Oct 26: VIGIL AGAINST DRONES ~ Wisconsin ~




TUESDAY OCTOBER 26, 2021    3:30-4:30 pm

We need YOU there


Dear Friends,

Killer drones continue to play a huge role in terrorizing people in the Middle East and in parts of Africa.  Even though Biden has declared the war in Afghanistan as ending, he has pledged to mount, what has been dubbed, “over the horizon” attacks using drones to continue to kill innocent children, women, and men in Afghanistan, as well as in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Niger, says well-known attorney and activist, Marjorie Cohn in her article, War in Afghanistan Isn’t Over – It’s Taking the Form of Illegal Drone Strikes.

This article is a must-read as Cohn outlines several specific ways that show that the attacks using killer drones is illegal under international law, including the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  These are all treaties that have been ratified by the U.S.

DRONE WARFARE IS ILLEGAL!  And yet Volk Field continues to be a training ground for operating killer drones.

Caskets for the dead are carried toward a gravesite as relatives and friends attend a mass funeral for members of a family that is said to have been killed in a U.S. drone airstrike, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 30, 2021. (MARCUS YAM/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS)


The vigil at Volk Field is a legal vigil where we will be on public property.  As always, it will be a solemn vigil, remembering the victims of US government drone attacks.

DIRECTIONS – To get to the vigil, take the Camp Douglas exit off Interstate 90/94 between Mauston and Tomah.  When you exit take County Rd. C to the northeast.  You will see the base straight ahead, but follow County Rd. C to the right and within a few blocks is a picnic wayside where you can park along the side of the road.  The wayside is closed for the season and bathrooms are not available.

THE VIGIL – We will gather at the wayside around 3:15 for introductions and to review the plan for the vigil, and then process together to the gates of the base where we will hold a solemn vigil for one hour to remember those killed by drones.  Participants can stand in silence or read poems and stories about the effects of drone warfare.  It is important that the voices of the victims be brought to the gates of Volk Field.

Bring posters if you can.

A WORD ABOUT THE WEATHER – If you have questions about the vigil because of the weather, please make sure to call Joy at 608 239-4327 or Bonnie at 608-256-5088 for an update.

CARPOOLING –  If you are interested in carpooling to Volk Field from Madison, please contact Bonnie at 608-256-5088.

We hope to see you at the vigil on October 26.  If you can’t come this time, mark your calendar.  We usually vigil on the 4th Tuesday of every month.  If you have any questions please call or email Joy at 608 239-4327 or joyfirst5@gmail.com or Bonnie at 608-256-5088 or blbb24@att.net .


Joy and Bonnie

Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars