2005 STAR WARS ACTIONS

February 12, 2005
Big Rally Against War Profiteers
University of New Mexico


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March 12 - May 1, 2005
International Peace Walk
Oak Ridge TN - NPT Review, United Nations, New York


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More details and information on how to contribute to or join the pilgrimage:

Jim Toren: (513) 403-6698 or email: footprintsforpeace@fuse.net

Nipponzan Myohoji, Grafton Peace Pagoda: (518) 658- 9301 or 87 Crandall Road, Petersburg, NY 12138

Marcus Atkinson, email: nuclearfreefuture@fuse.net

Atsuko Nogowa: (Japan) 090-36544035 or email: inori-heiwa@jeans.ocn.ne.jp


March 29-30, 2005
Public Hearings for Pluto Kuiper Mission
NASA Florida Solar Energy Center,
Cocoa


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April 29-30, 2005
Global Network 13th Annual International Conference
Full Spectrum Resistance
an International Space Organizing Conference
New York City

The Global Network (GN) will be heavily involved in the big events planned in New York City this spring around the Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). People will be coming in from all over the world in great numbers to call on the U.S. and all the nuclear powers to end their nuclear hypocrisy.

On April 29-30 the GN will hold its 13th anniversary international membership meeting and conference in New York just before the NPT events begin. On Friday, April 29 the GN will hold its annual membership business meeting at the Church Center (777 U.N. Plaza) from 5-9 pm.

Then on Saturday, April 30 we will hold our annual conference entitled Full Spectrum Resistance: An Int’l Space Organizing Conference which will feature key space activists from around the world. The keynote speaker at the event will be Dr. Michio Kaku (Henry Semat Professorship in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York. His most popular and best selling books include Hyperspace and Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century.) This event will be held at the Musicians Union Hall Local #802 (322 W. 48th St) in New York and will run from 1-9 pm. Advance registration will be necessary. The GN conference is being co-sponsored by Abolition 2000 Network.

On Sunday, May 1 the GN will participate in the massive international disarmament rally planned by Abolition 2000 and United for Peace & Justice in the city (Central Park) calling for the rapid implementation of the promise of nuclear disarmament.

More details (inc. agenda & brochure)

(Report from Conference)


May 1, 2005
No Nukes! No Wars!
March by the United Nations
Rally in Central Park
New York City


(download flier - 77KB pdf file)

Sixty years ago the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, instantly killing and wounding hundreds of thousands of people and beginning the nuclear arms race. In May, world leaders, mayors and citizens from around the world will converge on the United Nations to decide the fate of the endangered Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The nuclear weapons states, led by the U.S., are hypocritically accusing other nations of seeking nuclear arms while ignoring their own disarmament obligations. The Bush administration lied when it went to war in Iraq by claiming Saddam Hussein had 'weapons of mass destruction'.

The war in Iraq continues and U.S. threats against other nations are escalating. At the same time, the U.S. is modernizing its nuclear arsenal and expanding the role of nuclear weapons in its 'national security' policy. Who will be next? Iran? North Korea? Syria?

Rally details

Pictures from the demonstration


May 21-22, 2005
Protest for Peace
Vandenberg Space Command, CA

May 21
1-3pm

Guest speakers Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness and Bill Sultzman of Citizens for Peace in Space.
Sponsored by the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and endorsed by California Peace Action, Code Pink Women for Peace and War Resistor's League.

Kathy Kelly will speak at the front gate of Vandenberg Space Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base is a huge presence in Santa Barbara county. Together with Fort Greely, Alaska, Vandenberg is the site for the deployment of the missile defense “Star Wars” interceptors. Vandenberg is also the location for the launch and coordination of polar satellites used for directing the bombing of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Ms Kelly is a Nobel Peace prize nominee who co-founded Voices in the Wilderness and has made may trips taking humanitarian aid to the people of Iraq. Ms. Kelly was in Baghdad during the “shock and awe” bombardment of the city by the US Air Force, thus giving special poignancy to her presence at Vandenberg.

Last October Dr. Helen Caldicott was a guest speaker at Vandenberg front gate to protest the deployment of the ruinously expensive missile defense interceptors which provide a shield for the launching of pre-emptive strikes and destabilize world peace. Despite it's declared policy of permitting peaceful protests the base personnel confiscated Dr. Caldicott's microphone and platform and refused to allow protesters to park in the area that was alloted to them. This year protesters are invited to meet at noon at Ryan Park in Lompoc (located at the corner of West Ocean and South O streets) at noon to share rides to the front gate so we cannot be turned away.

The front gate is located at the intersection of Highway One and the Casamila-Lompoc Rd, six miles north of Lompoc on Hwy 1 in Santa Barbara county.

The is supposed to be parking available at the Vandenberg school that is on the other side of the highway.

Report of rally

West Coast Organizing Meeting
The Santa Barbara Public Library

May 22
10am-3pm

Informational meeting of the Global Network and WILPF at the Santa Barbara public library from 10 am to 3 pm. Special plenary speaker on the 22 will be Bill Sulzman of Citizens for Peace in Space in Colorado Springs. The conference is open to the public but space is limited so please register if you plan to attend.

For more details about either the May 21 demonstration or the May 22 conference see www.vpeaceldf.org or contact:

MacGregor Eddy
PO Box 5789 Salinas CA 93915-5789,
or email mindful@redshift.com
or call 831 754 5554
or cell phone 831 206 5043.

There will be accommodation available on the night of Saturday May 21 for people from out of town.

(download flyer - 31KB pdf file)


July 4, 2005
Independence from America Demonstration
Menwith Hill, UK

Organised by CAAB

The demonstration is focussed on the people who work at USAF Menwith Hill - for example - we are protesting at the role this base plays or will play in the American Missile Defense System ("Star Wars"), the continuing role re the  Afghanistan and Iraq conflict and the policy of 'pre-emptive strikes'. We are calling for Independence FROM America.

See: News report,
CAAB report,
pictures


July 25, 2005
Oppose Plutonium Production
The Snake River Alliance

PLEASE JOIN US NEXT WEEK AND SAY NO TO PLUTONIUM AND YES TO A CLEAN AND SAFE IDAHO!

There will be another round of public hearings next week. Please plan on attending a hearing near you, and bring a friend!

Idaho Falls
Monday, July 25, 7pm
Shilo Inn, Idaho Falls Room

Fort Hall
Tuesday, July 26, 7pm
Tribal Business Center

Twin Falls
Wednesday, July 27, 7pm
College of Southern Idaho
Taylor Building, Room 276

Boise
Thursday, July 28, 7pm
Red Lion Downtowner
Selway Meeting Room

News reports from the Sun Valley meeting, at the following links:

http://sunvalleyonline.com/news/article.asp?ID_Article=960

http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?issue_date=07-22-2005&ID=2005104284

More Information from the Snake River Alliance at (866) 891-0178 or go to www.snakeriveralliance.org

If you are in the Wyoming area, you can also contact Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free at www.yellowstonenuclearfree.org
 


August 6, 2005
Seeds of Change
Rally and March to the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab


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On the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima...

  • ACT to abolish nuclear weapons and war

  • PROTEST new, earth-penetrating nuclear weapons at Livermore Lab

  • CELEBRATE your vision of a just and nuclear-free world

 RALLY AND MARCH TO THE LIVERMORE NUCLEAR WEAPONS LAB

WHEN: Saturday, August 6 at 5 PM

WHERE: William Payne Park, 5800 Patterson Pass Rd., Livermore, CA. (Directions Below)

For fliers, carpool info, music events, nonviolence guidelines and more info click here: http://www.trivalleycares.org/aug6-2005.asp

To Volunteer: contact Tara (925) 443-7148

NO NUKES! NO WAR!

Why Livermore? Why Now?
The Bay Area's Livermore Lab acts as the "brain" of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. Currently Livermore Lab scientists are developing new and modified nuclear weapons, spurring the U.S. to spend billions of dollars upgrading the U.S. arsenal. The U.S. spends roughly one and a half times more on nuclear weapons activities than during the cold war (adjusted for inflation).

Developing nuclear weapons in the Bay Area puts communities at risk. The Dept. of Energy describes the 50-mile radius surrounding Livermore Lab as the affected population. This includes over 7 million people from San Francisco, to Silicon Valley to Stockton. Plutonium work continues to expand in Livermore, despite a shutdown of the plutonium facility in January 2005 - due to safety violations. The Dept. of Energy has given the green light to double the plutonium limit at Livermore Lab to 3,080 pounds, enough for 300 nuclear bombs. On August 6, join with us in Livermore to say "yes" to peace and health and "no" to nukes and war.

The Seeds of Change theme reminds us that our actions now are laying the foundation for the peace of the future. Like a pyramid built through generations of labor, our movement is planting the seeds that will one day abolish nuclear weapons and heal global wounds caused by the nuclear legacy. Join with us to plant Seeds of Change and enjoy music, children's activities, and a candlelight march to the gates of the Lab. Bring an item to share at the picnic (potluck) dinner. On the 60th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we will gather at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab. Hiroshima, Nagasaki NEVER AGAIN!!!

NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION: There will be nonviolent direct action on Tuesday, August 9. Meet at 8 AM at William Payne Park, 5800 Patterson Pass Rd. Take I-580, exit on Vasco Rd; go South 2 miles. August 9 is the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing. This action is to honor all the victims of nuclear weapons-from mining to designing to testing to use. NAGASAKI NEVER AGAIN!!! NONVIOLENCE GUIDELINES BELOW.

SEND SUNFLOWERS! : Design a sunflower to "plant" at the gates of Livermore Lab. Be creative-use wrapping paper, or other decorative paper to design your flower. Bring your sunflowers with you to the rally; if you cannot attend the rally at the Livermore nuclear weapons lab on Aug. 6, you can participate by sending a sunflower that you make. For full instructions: www.wagingpeace.org/sunflower
 


August 6, 2005
It started here - let's stop it here
60th Anniversary of Hiroshima
Ashley Pond Park, Los Alamos

The Los Alamos Study Group and endorsing organizations will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings with an all-day conference and teach-in at Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos.

A-Bomb Survivors to Help Harvest New Mexico Sunflowers, Carry Message of Hope to Los Alamos on Anniversary of Bombings
Contact: Trish Williams-Mello, 505-265-1200

Corrales, NM - In a field of yellow and green, pruning shears in hand, aging survivors of the Hiroshima bomb blast will work alongside volunteers on August 3 and 4 to bring the international symbol of nuclear disarmament, the sunflower, to the birthplace of the atomic bomb: Los Alamos, New Mexico. 

Survivors of the atomic blasts, known as hibakusha, will be helping to harvest thousands of sunflowers from a Corrales field. As many as five thousand flowers will brighten the lawn of the Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos on August 6, as part of the Hiroshima Day commemoration. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Study Group to remember the day the bomb was dropped and to call for nuclear disarmament.

The sunflowers will be delivered to Los Alamos in a semi-tractor trailer rig on the morning of August 6 driven by one of many volunteers working with the Study Group for this event.

All of the hibakusha are over 60 years old now, and their numbers dwindle every year. They tell moving personal accounts of living through the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 or of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Members of the media who wish to document the poignant and beautiful sunflower harvest are asked to contact the Los Alamos Study Group to make an appointment for photo and filming times and interview possibilities.

See: www.lasg.org!

See: report on day here.


August 6-9, 2005
Vigil to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings
Offutt Air Force base, Bellevue, NE

The DM CW, the Omaha CW and the Omaha Spirit of Peace Community invite you to join us for our annual 3 1/2 day vigil at the gates of Offutt Air Force Base, in Bellevue, NE. home of the Strategic Nuclear (StratCom) and the US Military Space Commands.

Come stand, pray and do penance with us as we commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the USA atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan on Aug 6 and 9, 1945. Contemplate with us the work and mission of these god-awful Commands, the challenges they pose to all life on our planet and the demonic claim it holds on the soul and spirit of our nation.

This year's vigil begins Saturday Aug 6th at 8 a.m. the hour the USA dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, at the Kinney gate and main entrance of Offutt AFB. The vigil ends Tuesday Aug 9th at 11 a.m., the hour the USA dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

The vigil will begin at 8 a.m. each day and last until 8 p.m. (12 hours) to Tuesday Aug 9th. On Aug 9th the vigil concludes with a prayer circle and line crossing at 11 a.m. Floor space is available in the basement of St John's Church on Creighton University's campus starting Friday evening Aug 5th. People are welcome to bring food and drinks to share. Call and let us know you are coming and have any special needs.

Everyone is welcome! Come for an hour or for the whole three and 1/2 days.

Contacts:

Frank Cordaro, Phil Berrigan CW House
(515) 282-4781 frank.cordaro@gmail.com

Jerry Ebner of the Omaha CW Community
(402) 455-6439 jerryebner@hotmail.com

Caitlin Harwood c8lin88@hotmail.com
or
William Slattery slattwi@yahoo.com
at the Omaha Spirit of Peace Community
(402)991-4586
spiritofpeacecommunity@yahoo.com

SOS 2005

This years vigil is part of larger effort planned by the Omaha base SOS (Speak Out at STRATCom) 2005. This year's SOS main event will take place on Saturday Aug 6th at 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Kinney Gate, Offutt's main entrance and site of our vigil.

Speakers will include Veteran peace activist Medea Benjamin of "Code Pink: Women for Peace" www.codepink4peace.org  and "Global Exchange" www.globalexchange.org  and Loring Wirbel, author of Star Wars: U.S. Tools of Space Supremacy.
For more info on this and other events planned in Omaha for Aug 6 - 9 visit SOS's web page www.omahasos.org


September 10, 2005
Stop the Worship of the Gods of War!
Statewide Protest of Blue Angels Air Show
Brunswick, ME

Brunswick Mall to NASB March begins 9 A.M.

The Navy’s "Blue Angels" flight team will come to Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) to perform on the anniversary of 9–11. The event is a recruiting gimmick at a time when the military is in desperate need for more of our kids to fight in Iraq.

Maine Veterans for Peace is calling for a statewide peace march from the downtown Brunswick mall to NASB on September 10. We will begin gathering just after 8:00 a.m. that morning. Over 100,000 people are expected to view the expensive war promotion air show.

Navy planes from NASB routinely fly surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq calling in air strikes—many of which kill innocent Iraqi civilians. At these air shows our children are taught to idolize these "gods of metal."

As we face massive social spending cuts in our state and nation, the time has come for the public to say that we must convert our huge military industrial complex to peaceful and sustainable production.

Over 50% of every tax dollar now goes to fight "endless war."

Please join VFP on September 10 in Brunswick.

Special guests will be Kathy Kelly (Voices in the Wilderness) and Cindy Sheehan (Gold Star Families for Peace)

Real angels don’t drop bombs!

Maine Veterans for Peace, 13 Soper Rd.,
Chesterville,ME.04938
www.vfpmaine.org
293--2580 or 729-0517

Co-Sponsors: Pax Christi Maine, PeaceWorks, Maine WILPF, Peace Action Maine, Smilin’Trees Disarmament Farm, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Maine Coalition for Peace & Justice, Island Peace & Justice, Witness for Peace, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Peninsula Peace & Justice, Winthrop Area People for Peace, and Waldo County Peace & Justice

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September 11, 2005
9/11 River Cruise for Peace
Becky Thatcher Riverboat
St. Louis Riverfront

Opposed to the war in Iraq?
Concerned the country is adrift?
Think there are better things to spend our tax dollars on than war that doesn’t make us safer?

ALL ABOARD FOR PEACE!
Let Peace and Justice Flow Like a River

1pm Kickoff Rally on Courthouse Steps

2pm River Cruise for Peace

5:30pm Buffet Reception and Keynote Speaker Bruce Gagnon

TICKETS:

$25 MAJOR DONOR

$18 REGULAR/ADULT

$8 STUDENT/LIMITED INCOME

As we remember the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks, listen to a reading of Mark Twain’s “War Prayer,” while cruising the Mississippi River and challenge whether the country is steaming in the right direction - towards peace. Music, speakers, rally, and more.

For tickets, contact the non-profit Peace Economy Project, 438 N. Skinker Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130,
ph: 314-725-6406,
pep@peaceeconomyproject.org,
www.peaceeconomyproject.org

More details on leaflet


September 24-26, 2005
End the War on Iraq!
Three Days of Mass Action
Washington D.C.

Sat., 9/24 - Massive March, Rally & Festival
Sun., 9/25 - Interfaith Service, Grassroots Training
Mon., 9/26 - Lobby Day, Mass Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Disobedience


Sickened by the killing, the torture, the destruction, and the spiraling human and financial costs of this illegal and immoral war? It's time to let Congress and the White House know: We're fed up and we will hold you accountable! Join United for Peace and Justice in Washington, D.C. for three massive days of action against the war: a major march, rally, and festival on Saturday, September 24; an interfaith religious service and day of grassroots trainings on Sunday, September 25; and a large-scale grassroots lobbying day and mass nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience on Monday, September 26.

For more details: United for Peace and Justice at www.unitedforpeace.org


October 1-8, 2005
Keep Space for Peace Week

Action Details


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December 7, 2005
Ike was Right!
Protest the Missile Defense Symposium of the Association of the US Army
El Paso, Texas

Outside the Judson Williams Convention Ctr.
11am to 1pm

With Border Peace Presence of El Paso
borderpeacepresence@hotmail.com

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."

In 2006, Texans will contribute $774.7 million in federal taxes to pay for ballistic missile defense. The same $774.7 million would provide for Texans:

  • 109,505 Head Start Places for Children, or
  • Health Care for 516,193 Children, or
  • 10,506 Affordable Housing Units, or
  • 184,974 Scholarships for University Students, or
  • 19,090 Public Safety Officers, or
  • 13,519 Homeland Security Port Container Inspectors

(Source: "Tradeoffs," www.nationalpriorities.org)

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December 26-28, 2005
The Des Moines Catholic Worker community invites you to:
The 27th Annual Feast of the Holy Innocents Retreat, Witness & Line Crossing at STRATCOM Headquarters & US MILITARY SPACE COMMAND
Offutt Air Force Base

WHY AT OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE (AFB)?

Offutt Air Force Base has served as the home of our nation's nuclear weapons targeting and command headquarters for over 56 years. Formerly the Strategic Air Command, after the end of the Cold War the command headquarters was expanded to the Strategic Nuclear Command (STRATCOM).

While there are no nuclear weapons stationed at Offutt AFB, STRATCOM is the operational command center for all land, air and sea strategic nuclear weapons systems. No nuclear missile silos can be activated, no Trident Submarine can set sail or B52 Bombers fly without STRATCOM'S approval. STRATCOM at Offutt AFB holds the whole world under a threat of global nuclear annihilation every day, every hour, every minute of the year.

As if the targeting of 8,000 nuclear weapons were not horrific enough, on Oct. 1, 2002, the US Military Space Command was added to this hellish mission. With the addition of the US Military Space Command, the STRATCOM command facility now has the mission and ability to initiate and direct what is called "Full Spectrum Global Warfare." That means the Pentagon can now wage war at any point on the earth's surface in a 30-minute time frame directly form Offutt AFB. From nuclear weapons to direct control and command of clandestine secret military missions, the people at STRATCOM will have a direct hand in it all!

WHY THE FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS?

The DMCW community invites you to make your Christmas celebration complete and join us as we explore the often ignored and deeper meaning of the season. Using the Gospel of Mathew's infant narrative, we will examine the links between King Herod, his killing of the innocent children in Bethlehem and the murderous deeds of US backed modern day Herods. The Herods of Jesus' day were backed up by the Legions of the Roman armies. Our modern day Herods are backed up by the USA Global Military presence and Offutt's Nuclear and Space Commands.

Come and help us expose, confront and convert our country's God-awful nuclear weapon's operational headquarters and its War in Space Command through this prayerful three day retreat and witness at Offutt AFB.

This years retreat takes place in the basement of St John's Church on Creighton University campus at 2500 California Plaza, Omaha NE.

Web page to directions to Creighton U.: http://guide.creighton.edu/present/getcampus.html

The Retreat begins at 7:00 pm Monday, Dec. 26th with a Christmas Party and Social. On Tuesday morning Dec. 27th, we will drive to Offutt AFB for a brief prayer service and reading of St. Mathews Infant Narrative. Nonviolence training, community building, bible study and prayer will follow on Saturday. The Retreat will end with a Vigil and Line Crossing at Offutt AFB Tuesday Dec. 28th.


Schedule Feast of Holy Innocents
Retreat & Line Crossing 2005

Monday, Dec. 26

7:00 p.m. Christmas Party in the basement of St John's Parish on Creighton U. campus at 2500 California Plaza, Omaha NE. - for all our Omaha area friends and Feast of the Holy Innocents Retreat participants. Floor space is available at St John's for over night hospitality. Beds in local homes available upon request.

Tuesday, Dec. 27

10:00 a.m.    Introductions and drive to Offutt for "on site look" at Kinney gate, prayer circle and reading of St. Matthew's Infant Narrative (weather permitting) Return to retreat site.
12:00 p.m.    Lunch
1:00 p.m.   STRATCom / Space Command Overview
1:30 p.m.   Nonviolent Training
4:00 p.m.   Planning Session for "Line Crossing"
6:00 p.m.   Supper
7:30 p.m.   Line Crossing Plan Report
8:00 p.m.   Herod, Caesar, Mathew's Christmas Story and US(A) -  A group discussion lead by Frank Cordaro

Wednesday, Dec. 28

9:00 a.m.   Breakfast
10:00 a.m.   Finalize Witness & Line Crossing Plans. Clean up at St John's.
11:00 a.m.   Liturgy
12:00 p.m.    Car caravan to Offutt & the Kinney gate
12:30 p.m.    Witness and Line Crossing Main Gate

For more information contact:

Frank Cordaro
The Phil Berrigan Catholic Worker House
713 Indiana St., Des Moines IA 50314
Ph (515) 282-4781 Cell (515) 490 2490
E-mail: Frank.Cordaro@Gmail.com
DMCW Web Page: http://www.desmoinescatholicworker.org

 



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