Nico Kern (Piraten MdL NRW); Hans Georg Klee (OCCUPEACE München); Dr. Ansgar Klein (Aachener AG „Frieden jetzt!“); Helene Klein (Würselener Initiative für den Frieden); Anna Kowalke (Mahnwache Berlin); Bruno Kramm (Piratenpartei Berlin); Sabine Leidig (MP, DIE LINKE); Ekkehard Lentz (Bremer Friedensforum); Ulrich Lenz (Jenny Marx Gesellschaft für politische Bildung e.V. Rheinland-Pfalz) Manfred Lotze (IPPNW); Pascal Luig (NaturwissenschaftlerInnen-Initiative – Verantwortung für Frieden und Zukunftsfähigkeit); Jürgen Lutterkordt (Bildung für Frieden e.V., RegenbogenTv, Friedenskreis Wanfried); Prof. Dr. Mohssen Massarrat (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat Attac); Prof. Dr. Maria Mies (international renowned aurthor, eco-feminist, peace activist); Dr. Amir Mortasawi (MD, author); Albrecht Müller (NachDenkSeiten); Michael Müller (NaturFreunde Deutschlands); Mike Nagler (Attac); Dr. Alexander Neu (MP, DIE LINKE); Prinz Chaos II (Song writer); Doris Pumphrey (antiwar-activist); George Pumphrey (antiwar-activist); Christiane Reymann (author); Bernd Rixinger (Chair DIE LINKE); Prof. Dr. Werner Ruf (Political Scientist, Peace Researcher); Rainer Rupp (Author); Dr. Sabine Schiffer (Institut für Medienverantwortung); Torsten Schleip (DFG-VK Landesverband Ost); Pedram Shahyar (Speaker Mahnwache); Fee Strieffler (Ramsteiner Appell); Tanja Tede (Heidelberg zieht in den Frieden); Hannelore Tölke (Speaker DFG-VK NRW); Bernhard Trautvetter (GEW, Peace Activist); Alexander Ulrich (MP, DIE LINKE); Kathrin Vogler (MP, DIE LINKE); Peter Wahl (Scientific Council Attac); Renate Wanie (Staff Werkstatt für Gewaltfreie Aktion); Gunda Weidmüller (AGORA Hamburg); Jens Wernicke (NachDenkSeiten); Lucas Wirl (NaturwissenschaftlerInnen-Initiative – Verantwortung für
The appeal Stop Ramstein Campaign: No Drone Wars! Never again war from German soil may be signed online (in German) at: www.ramstein-kampagne.eu
Why we are protesting at Ramstein Air Base
We are Germans and immigrants from Kaiserslautern and elsewhere in Germany,
and delegates from many countries, including USA, will join us…
Open Letter to the Refugees from Stop Ramstein Organizing Committee, March 2016
Retired and Former U.S. Military Personnel Urge Drone Operators to Refuse to Fly Missions
This ad appeared in the September 14, 2015, edition of Air Force Times.
On Ramstein: An Open Letter from U.S. Citizens to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, May 2015
Drohnenkrieg via Ramstein stoppen!
von Elsa Rassbach, Berlin (CODEPINK, DFG-VK, attac)
deutsche Infos hier: http://www.ramstein-kampagne.eu