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ACTION ALERT

Human Rights Day - December 10

Each year on December 10th, the global community recognizes the inherent dignity of each human by celebrating Human Rights Day. The value of human life and the importance of right relationships are central to the Christian faith, and we believe that Christians must earnestly seek to live out these values in our interactions with individuals, groups, and nations.

Drone strikes by the United States consistently violate the basic human rights of people in targeted regions of the world. Using "signature strikes," the military kills human beings without a trial- not because they are known threats, but because they fit the profile of someone who may be a threat. Civilians are often killed in the strikes, and the strikes erode the trust between the U.S. and affected populations.

In the 2013 Church of the Brethren "Resolution Against Drone Warfare," the Church affirmed that,

"All killing mocks the God who creates and gives life. Jesus, as the Word incarnate, came to dwell among us (John 1:14) in order to reconcile humanity to God and bring about peace and healing. In contrast, our government’s expanding use of armed drones distances the decisions to use lethal force from communities in which these deadly strikes take place. We find the efforts of the United States to distance the act of killing from the site of violence to be in direct conflict to the witness of Christ Jesus."

On this Human Rights Day, you can take action to hold the U.S. to a higher standard.

  • Share the truth about drone strikes with your congregation and community
    • The Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare has put together five 30-minute documentaries that showcase the moral, religious, and policy problems with drone strikes. These videos can be shown, for free, to your congregation. Work with the Office of Public Witness to host an event or lead Sunday School classes focused on this important issue! To watch the videos, visit www.interfaithdronenetwork.org.
    • These videos were produced by the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare, and the future funding for similar projects is contingent on the number of congregations who view these documentaries. By screening the films in your congregation, you help the Network secure funding for future projects!
  • Call your Senators and Representatives and tell them to end the CIA’s authority to carry out drone strikes

    Sample script: Hello. My name is _______, and I am a constituent from _____________. As a person of faith, I believe in the dignity of each human life. The CIA’s drone program lacks transparency, and results in an unacceptable level of civilian deaths. Please work to end the CIA's authority to carry out drone strikes.

You can look up your legislators here: http://www.brethren.org/publicwitness/legislator-lookup.html

In Christ's peace,

Tori Bateman
Peacebuilding and Policy Associate
Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness
Washington, D.C.


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