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Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville, California, is home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing and in line with that mission deploys unarmed drones to gather intelligence. On October 30, some 50 anti-drone protesters, many from churches and religious organizations, showed up on a different sort of mission.

“I just want to shut down the business as usual at the base,” protester Sharon Delgado told reporters. “The longer the better.”

The Reverend Sharon Delgado, founding director of Earth Justice Ministries in Nevada City California, is an ordained United Methodist minister. During the 1990s she served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Santa Cruz, California, where she was also an organizer with the Resource Center for Nonviolence. She is the author of Shaking the Gates of Hell: Faith-Led Resistance to Corporate Globalization (Fortress Press, 2007) and the 1994 Hope For the Earth: A Handbook for Christian Environmental Groups, published by the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Delgado is signer of “A Call from the Faith-Based Community to Stop Drone Killings,” which states: “As representatives of faith-based communities, we are deeply concerned about the proliferation of lethal unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. The United States is leading the way in this new form of warfare where pilots in US bases kill people, by remote control, thousands of miles away.”

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