GN�s 2014 Space Conference

March 14-16, 2014

Santa Barbara, California

(See also - conference report, press report)
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22nd Annual Space Organizing Conference

March 14-16, 2014
Santa Barbara, California

The 2014 Global Network space organizing conference will be held near Vandenberg AFB, California on March 14-16.  We will meet at the La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center in Santa Barbara.  On Friday, March 14 we�ll organize a 4:00 pm vigil at the front gate of Vandenberg and on the evening of March 15 we will hold a public event at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara.

Speakers at the March 15 event will include: David Krieger (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation), Dave Webb (Chair, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament-UK & Global Network board convener), Dennis Apel (Guadalupe Catholic Worker House), Christine Hong (Korea Policy Institute and UC Santa Cruz), Andrew Lichterman (Western States Legal Foundation), and Mary Beth Sullivan (social worker & peace conversion activist).  Music will be provided by singer/songwriters Tom Neilson and Holly Gwinn Graham.

We will provide meals for those staying at the conference center.  A sliding scale charge will run from $50-$150 (pay what you can best afford.)

There will be no charge for the Saturday, March 15 public event that will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara.  More details on this flyer:

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Events will conclude on March 16 after lunch.

Conference Program

Friday, March 14

1:30 pm

Hospitality lounge & Conference registration at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center (800 El Bosque Rd, Santa Barbara). All guests should check in at the registration office, and then proceed to Casa San Ysidro.
2:30 pm Leave for Vandenberg AFB
4:00 � 5:00 pm Vigil at Vandenberg AFB
6:30 � 7:30 pm

Dinner at Casa San Ysidro house

  • Welcome by Dennis Apel (Guadalupe Catholic Worker House)

  • Music by Holly Gwinn Graham (Olympia, Washington) & JoYakgol (Jeju Island)

8:00 � 9:30 pm Showing of Ghosts of Jeju documentary film

Saturday, March 15

7:30 am  Breakfast at Casa San Ysidro house
9:00 � 11:00 am Introductions and local updates
11:15 � 12:00 Presentation by Bard Wormdal (Norwegian journalist) on his book The Satellite War
12:00 � 1:30 pm Lunch and awards
2:30 - 3:15 pm Presentation by Tamara Lorincz (Canadian activist) on Conversion & Demilitarisation
3:30 - 4:15 pm Presentation by Masaki Toda (Japanese activist) on US X-Band �missile defense radar being deployed in Kyoto region.
5:15 � 6:00 pm Dinner
6:15 pm Move to Trinity Episcopal Church (1500 State Street)

7:00 � 9:00 pm

 Community program at Trinity Episcopal Church

  • Welcome by David Krieger (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation)

  • Dennis Apel (Guadalupe Catholic Worker House)

  • Dave Webb (GN Chairperson, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Leeds, UK)

  • Andrew Lichterman (Western States Legal Foundation)

  • Christine Hong (Korea Policy Institute and US Santa Cruz)

  • Mary Beth Sullivan (Social worker & peace conversion activist, Bath, Maine)

  • Music by Tom Neilson, JoYakgol & Holly Gwinn Graham


Sunday, March 16

7:30 am


9:00 am � 12:00

Global Network annual membership meeting (Election of board, coordinator�s report, budget review, strategy & planning discussion, next meeting decisions, 2014 Keep Space for Peace Week theme)



1:00 pm

Check out of retreat center

We will have limited sleeping space (dormitory style) available at the La Casa de Maria Retreat center so reservations will be necessary. Some hotel options from the nearest to the farthest from our retreat center are provided below. All would require a vehicle and travel time would be 10 minutes from the nearest to 20 minutes from the furthest.

Motel 6 - (Around $90.00 per night)
3505 State Street
US 101 at SR 225/State Street
Santa Barbara CA 93105 

The Sandman Inn - (Around $100.00 per night)
3714 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA

Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn - (Around $200.00 per night)
3850 State St.
Santa Barbara CA 93105


Please sign me up for a sleeping space at the retreat center on March 14 & 15.  Enclosed is _________ (Pay what you can best afford between $50-$150)  Meals are included.

Please send me local hotel information in the Santa Barbara area.

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
P.O. Box 652, Brunswick, ME 04011 �  [email protected] � (207) 443-9502