2008 STAR WARS ACTIONS

January 22, 2008

Opposing US Missile Defence
London, England


January 25-27, 2008

Waihopai Spybase Protest
Omaha, Nabraska

Contact: Anti-Bases Campaign
Box 2258, Christchurch, New Zealand
cafca@chch.planet.org.nz
www.converge.org.nz/abc


The public face of New Zealand’s role as an American ally is the NZ military presence in Afghanistan. But New Zealand’s most significant contribution to that, and other American wars, including the one in Iraq, is the Waihopai spybase.

Waihopai is controlled by the US, with New Zealand (including Parliament and the Prime Minister) having little or no idea what goes on there (let alone any control).

The Waihopai electronic intelligence gathering base is located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. First announced in 1987, it is operated by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in the interests of the foreign Powers grouped together in the super-secret UKUSA Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence among the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ). Its two satellite interception dishes (shielded from public view by giant domes) intercept a huge volume of telephone calls, telexes, faxes, e-mail and computer data communications. It spies on our Asia/Pacific neighbours, and forwards the material on to the major partners in the UKUSA Agreement, specifically the US National Security Agency (NSA). Its targets are international communications involving New Zealanders, including the interception of international phone calls. The codename for this – Echelon – has become notorious worldwide as the vast scope of its spying has become public. New Zealand is an integral, albeit junior, part of a global spying network, a network that is ultimately accountable only to its own constituent agencies, not governments, and certainly not to citizens.

Waihopai does not operate in the interests of New Zealanders or our neighbours. Basically it is a foreign spybase on NZ soil and directly involves us America’s wars. Waihopai must be closed.

We invite people from around the country to join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spybase. Come prepared for roughing it and camping out. We provide the food (note: we cater for vegetarians but vegans will have to bring their own). Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather, and $40 (or $20 unwaged) to cover costs. Absolutely no open fires.

How to find our camp at Whites Bay: turn off SH1 at Tuamarina (9km north of Blenheim or 20 km south of Picton) and drive to Rarangi on the coast. Continue on the steep Port Underwood Road which climbs over the hilltop before descending to the Whites Bay turnoff. There is a Department of Conservation public camp at the bay with basic facilities. ABC has to pay a fixed charge per person.

I want to take part in the Weekend of Protest
 

Name___________________________________________________________________________

Address_________________________________________________________________________

T/F/Email________________________________________________________________________

q  I enclose $40 ($20 unwaged) per person registration to cover costs $______

q I want to make a donation to the Waihopai campaign $_______

q I can help with publicity in my area or network – Yes/No

q I want to join the Anti-Bases Campaign.  Annual membership is $20 ______

( includes subscription to Peace Researcher)

CLOSE THE WAIHOPAI SPYBASE NOW!
Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch.
E-mail: cafca@chch.planet.org.nz
www.converge.org.nz/abc

Make all cheques to ABC

CAFCA - Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa


February 10, 2008

Keep Space for Peace

Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
202 Harvard SE (corner of Silver and Harvard SE)
6 pm

Hear Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space on efforts to keep space for peace!

For more information contact Bruce Gagnon at www.Space4peace.org
In Albuquerque contact: Stop the War Machine,
505-401-4808,  or stopthewarmachine@comcast.net


February 11, 2008

No Use of Space for War on Earth!

Hotel Albuquerque
(adjacent to Old Town, Albuquerque, NM)

800 Rio Grande Blvd., NW

10 am – 1 pm


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Protest the global terrorists Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, UNM and other war profiteers who are creating an arms race in space.  Gather at the Space Technology & Applications International Forum

Sponsored by the University of New Mexico’s Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies. See info at http://www.unm.edu/~isnps/staifhome.html

 

Fund Human Needs Not Star Wars!
 


February 22, 2008

Opposing US Missile Defence:
A Yorkshire Perspective

Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds, UK
7pm


March 2, 2008
The March in March
Commemorating 25 yrs of ICBM Resistance at
VANDENBERG AFB, CA.

(A march from Vandenberg Village to Vandenberg AFB main gate)

Gathering & Presentations - 12:00 noon
March begins at 1:00 pm

Gather at Vandenberg Village
(located at the corner of Constellation Road and Burton Mesa Blvd.)

Speakers Include:
 

JOHN DEAR, S.J.

and

BRUCE GAGNON

This year marks 25 years of citizen resistance to ICBM testing and the militarism of space at Vandenberg Air Force Base. For twenty-five years the MX ("Peacekeeper") and other nuclear capable ICBM missiles have been tested at Vandenberg in violation of international laws and U.S. treaty obligations. Vandenberg is also home to the National Missile Defense program (aka "Star Wars"). This costly $240 billion boondogle is regarded by most scientific experts as unworkable. Yet it is the only weapon system ever to be deployed without successful testing. Vandenberg also hosts the Joint Space Operations Center, which coordinates the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the "drug war" in Colombia, and U.S. covert operations worldwide. Please join us as we commemorate 25 years of resistance at Vandenberg.

Sponsored By:

Pacific Life Community; Guadalupe Catholic Worker; Los Angeles Catholic Worker; Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space; Green Party of Santa Barbara County; Santa Barbara Chapter of WILPF; Los Angeles AFSC; Nevada Desert Experience; Pace e Bene; Trinity Nuclear Abolitionists.

Call: 323-267-8789 or 805-343-6322

Visit: http://lacatholicworker.org

 


March 24, 2008

The Bomb Stops Here

Aldermaston Bomb Factory, UK

 

You are invited to participate in a lively demonstration against the development of nuclear weapons at Aldermaston and to celebrate 50 years of anti-nuclear protest in Britain.

This Easter marks the 50th anniversary of the first march to the Atomic Weapons Establishment Aldermaston – STILL the heart of Britain's nuclear weapons programme. We need you - and your friends, colleagues, communities, and networks - to surround the base and create a colourful, effective, and massive demonstration.

With parliament voting in March 2007 for a new fleet of nuclear armed submarines, and with the construction of facilities for a new generation of nuclear warheads already underway at Aldermaston, it's time to send a clear message to the government that 50 years is enough!

While celebrating five decades of sustained campaigning against nuclear weapons, the emphasis will be on embracing the future, pushing for disarmament and working together to build a broad movement that grows from strength to strength.

Mobilising video can be viewed on YouTube here.

See also: www.cnduk.org/aldermaston


March 29, 2008

Stop the Shield!

 

CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL MOBILIZATION AGAINST US MILITARY BASES IN CENTRAL EUROPE. NO TO ANTI-MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM!

 

The Campaign against Militarism, Poles for a Referendum, the Anarchist Federation and other groups are calling for a large-scale mobilization against the installation of missiles and the building of the US base in Poland. The action, called for March 29, can be seen as part of a larger anti-militarist struggle which is taking place throughout Europe, including the NATO Game Over action to be held in Brussels on March 22 and the anti-NATO Summit to take place in Bucharest at the beginning of April. Let's come together and show that we are not indifferent to the politics of militarism!
 

More details: here
 


April 7-8, 2008

Space Symposium Protest

Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs

(Report on Action)

 

Citizens for Peace in Space is once again planning leafleting and other protests during the annual Space Symposium at the Broadmoor hotel, April 7-10. We will be hosting several out of town visitors and speakers. Plan to join us for any or all of these activities.

 


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Mon, April 5  

5-5.45pm

Demonstration and leafleting outside the convention center prior to the opening ceremony
 

 

7-8.30pm

Panel discussion of military space issues around the globe. With representatives from the Global Network coalition. Speakers from India and the Czech Republic will be among the paneliists
 

Tues, April 8

3-4 pm

Vigil outside the north gate at Peterson AFB
 

April 8, 9 & 10

 

Bannering and leafleting at various times during the day as the symposium goes on inside the Broadmoor convention center

If you'd like to take part in any of the activities described above get in touch and we'll share information as the time draws closer. Our next meeting will be March 1, 9am at the Justice and Peace Office, 214 E. Vermijo. We'll be making final plans for carpooling, arranging for homestays for out of town visitors, and firming up plans for the various demonstrations. Plan to attend the meeting if you can help.

For more information call Bill Sulzman @ CPIS: 719-389-0644
bsulzman@juno.com

 


April 11-13, 2008

GN Annual Space Organizing Conference

Omaha, Nebraska

In 2008, the Global Network will hold its 16th Annual Space Organizing Conference and Protest outside this Strategic Command. Hundreds of people from around the world will come to Omaha from April 11 – 13, 2008 to learn first-hand about this military installation that operates in America’s heartland. For the first time, world citizens will gather to shine a light on what StratCom has become.

StratCom today is the most dangerous place on the face of the earth. It is secretive. Its mission is destabilizing. It operates outside the law. And its transformation has occurred so quickly, most of the world is completely unaware of its missions and dangers.

As things now stand, the next war the White House initiates will be planned, launched, and directed by StratCom. Building global awareness is essential if we are to get StratCom to back away from the brink.

Join us!
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 May 3, 2008
No! - to Missile Defence March & Rally

'RAF' Croughton, UK

This major U.S. communication base supports many US military and war operations.  These include guiding bombers, missile defence, diplomatic communications, and command, control and other war fighting functions.

‘RAF’ Croughton is on the A43, 2 miles North of M40 junction 10, just South of Brackley.

Follow A43 signs to B4031, park west of base, not at main Gate.  March starts 12.00 from mini roundabout at eastern edge of Croughton village, then along B4031 to Main Gate for rally and speakers.

No! - to Missile defence

Stop Weapons in Space

 Speakers:
Lindis Percy (Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases)
Dave Webb (Vice Chair, CND; Convenor, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space)

Bring flags / banners / music / friends  &  PEACE!

Minibus leaves St Giles, Oxford 10.45 & Oxford Rail station 11.00
Tickets in advance - £6.00 from:
01865 242919 / oxfordcnd@btinternet.com / oxonpeace@yahoo.co.uk

Oxfordshire Peace Campaign


May 5, 2008

Solidarity Request

Prague, Czech Republic

Dear friends,

 It seems that all the people here in the Czech Republic who disagree with deployment of US military radar base on our soil will soon enter a new period of struggle. In the beginning of May Condoleezza Rice should come to Prague and sign two agreements with our foreign minister ­agreement about the radar base and a Status of Forces Agreement.

 According to the Czech constitution this agreements have to be ratified through parliament so nothing is decided yet. But it is a symbolic moment. It can be understood as the symbol of arrogance of our government, of a new step towards militarization of Europe. But we'll try to make it a symbol of our resistance to new arms race and our confidence that another world is possible.         

 The No Bases Initiative organizes a demonstration on May 5th here in Prague. We do have local support - about 70 percent people are against the base. And we are calling for international support. Solidarity action in front of the Czech embassy on May 5th and handing over a letter of support to our ambassador is the best way as it is a form of pressure on our government.

 You can also help by sending this appeal to your network.  If you decide to support our demonstration, please let us know in advance so as we could try to get some publicity for it. Please don't forget to take pictures and send us the photos and a short report of your action asap.        

Let's say it together: no to military bases here or anywhere else!

In solidarity,

Jana Glivick

No Bases Initiative www.nezakladnam.cz/en/

glivicka@seznam.cz

 


May 17, 2008

Breaking the Links

Menwith Hill, England

As part of a month of action by CND groups across Britain, join Yorkshire CND at Menwith Hill on Saturday 17th May from 1-4pm to say NO to US Missile Defence.

As Poland signs up to host US Missiles in their country and the Czech Republic look set to agree to host a MD radar station, join us at Menwith Hill to oppose this devastating military programme that leads us all into a future of fear and military aggression. Demand that our elected representatives in parliament take action against the government’s support for US Missile Defence.

Be part of the majority who oppose Missile Defence.

Sarah Cartin
Development Worker
Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
 

2 Ashgrove, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1BN 

tel:   01274 730795
mobile: 07818 411823
fax:   01274 414413

email: sarah@yorkshirecnd.org.uk
website: www.yorkshirecnd.org.uk


June 22, 2008

International Fast to Stop Star Wars

List of participants

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July 4, 2008

INDEPENDENCE FROM AMERICA

The Global Spread of US Military & Spy Bases

Menwith Hill, Yorkshire, England

 

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July 7-18, 2008

BASES OF EMPIRE

The Global Spread of US Military & Spy Bases

Touring New Zealand

CORA FABROS

Cora Fabros, from the Philippines, has been a high profile activist, domestically and internationally, for more than 30 years with the anti-bases, anti-nuclear and peace movement. She has been to New Zealand before, as a guest of the Anti-Bases Campaign. Cora will be touring New Zealand as the Asia/Pacific Coordinator of the International Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases.

The US has been on a global war footing since 2001 and sees the Asia/Pacific region, NZ’s backyard, as being of immense strategic significance. This is the region that Cora will be speaking about. In countries such as Japan (particularly Okinawa) and South Korea the huge US presence there covers the full range from nuclear warfighting bases to conventional combat bases to a whole variety of spybases. Despite having been kicked out of the Philippines by the world’s most successful anti-bases campaign in the early 1990s, the US military is now permanently entrenched back in that country, which it has designated “The Second Front In The War On Terror”.  Guam, which is a US territory in the Pacific, has been turned into a major US nuclear warfighting base in recent years. Australia hosts a variety of US bases and has given the US permission to build its first new spybase there in 40 years. And, of course, New Zealand hosts one medium level US military transport base (at Christchurch Airport) which is a cog in the chain of regional US bases; and two “New Zealand” spybases, at Tangimoana and Waihopai. The latter is NZ’s single most important contribution to all US wars.

2008 is election year in both NZ and the US (this only happens every 12 years). The Anti-Bases Campaign believes that it is vital that NZ’s continuing role as a small but very important satellite of the US military and intelligence empire be thoroughly ex-posed and that voters demand that the Government finish the job begun when this country became nuclear free and out of ANZUS in the 1980s. Cora Fabros’ tour is vital in providing an international context for how we aid and abet that empire. US bases and the struggle against them are a huge issue for many of our neighbours.

For local date and venue details contact:

Donations are needed to help with our costs. Our budget is $5,000.

Please make cheques payable to ABC, Box 2258, Christchurch

Anti-Bases Campaign
Box 2258, Christchurch, New Zealand
cafca@chch.planet.org.nz
  www.converge.org.nz/abc


October 4-12, 2008

KEEP SPACE FOR PEACE WEEK

Everywhere


Since the Korean War, the Korean peninsula has experienced continuous military confrontation and the possibility of all-out war. The aggressive nature of the South Korea–US alliance has heightened during the Bush administration. US and South Korean authorities are planning a new military alliance against North Korea, as well as expanding operations “out of area,” beyond the peninsula. Participation in “missile defense” (MD) will destroy peace on the Korean peninsula and cause a new Cold War in Northeast Asia. China is the real target of US MD. We must prevent the deployment of the MD system and preserve peace on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia!

Until US forces are completely and permanently withdrawn from South Korea it will be impossible to establish peace on the Korean peninsula.

Each fall the Global Network organizes a week of local actions to help build consciousness about the need to prevent a new arms race in space.  We urge local groups to hold a protest, show a space video, meet with their member of Congress, organize a public teach-in, or hand out leaflets on the street about space issues.
 
Keep Space for Peace Week will be co-sponsored by the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom and Europe for Peace.

More details here.

Download Flyer and/or Poster
 


October 27, 2008

BIG BLOCKADE

Aldermaston Nuclear Bomb Factory, England

 

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November 14-15, 2008

War starts from Europe.

European day of action against military infrastructure

Europe is at war.

The bombs are not falling in Europe. They are falling several thousands of km away in Iraq and Afghanistan. But still war is waged from Europe. Europe serves as a launch pad for military interventions worldwide. The frameworks differ: NATO, EU, US coalition of the willing, UN. The targets also vary: Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Chad, etc. But the departure points don't: military bases and civilian airports and harbours in Europe.

Europe hosts a large military intervention machinery.

The Iraq war made this very visible. The US and the UK waged war from their European bases. In 2003, there were 54,000 Europe-based US military personnel who were directly involved in the war against Iraq. For example, the US Army was deployed out of Germany and Italy., Bombing flights departed from UK bases and aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean. Marines were inserted into northern Iraq from Crete and Bulgaria. And this is still going on. In 2006 two-thirds of the Europe based US military were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, preparing to depart or had just returned. Since January2003, over 1 million US troops have passed through Shannon Airport in Ireland en route to Afghanistan and Iraq. Airports across Europe have been used for 'rendition' flights. Without Europe the Iraq war was impossible.

European countries themselves are participating in the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. More than 25,000 European soldiers fight under NATO command in Afghanistan. EU forces are intervening in Africa. Both NATO and the EU are developing rapid intervention forces. Several European countries have military bases outside Europe to support their interventions.

We make war under the labels of 'military humanitarian intervention' and 'war against terrorism'. Behind these PR labels, the military intervention machineries protect economic interests and sustain the existing global order.

War Starts from Europe. Let's Stop War from Europe.

We call for a European day of nonviolent direct action against war on 14-15 November 2008. This day of action is not being organised by any one organisation ― the idea is that anti-militarists across Europe can adapt the action day to their local context. This call originated in discussions amongst anti-militarist activists from across Europe at the 'NATO GAME OVER' action in March 2008.

It is important that we encourage and support each other. It can also be useful when doing media work to be able to say how widespread the day of action is across Europe. Log in to http://europeanpeaceaction.org to be inspired by others ideas and to post your planned action in advance (unless the action is a 'surprise'). After the action day please post reports/pictures/videos.

Take action at your local military bases and installations used for military interventions! Let's resist military globalisation together!
 


December 7, 2008
"Invisible" Protest over Missile Defence Radar

Prague, Czech Republic


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December 28, 2008
Feast of Holy Innocents Retreat and Witness

STRATCOM, Omaha, Nebraska

Report of action here
 



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