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Should Veterans For Justice officially endorse this Robotic Warfare Conference?
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 endorse "Challenging Robotic Warfare and Social Control"? 
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Hey all,
Let's get VeteransForJustice to endorse this actions, I HIGHLY recommend it. Cindy Sheehan will be a lead speaker at this event which I'm sure will be one not to miss. Can we get a 2/3 majority to OK our endorsement of this, and do it online in our second online poll? Almost everything I know about this so far is here and looking excellent, the Columbia River Fellowship needs our support, please vote at the top of this post, feel free to leave any comments as you wish.

[Preliminary announcement dated: 1/13/10]
Dear Friends

April 16th –19th, 2010, Columbia River Fellowship for Peace will be hosting a regional conference on Robotics, Warfare and Society. This conference hopes to educate activists and motivate Peace and Justice groups to action on the increasing use and threats of robotic warfare, civilian and border surveillance.

At this point in the planning, we are looking for co-sponsors (endorsers). The official announcement and media notification are still a ways off, but revue and speakers are beginning to be locked in. We will end the conference with a direct action/protest at our local war contractor (Drones) offices with Cindy Sheehan leading the way. We are also attempting to book other renowned speakers on the subject.

Following is a list of organizations who have signed on. We hope we can add your group to this list. Please respond by sending us your representatives contact information and correct name, contact info of your organization. Naturally, any donations to this effort would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me if you’d like to make a donation.

Thank you.

In Peace,

Linda Short
Columbia River Fellowship for Peace
Representing the Columbia Gorge in Washington and Oregon

[text from flyer]
Predator. Reaper. Hellfire. These are the names which developers choose for their high-tech automated killing machines, the missile-armed pilotless drones that now prowl the skies of Southwest Asia, raining death and injury on tribal villages on the Afghan/Pakistani frontier.
Yet these machines are only the first advance guard of the robot legions now being rapidly developed and manufactured in a little-understood emerging new era of human history, a trend documented in Brookings scholar P.W. Singer’s 2009 book, Wired for War. People of conscience need to take action now, before it is too late, to resist the unexamined progression of these invasive and dangerous technologies into both military action and civilian life.
This strategy conference will explore the implications of – and resistance to -- development of robotic technology for use in both warfare and civilian social control. The conference will conclude with a nonviolent witness action at the nearby Boeing/Insitu drone development facility.
The conference is sponsored by the Alliance to Resist Robotic Warfare and Society (ARROWS) and the Columbia River Fellowship for Peace. For more information, contact,, go online to view, or call (509) 447-4250.

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