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Walk to bring attention to drone use to go from Chicago to Battle Creek


CHICAGO (WKZO) -- A group of marchers left Chicago on Tuesday to talk 160 miles to Battle Creek as part of a protest against the use of drones by the military. Along for the walk is Jerry Berrigan, with Peace House of Kalamazoo. He says that there's a reason why the walk will end in Battle Creek at the Michigan Air National Guard Base there. It's because it's going to be used to control drones.

"The drones will be remotely piloted from the Michigan Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek, and it's possible that this work has already begun," Berrigan told WKZO. "Details are a little hard to come by, but it has definitely become the major mission of the Michigan Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek."

The group wants to use the walk to educate people on the use of drones around the Lake Michigan region. The walk started Tuesday, and is scheduled to finish next Saturday. The walkers also plan to stop in Kalamazoo next Thursday for an event at Saint Thomas Moore Catholic Student Parish. There, they'll have a discussion on the effects of drone strikes on civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The event is set for seven PM.

You can find out all about On the Road to Ground the Drones, as the walk's being called, at the movement's website.