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9 arrested in Occupy Beale Air Force Base action

Anti-drone protesters say nine of their members were arrested Tuesday during an Occupy Beale Air Force Base protest. (Submitted to The Union)

In spite of receiving 27 summons to court this month, nine anti-drone protesters crossed the line again at Beale Air Force base on Sept. 29 while tying the migrant crisis to U.S. global wars.

Since 2009, Northern California activists have maintained monthly two-day protests at Beale Air Force Base in attempts to change U.S. policy that perpetuates endless global wars and targeted killing by drones.

Calling themselves “Occupy Beale Air Force Base,” these activists have been arrested several times a year, while peacefully demonstrating the wrongfulness of drone killing and perpetual warfare.

In the last couple of years those arrested have been cited and released without charges being pressed.

However, this month 27 court letters were sent, ordering activists to appear in Sacramento court on Oct. 13 for arrests stemming from three protests over the last year. Charges were then dropped.

This week’s protest at Beale also coincide with a week of coordinated actions across the country calling for peaceful solutions to conflict.

These actions are part of a long-term movement called “Campaign Nonviolence.”

Nine Peace and Justice activists from throughout Northern California, including Nevada City, were arrested in the nonviolent action.

Occupy Beale will return to Beale Air Force Base on Oct. 19 and 20 honoring indigenous rights and the Day of the Dead.

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