Continued resistance at Des Moines Drone Command Center, 2 more arrests

Photo by Charlie Faraday of Ed Bloomer

from Frank Cordaro 

Twenty protesters attended a July 1 witness and direct action at the Drone Command Center in Des Moines, Iowa, our largest Saturday witness thus far. The Des Moines Woman’s International League for Peace and Freedom chapter, the Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community and Occupy the World Food Prize were represented.
Des Moines Catholic Worker Ed Bloomer and Jesse Horne were arrested. It was our campaign’s 7th Saturday witness and direct action at the Iowa National Guard Drone Command Center.

Ed Bloomer was last arrested at this site on March 17, 2013. He was one of seven Catholic Workers arrested protesting the announcement and yet-to-be-built Drone Command Center on St. Patrick’s Day at the end of our annual Midwest Catholic Worker Faith and Resistance Retreat.
Jesse Horn was one of the four activists arrested this past Wednesday, June 28, during our road block effort.
After a hard night in a Polk County Jail holding cell, the two men pled guilty to their charges and were given fines and court costs. Jesse had an added charge of interfering with a police officer and got an additional fine and court cost sentence. Both men are free.