GN’s 2011 Space Conference

June 17-19, 2011

North Andover, Massachusett

Global Network 19th Annual Space Organizing Conference

Raytheon, Missile Offense, and Endless War

June 17-19
North Andover, Massachusetts

Working together to demilitarize and create a sustainable future

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2011 marks the 19th anniversary of Global Network’s organizing efforts to build an international constituency to Keep Space for Peace.  Each year we gather to share the latest international developments on Pentagon and aerospace industry plans for the militarization of space.  We approach this conference with clarity that U.S. “missile defense” programs are actually key elements in overall Pentagon first-strike planning.   The Raytheon Company, which had 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a leading builder and promoter of  the missile “offense” program.  Headquartered in Massachusetts, Raytheon has a manufacturing plant in Andover that builds the Patriot (PAC-3) system that is now being used by the Pentagon to help encircle Russia and China.

Vigil:  On Friday, June 17 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm a vigil will be held at the gates of the Raytheon production plant as the workers leave for home.  Local activists have been holding vigils at the facility for years. (NW corner of Rt 133 and I-93 intersection)

Conference:  Saturday, June 18 day-long conference with panel discussions and workshops held at Merrimack College.  Key Global Network activists from around the world speaking about current U.S. and allies space weapons technology developments and strategies.

Concert: Tetsu Kitagawa, one of Japan's leading peace and justice singer/songwriters has been described as Japan's Bob Dylan -- early Dylan, the one engaged with people's movements. On tour in the U.S. as part of his 100 consecutive concerts for peace, nuclear abolition, and defense of Japan’s peace constitution, Kitagawa will be joined by Pat Scanlon and other musical friends for a concert on June 18 at 8:15 pm (North Parish Old Center Hall, North Andover). Open to the community, as well as to conference participants, tickets will be available at the conference and at the door for $10. 

Cost:  Registration for the conference is on a sliding scale.  Please pay what you can best afford between $15 - $100.  Registration fee includes three meals on June 17-18.  (Suggested fee is $50 which covers our basic costs.)

Event Co-Sponsors: AFSC Disarmament Program; Alliance for Peace & Justice, Western Mass.; Essex Unitarian Universalist Church; House of Peace; Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home; Maine Veterans for Peace (VFP); Merrimack Valley People for Peace; New England Peace Pagoda; New Hampshire Peace Action; North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice; Office of Mission and Ministry, Merrimack College; Peace Action Maine; Salem Peace Committee United for Justice with Peace (Greater Boston); Veterans for Peace Chapter 9 Smedley Butler Brigade; Veterans for Peace Chapter 45 Samantha Smith; War Resisters League New England.

Getting there: International travellers (and others) might like to know that getting to Andover is not difficult. Those travelling from abroad should fly to Boston Logan International Airport>

Then go to Boston North Rail Station via the subway (take the Blue line towards Bowdon and change  at State Street onto the Orange line heading for Oak Grove - download a subway map here).

At North station buy a ticket outbound on Haverhill line to Andover. Timetables are available here.

Schedule of Events:

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Friday, June 17
10:00 AM

Hospitality Lounge & Conference registration
Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover (6 Locke Street)

2:30 PM Leave for Raytheon
3:00 – 5:00 PM Vigil at Raytheon
6:00 – 9:00 PM  Dinner at Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover
Saturday, June 18
8:00 AM

Registration at Merrimack College, Cachcia Hall, 315 Turnpike Street

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Welcome & Opening - Purpose of Conference

9:15 – 11:00 AM

 Plenary Panel I
Local Space Organizing Reports from key Global Network activists from around the world

11:15 AM – 1:00 PM

Plenary Panel II
Raytheon & the Military Industrial Complex: Consequences of Missile Offense Deployments in Europe and Asia

1:00 – 2:00 PM

 Lunch in Student Center Lounge

2:15 – 3:45 PM

Workshop Session I

4:00 – 5:30 PM

 Workshop Session II

5:30 PM

Move to North Parish Church

6:15 – 8:00 PM

North Parish UU Church of North Andover (190 Academy Road)

8:15–10:00 PM

Concert ~ Tetsu Kitagawa
Old Center Hall

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Saturday Workshops

  • Cyber Warfare, Drones, and other new space directed technologies

  • Missile Defense Deployments in Europe and Asia: Provocative Strategy & a New Arms

  • Bring Our War $$ Home Campaign

  • Students Speak Out: Space Weapons Technology Impacts on Social Progress

Sunday, June 19

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Annual Membership Meeting
(Election of board, coordinator’s report, budget review, strategy & planning discussion, next meeting decisions, 2011 Keep Space for Peace Week theme)

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