Salina, NY -- Talina Jones, a 34-year-old mother from Syracuse, had no plans to march with a group of protesters Sunday outside Hancock Field.
But after hearing civil rights activist Cornel West talk about the connections between racism, poverty and drones at Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, Jones said it "riled" her up and she decided to join hundreds of others protesting the United States' use of drones in military actions.
"I'm a mother and knowing other mothers and babies are dying, how could I not speak up?" asked Jones, who said her 9-year-old son has Down syndrome. She also is raising her 10-year-old niece.
"Instead of going home to my babies," she said, "I came to stand in the gap for others who have lost their children or children who have lost their mothers and fathers." Read more.