Keep Space for Peace Week Action Reports/Photos
and details from original call for action are here.
October 06, 2018
First space week event held in India
As part of our global campaign Oct 6-13. A big rally conducted at Visakhapatnam with
200 youth. After rally Awareness meeting conducted, in which the history of Global Network, and its objective explained, and the peace
needed to the future generations. It will continue up to 13th Oct.
October 08, 2018
One man peace parade in Asheville
I just want to let you know that I began my week-long sandwich
board walks around Asheville yesterday. It was a sunny day and the
town was full of tourists. At first, I extended flyers as I walked by
people but stopped when I realized that people were not only giving
the sign no reaction, but were actually looking away in an attempt to
avoid me. Then I just walked, making eye contact when I could, saying
good morning, handing a flyer to anyone that reacted visibly to the
sign. I was walking around from 10:30 until 12:00, right before lunch
time. Sidewalks were busy with spenders and fun seekers.
Fylingdales BMEWS Radar, North Yorkshire, England
We met in two cars at the Hole of Horcum car park on the road from Pickering to Whitby. It has a wonderful view across the moors and is part of the Newtondale Valley, sometimes called the Grand Canyon of England, formed from a glacial lake.
The police were there to welcome us and say 'hello' (we had been advertising this event for some time).
From there we took one car to Eller Beck from where we visited the tree that was planted some years ago in memory of our friend Race Newton - a goat farmer and wonderful jazz pianist who supported us and the various peace camps established over the years. The police joined us and checked us out here too.
The Ballistic Missile Early Warning (BMEW) radar at Fylingdales is part of its US National Missile Defence programme. It is also used to track and monitor the satellites of other countries. To fulfil these roles it had MILSTAR and SATCOM antennae installed within the base. Periodic updates of computer systems, indicate the extent of the upgrade of the facilities to watch and gather information of satellites, determine missile and satellite interception data if required, and generally play a role in targeting and war fighting capability.
We said cheerio to the police car and walked on. The first part of the walk follows the Lyke Wake Walk - which is 40 mile walk crossing the North Yorkshire moors along the main east-west watershed. We followed only a short part of it until we reached the footpath that swung us round to the base.
The walk round the base was pleasant enough, the rain that threatened held off for the most part and on the way round we told and heard stories of previous actions and events.
On the road that runs around the base just on the outside of the fence we met another patrol car who said hello too! They said we shouldn't really be on this road (which we knew) but when we said we just wanted a picture at the other side and weren't planning an invasion, they were ok with us proceeding. Of course we were watched all the way by the cameras placed at regular intervals along the fence.
We passed the power generators that supply the electricity for the base and at the other side we were going to point out the Satellite Communications dish which connects the base to US and UK defence networks. But it had gone! Presumably there are now other connections, perhaps through a fibre optic cable system?
We had our photo opportunity in the rain (see above) and continued on to Malo Cross (on the left - placed by the local landowner in the 1600s as a boundary marker. It is inscribed with the letters K with R E. Sir Richard Egerton - Knight).
Then on part way up Whitney Nab and back to the Hole of Horcum where once more the police were there to check us in!
All in all a very pleasant day out on the wonderful North Yorkshire Moors.
On our return I discovered that a message had been left on my phone from Nigel and the Oxfordshire Peace Campaign at the Croughton demonstration in the South of England, which was happening at the same time as ours. However, up on the moors you can't get a signal to send or receive messages so we missed it at the time but it did remind us of all of the actions taking place aroud the world during Keep Space for Peace Week - a great feeling of international solidarity!
Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
October 09, 2018
A world without wars and weapons is the objective of Global Network we
explained to young Engineers.
Women are the worst victims of the war. Graduate women college against wars and weapons. They raised the voice with Global Network, with professor Manju Latha. They extended support to save Jeju Island.
Menwith Hill, England
We joined the weekly protest held by the Menwith Hill Accountability Campaign (MHAC) to support them and Keep Space for Peace Week.
Menwith Hill is an intelligence gathering centre for the NSA and GCHQ. Part of a huge global surveillance and signals intelligence network for the US, it supplies information which is used for, among other things, targetting armed drone attacks.
The base is also set to become part of the US/NATO Missile Defence system as one of the downlink stations for the Space Based Infrared System satellites for missile warning, detection and targetting.
MHAC manage to keep a protest presence here every week on a Tuesday between 6 and 8pm. Despite heavy pressure and, sometimes, intimidation from the police, they keep showing their banners and essages to anyone entering or leaving.
At the protest tonight Dave Webb spoke about the Global Network and Trump's ideas for a Space Force and Colin Archer spoke on the Campaign Against the Arms Trade and future events.
There was also some wonderful and welcome, soup and bread made available by Cath fromYorkshire CND.
October 10, 2018
NKS Model College Karanja Ghadge Dist-Wardha, Maharastra, India
NKS students and faculty members expressed their views on the program topic "NO SPACE FORCE".
October 13, 2018
Space Week Meetings
As per the schedules of our organization, The Global Network Global Network
Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space to mark a protest Week from October
6-13, 2018 worldwide, we, Nepal Chapter of Global Network, has organized
several Programs, including photos exhibition, banners, pamphlets and
interactions. We held a talk program on October 12 in Kathmandu focusing on
the need of keeping the space from Nuclear Powers and proliferation of Nuclear
Weapons in the different parts of the world. We opposed the Military alliances
like NATO and advocated the need of sustainable development.
In 2016 GN board members Dave Webb (UK), J. Narayana Rao (India), Will Griffin
(Philadelphia) and I traveled to Kathmandu to introduce the work of our
organization at various college campuses across the city. Following a
presentation to the Nepal Council of World Affairs a decision was made by
those we met to form a Nepal Chapter of the Global Network. Dr. Shreedher
Gautam was made President of the chapter and Prabhu Yadav became a board
14 October 2018
We had a lively vigil on the bridge on Friday at 4:30, which is ďrush hourĒ in
Blue Hill. About 15 people from the peninsula area, and a few from Hancock and
even New Gloucester!, came with signs.
15 October 2018
No MUOS in Sicily!
The M.U.O.S. (Mobile User Objective System) is a military telecommunication system of the U.S.
Navy. A constellation of five satellites covers the whole world, whereas
ground communication is granted by four stations, one of which il
located in Niscemi, Sicily. Each ground station hosts three parabolic
antennas, about 18.4 metres wide, and two elicoidal antennas about 149
metres high. The MUOS will be used to coordinate and command all USA
military systems around the world, especially drones, the unmanned
aircrafts that will be hosted in Sigonella, Sicily.
Sicilian citizens and No MUOS activists are worried about consequences of the installation of this system on: human health, the ecosystem of the Sughereta di Niscemi, the quality of agricultural production, right to mobility and to the development of territory, right to peace and security of our homeland and of its inhabitants.
Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India