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CHALLENGING ROBOTIC WARFARE AND SOCIAL CONTROL CONFERENCE

The first conference organized to challenge robotic warfare and social control technologies will be held in Hood River, Oregon, April 16 through 19. It will be held near Boeing's Insitu military drone complex in the Columbia River Gorge.
FIRST CONFERENCE CHALLENGING ROBOTIC WARFARE AND SOCIAL CONTROL CONFERENCE
Sponsored by Columbia River Fellowship for Peace and
Alliance to Resist Robotic Warfare & Society (ARROWS) and others

Friday evening, April 16, through Monday, April 19

For updated schedule and further information, please see:
www.ColumbiaRiverPeace.org

Participants may attend as many or as few days of the conference as they choose or are able.

Cost: Sliding Scale

Location: Hood River, Oregon, near Boeing's Insitu military complex in Columbia River Gorge

The conference will feature a diverse list of speakers, including Cindy Sheehan, founder of Gold Star Families for Peace and whose son, Casey, was killed while serving in Iraq; Dr. Tad McGeer, original founder of Insitu; SOJOURNERS magazine co-founder and pastor Joe Roos; and Dr. Marcy Darnovsky, Associate Director of the Center for Genetics and Society, which works to encourage responsible uses of emerging technologies.

More information about the conference can be found at
www.ColumbiaRiverPeace.org

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CHALLENGING ROBOTIC WARFARE AND SOCIAL CONTROL
April 16-19, 2010
Riverside Community Church, 4th & State, Hood River, Oregon
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 http://www.columbiariverpeace.org/index.php?page=registration-form

FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 16

5:30 - 7:00 Conference check-in
Exhibit: photographs by Mike Hastie
Peace Store
Endorsers' literature and information tables
Videos and slides

6:45 - 7:15 Music by Rod Krehbiel, Theresa North and friends

7:15 - 7:30 Welcome from CRFP and ARROWS,
(Trish Leighton, Linda Short, Peter Lumsdaine)
Brief conference orientation

7:30 - 8:15 Dr. Tad McGeer, founder of The Insitu Group:
The History of Robotic Aircraft Development and Foreseeable Future Trends

8:15 - 8:30 Respondent to Dr. McGeer: Dr. Marcy Darnovsky

8:30 - 8:50 Rev. David Duncombe: Military use of robotic aircraft: A citizen's primer

8:50 - 9:00 Wrap-up summary and brief overview of next day's events (Peter Lumsdaine)

SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 17

8:30 - 9:30 Check-in; bagels and coffee/tea available

9:30 - 9:45 Greeting and overview of the day (Peter Lumsdaine )

9:45 - 10:45 Dr. Marcy Darnovsky: Social Responsibility and Emerging Technologies -- Biotech and Robotics

10:45 - 11:00 Audience questions and discussion

11:00 - 11:15 Break and music at reassembly

11:15 - 12:00 Peter Lumsdaine: 21st Century Robotics: The Future is Now

12:00 - 12:15 Audience questions and discussion

12:15 - 1:30 LUNCH BREAK: Soup & salad provided, with a bit of local poetry and music

SATURDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 17

1:30 - 2:15 Joe Roos: Ethical Issues of Robotic Technology: Organizing Challenges
in the Faith Community and the Wider Society

2:15 - 2:45 Respondents to Mr. Roos: Pastor Meg Lumsdaine, Dr. Marcy Darnovsky

2:45 -- 3:00 Break and music at reassembly

3:00 - 3:45 Cindy Sheehan and Chuck Johnson: Connecting, Enlightening, and Organizing --
Creating an Effective Outreach and Media Strategy for Complex Issues

3:45 - 4:00 Audience questions and discussion

4:00 - 4:50 Audience discussion: How do we organize on robotic war issues in
our communities and in our region? (Facilitators: Joe Roos, Trish Leighton)

4:50 - 5:00 Wrap-up summary and brief overview of next day's events (Peter Lumsdaine)

5:00 - 6:30 Art for Activists: Help Gorge artist Janet Essley assemble a tableau of
Picasso's famous painting of civilian destruction in war, Guernica, and make
screened signs with Portland artist Katherine Ball.

DINNER BREAK (on your own at one of Hood River's many excellent restaurants)

SATURDAY EVENING, APRIL 17

7:30 - 8:30 Cindy Sheehan: Real American Values and the Reality of Robotic War

8:30 - 9:00 Audience questions and discussion

SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 18

9:00 - 10:00 Small group discussion meetings over coffee: Dog River Coffee Co., 411 Oak Ave.

10:30 - 12:30 Car caravan tour of Insitu locations; meet outside the Hood River Library,
502 State Street

SUNDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 18

1:30 - 2:30 Tom Hastings and Terri Shofner: Nonviolent Resistance to Militarism:
Selling Peace in a War System

2:30 - 3:00 Peter Lumsdaine: Researching Robotics -- What Commercial/Military Facilities
are Involved in the Northwest

3:00 - 3:20 Susan Garrett Crowley: Legal Questions Raised by Military Use of Drones to Kill

3:20 - 3:30 Audience questions and discussion

3:30 - 4:30 Large group discussion: Regional alliance/coalition building
(Cindy Sheehan, Joe Roos, and Peter Lumsdaine will be resource people)

4:30 - 5:00 Large group discussion: 201-2011 Timeline, including next regional and/or
national gathering (Peter Lumsdaine and Trish Leighton will be resource people)

5:00 - 5:15 Wrap-up summary and next steps (Peter Lumsdaine)

5:15 - 7:00 Art for Activists: Make art for Monday morning's nonviolent witness at Insitu--
Help Gorge muralist and community artist Janet Essley assemble a tableau of Picasso's Guernica.

5:00 - 8:00 Music and Dancing, just down the street: Blues music fundraiser for CRFP
with Lloyd Jones and Paris Slim at The Pines, corner of State and Second Streets

MONDAY APRIL 19


8:15 a.m. Carpool caravan to Boeing/Insitu: Meet in front of the Hood River Library
(502 State Street)

9:00 Nonviolent witness at a nearby Boeing/Insitu military drone facility