The Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare held a national training conference to equip people of faith interested in organizing on this issue within the faith community on ways to advocate and educate against drone warfare. It took place at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. from September 27 to 29.
The conference provided background information on lethal drones and trained participants to approach and engage congregations, enable people in congregations to participate in public policy advocacy, work with national denominational offices, and work with the media. Scroll down to see some of the material that was provided at the conference, as well as additional resources.
There were 24 states including DC represented at the conference: IL, NJ, NY, MD, PA, FL, WA, TX, NC, AR, IA, CA, KY, DC, CT, ME, MI, WY, TN, VA, CO WI, MT, KS.
Click here to read an op-ed by John Grant, who was profoundly affected by the conference despite not being a person of faith.
Participants started the conference viewing films produced by the INDW
(All photos by John Grant)
Presentation by Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love
Participants applaud at the end of the conference
These materials were included in a packet given to each attendee:
- Priority Messages on Drone Warfare
- Suggestions for Working with Congregations
- Three documents from ReThink Media on letters to the editor & op-eds: LTE Tips, Op-Ed Tips, and an Op-Ed Worksheet
- Lobbying Guide
- Letter to Congress on CIA drone strikes
Related resources (a growing list):
- Talking to the Military
- Interfaith Working Group on Drone Warfare Leave-behind document