2003 STAR WARS ACTIONS
Space technology now coordinates all U.S. warfare on Earth to the benefit of multinational corporations.
Help us stop the nuclearization and weaponization of space.


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January 24-26, 2003
Waihopi Spy Base Protest
Christchurch, New Zealand

More details

Report of Action
 


February 3-4, 2003
No Nukes in Space Protest Vigil
Albuquerque, New Mexico

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the
20th Annual Symposium on Space Nuclear Power & Propulsion
Hyatt Regency Hotel (330 Tijeras NW)

NASA and the Bush administration intend to spend over $1 billion in the next five years to expand its space nuclear propulsion program.  Join the Global Network as we again protest the funding of research and development on nuclear reactors for space-based weapons, the nuclear rocket, and nuclear power for NASA’s space missions.  Hundreds of school students will be brought to this annual space nukes symposium for indoctrination by the Air Force, DoE, aerospace corporations and nuclear academia.

Join with us as we reach out to these students and scientists with our message opposing space nukes.

Protect the planet, no nukes in space!

See: News Item
Also: NASA'S Nuclear Prometheus Project Viewed as Major Paradigm Shift


March 5, 2003
Protest Vigil
NASA Stennis Missile Test Center Mississippi
 


March 22, 2003
The Price of War
Town Hall Meeting

Gainesville, FL

 


March 22, 2003
Protest at NSA Menwith Hill, England

See: Report
 


April 22, 2003
STOP THE WARMONGERS!
Mass Demonstration and Non-Violent Direct Action
LOCKHEED MARTIN:
Sunnyvale CA

More details: http://actagainstwar.org/article.php?id=156

 


May 3, 2003
Protest NASA Launch of Mars Plutonium Missions
Kennedy Space Center Tourist Facility
10am-1:00 pm

The Bush administration intends to spend nearly $3 billion in the next five years to expand NASA's nuclear space  program. 

According to NASA Chief Sean O'Keefe everything that is done at the space center will now be "dual use," meaning every mission will have both military and civilian applications.

NASA is scheduled to launch two Mars Exploration Rovers, powered by radioactive sources, from the space center in May and June of 2003. Already over budget by $100 million, the Mars Rovers are the next step in a massive expansion of space nuclear devices to be launched from Florida.  Carrying plutonium-238, cobalt-57, and curium-244, the toxic materials will provide heat to prevent the Mars Rover instruments and batteries from freezing.

The Mars Rovers will explore the surface of the red planet doing soil identification that NASA hopes will ultimately lead to manned colonies on Mars to mine for uranium, cobalt, magnesium and water. NASA has said that the eventual mining colonies would be powered with nuclear reactors.  When the day comes that space mining is profitable NASA intends to turn operations over to the aerospace industry.

Nuclear rockets, with reactors for engines, are also now being designed at the University of Florida’s Nuclear Engineering Department and the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos Labs in New Mexico for future Mars missions.

In the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Mars Rover missions, NASA acknowledges that there is a 1 in 34 chance of a launch vehicle accident. The possibility of a release of deadly toxins in such an accident are "likely" says the NASA document. The EIS also outlines a 60 kilometer radius surrounding the space center that they say would be a "potentially affected area" following any launch accident. Homeowner insurance policies will not cover any space nuclear accident.

The Pentagon is now developing several weapons technologies that will give the U.S. the ability to "control and dominate" space and the earth below.  Since all warfare on earth is now coordinated from space, whoever control space wins all the wars.  The space-based laser (called the Death Star at the Pentagon) would destroy other countries satellites and hit earth bound targets.  In order to provide the massive power projection capability for the laser the military says they must have nuclear reactors on-board. 

Floridians have been protesting against NASA’s nuclear launches since 1989. As the space agency increases the number of radioactive space missions in coming years, they also dramatically increase the risk of a massive contamination of large portions of the heavily populated central Florida region. Our tax dollars should not be wasted on this dangerous and risky space nuclear program.  Come join with us. Help us call for sanity and the protection of our precious environment.  We must keep space for peace.

From 10 am to 1:00 pm, we will gather at the Kennedy Space Center tourist facility at a designated protest area.

Look for us holding our signs and banners. Plan to join us for lunch afterwards at a local restaurant.

Directions: From I-95, take exit 79 and follow signs to KSC. From US 1 in Titusville go east on SR 405.



Leaflet - 240KB PDF file

 


May 9-10, 2003
Mother's Day Action
Project Elf
Clam Lake, WI

Leaflet - 75KB PDF file
 


May 16-18, 2003
No Star Wars: International Space Organizing Conference & Protest
Melbourne, Australia

2003 marks the 11th anniversary of the Global Network.  This year we will hold our annual event in Australia, where the U.S. wishes to expand its Pine Gap satellite spy base to help direct space warfare. Please try to send representatives from your organization to this important meeting.

More details here or See special conference website: www.ozpeace.net

See Co-ordinator's Report


May 17, 2003
Armed Forces Day Rally
Vandenberg AFB, CA
with Medea Benjamin, Roy Bourgeois, Kathy Kelly, Tensie Hernandez,
Bud Boothe,  and Guari Delgado


(May 17 - 24 backcountry action)

Contact: MacGregor Eddy
Salinas Action League
PO Box 5789  Salinas CA
93915-5789
Telephone  831 754 5554

Details: http://www.mgpnofate.org/


May 29, 2003
Second International Day of Action Against Depleted Uranium

Last year saw the First International Day of Action Against Depleted Uranium,  with
actions taking place in six different countries. This year the day is expected to be even bigger after the outrageous recent use of depleted uranium by Britain and the US in Iraq.

The use of depleted uranium in the first Gulf War was a disaster which has led to massive increases in childhood cancers and birth deformities in Iraq and the suffering of soldiers from both sides through Gulf war syndrome. To use depleted uranium again in Iraq is completely irresponsible of the British and US Governments and gives the lie to assertions of looking after ‘our troops’. It will ensure that the environment in Iraq will be polluted for decades to come and that the effects of this war will linger long after the fighting stops.

Please think of organizing an action on those responsible for using depleted uranium,
visiting an army recruitment office or giving out leaflets in your local area on the 29th May. CADU can provide information on targets and leaflets for you. By working together we can ensure that the British and US governments are held responsible for the suffering they have inflicted.

For more details please contact:

CADU
Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick Street,
Ancoats, Manchester, M4 7HR
Tel./Fax.: +44 (0)161 273 8293
E-Mail info@cadu.org.uk

Website: http://www.cadu.org.uk
 


May 31, 2003
Floridians To Protest NASA Launches Carrying Deadly Plutonium

Florida

NASA and the Department of Energy have acknowledged a 1 in 34 chance of a launch accident with likely release of deadly toxins. Contamination could affect millions of people and a large area as far away as Orlando.

(city), Florida … On Saturday, May 31, 2003 , Floridians will rally against two launches of Mars Exploration Rovers, from the Kennedy Space Center, carrying deadly toxins including plutonium. Protestors say NASA’s Environmental Impact Statement has acknowledged the likelihood of releasing deadly toxins in case of an accident. The contamination could reach a 35-mile radius surrounding the Space Center.

Plutonium is an extremely hazardous poison due to its high radioactivity. According to the Center for Disease Control, plutonium generally stays in the body for decades and continues to expose the surrounding tissues to radiation. The Mars Rovers will be launched atop Delta II rockets and are scheduled for June 6 and June 25, 2003. In January 1997, a Delta II rocket without plutonium exploded on lift off. Residents as far away as 73 miles were asked to stay inside because of the toxins released.

As the space agency and the Pentagon increase the number of radioactive space missions, they dramatically increase the risk of a massive contamination of large portions of heavily populated areas of Florida.

People around the world have been protesting NASA’s nuclear launches. Eight accidents using nuclear power have already occurred. In 1964 a U.S. military satellite with two pounds of plutonium fell back to earth, burned up on reentry and spread the nuclear payload globally. Some scientists believe that accident is a major reason for increased cancers. Today 34 nuclear reactor cores orbit the earth.

Pax Christi is joining with other Floridians to request that NASA delay the launches until safe alternatives to power the rockets are substituted. For more information, call 207-729-0517

Pax Christi Tampa Bay is the local branch of Pax Christi, the international Catholic movement for justice and peace. The organization has consultative status as a non-governmental organization at the United Nations and is active in over 30 countries.
 


June 4-13, 2003
'No to Star Wars' UK tour
UK

CND is going on the road to take the campaign to the Missile Defence and nuclear hotspots across the UK.

We're starting the tour at the Faslane nuclear submarine base in Scotland and winding our way down the UK to end up at the US Embassy in London on June 13th - the date the ABM treaty died in 2002.

It was the killing off of this treaty that allowed Bush to push full steam ahead with Missile Defence.

During the tour we'll be holding meetings, stunts, demos and stalls, taking the facts about Star Wars to the front line locations.

To find out what it's all about, if we're coming to a town near you, and how to get involved, read on.

1. June 4th - Faslane and Glasgow
2. June 5th - Fylingdales and Pickering
3. June 6th - Menwith Hill and Harrogate
4. June 7th - Sheffield
5. June 9th - Leicester
6. June 10th - Feltwell, Lakenheath and Bury St Edmunds
7. June 11th - Croughton and Oxford
8. June 12th - Aldermaston and Reading
9. June 13th - US Embassy in London

Carol Naughton, Chairwoman of CND said “Following the tragic events of September the 11th we thought missile defence would have been proved to be redundant.  Yet what can clearly be seen is missile defence is part of the Bush administration's dream of the US dominance.  The US Space Command document 'Vision 20:20' shows missile defence to be part of "Full Spectrum Dominance" - complete control of land, sea, air and space.  Missile Defence does nothing to enhance the security of the world, it will only precipitate a new arms race.  With the UK fully backing the plan it further puts the UK in the line of fire further endangering the lives of its citizens.  The only thing that would protect people from a nuclear attack, would be to scrap all nuclear materials from this world.”

Details from Yorkshire CND web-site: http://www.cndyorks.gn.apc.org/tour.htm
 


June 6 & 25, 2003
RED ALERT: Plutonium launches in Florida
scheduled for June 6 and June 25, 2003!

On June 6 and 25, NASA is planning to launch two Mars Rovers exploration vehicles from Kennedy Space Center with radioactive plutonium 238 aboard.  These two launches are another step in a massive expansion of nuclear space devices to be launched from Florida.

 
As a response to these launches, Pax Christi Tampa Bay has organized the Red Alert Day to let the people of Florida know that NASA is putting them at risk and asking them to contact officials to oppose these launches. We have attached a press release which can be adapted for your group, and a two-sided flyer. These will give you more information about the launches and NASA's history with radioactive materials. Red Alert Day activities could include:
  • passing out the flyer at an activity you have already scheduled this week
  • organizing a media event
  • making copies to pass in a public place, or to friends, groups, etc.
  • contacting the officials listed on the flyer this week
  • using the information to write a letter to the editor
      Pax Christi Tampa Bay is planning a vigil and leafletting this Saturday, May 31 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the corner of Beach Drive and 4th Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg (take the 375/Baywalk exit from I-275; it becomes 4th Street and forms a T at Beach Drive just south of the Vinoy).  Wear something red, if you can; we will leaflet the people walking to Taste of Pinellas event. For more information:  (727) 573-2935.

Please do what you can this week to stop these dangerous space launches.

NASA and the Dept. of Energy admit to a 1 in 34 chance of an accident with likely release of deadly toxins.
Contamination could affect millions of people within a 35-mile radius around the Kennedy Space Center.

  • Plutonium is an extremely hazardous poison due to its high radioactivity. According to the Center for Disease Control, it usually stays in the body for decades, continuing to expose the tissues to radiation.

  • Eight accidents using nuclear power have already occurred. In 1964 a U.S. military satellite with two pounds of plutonium fell back to earth, burned up on reentry and spread the nuclear payload globally. Some scientists believe that accident is a major reason for increased cancers.
  • The Rovers will be launched atop Delta II rockets. In January 1997, a Delta II without plutonium exploded on lift off. Residents up to 73 miles away were asked to stay inside because of the toxins released.

  • Today 34 nuclear reactor cores orbit the earth. People around the world have been protesting NASA’s nuclear launches.

CALL NASA AT (202) 358-0000

“delay the launches until safe alternatives to power the rockets are substituted.”

(see map for more information)

Learn More:
Check out the following websites:
www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/phs9021.html
www.athena.cornell.edu/news/index.html

Call: ( 207) 729-0517 Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator, Global Network Against Nuclear Power in Space.  


Contact:
Federal and State Legislators

  • Tell them of your concerns.

  • Ask them why you were not told of this risk to your family.

Senator Bob Graham
 (202) 224-3041

Senator Bill Nelson
 (202) 224-5274

 Pax Christi Tampa Bay
 


June 13-15, 2003
Annual Peace Camp
Fort Greely, Alaska

Please join No Nukes North and members of the statewide Alaskan Peace Movement for the Second Annual Peace Camp at Fort Greely, Alaska, June 13 - 15th, 2003. This year's peace camp will also be a statewide meeting for peace and justice, with members fron peace groups around the state coming to get acquainted and coordinate statewide resistance to the ongoing insanity of the Bush administration.

The main demonstration in front of Greely will be from 1-4 pm on Saturday, June 14, and everyone is encouraged to at least make it to this one important event.

Peace Camp 2003 is being held to commemorate the one year anniversary of the death of the ABM Treaty and PROTEST the deployment of star wars in Alaska (40 missiles and counting, hundreds of billions and counting...)

June 14th, 2002 was the official day of U.S. withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and when missile silo construction began at Fort Greely.

Four wonderfully yummy camp meals will be provided and folks are encouraged to donate funds to camp cook Greg Garcia (Fri. eve, Sat. breakfast & dinner, Sun. breakfast provided - Sat. lunch etc on your own).

HONOR THE TREATY! Protest Star Wars and the Bush administration's decision to abandon this fundamental arms control agreement and build this wasteful and offensive weapons system.

Please visit http://www.nonukesnorth.net/peacecamptwo.shtml for complete details on the demo site, Peace Camp campground, surrounding area, etc.

After meeting with several leaders of Alaskans for Peace & Justice, we have agreed on the following schedule with greater details on the workshops and meetings to come:

Friday, June 13th: Gather at noon at the parking area, 1-4 pm demonstrate
at the entrance to Fort Greely and learn more about star wars in Alaska and Alaskan's long history of protesting nuclear programs. 4-7 pm: travel to campsite at Donnely Creek campground, set up camp and enjoy an evening meal together. Friday evening, workshops to get acquainted, begin planning greater coordination for the statewide peace movement and brainstorm upcoming events.

Saturday, June 14th: morning meal together in camp and a fun group activity from about 10:30 - noon (role playing etc). At noon, head to parking lot and 1-4 demonstrating in front of Greely with a continuation of group activities as we demonstrate. 5-8 return to campsite, enjoy group meal. 8-9:30: group workshop /presentation (subject to be announced).

Sunday, June 15th: morning meal together, final gathering and sharing of thoughts etc. until noon - at noon, break camp and head home.

I will be out of town from May 21st until sometime in early June. Please refer to Kristin Summerlin, Coordinator of the Fbks Coalition for Peace & Justice ksummerlin@gci.net for information on local peace events - there will be a meeting of the Fbks Coalition for Peace & Justice this Friday evening at 7 pm. FCPJ website: http://www.myfairbanks.com

Vive la Resistance!

Stacey Fritz
PO Box 84997
Fairbanks, AK 99708
(907) 457-5230
388-3846 cell
info@nonukesnorth.net
www.nonukesnorth.net
 


June 25, 2003
RED ALERT: Plutonium launches in Florida
scheduled for June 6 and June 25, 2003!

See above
 


July 4, 2003
Independence FROM America Annual Demonstration
Menwith Hill, England
12-4pm

Speakers; public reading of Declaration of Independence from American militarism; walk on/round the base ... and more !!

Details from CAAB web-site: www.caab.org.uk
 


August 1-3, 2003
Speak Out at StratCom,
Onaha and Offutt AFB, NE

The Pentagon's top brass will be convening at StratCom - the US nuclear "command and control" center - to map out a strategy for developing "mini-nukes" and other new nuclear devices. We (the people) will be gathering in Omaha for three days of teach-ins, rallies, civil disobedience and developing our own strategy for disarmament. To find out more, see www.SOS2003.com . Contact Michele or Greg at the Olive Branch, (218) 728-0629 to inquire about rides from the Duluth area.
 


August 8-9, 2003
Stop Project ELF,
Cable and Clam Lake, WI

Join us for the annual commemoration of the 1945 nuclear attack on Nagasaki, Japan at the trigger for the most deadly weapons system ever built. Project ELF sends encoded messages to submerged Trident and Fast-Attack submarines, helping to coordinate both conventional and nuclear warfare. We'll gather on Friday night at the Congregational Church in Cable and go to the ELF site on Saturday to perform a weapons inspection. Legal and extra-legal (civil disobedience) actions are planned. For more information about ELF, see www.nukewatch.com . To find out about rides from Duluth, call Joel at (218)724-2054.
 


August 9, 2003
Protest launch of Aegis Destroyer
Bath Iron Works, Maine
 

The Place:  Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.
 
The Event:  The USS Momsen, yet another Aegis Arleigh Burke Class nuclear-capable warship, will be Christened.  (Since the arrival of the Land Level Transfer Facility, at a cost of nearly $200 million in taxpayer dollars, warships are no longer launched at BIW; they are "Christened," a term, one suspects, the Prince of Peace might find unsettling, maybe downright blasphemous.)
 
The Date:   Saturday, August 9, 2003.  This date marks the 58th anniversary   of the nuclear bomb obliteration of Nagasaki, the historic center of Japanese Christianity, in which more than 75,000 men, women and children perished.
              
Time of the Protest:      7 a.m.-12 noon.  The initial gathering in Library Park, Bath, will begin to assemble at 7 a.m.  The Christening of the warship is scheduled for 11 a.m., which happens to coincide with the approximate time the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945. 
 
At 9 - 9:15 a.m., a Peacemakers' Procession will make its way to the gates of Bath Iron Works, assembling there for speeches, singing, camaraderie, solidarity, and special events.  (Music and songs of protest will be provided throughout the morning by the Pete Seegar incarnate, Ethan Miller, and the always-stimulating "Raging Grannies." and Rockland folk singer Lizzie Dickerson)

Organizers of the Protest/Rally:
Veterans for Peace-Maine, who have invited anti-nuclear, anti-war and human rights groups from throughout New England and beyond, to join in a massive protest.
 
Among those Participating with VFP-Maine:
Peace Action-Maine; Pax Christi-Maine; Catholic Worker Houses, including the Dorothy Day House in Wash., D.C.; the Ipswitch, Mass. Buddhist Peace Community; Maine Women in Black; Peace & Justice Group of Waldo County; Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; Witness for Peace-Maine, Maine Women in Black, Women Against War and Let Cuba Live are just some of the organizations expected to participate.
               
A number of nationally-known names in the peace movement will address the gathering: 
 
The keynote speaker will be Kathy Kelly, founder of "Voices in the Wilderness," who has led over 70 humanitarian medical supplies missions to Iraq.  Other noted names, to mention just a few, will include Bruce Gagnon (Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space); and, from the Jonah House Peace Community in Baltimore, Md., Susan Crane, dedicated, ever-constant participant in Plowshare and other non-violent c.d. actions; and Liz McAlister, lifelong anti-war activist and spouse of the late Philip Berrigan (founder of the International Plowshares Movement and the moral conscience for generations of Americans).
 
The Christening of "The Philip Berrigan":  
On the day that yet another ship of war, yet another ship of death, is "Christened" at BIW, there will be an alternative Christening, honoring a ship of peace, a ship dedicated to life, not death. At approximately 9:45 a.m., with Christine James and Molly Wilcox presiding at the ceremony, a small working boat laden with medical and other humanitarian supplies, will be Christened "The Philip Berrigan," taking the name of the legendary apostle of peace and nonviolence.  
 
For further information: Contact VFP-Maine's Jack Bussell, 772-1442,
e-mail:  jafabussell@gwi.net
 

August 10, 2003
Hands around Livermore Lab
Livermore,  California

HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI NEVER AGAIN !

20 years ago, thousands of people joined hands to encircle Livermore nuclear weapons lab with peace. It is time to bring your hands for peace around the Lab. Recently, the Bush Administration officially thanked Congress for supporting the development of low-yield nuclear weapons. At the same time, the endless war on terror and the nuclear posture brings the U.S. alarmingly closer to the horrific possibility of using nuclear weapons. We must act now to stop the war makers and say NO to the testing, design, development and use of all nuclear weapons. It is time for a new vision: ABOLITION.

On August 10, people will gather at Livermore nuclear weapons lab to remember the horrific bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

The nation’s primary nuclear weapons labs: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (located in New Mexico) are both managed by the University of California and together have designed every nuclear weapon in the U.S. arsenal.

As Congress overturns the ban on mini nuclear weapons, research on new, "more usable" nuclear weapons is already underway at Livermore lab. Congress already allocated $15 million to develop the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator. Nationally, the nuclear weapons budget requests $6.38 billion for 2004, more than 2.2 times what was spent in 1995.

Twenty years ago, thousands of nonviolent protesters converged in Livermore Lab to demonstrate against the nuclear arms race. Now, the Bush administration’s real nuclear weapons agenda is "fewer, but newer", which could spur a new arms race. As the U.S. continues to design and develop new nuclear weapons, will it continue to flaunt its global hegemony and extensive arsenal to force other countries to disarm? It is time to start disarmament at home, before it is too late--the fate of our planet is at stake .

***Join us for hands around Livermore Lab***
RALLY and MARCH around LIVERMORE NUCLEAR WEAPONS LAB

Date : August 10, Sunday, 2003

Time : 1:30 PM Rally and 3 PM march around Livermore nuclear weapons lab.
Location : Rally at Robert Payne Park.

Address: 5800 Patterson Pass Rd., at Vasco (from 580 exit onto Vasco and head south).
City: Livermore
Contact name and/or organization : Tri-Valley CAREs (925) 443-7148 www.trivalleycares.org , Livermore Conversion Project (510) 663-8065 or Western States Legal Foundation (510) 839-5877 www.wslfweb.org . Nonviolent direct action at the gate (optional)

*SHUTTLE SERVICE from Dublin/Pleasanton BART available

To endorse, sponsor or volunteer contact:
Livermore Conversion Project (510)663-8065; Tri-Valley CAREs (925)443-7148;
Western States Legal Foundation (510) 839-5877.

PRINT OUT A FLIER - (front and back), available in PDF FORMAT online at: www.trivalleycares.org


October 4-11, 2003
Keep Space for Peace Week: International Days of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space

 

On October 4-11 the International Days of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space will be held worldwide.  Currently, protest events are planned in 10 nations and at over 61 locations.  Many of the actions will also call for the U.S. to end the war and occupation of Iraq.

 

The October 4-11 Keep Space for Peace Week is being organized by the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space (GN) in conjunction with affiliates around the world.

 

"The U.S. war in Iraq shows that the use of violence to resolve human conflict only creates more hatred and more killing," said Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network.  "Instead of moving toward building more global stability through multilateral arms control agreements and economic justice, the U.S. is now moving toward ‘control and domination’ of space that will give it the military capability to literally win all wars on the Earth.  This is being viewed by most nations in the world as a dangerous unilateral step that in the end will create more global chaos.”

 

The recent war in Iraq was totally coordinated by space technology.  The Pentagon maintains that by “controlling” space and “denying” other nations access to space, the U.S. will control the Earth in order to protect the interests of multi-national corporations.

According to GN Board member Regina Hagen in Darmstadt, Germany, “The picture is becoming clearer all the time.  ‘Missile defense’ is the Trojan horse – the foot in the door – the way to sell Star Wars as a defensive system.  Then, once missile defense is deployed by George W. Bush, offensive systems would be put into motion that would give the U.S. the ability to “negate” the space assets of other nations, including the European Union’s.   In the end, hundreds of billions of dollars will be wasted in order to help the U.S. become the ‘Master of Space’ . Now is the time for people around the world to act in order to keep space for peace. Weapons in space will mean more war on the Earth below.”

The Global Network was created in 1992 to oppose the nuclearization and weaponization of space by building an international constituency on the issue. Today the GN has over 170 affiliate groups all over the world.

More demonstration details
 


December 13, 2003
Albuquerque War Missile Protest Alert !

On Saturday, December 13th, at 12 noon sharp there will be a mass protest at the National Atomic Museum on Mountain Road in Albuquerque (in the old REI building next to the Natural History Museum) to oppose the 3-story  "Redstone" missile that has been placed in front of the museum.

We need as many people as possible to show with signs and banners to protest this icon of war and the military-industrial complex and what they have planned for Albuquerque.

At the planning meeting last night (Tuesday, Nov. 18) in Old Town a new coalition to take the missile down focused on two points: the contrast in architecture of what we called Marty's Missile with the Old Town architecture.  And, more importantly, the group was concerned about what the missile symbolizes for the future of the city and the nation.

Accepting this war missile in our cultural center signifies no resistance to the agenda of the military-indusrtial complex for our city.   The group saw this as part of the growing list of horrible things taking place here like the transporting WIPP radioactive waste through the Big I starting in January, the storage of 2,000 weapons of mass destruction at the Sunport - the largest stockpile of WMDs in any one place on the planet, the contamination of our drinking water with radionuclide from Los Alamos with the San Juan Chama Diversion project, the accelerated militarization of the University of New Mexico under the false image of research, and acceptance of glorification of nuclear war as displayed inside the Atomic Museum.

Everyone agreed the missile was not an image we want to be known for to our children and to folks coming to visit the art, history and science museums.

The new coalition want to focus on Mayor Chavez and city council to have the missile removed.  New city councilor Debbie O'Malley has expressed shock at the missile, and discussion is underway to soon have a memorial introduced in city council against the missile.  Be prepared to attend a meeting at city council to speak out on this missile - this may not happen until the first new session of council in December.

Background:
The Atomic Warfare Museum had to relocate off Kirtland AFB after 9-11 - the military would not let people onto the base to visit the museum.  So, the Mayor helped arrange for the museum to move to the new balloon festival park - in three years, and temporarily use the old REI building in Old Town.  At the new site the community association demanded that the missile not be in an erect position, but displayed in a horizontal position.  But Mayor Chavez (of the ABQPAC scandal) wanted the missile to go up quickly in the Old Town area to help the museum raise visibility and money so his office pushed it through the arts council which designated it as art and a display exhibit.  The local neighbor hood associations did not have any real knowledge of what was being planned until it went up.

The papers are full of articles and letters to the editor now on the war missile.  Apparently the pro-war culture groups in the city are mobilizing to defend the missile at this location.  Several groups have spoken out against the missile, including the landmarks association and the neighborhood association in the Old Town area.  Nancy Hoffman of the association can be contacted for more information at 764-9144.

Prepare to attend the new city council meeting and the demonstrate at noon, Saturday, December 13.

Contact the Mayor at 768-3000, Mayor < askthemayor@cabq.gov >
Contact Albuquerque City Council at 768-3100,  < citycouncil@cabq.gov >
Jennifer Hix at:  < jhix@swcp.com > sent this letter SENT to Governor Bill Richardson:

Governor Bill Richardson
State Capitol Building, Rm 400
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Dear Governor Richardson,

...Less than a week ago a 65-foot Redstone missile appeared on Mountain Road, right in the heart of Old Town.  This missile is an exhibit of the National Atomic Museum and was requested by our mayor Martin Chavez.  I am concerned because this missile is completely out of character with the rest of the neighborhood and is a terrible eyesore.  Its towering presence gives one the sense that it has been placed there to dominate everything else around it.  As a device originally developed to carry nuclear warheads, the presence of this enormously imposing piece of war material is offensive and abominable...

It is pertinent to ask what message this missile's presence will convey to tourists who visit our city, particularly to families with small children. It is equally important to ask what message we convey to ourselves if we allow it to remain...  To glorify this carrier of atomic weapons in such an overt and cavalier manner by erecting it on a public corner is a slap in the face to those who abhor war.

...Governor, please help us remove this deplorable object from our city's horizon. Thank you so much for your time and consideration...
 


See: Actions and Protests planned for 2004



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