What: Free screening & discussion of “Wounds of Waziristan” and “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars“
When: Sunday, April 10, 2 pm – 4 pm
Where: St. Gertrude’s Ministry Center, 6214 N. Glenwood, Chicago
(Free parking, or we’re just a few blocks west of the Granville stop on the Red line)
The film “Eye in the Sky,” starring Helen Mirren, builds drama by presenting a Hollywood fantasy of “precision drone targeting” guided by great care and concern to kill only “known terrorists.” The reality of the U.S. armed killer drone program is exactly the opposite. This Sunday, April 10, we will screen and discuss two films that vividly portray that reality.
While U.S. military and CIA drone operations are secret, we know from human rights activists and journalists on the ground that dozens of ordinary people are killed daily, from Afghanistan to Yemen, where U.S.-supplied Saudi drones are pulverizing that country’s people and infrastructure. Democracy Now! reported that on a single day, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 17 people were killed by drone attacks in Afghanistan, including a local elder on his way to settle a land dispute and two people who came to collect the bodies of the dead. The latter attack is cynically termed a “double tap” by the CIA. Make no mistake: “Targeted killings through drones are war crimes,” according to Daniele Archibugi, a director at the Italian National Research Council.
Every presidential candidate of both the Republican and the Democratic parties promises to continue this armed drone program, a cornerstone of Obama’s expanded war of terror. We all have to consider: Do we want to live in a country where the U.S. president kills whomever he or she wants, wherever he or she wants, without regard for law, due process, accountability, or evidence? Join us on Sunday to watch and discuss two award-winning films that portray both the human cost and the far-reaching impact of drones on communities around the globe.
Photo: World Can’t Wait protest at the 2012 DNC convention
What: Tea Project: Tea Performance
When: Various events through April 16
Where: Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago
Tickets and more information about the exhibit and events are here.
“Tea Project is an ongoing dialogue that traverses a variety of landscapes from the tea served in the Iraqi countryside, to a cage in Guantanamo Bay, to a family gathering. Tea is both a favored drink and a shared moment that transcends cutural divides. Aaron Hughes and Amber Ginsburg collaborate with community groups to curate a series of events that use tea as a launching point to engage with issues of war, detention, and torture. Setting the stage for these events will be 779 cast porcelain styrofoam tea cups inspired by a curious story of a Guantanamo Bay guard who fell in love with drawings carved on styrofoam cups by detainees.”