Keep Space for Peace Week

International Days of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space

October 6 - 13 2012

No Missile Defense
End Afghanistan War
No to NATO Expansion
Stop the Drones
Convert the Military Industrial Complex
Bring Our War $$ Home
End Corporate Domination of Foreign/Military Policy

Satellites: the eyes, ears and brains of modern warfare.

Imaging satellites capture the visual images of the targets (including individual people) that warmakers wish to destroy.  Signals satellites pick up voices and other sounds which further identify a target, while the GPS system provides the gunsight or bombsight which directs the bullet or bomb to its destination.  All these same orbiting instruments of war help the Pentagon assess damage, often leading to more strikes repeating the same process.  The addition of drones and other new age weapons bring us close to having no human being in the loop at all.

There is a perception among those aware of space that most orbital activity in the past five years has shifted to the private sector, and that federal government satellite activity has declined during the Obama administration.  While civilian government agencies like NASA are facing cutbacks, satellite launches have kept up with a Bush-era pace.  The satellites that manage spying, navigation, targeting, and military communications are launched by agencies such as the National Reconnaissance Office and the Defense Information Systems Agency, whose budgets are larger than ever, but whose activities take place largely out of the public eye.

While the satellites orbiting miles above our heads may be out of our sights, the ground stations they depend upon, in locations such as Menwith Hill, UK; Pine Gap, Australia; and Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado are vast bases that play a large role in local economies worldwide.

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October 6-13
LOCAL ACTIONS (list in formation)

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico (Oct 3) Showing of award winning documentary Pax-Americana & the Weaponization of Space at the Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard SE, 6:00 pm. citizen@comcast.net
     
  • Andover, Massachusetts (Oct 11) Merrimack Valley People for Peace will hold a vigil  in front of Raytheon, 7am to 8 am. brian@quirk.ws
     
  • Bath Iron Works, Maine (Oct 6) Vigil across from administration building on Washington Street (Navy Aegis destroyers built at BIW) 11:30-12:30 am   Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm   (207) 763-4062
     
  • Bhubhaneswar (Orissa state), India (Oct 6) Space issues education and awareness program.  Coordinated by Ramchandra Patro rama_bm@yahoo.com
     
  • Bombay, India (October 12) Day long seminar by Dr. Leo Rebello on World Without Wars on Earth or Space, based on his book World Without Wars.   prof.leorebello@gmail.com
     
  • Boston, Massachusetts(Oct 6) Drones Death Walk.  We will walk from 565 Boylston Street (across from Copley Square) at 12:30 pm.  Join WILPF Boston Branch as we walk to the Boston Common and Park Street Station.  We will dress in black and wear white masks.  Contact: wilpf_boston@verizon.net
     
  • Brunswick, Maine (Oct 4) Showing of award winning documentary Pax-Americana & the Weaponization of Space at the Curtis Memorial Library at 7:00 pm.  gaia@gwi.net
     
  • Brighton, England (Oct 9) Demonstration outside EDO MBM, 4pm – 6pm.  Organised by Smash EDO.  See:  http://smashedo.org.uk/events/event/down-the-drones-demo-2
     
  • Bristol, England (Oct 13) Street stall, central Bristol, 11am – 4pm More info
     
  • Bucharest, Romania (Oct 12) Distributing leaflets and showing of Pax Americana & the Weaponization of Space video at the Cervantes College  aurel.Romania@gmail.com
     
  • Cardiff, Wales (Oct 9) Handing in of Petition calling for Welsh Government to withdraw support for testing of drones at Aberporth and over Wales http://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/week-of-action-events/
     
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado (Oct 12) Demonstration from noon to 12:45 pm with banners outside of the SAIC facility which is adjacent to Peterson AFB (HQ of Air Force Space Command) northgate.  That way we get a twofer. bill.sulzman@gmail.com
     
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado (Oct 12) Demonstration at West gate of Schriever AFB, home of the Space Warfare Center and numerous other Star Wars programs  3:30 - 4:30 pm.  bill.sulzman@gmail.com
     
  • RAF Croughton, England (Oct 6) Rally at U.S. communication base, March to main gate 1 mile - starts Croughton village 12.00 midday, Returns 3:00 pm, Oxfordshire Peace Campaign. oxonpeace@yahoo.co.uk
     
  • Deming, New Mexico (Oct 12) Weekly Friday Occupy vigil will carry Keep Space for Peace signs
     
  • Fort Meade, Maryland (Oct 9) Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will make its annual trek to the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade from 5:30-6:30 PM.  The spy agency continues to break a host of laws both U.S. and international.  Gather on Route 32 outside the main gate to alert the general public to the criminal activity taking place at the NSA.  RSVP to Max at 410-366-1537 or mobuszewski@verizon.net
     
  • Fylingdales, England (Oct 7) Begin bicycle trip from Fylingdales U.S. radar facility to Menwith Hill to highlight their connections with US missile defense and the use of space technology. Overnight peace camp the night before. info@yorkshirecnd.org.uk
     
  • Gangjeong, Jeju Island, South Korea (Oct 6-13) Screening of space films in the Peace Center during the Keep Space for Peace Week. Banner and signs on Space Week will be hung and held in the village, including near the naval base construction gate. Information on space week will be distributed to the nationwide march participants during the space week. (armha5156@gmail.com)
     
  • Hinckley, England (Oct 7) Drones Peace Walk:  Leave Tamworth 9am for long walk (approx 17 miles) to Hinckley. http://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/week-of-action-events/
     
  • Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir state) India (Oct 10) Rally coordinated by Ashwani Pradadhan ashwanipradhan50@gmail.com
     
  • King of Prussia/Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (Oct 12-13) Brandywine Peace Community's annual Keep Space for Peace Week demonstration (and observance of U.S. Afghan war anniversary) at Lockheed Martin.  Lockheed Martin, the world's largest war profiteer, a primary contractor of space weaponry as well as unmanned aerial vehicles, drones (including the Hell Fire missiles they carry) and the satellites which enable their remote control from the continental U.S. brandywine@juno.com
     
  • Las Vegas, Nevada (Oct 11) From 9:00 to 10:00 am, we will focus signs on Keep Space for Peace during our weekly peace vigil outside the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse, 333 S. Las Vegas Blvd. at Clark.  From 5:00 to 6:30 pm we will vigil on the pedestrian overpass over Las Vegas Blvd. on the north side of Tropicana Blvd. (connecting New York New York to the MGM Grand) with large "Keep Space for Peace" signs and other banners and will have handouts for passers by.  Nevada Desert Experience 415-828-2506
     
  • Leeds, England (Oct 3) ‘Drones – a new kind of warfare’ a talk and discussion with Chris Cole of the Campaign against Drones on the growing use of unmanned drones in the Middle East and beyond. 7.30 pm, Room G546, Rosebowl Building, Leeds Metropolitan University. Organised by Pax Christi and Yorkshire CND. dominic@yourkshirecnd.org.uk
     
  • Leicester, England (Oct 8) Drones Peace Walk leaves Hinckley 10:00 am for 12 mile walk to Leicester.  Demonstration at the Thales Watchkeeper drone factory, Scudamore Road, Leicester, 3.30pm.  http://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/week-of-action-events/
     
  • Lewisham, England (Oct 9) ‘Remote killing – the morality of drone warfare’ with Gabriel Carlyle, Lewisham Town Hall, 7.30pm. More Info
     
  • Lincoln, England (Oct 12) Drones Peace Walk leaves Southwell on bus 28 to Newark at 9.38, then bus 47 from Newark at 10.40 to outskirts of Lincoln then walking 5 miles to Friends Meeting House. Hosted in houses. Possible evening meeting. http://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/week-of-action-events/
     
  • London, England (Oct 12) Demonstration outside London office of General Atomics, Tower 42, Old Broad Street. Organised by London Catholic Worker http://www.londoncatholicworker.org/contacts.html
     
  • Loughborough, England (Oct 9) Drones Peace Walk: Gather at Gandhi’s statue, Belgrave Road, Leicester at 9.30am for readings, 10am leave for Loughborough 12 miles, evening meeting in Loughborough http://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/week-of-action-events/
     
  • Mansfield, England (Oct 9) Peace Vigil: Glenair, drone component manufacturer, 40 Lower Oakham Way, Mansfield NG18 5BY, 4pm – 6pm. 
     
  • Menwith Hill, England (Oct 9) Demonstration at NSA Spy Base in Yorkshire at 6-8pm. Will be welcoming the cyclists from Yorkshire CND when they arrive at Menwith Hill from Fylingdales. Sponsored by CAAB. mail@caab.corner.org.uk or 01423 884076.
     
  • Montrose, California (Oct 12) Weekly peace vigil with Keep Space for Peace theme, corner of Ocean View/Honolulu Ave, 5:30-7:00 pm rmedford@ucla.edu
     
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (October 6) Occupy Myrtle Beach meets at 1:00 pm on the Business 17 street side of Chapin Park to walk with signs to protest drones and to keep space for peace. outdoorsbrian@hotmail.com
     
  • Nagpur, (Maharashtra state) India (Oct 9) Space issues education and awareness program at Women’s College, Nandanwant Lay out.  Coordinator Mrunalini Fadnavis mrunalinifadnavis@gmail.com
     
  • Nagpur, (Maharashtra state), India (Oct 12) Students rally at Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work.  Coordinated by Prof. Geetha Thachil geethathachil@gmail.com
     
  • Nagpur, (Maharashtra state), India (Oct 13) A massive Dharna (Squating) will be held jointly with several organisations at Nagpur. rao.jnrao36@sofy.com
     
  • Newton, Massachusetts (Oct 21)  Bruce Gagnon speaks at First Unitarian Church,  1326 Washington Street, West Newton, 7:00 pm. Ncwrenn@aol.com
     
  • New York, New York (Oct 6-13) United Nations office of WILPF Reaching Critical Will has reorganized their information on Keeping Space for Peace, Aerospace war profiteers, missile defense, weapons in space and existing space treaties for Keep Space for Peace Week and beyond. Go to: http://reachingcriticalwill.org/resources/fact-sheets/critical-issues/5448-%20%20outer-space#civsoc
     
  • Nottingham, England (Oct 10) Drones Peace Walk Leaves Loughborough 9am, walk to Nottingham, 15 miles, staying in Friends Meeting House, peace supper. http://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/week-of-action-events/
     
  • Oita, Japan (Oct 12) Banner against the fast breeder reactor development in Japan and the international joint R&D of a nuclear fusion reactor  16:00~17:00 at Oita Kyusyu Electric Power Co  seamesky@sand.ocn.ne.jp
     
  • Omaha, Nebraska (Oct 6) "Stop the Killing, Ground the Drones" vigil, 10am to noon, Close to Stratcom at Offutt AFB, Corner of Fort Crook Rd & Cornhusker, Code Pink Omaha, Contact Frances Mendenhall 402-208-3717
     
  • Oneonta, New York (Oct 6-13) Putting up Keep Space for Peace Week posters around town throughout the week. brendanjoconnor@yahoo.com
     
  • Oswestry, England (Oct 4) Coalition for Peace is hosting a talk by Chris Cole of Drone Wars UK at the Walford Davies Room, The Giuildhall, Bailey Head, Oswestry, Shropshire at 7.30. The title is ‘Drone Wars: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Beyond’. Details 01691 650527
     
  • Pentagon, Washington DC (Oct 9) Keep Space for Peace signs will be held at weekly Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Pentagon morning vigil artlaffin@hotmail.com
     
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Oct 7) Vigil and demonstration against drone research at UPENN at 34th & Walnut Streets, 1:00 pm.  Speakers, music, and more; followed by kite flying in Woodland Walk field, between UPENN and Drexel University, behind the corner at 34th & Walnut Streets. End the War, Stop the Killer Drone Strikes, Space for Peace, not drone strikes directed from the U.S. through space.  Kites will be available, bring your own if you can, and don't forget your umbrella in the event of rain.  brandywine@juno.com
     
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Oct 8) Noon, Brown bag lunch presentation at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, with Bruce Gagnon, International peace organizer; Coordinator,Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and Keep Space for Peace Week;  Author, Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories From Fading Empire. brandywine@juno.com
     
  • Pickering, England (Oct 7) Peace in space cycle journey we will be stopping overnight for rest. meeting and discussion. info@yorkshirecnd.org.uk
     
  • Ponidcherry University, India (Oct 7-8) Space issues education and awareness campaign Coordinator J. Narayana Rao rao.jnrao36@sofy.com
     
  • Porthmadog, England (Oct 13) Anti-drone street stall, Porthmadog, Fellowship of Reconciliation, 2.30pm http://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/week-of-action-events/
     
  • Portland, Maine (Oct 8) Anti-Drone Die-In at Obama Campaign Headquarters, 533 Forest Ave., noon-1pm.  CODEPINK State of Maine & Portland  Pat Taub (207) 542-7119 pparee2011@gmail.com
     
  • Portland Oregon (Oct 6) Rally and march: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom will carry signs and banners calling for Keeping Space for Peace, No Drones, No to Missile Offense and more in event sponsored by more than 30 organizations. WILPF speaker at the rally will hi-lite KS4Peace issues. carol.disarm@gmail.com
     
  • Portland, Oregon (Oct 7) Teach-in. Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is conducting a  participatory workshop on the inter-relationship of U.S. space militarization, nukes, wars and occupations and on building for peace, not war. carol.disarm@gmail.com
     
  • Poway, California (Oct 11) Anti-Predator drone vigil at General Atomics, 4:00-6:00 pm, Scripps Poway Pkwy & General Atomics Way, San Diego Veterans For Peace bdlvfp@gmail.com
     
  • Prague, Czech Republic (Oct 10) Militarization of Space and the Missile Defence Project discussion with Dr. Miroslav Tuma, disarmament expert from the Institute of Foreign Relations in Prague. Where: Centrum neziskovych aktivit, Tyrsova 1, 6:00 pm  jana@svetbezvalek.cz
     
  • Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada (Oct 11) Vigil and flyer distribution at the north end of the Scarth Street Mall in downtown Regina, 12:00-12:30 pm. Making Peace Vigil 306-539-8853; sgerardm@gmail.com
     
  • Rochester, New York (Oct 6-13) Putting up Keep Space for Peace Week posters around town throughout the week. 585-339-9782
     
  • St Andrews, Fife, Scotland (Oct 13) Street stall: contact for further info: robin.waterston128[at]gmail.com
     
  • Santa Barbara, California (Oct 18-21) Challenging Robotic Warfare Technology: Education, Organizing, Strategy & Resistance Statewide Conference
     
  • Shenstone, England (Oct 6) Anti-drones peace walk begins with demonstration at UAV engine plant at Shenstone (near Birmingham).  Meet at the train station at 10.30am then demonstration at the nearby Elbit factory until 11.30.  http://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/anti-drones-peace-walk/
     
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Oct. 13) Pax Christi Southeastern SD  "The Dignity of Life, Promoting Peace on Land & at Sea." We will pray, study and act on issues of life and death. Caminando Juntos, 1-3 pm.  gl_wieland@yahoo.com
     
  • Southwell, England (Oct 11) Drones Peace Walk leaves Leicester FMH 9am, walk to Southwell, 13 miles. http://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/week-of-action-events/
     
  • Springfield, Pennsylvania (Oct 7) Anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Bruce Gagnon speaks at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, www.delcopeacecenter.org 5:30 pm. Potluck Supper; 6:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion: A Decade plus of War...Drones, and more: Empire and the Militarization of Space.  Evening co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. brandywine@juno.com
     
  • Stockholm, Sweden (Oct 28) Swedish Peace Council seminar about The Militarization of the North: How the Arctic has become a dangerous field for war preparations. Speakers from northern Russia, Bard Wormdal from Vardö (northern Norway) on satellite war, from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Sweden is present chair of Arctic Council) and Agneta Norberg on drone testing in Northern Sweden.  lappland.norberg@gmail.com
     
  • Sydney, Australia (Oct 6) Australian Anti-Bases Campaign is planning a picnic in Sydney's Hyde Park to commemorate Space for Peace Week and to protest the militarisation of space.  julie.marlow@bigpond.com
     
  • Tavistock, England (Oct 9) Public Meeting in Tavistock.  ‘Drones: The future of war?’ with Chris Cole. http://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/week-of-action-events/
     
  • Tucson, Arizona (Oct 9) Vigil from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. at Raytheon Missile Systems, Hermans Road entrance to the plant (3rd traffic light south of Valencia on Nogales Highway, the extension of South 6th Avenue). nukeresister@igc.org
     
  • Vandenberg AFB, California (Oct 10) Monthly protest from 3:45- 4:45 pm at the Main Gate.  Anyone wanting to join us can call for info at (805) 343-6322.
     
  • Vandenberg AFB, California (Oct 22) Back country non-violent resistance action to occupy Pentagon’s global drone and missile nerve center. tierralinda@live.com
     
  • Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh state), India (Oct 11) Students rally coordinated by J. V. Prabhakar  prabhakar.jalluri@gmail.com
     
  • RAF Waddington, England (Oct 13) Drones Peace Walk leaves Lincoln 9am, walk 6 miles to RAF Waddington.  Demonstration at RAF Waddington from 12 noon until 2pm. http://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/week-of-action-events/
     
  • White House, Washington DC (Oct 12) Keep Space for Peace signs will be held at weekly Dorothy Day Catholic Worker White House vigil artlaffin@hotmail.com
     
  • York, England (Oct 8) Peace in space cycle journey we will be stopping to meet and talk with public. Public Meeting: Yorkshire’s role in Drone Warfare 7:00 pm, Friargate Friends meeting house.  http://dronecampaignnetwork.wordpress.com/week-of-action-events/

Keep Space for Peace Week is co-sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (UK), Swedish Peace Council, and the Drone Campaign Network (UK).

The award winning documentary Pax Americana & the Weaponization of Space is now available online at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tRA5bEO0cUg#


SPEAKERS

Please contact these people directly to negotiate speaking dates, travel expenses, etc. during the week of local actions. They all have considerable expertise on the space issue.


ENTERTAINERS
(These fine singers/songwriters have space songs and other good political music)



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