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Armed Drones: JHU Research at Work

Project Date: 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Shriver Hall at Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles St #105
21218 Baltimore , MD

The JHU Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) and Baltimore artists-activists Luminous Intervention teamed up to put drones on the agenda during Gen. Stanley McChrystal's campus talk.

Audience members for General Stanley McChrystal's Foreign Affairs Symposium talk were greeted with an art installation illustrating that drones are illegal, wrong and reckless. The event was part of the Human Rights Working Group's ongoing campaign to raise awareness about Johns Hopkins' connection to drone warfare.

JHU's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has been deeply involved in developing technology for military drones and huge new Pentagon contracts are now bringing drone research to the Homewood campus. Because many of the university's military contracts are classified we do not know the full extent and nature of Hopkins' drone research. The HRWG is calling for a moratorium on drone research at Hopkins until a full and transparent discussion on the ethics of the university's involvement takes place.

The text of the projection:

JHU Research at Work
Reckless, Wrong, Illegal

"Drones hover twenty-four hours a day over communities in northwest Pakistan, [...] Those living under drones have to face the constant worry that a deadly strike may be fired at any moment." - Living Under Drones Report

"No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination." - President Reagan, Executive Order 12333

"The resentment created by American use of unmanned strikes... is much greater than the average American appreciates. They are hated on a visceral level" - General Stanley McChrystal (Ret)

For more information about the HRWG anti-APL campaign, visit


In the Media

Below is media coverage of this project. If we've missed something, or for media inquiries, please contact us.

"Johns Hopkins Drone Research Sparks Call for Discussion" Indy Reader Mon, March 04, 2013
"HRWG on Armed Drones: Reckless, Wrong, Illegal - With Luminous Intervention" Human Rights Working Group at JHU Mon, March 04, 2013
"General McChrystal begins spring FAS series" Johns Hopkins University Newsletter Thu, February 28, 2013

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"Homeless Advocates Protest With Empty Coffin Outside State of the District" Washington City Paper Mon, March 24, 2014
"Johns Hopkins Drone Research Sparks Call for Discussion" Indy Reader Mon, March 04, 2013
"Ending Rape Illiteracy" The Nation Tue, October 23, 2012
"Occupy anniversary to be marked with downtown art installation" Baltimore Sun Mon, September 17, 2012
"Outdoor Projections Light Up the West Side" Baltimore City Paper Thu, May 17, 2012