International Day of Protest

Report from: Cleveland

By Bruce Gagnon

In Cleveland, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced, at our Keep Space for Peace conference (sponsored by the Global Network & Cleveland Peace Action), that he has introduced the "Space Preservation Act of 2001" (HR 2977) that calls for the banning of all weapons in space and would outlaw all research and development for space-based weapons.  Rep. Kucinich told the assembled that "We need to believe in ourselves and our ability to change things ... We have to work on transforming the consciousness of the country.  War is not inevitable," Kucinich said.

As a follow-up to October 13 we would like to recommend some of the following ideas for on-going action for space organizing.

1)  Build support for the Kucinich ban on weapons in space bill by sending local delegations to meet with your Congressperson.  (Ask them to have a copy of his bill available when you meet.)  For people overseas, ask your government to support a global ban on weapons in space at the United Nations.

2)  Letters to editor of local papers.

3)  Meet with local religious leaders and ask them to preach about the need to ban war in the heavens.

4)  Outreach to local labor unions and labor federations making the point that funding for Star Wars will cut into other community needs like education, health care, day care funding, social security, etc...

5)  Organize a local conference on the issue of Star Wars and how space will be used to control space and the Earth below.

6)  Contact the Global Network and arrange for a speaker from our speakers bureau.

7)  Send a representative from your community to the Global Network's 10th annual international membership meeting that will be held in Berkeley, California on May 10-12, 2002.

Many thanks again to all and best wishes.
Bruce K. Gagnon

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