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No Drones Niagara Rally planned outside base

by jmaloni
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 11:55 pm

A rally will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the main entrance to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Lockport Road by the No Drones Niagara group.

The rally will feature nonviolent civil resisters Russell Brown, Bonny Mahoney and Valerie Niederhoffer, who have misdemeanor charges pending for a lay down protest in the entrance road at Hancock Air Reserve National Guard Base outside of Syracuse.

Sunday's rally will emphasize concern for the many ways people are hurt by weaponized drones. Charley Bowman, former interim director of the WNY Peace Center, will discuss other options for the base, such as converting it into a solar energy farm.

Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is being considered for hosting drone missions as a means of retaining jobs at the base and preventing its closure.

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