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Occupy Buffalo Joins CODEPINK Pakistan Peace Delegation

After taking the trip from Philadelphia and the Occupy National Gathering, I and other people from Occupy Buffalo and the Western New York Peace Center have been invited to be a part of the CODEPINK Pakistan Peace Delegation. Western New York has been as active as any area in the fight against drones in the US and abroad. Several members of Occupy Buffalo and WNY Peace Center have been arrested in Syracuse at anti-drone actions at Hancock Air Force Base. Buffalo recently became the first city to hear in front of City Council the Protection of the Public Against the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) which will be addressed after summer recess in September. In recognition of our efforts locally, 3 members of Occupy Buffalo have been given the honor of being part of the group going into the areas most affected by drones. Karen Hopkins, Bonny Mahoney and myself will be going along with CODEPINK organizers and people from all over the country who are dedicated to downing drones and ending the executions.

Pakistan has been one of the countries hardest hit by the unconstitutional attacks on so-called suspects. We will meet with survivors of US drone attacks, lawyers who are representing drone victims, and political figures. As citizen diplomats from the United States, we will join with people from the region affected by U.S. drone attacks and call for an end to the killing. The Delegation hopes to get permission to march to Miranshah, the capitol of Waziristan.

In an effort to raise consciousness about extrajudicial executions carried out by CIA – controlled drone attacks on Pakistan, a Pakistani human rights organization called Foundation for Fundamental Rights is inviting US citizens to visit Pakistan to meet with surviving victims of CIA-controlled drone attacks and to hear their tragic stories.

In the U.S., the effort is being organized by Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink.

Please support activists from Upstate New York who will be joining Code Pink’s delegation to Pakistan. Leaving in late September 2012, the group will also participate in a large peace demonstration in the Northwest region of Pakistan — the site of most of the CIA’s drone attacks on Pakistani citizens.

The Western New York Peace Center is using this web page to collect monies that will be dedicated to sending 5 members of the Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars to Pakistan as part of Code Pink’s delegation.

The five Upstate New York residents who will travel to Pakistan are:

Judy Bello, Rochester NY
Jordan Eck, Binghamton NY
Karen Hopkins, Buffalo NY
Bonny Mahoney, Buffalo NY
John Washington, Buffalo NY

All monies collected from this web page are dedicated to pay for the Pakistani trip-related expenses of these four dedicated individuals. We estimate the total cost to be about $2,500 per person. Hence, $12,500 will have to raised by mid-September 2012 to make this trip a success.

If you prefer, you may also donate at the: WNY Peace Center’s main website.

The Western New York Peace Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Your donation is tax deductible.

If paying by check, put “Pakistan Delegation” in the memo line. Send your check to:

WNY Peace Center, Inc.
1272 Delaware Ave
Buffalo NY 14209
Ph: 716-332-3904

Thank you for your support!

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