What do New Yorkers think about the use of weaponized and surveillance drones?
To find out, on Friday, October 10th, members of the Granny Peace Brigade and Nick Motern of Know Drones went to the plaza at the NY State Office Building on 125th St and asked passersby eight questions about drone use. People were interested in the issues raised, and we had many thoughtful conversations.
While talking with people we saw that some of our questions were confusing. We rewrote them to make them more clear:
- Does using drones overseas keep us safe?
- Do you think drones will be added to the military weapons used in the United States?
- The police department in Ferguson, Missouri used military weapons against the demonstrators. Do you think it could happen in New York City?
- Should it be legal for the N.Y.P.D. to use drones to keep track of the public?
- Should the public be allowed to use drones to keep track of the police?
- Should it be legal for the N.Y.P.D. to use weaponized drones?
- Should the City Council pass a law banning weaponized and surveillance drones in New York City?
- Do you think drones are here to stay?
We’ll take this revised set of questions to the sidewalks of New York in November. Can you join us? Check our home page for dates and locations.
See you in the streets,
– Eva-Lee Baird, Edith Cresmer, Phyllis Cunningham, Nydia Leaf and Joan Pleune
for the Granny Peace Brigade