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Anti-drone service of repentance at Beale AFB on Ash Wednesday

Submitted to The Union

On Ash Wednesday, March 5, at 6:30 a.m., there will be a service of repentance and anti-drone action at the main gate of Beale Air Force Base.

The service will be led by clergy from several denominations and will involve a call to faithfulness and action, songs, prayers, scripture and Holy Communion.

Ashes will be used to symbolize repentance and to acknowledge our mortality and interrelatedness with the whole web of life. Some participants will carry white crosses with artistic renditions of children killed by U.S. drones.

In addition to focusing on repentance for the harm caused to drone victims, activists will issue a call to repentance for the harm done to the indigenous people who used to live where Beale is located, the harm being done to Mother Earth by our building and deploying high-tech weapons and weapons of mass destruction, the harm done to families and communities who suffer cutbacks in public services while billions are spent for the military and the overall harm caused by the global reach of U.S. military power.

At the end of the service, several people will participate in a prayerful nonviolent direct action. Others will stand in support of this peaceful action of protest and witness.

All people are welcome, including people from all spiritual traditions. Individuals are invited to bring whatever signs or symbols are meaningful to them.

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In the meantime, don't miss Col. Ann Wright, who will join the monthly Beale demonstrations on Feb. 24 and 25 and will speak in several other venues while she is in the area.

Find out more at the OccupyBealeAir Force Base Facebook Page or by emailing

To stay current with demonstrations at Beale, check out the Occupy Beale AFB website.

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