2005 STAR WARS ACTIONS
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More details and information on how to contribute to or join the pilgrimage:
Jim Toren: (513) 403-6698 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nipponzan Myohoji, Grafton Peace Pagoda: (518) 658- 9301 or 87 Crandall Road, Petersburg, NY 12138
Marcus Atkinson, email: email@example.com
Atsuko Nogowa: (Japan) 090-36544035 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 29-30, 2005
NASA Florida Solar Energy Center,
The Global Network (GN) will be heavily involved in the big events planned in New York City this spring around the Review Conference of the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). People will be coming in from all over the world in great numbers to call on the U.S. and all the nuclear powers to end their nuclear hypocrisy.
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Sixty years ago the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, instantly killing and wounding hundreds of thousands of people and beginning the nuclear arms race. In May, world leaders, mayors and citizens from around the world will converge on the United Nations to decide the fate of the endangered Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The nuclear weapons states, led by the U.S., are hypocritically accusing other nations of seeking nuclear arms while ignoring their own disarmament obligations. The Bush administration lied when it went to war in Iraq by claiming Saddam Hussein had 'weapons of mass destruction'.
The war in Iraq continues and U.S. threats against other nations are escalating. At the same time, the U.S. is modernizing its nuclear arsenal and expanding the role of nuclear weapons in its 'national security' policy. Who will be next? Iran? North Korea? Syria?
Guest speakers Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness and Bill Sultzman of Citizens for Peace in Space.
Kathy Kelly will speak at the front gate of Vandenberg Space Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base is a huge presence in Santa Barbara county. Together with Fort Greely, Alaska, Vandenberg is the site for the deployment of the missile defense “Star Wars” interceptors. Vandenberg is also the location for the launch and coordination of polar satellites used for directing the bombing of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ms Kelly is a Nobel Peace prize nominee who co-founded Voices in the Wilderness and has made may trips taking humanitarian aid to the people of Iraq. Ms. Kelly was in Baghdad during the “shock and awe” bombardment of the city by the US Air Force, thus giving special poignancy to her presence at Vandenberg.
Last October Dr. Helen Caldicott was a guest speaker at Vandenberg front gate to protest the deployment of the ruinously expensive missile defense interceptors which provide a shield for the launching of pre-emptive strikes and destabilize world peace. Despite it's declared policy of permitting peaceful protests the base personnel confiscated Dr. Caldicott's microphone and platform and refused to allow protesters to park in the area that was alloted to them. This year protesters are invited to meet at noon at Ryan Park in Lompoc (located at the corner of West Ocean and South O streets) at noon to share rides to the front gate so we cannot be turned away.
The front gate is located at the intersection of Highway One and the Casamila-Lompoc Rd, six miles north of Lompoc on Hwy 1 in Santa Barbara county.
The is supposed to be parking available at the Vandenberg school that is on the other side of the highway.
West Coast Organizing Meeting
Informational meeting of the Global Network and WILPF at the Santa Barbara public library from 10 am to 3 pm. Special plenary speaker on the 22 will be Bill Sulzman of Citizens for Peace in Space in Colorado Springs. The conference is open to the public but space is limited so please register if you plan to attend.
For more details about either the May 21 demonstration or the May 22 conference see www.vpeaceldf.org or contact:
There will be accommodation available on the night of Saturday May 21 for people from out of town.
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July 4, 2005
Organised by CAAB
The demonstration is focussed on the people who work at USAF Menwith Hill - for example - we are protesting at the role this base plays or will play in the American Missile Defense System ("Star Wars"), the continuing role re the Afghanistan and Iraq conflict and the policy of 'pre-emptive strikes'. We are calling for Independence FROM America.
July 25, 2005
PLEASE JOIN US NEXT WEEK AND SAY NO TO PLUTONIUM AND YES TO A CLEAN AND SAFE IDAHO!
There will be another round of public hearings next week. Please plan on attending a hearing near you, and bring a friend!
If you are in the Wyoming area, you can also contact Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free at
On the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima...
RALLY AND MARCH TO THE LIVERMORE NUCLEAR WEAPONS LAB
WHEN: Saturday, August 6 at 5 PM
WHERE: William Payne Park, 5800 Patterson Pass Rd., Livermore, CA. (Directions Below)
For fliers, carpool info, music events, nonviolence guidelines and more info click here: http://www.trivalleycares.org/aug6-2005.asp
To Volunteer: contact Tara (925) 443-7148
NO NUKES! NO WAR!
Why Livermore? Why Now?
Developing nuclear weapons in the Bay Area puts communities at risk. The Dept. of Energy describes the 50-mile radius surrounding Livermore Lab as the affected population. This includes over 7 million people from San Francisco, to Silicon Valley to Stockton. Plutonium work continues to expand in Livermore, despite a shutdown of the plutonium facility in January 2005 - due to safety violations. The Dept. of Energy has given the green light to double the plutonium limit at Livermore Lab to 3,080 pounds, enough for 300 nuclear bombs. On August 6, join with us in Livermore to say "yes" to peace and health and "no" to nukes and war.
The Seeds of Change theme reminds us that our actions now are laying the foundation for the peace of the future. Like a pyramid built through generations of labor, our movement is planting the seeds that will one day abolish nuclear weapons and heal global wounds caused by the nuclear legacy. Join with us to plant Seeds of Change and enjoy music, children's activities, and a candlelight march to the gates of the Lab. Bring an item to share at the picnic (potluck) dinner. On the 60th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we will gather at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab. Hiroshima, Nagasaki NEVER AGAIN!!!
NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION: There will be nonviolent direct action on Tuesday, August 9. Meet at 8 AM at William Payne Park, 5800 Patterson Pass Rd. Take I-580, exit on Vasco Rd; go South 2 miles. August 9 is the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing. This action is to honor all the victims of nuclear weapons-from mining to designing to testing to use. NAGASAKI NEVER AGAIN!!! NONVIOLENCE GUIDELINES BELOW.
SEND SUNFLOWERS! : Design a sunflower to "plant" at
the gates of Livermore Lab. Be creative-use wrapping paper, or other decorative paper to design your flower. Bring your sunflowers with you to the rally; if you cannot attend the rally at
the Livermore nuclear weapons lab on Aug. 6, you can participate by sending a sunflower that you make. For full instructions:
The Los Alamos Study Group and endorsing organizations will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings with an all-day conference and teach-in at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos.
A-Bomb Survivors to Help Harvest New Mexico Sunflowers, Carry Message of Hope to Los Alamos on Anniversary of Bombings
Corrales, NM - In a field of yellow and green, pruning shears in hand, aging survivors of the Hiroshima bomb blast will work alongside volunteers on August 3 and 4 to bring the
international symbol of nuclear disarmament, the sunflower, to the birthplace of the atomic bomb: Los Alamos, New Mexico.
The sunflowers will be delivered to Los Alamos in a semi-tractor trailer rig on the morning of August 6 driven by one of many volunteers working with the Study Group for this event.
All of the hibakusha are over 60 years old now, and their numbers dwindle every year. They tell moving personal accounts of living through the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 or of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Members of the media who wish to document the poignant and beautiful sunflower harvest are asked to contact the Los Alamos Study Group to make an appointment for photo and filming times and interview possibilities.
See: report on day here.
The DM CW, the Omaha CW and the Omaha Spirit of Peace Community invite you to join us for our annual 3 1/2 day vigil at the gates of Offutt Air Force Base,
in Bellevue, NE. home of the Strategic Nuclear (StratCom) and the US Military Space Commands.
This years vigil is part of larger effort planned by the Omaha base SOS (Speak Out at STRATCom) 2005. This year's SOS main event will take place on Saturday Aug 6th at 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Kinney Gate, Offutt's main entrance and site of our vigil.
Speakers will include Veteran peace activist Medea Benjamin of "Code Pink: Women for Peace"
www.codepink4peace.org and "Global Exchange"
and Loring Wirbel, author of Star Wars: U.S. Tools of Space Supremacy.
Brunswick Mall to NASB March begins 9 A.M.
The Navy’s "Blue Angels" flight team will come to Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) to perform on the anniversary of 9–11. The event is a recruiting gimmick at a time when the military is in desperate need for more of our kids to fight in Iraq.
Maine Veterans for Peace is calling for a statewide peace march from the downtown Brunswick mall to NASB on September 10. We will begin gathering just after 8:00 a.m. that morning. Over 100,000 people are expected to view the expensive war promotion air show.
Navy planes from NASB routinely fly surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq calling in air strikes—many of which kill innocent Iraqi civilians. At these air shows our children are taught to idolize these "gods of metal."
As we face massive social spending cuts in our state and nation, the time has come for the public to say that we must convert our huge military industrial complex to peaceful and sustainable production.
Over 50% of every tax dollar now goes to fight "endless war."
Please join VFP on September 10 in Brunswick.
Special guests will be Kathy Kelly (Voices in the Wilderness) and Cindy Sheehan (Gold Star Families for Peace)
Real angels don’t drop bombs!
Maine Veterans for Peace, 13 Soper Rd.,
Co-Sponsors: Pax Christi Maine, PeaceWorks, Maine WILPF, Peace Action Maine, Smilin’Trees Disarmament Farm, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Maine Coalition for Peace & Justice, Island Peace & Justice, Witness for Peace, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Peninsula Peace & Justice, Winthrop Area People for Peace, and Waldo County Peace & Justice
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ALL ABOARD FOR PEACE!
1pm Kickoff Rally on Courthouse Steps
2pm River Cruise for Peace
5:30pm Buffet Reception and Keynote Speaker Bruce Gagnon
$25 MAJOR DONOR
$8 STUDENT/LIMITED INCOME
As we remember the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks, listen to a reading of Mark Twain’s “War Prayer,” while cruising the Mississippi River and challenge whether the country is steaming in the right direction - towards peace. Music, speakers, rally, and more.
Sat., 9/24 - Massive March, Rally & Festival
For more details: United for Peace and Justice at www.unitedforpeace.org
Outside the Judson Williams Convention Ctr.
With Border Peace Presence of El Paso
In 2006, Texans will contribute $774.7 million in federal taxes to pay for ballistic missile defense. The same $774.7 million would provide for Texans:
(Source: "Tradeoffs," www.nationalpriorities.org)
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December 26-28, 2005
WHY AT OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE (AFB)?
Offutt Air Force Base has served as the home of our nation's nuclear weapons targeting and command headquarters for over 56 years. Formerly the Strategic Air Command, after the end of the Cold War the command headquarters was expanded to the Strategic Nuclear Command (STRATCOM).
While there are no nuclear weapons stationed at Offutt AFB, STRATCOM is the operational command center for all land, air and sea strategic nuclear weapons systems. No nuclear missile silos can be activated, no Trident Submarine can set sail or B52 Bombers fly without STRATCOM'S approval. STRATCOM at Offutt AFB holds the whole world under a threat of global nuclear annihilation every day, every hour, every minute of the year.
As if the targeting of 8,000 nuclear weapons were not horrific enough, on Oct. 1, 2002, the US Military Space Command was added to this hellish mission. With the addition of the US Military Space Command, the STRATCOM command facility now has the mission and ability to initiate and direct what is called "Full Spectrum Global Warfare." That means the Pentagon can now wage war at any point on the earth's surface in a 30-minute time frame directly form Offutt AFB. From nuclear weapons to direct control and command of clandestine secret military missions, the people at STRATCOM will have a direct hand in it all!
WHY THE FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS?
The DMCW community invites you to make your Christmas celebration complete and join us as we explore the often ignored and deeper meaning of the season. Using the Gospel of Mathew's infant narrative, we will examine the links between King Herod, his killing of the innocent children in Bethlehem and the murderous deeds of US backed modern day Herods. The Herods of Jesus' day were backed up by the Legions of the Roman armies. Our modern day Herods are backed up by the USA Global Military presence and Offutt's Nuclear and Space Commands.
Come and help us expose, confront and convert our country's God-awful nuclear weapon's operational headquarters and its War in Space Command through this prayerful three day retreat and witness at Offutt AFB.
This years retreat takes place in the basement of St John's Church on Creighton University campus at 2500 California Plaza, Omaha NE.
Web page to directions to Creighton U.: http://guide.creighton.edu/present/getcampus.html
The Retreat begins at 7:00 pm Monday, Dec. 26th with a Christmas Party and Social. On Tuesday morning Dec. 27th, we will drive to Offutt AFB for a brief prayer service and reading of St. Mathews Infant Narrative. Nonviolence training, community building, bible study and prayer will follow on Saturday. The Retreat will end with a Vigil and Line Crossing at Offutt AFB Tuesday Dec. 28th.
Schedule Feast of Holy Innocents
Monday, Dec. 26
7:00 p.m. Christmas Party in the basement of St John's Parish on Creighton U. campus at 2500 California Plaza, Omaha NE. - for all our Omaha area friends and Feast of the Holy Innocents Retreat participants. Floor space is available at St John's for over night hospitality. Beds in local homes available upon request.
Tuesday, Dec. 27
10:00 a.m. Introductions and drive to Offutt for "on site look" at Kinney gate, prayer circle and reading of St. Matthew's Infant Narrative (weather permitting) Return
to retreat site.
Wednesday, Dec. 28
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
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