Hundreds Come For Anti-drone Talk And March Led By Cornel West
Published: April 28th, 2014
By: Sami Gillette

Hundreds come for anti-drone talk and march led by Cornel West

SYRACUSE – This past Sunday, April 27 Cornel West, a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, spoke at Tucker Baptist Missionary Church in Syracuse. His talk “Connecting the Dots: Poverty, Racism and Drones” served as a prelude to a rally and march to Hancock Air Base.

During the march protestors brought signs and pictures to broadcast their vehement disapproval of US drone attacks, which unintentional have maimed and killed innocents in places like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, among other places.

According to, “The New York Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing operates unmanned Reaper drones from Hancock Air Base Reaper in DeWitt.”

A Syracuse Peace Council pamphlet states, “Between 2004 and 2012, the CIA conducted over 330 drone attacks in Pakistan along, killing about 3,000 people, including 175 children.”

Both the talk and march were well attended, with hundreds of people from across the state and many from various parts of the country participating.

There were also numerous volunteers that helped organize and run the event. LeeAnne Pedrick, a college student from LeMoyne College, was excited to be there.

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“We advocate for human rights,” said Pedrick. She explained that she wants to support the anti-drone movement because innocent bystanders have died when certain places and people have been targeted. “It dehumanizes war,” she finished.


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