KEEP SPACE FOR PEACE
PROGRAM FOR APRIL 14-17, 2000 EVENTS
Four Days of Protest Events
No BMD
No Star Wars

Washington DC

THE CALL

The military is now pushing hard to get approval to deploy the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system "as soon as technically feasible". President Clinton will receive a recommendation from a Pentagon panel before June 2000 on the BMD deployment question. The BMD program is made up of two components -- National Missile Defense (NMD) which is intended to protect the continental U.S. and the Theatre Missile Defense (TMD) which would be limited to protecting troops in regional battlefields. It is possible that the Pentagon will recommend deployment of the TMD system first.

Deployment of the expensive and destabilizing "missile defense" program is the first step in the reinvigoration of Star Wars. Boeing, Lockheed Martin and TRW now hold a joint contract to build space-based lasers that would be the follow-on technology to BMD. The Pentagon is also developing anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons that would be used to "knock out" competitors satellites in space. The U.S. sells the BMD system as "defensive". The U.S. Space Command, committed to space "control and domination", has other plans. BMD is truly a Trojan horse, a way to get public support for the deployment of offensive systems in space. Space weapons must be opposed if we are to be successful in preventing the creation of an arms race in space.

Join with people from around the world as we gather in Washington DC during these four days of protest events to call upon President Clinton and Congress to cancel plans to revitalize Star Wars. In order to prevent the weaponization of space we must develop an international constituency that can build the movement to keep space for peace.

Each year since 1992 the Global Network has brought people together who are working worldwide to stop the nuclearization and weaponization of space. We expect the April 14-17, 2000 meetings to be our biggest, and most important, ever. Please join with us!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, APRIL 14
(Demonstration at Treasury Department - next door to White House -- from 12:00 to 3:00 pm)

SPEAKERS/PERFORMERS TO INCLUDE:

  • Aurel Duta (Bucharest, Romania Singer)
  • Bill Sulzman (CPIS, Colorado)
  • Bruce Gagnon (Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space)
  • Carol Miller (Association of State Green Parties)
  • Carol Moore (Wash DC Area War Tax Resistance)
  • Dennis Brutus (South African poet)
  • Dr. Michio Kaku (New York)
  • Ellen Barfield (WILPF U.S. Section)
  • Gordon Clark (Peace Action)
  • Holly Graham (Tacoma, WA. Singer)
  • Lindis Percy (Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, England)
  • Victor Rodriguez (Puerto Rico)
SATURDAY, APRIL 15
(Star Wars Revisited: An Int'l Conference on Preventing an Arms Race in Space at American University - Ward Bldg.)

8:30 - 9:30 amRegistration begins in Ward Bldg basement
9:30 - 10:00Welcome by Karl Grossman & Abdul Aziz Said
(Director, Center for Gloal Peace, American University)
10:00 - 10:30Keynote by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)
Keep Space for Peace: Creating a New Consciousness Toward Space
10:30 - 12:30Military Space Panel:
  • Andy Lichterman (Western States Legal Foundation, Oakland, CA.)
  • Dr. Grigori Khozin (Professor, Russian Diplomatic Academy, Moscow)
  • Helen John (Menwith Hill Women's Peace Camp, England)
  • Loring Wirbel (Managing Editor for Communications, Electronic Engineering Times, Colorado)
12:30 - 12:45Concluding Reflections on Ballistic Missile Defense
  • Cheong Wooksik (Civil Network for a Peaceful Korea, Seoul)
  • William Hartung (World Policy Institute, New York)
12:45 - 1:45Lunch (We provide brown bag)
2:00 - 2:30Keynote by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
The Need for an International Ban on Weapons in Space
2:45 - 4:30Future Nuclear Powered Space Missions Panel
  • Dr. Helen Caldicott (Matcham, Australia)
  • F. R. Sarker (Bangladesh Astronomical Society, Dhaka)
  • Karl Grossman (Professor of Journalism, SUNY)
  • Regina Hagen (Darmstadter Friedensforum, Germany)
4:45 - 6:30Alternative Visions Panel
  • David McReynolds (Socialist Party Candidate for President, New York)
  • Dr. Carol Rosin (Founder, Institute for Security & Cooperation in Outer Space, Ventura, CA.)
  • Dr. Rashmi Mayur (Int'l Institute for Sustainable Future, Bombay, India)
  • Patricia Mische (Pax Christi USA, Ohio)
7:00-10:00 pmSupper & Music by Holly Graham, Lynda Williams & Michael Scott Miller
(Supper prepared by Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House)

SUNDAY, APRIL 16
(GN Strategy Meeting & Lobby Planning at AU)

9:00 -9:15 amWelcome & History of GN by Karl Grossman
9:15 - 9:30Introductions
9:30 - 10:30Coordinators Report & Other Sharing Reports on Local Space Organizing Activity
10:30 - 11:30Lobby Day Discussion and Plan
  • May 1-15 Int'l Call-In Days to Oppose Star Wars
11:30 - 2:15Lunch on your own (Time available to attend IMF/World Bank protests in downtown DC)
2:15 - 3:00Small Groups Int'l Strategy Discussion
3:00 - 4:00Reports from Small Groups & Discussion
4:00 - 4:15Break
4:15 - 5:00October 7, 2000 Int'l Day of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space Planning
5:00 - 7:00Decision on next GN meeting, BOD elections, Review of Budget, and GN's U.N. representative

MONDAY, APRIL 17
(Lobby Day on Capitol Hill)

9:00 am - 5:00 pmGN Lobby Day HQ at FCNL Office (245 Second St NE)
9:00 am - 4:00 pmDay long vigil begins on east steps of Capital
We urge people to pre-arrange appointments and to spend the day visiting your Representatives and Senators. When everyone is finished we ask you to check back in at our HQ so we can get feedback on your visits. Thank you for helping us to build the movement to prevent the nuclearization & weaponization of space.

COSTS

The registration fee for the April 15 conference Star Wars Revisited: An International Conference on Preventing an Arms Race in Space will be on a sliding scale between $15 - $50 (pay what you can best afford within that range.) Lunch and supper will be provided as part of your registration fee.

High school and college students will pay $5 each. American University students will not have to pay a fee.

The April 16 international strategies meeting and lobby preparation will be free of charge. (Lunch will be on your own that day.)

We will send you a full schedule of events upon receipt of your registration. PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE.

HOUSING

We will be happy to provide a list of moderately prices hotels in the Washington DC area if you request it.

Home hospitality will be available on a very limited first-come, first-served basis. Inquire early. If you can make your own local housing arrangements please do so.

TRANSPORTATION

Let us know if you need a ride to Washington DC and we will try to link you up with others.

American University (April 15-16) is very near the Tenleytown-American University metro stop on the Red Line. A shuttle runs every hour from the metro stop to American University on the weekends. American University is located on Nebraska Ave. in northwest Washington DC.


REGISTER NOW

Sign me up to be part of the Keep Space for Peace events in Washington DC!

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Enclosed is my registration for the April 15 conference at American University (includes lunch & dinner) in the amount of $____________. (Pay what you can best afford between $15 - $50. High school and college students pay $5.)

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