Protest in Colorado Springs

October 8 2000

By Loring Wirbel

Fifty demonstrators turned out at the Peterson AFB main gate on a snowy Saturday Oct. 8, to hear Sacred Earth & Space Plowshares sisters Jackie Hudson and Anne Montgomery describe their reasons for a September civil disobedience action at Peterson.

The rally was covered by local NBC and CBS affiliates, unusual given the television media's usual disinterest in space militarization protests. Hudson described the links between actions against Trident submarines, the Extremely Low Frequency Navy transmitters in Wisconsin, and the Space Command ground stations located in Colorado. Montgomery gave us a history of the Plowshares actions, which began 20 years prior to the Peterson AFB action, when Montgomery, the Berrigan brothers, and other activists committed CD at the King of Prussia, Pa. General Electric nuclear weapons plant. She said the move of activists to challenge Space Command reflected the shift of nuclear war plans to the Space Command.

The rally was given color by the presence of a large "Leave Space for Peace" puppet, and a friendly dog wearing a "Pooches for Peace" banner.

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