2010 STAR WARS ACTIONS

January 2010
Call for Signatures Protesting Navy Base Construction that will Destroy Coral Reefs In South Korea

GN Co-ordinator Bruce Gagnon is compiling a list of organizations and concerned individuals from around the world who wish to voice their protest with the US and South Korean governments about the plan to build a Navy base that threatens to destroy the coral reefs, fishing, and tangerine groves that are integral to the people's way of life.

Please join the protest.

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January 6, 2010
Hilton Albuquerque Hotel

Log on to Register:
http://www.nmoptics.org/gap.html
www.deps.org


January 16, 2010
CIA Headquarters, Langley, Virginia

It was recently announced that the White House gave the CIA permission to increase its drone bombings in Pakistan of which to date over 1/3rd of the deaths are civilian.

The CIA is a profoundly violent and corrupt organization and, while we don't think the Military should be using manned, or unmanned aerial vehicles, we think the drone bombings from CIA robots are particularly despicable.

Many of us will be in the DC area for the Witness Against Torture vigil-fast from Dec 11-22, so we decided to do this protest on Saturday, January 16th.

Speakers: Cindy Sheehan, Cynthia McKinney, Kathy Kelly, Debra Sweet and Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright, Bruce Gagnon, Joshua Smith (Technical Briefing).

Songs of Social Significance to be performed by David Rovics. http://www.davidrovics.com/

Please join us if you can!

Download flyer

See also: Shall We Gather at the CIA? by Missy Comley Beattie
 


January 21, 2010
Vandenberg Air Force Base,
Santa Barbara CA

ICBM Launch Protest

The Missile Defense Agency is to conduct a Ground-Based Interceptor test, FTG-06, for the missile defense system. Reagan Test Site, Marshall Islands, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. The test will simulate an Iranian missile attack on the United States.

The protest will be on Jan 21 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the front gate 6 miles north of Lompoc on Highway One Santa Barbara county, CA USA

A dummy US Intercontinental Ballistic missile (posing as a nuclear shot from "Iran") will be launched toward California from the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands on the same date to try to "take out" the so-called (by the Pentagon)"Iranian" missile.

The “Star Wars” NMD program is a direct obstacle to disarmament talks with Russia and is making a nuclear weapons free future less likely.

Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. Endorsed by War Resister’s League, CodePink, Nevada Desert Experience, Tri-Valley Cares and many others.

For details and/or tp send statements of support
email macgregoreddy@gmail.com,
or call 831 206 5043


January 22-24, 2010
Waihopi, New Zealand

SPYBASE PROTEST

The Waihopai spybase was dragged into the public spotlight in April 2008 when three Ploughshares peace activists penetrated its high security and deflated one of the two domes concealing its satellite dishes from the NZ public. The Anti-Bases Campaign was happy to support this non-violent direct action anti-war activity (which is yet to come to trial).

The public face of New Zealand’s role as an American ally is the NZ military presence in Afghanistan. But New Zealand’s most significant contribution to that, and other American wars, including the one in Iraq, is the Waihopai electronic intelligence gathering base, located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. It is controlled by the US, with New Zealand (including Parliament and the Prime Minister) having little or no idea what goes on there, let alone any control.

First announced in 1987, Waihopai is operated by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in the interests of the foreign Powers grouped together in the super-secret UKUSA Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence among the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ). Its two satellite interception dishes intercept a huge volume of civilian telephone calls, telexes, faxes, e-mail and computer data communications. It spies on our Asia/Pacific neighbours, and forwards the material on to the major partners in the UKUSA Agreement, specifically the US National Security Agency (NSA). Its targets are international civilian communications involving New Zealanders, including the interception of international phone calls.  Post- 9/11 the GCSB and Waihopai now spy further afield, to those regions where the US is waging wars. The codename for this – Echelon – has become notorious worldwide as the vast scope of its spying has become public.  New Zealand is an integral, albeit junior part of a global spying network, a network that is ultimately accountable only to its own constituent agencies, not governments, not citizens.

Join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spybase. Come prepared for roughing it and camping out.  We provide the food (we cater for vegetarians but vegans will have to bring their own).  Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather, and $40 (or $20 unwaged) to cover costs.  No open fires.

How to find our camp at Whites Bay: turn off SH1 at Tuamarina (9km north of Blenheim or 20 km south of Picton) and drive to Rarangi on the coast.  Follow the steep Port Underwood Road over the hilltop before descending to the Whites Bay turnoff.  There is a DoC public camp at the bay with basic facilities.  ABC has to pay a fixed charge per head.

This will be the first Waihopai spybase protest since the Domebusters’ courageous 2008 citizens’ deflation action.  Waihopai does not operate in the interests of New Zealanders or our neighbours.  Basically it is a foreign spybase on NZ soil and directly involves us in America’s wars.  Waihopai must be closed.

See also: Spies on the ground beat ears in the sky

I want to take part in the Weekend of Protest

 

Name _________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________

T/F/Email ______________________________________________________

q  I enclose $40 ($20 unwaged) per person registration to cover costs $_____

q  I want to make a donation to the Waihopai campaign $_______

q I can help with publicity in my area or network – Yes/No

q I want to join the Anti-Bases Campaign.  Annual membership is $20

(includes subscription to Peace Researcher)
 

 

January 31, 2010
Vandenberg Air Force Base,
Santa Barbara CA

ICBM Launch Protest
(This is the Interceptor launch postponed from last week due to storm)

The protest will be on Jan 31 from 1 pm at the front gate 6 miles north of Lompoc on Highway One Santa Barbara county, CA USA

A dummy US Intercontinental Ballistic missile (posing as a nuclear shot from "Iran") will be launched toward California from the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands on the same date to try to "take out" the so-called (by the Pentagon)"Iranian" missile.

The “Star Wars” NMD program is a direct obstacle to disarmament talks with Russia and is making a nuclear weapons free future less likely.

Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. Endorsed by War Resister’s League, CodePink, Nevada Desert Experience, Tri-Valley Cares and many others.

See: Missile-defense test scheduled for VAFB

Also: Dangerous, Destabilizing and Provocative;
Peaceful Protesters Roughed up, Arrested by Obama’s Pentagon;
and: Missile Mishaps;
What American really have to fear

For details and/or tp send statements of support
email macgregoreddy@gmail.com,
or call 831 206 5043


April 16-19, 2010
Hood River, Oregon

Predator.  Reaper.  Hellfire.  These are the names which developers choose for their high-tech automated killing machines, the missile-armed pilotless drones that now prowl the skies of Southwest Asia, raining death and injury on tribal villages on the Afghan/Pakistani frontier.

Yet these machines are only the first advance guard of the robot legions now being rapidly developed and manufactured in a little-understood emerging new era of human history, a trend documented in Brookings scholar P.W. Singer’s 2009 book, Wired for War.  People of conscience need to take action now, before it is too late, to resist the unexamined progression of these invasive and dangerous technologies into both military action and civilian life.

This gathering is being planned as a strategy conference to explore the implications of – and resistance to -- development of robotic technology for use in both warfare and civilian social control.  The conference will conclude with a nonviolent witness action at the nearby Boeing/Insitu drone development facility.

The conference is sponsored by the Alliance to Resist Robotic Warfare and Society (ARROWS) and the Columbia River Fellowship for Peace. 

For more information:
contact ResistRoboticWar@gmail.com, tierralinda@live.com,
go online to view www.robotic-warfare-watch.blogspot.com,
or call (509) 447-4250.
 


April/May, 2010
Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space




April 21, 2010
6.30pm
Oxdox, Oxford, England
at the
The Ultimate Picture Palace

For more information:
http://www.oxdox.com/2010festival/index.php?p=Full_List&start=24

April 28, 2010
7pm

in the Official Selection at the
LONDON INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
London, England
at the
Clapham Picture House
 

For more information:
http://www.lidf.co.uk/whats-on/

May 3, 2010
12.30pm
London, England
SCI-FI-LONDON

For more information:
http://www.sci-fi-london.com/

May 11, 2010
Vancity Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
at the
DOXA Documentary Film Festival

For more information:
http://www.doxafestival.ca/festival/films/pax_americana.html

On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/PAX-AMERICANA/102424539828

As if there weren’t enough weapons here on earth, space has become the newest arena for countries around the globe to launch their struggle for supremacy. Denis Delestrac’s film Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space is packed full of some truly startling facts — everything from the “Rods of God” (space weapons that can launch from orbit) to the fact that fifty cents of every American tax dollar goes towards military spending. The astronomical costs of arming and policing the heavens (more than $200 billion) has largely fallen to the US Air Force, but with China and other nations challenging American supremacy, there is the potential for a war to take place right over our heads.

Comparison of the space race to the sea battles of the 18th and 19th Century are apt, since so many global interests are at stake. As per usual, economics are at the heart of the struggle. Noam Chomsky draws analogies between the US weaponization of space to good old-fashioned colonialism in the tradition of empire. In the name of protecting commercial investment, the US has charged itself with being the arbiter of peace in space. But with the weapons industry replacing almost all other manufacturing in America, is this simply a ruse? Many experts unequivocally state that missile defense is the longest running fraud in the history of US defense. That it, in fact, disguises true American intentions to dominate space as a means of dominating the entire globe. (Getting rid of the anti-ballistic missile treaty was one of the first activities undertaken by the Bush Administration.)

If a space war were to happen, the effects could prove catastrophic. Since there is no way to clean up debris and space junk, it stays in orbit, circling the globe at some 14,000 miles per hour. At this speed, even a pea-sized piece of debris has the capacity to destroy whatever is in its path. This includes satellites that regulate most of the world’s information systems (everything from GPS to banking to media). But with China shooting down one of their own aging satellites, the race shows every sign of heating up. This time, the sky may indeed be falling.

Director’s biography

Born in France (1968), Denis Delestrac graduated from the Toulouse Law University and the National School of Broadcast Journalism before leaving for the US with a one way ticket in his pocket. It was in New York where he was struck by the “countless pictorial opportunities” that he bought his first camera. As a scriptwriter and filmmaker, he has made and collaborated in several documentaries for many TV stations, audiovisual companies and cultural Institutions. He was assistant director on Mystery of the Nile, released world wide in 2005. Delestrac also created the TV version, a 50 minute film titled Adventure on the Nile.
 


May 9, 2010
Church Center, 777 U.N. Plaza,
New York City

GLOBAL NETWORK ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Agenda

9:00 am – 10:30 am Global Network Annual Membership Meeting
 
  • Introductions
  • Financial report
  • Coordinator report
  • Planning for Keep Space for Peace Week - October 2-9, 2010
  • Review of plans for India space organizing conference - October 9-12, 2010
  • Board elections
10.45 - 11.45

View new documentary film Pax Americana & the Weaponization of Space and talk by filmmaker Denis Delestrac (Barcelona, Spain)

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch provided ($12 each)
1:15 – 1:30 pm Welcome by GN Chair Dave Webb (CND-UK)
1:30 – 3:45 pm Plenary Panel:  Space Organizing Reports from Key Activists:
  • Ray Acheson (Project Dir., Reaching Critical Will, WILPF, New York City)
  • Matthew Hoey (Director, Military Space Transparency Project, Cambridge, MA)
  • Ko Young-Dae (Co-Representative SPARK, Seoul, South Korea)
  • Lynda Williams (Physics Educator, Santa Rosa, CA)
  • Bill Sulzman (Citizens for Peace in Space, Colorado Springs, CO)
  • J. Narayana Rao (All India Peace & Solidarity Organization, Nagpur, India)
  • Dave Webb (Vice-Chair, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Leeds, England)
  • Agneta Norberg (Vice-Chair, Swedish Peace Council, Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Joseph Gerson (AFSC, Cambridge, MA)
  • Alice Slater (Moderator, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, New York City)

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Closing words: Bruce Gagnon (GN Coordinator, Bath, ME)

NOTE: This GN annual meeting is being held in New York City in conjunction with other international events centered around the U.N.'s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.

Registration form available herE as a web page or here as a Word document

(One easy way to pay the lunch fee is by using the internet.  Go to our web site at www.space4peace.org and look for the red Donate Now! button and contribute via your credit card.  In the comment section say it is for annual meeting lunch.  This is a secure process.)


June 5, 2010
Vandenberg Air Force Base,
Santa Barbara CA

Another ICBM Launch Protest
(This is the Interceptor launch postponed from last week due to storm)

Join protesters on June 5 (Nuclear Weapons Abolition Day) from 1 pm
at the front gate 6 miles north of Lompoc on Highway One Santa Barbara county, CA USA

Speakers: Andy Lichterman of the Western States Legal Foundation and David Krieger of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Another protest
June 5 at 3 pm in El Segundo (LA) LA Air Force Base/Missile Center

which guides the launch 262 North Douglas El Segundo
for details call 831 206 5043 or email macgregoreddy@gmail.com

Speakers Que Keju "Where do the missiles land?
 


June 6, 2010
Fylingdales, North Yorkshire Moors
England


July 4, 2010
Menwith Hill, England

More details from www.caab.org.uk


August 25-29, 2010
Portland, Maine


September 18, 2010
University of London Union
Malet Street, London, England

"The Rise of the Drone" by Dave Webb,
Leeds Met University, Vice-Chair CND
+ 6 Workshops

Cost including buffet lunch - £10/£6 concession.

Places at the conference are limited - to book ask for booking form from:
Drone Wars Conference,
Fellowship of Reconciliation,
Peace House,
19 Paradise Street,
Oxford, OX1 1LD

Phone: 01865 250 781 or
Email mary@for.org.uk for more information.


October 2-9, 2010
Everywhere

Keep Space for Peace Week

The U.S. is encircling Russia and China with “missile defense” systems that are key elements in the Pentagon’s “first strike” program. The U.S. is deploying Navy Aegis destroyers, with SM-3 interceptors on-board, in Japan, South Korea and Australia. Ground-based PAC-3 (Patriot) interceptors are being put in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Obama is also deploying PAC-3 missiles in Poland, 35 miles from Russia’s Kaliningrad border, and SM-3 missiles at new U.S. bases in Bulgaria and Romania. Aegis destroyers will also be deployed in the Black Sea further surrounding Russia.
All of these missile deployments will be directed by U.S. space technology from bases around the globe. U.S. “missile offense” makes it likely that a new arms race with Russia and China will move into space.

More Details


October 9-11, 2010
Nagpur, India

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ACHIEVING A NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND MISSILE DEFENCE FREE ASIA

Co-Sponsored by:
All India Peace & Solidarity Organisation (Maharashtra State Committee); Centre for Cultural, Educational, Economics and Social Studies (Nagpur); Global Network Against Weapons a& Nuclear Power in Space

Unfortunately this event has to be cancelled/postponed due to action
by the Indian Government

Details Here

Since the end of the World War II the west has never allowed Asia to live in peace. For the first time in history the U.S. used nuclear weapons for mass killing in Japan. It never reconciled to the liberation of many countries from the yoke of colonialism and imperialism.

Korean war, Vietnam war, Afghanistan war, Iraq war, attacks on Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, etc were waged by the U.S. Border disputes between India and Pakistan and India and China are the legacy of British colonialism.

The west never allowed democracy to stabilize in Asia. The imperialist countries always encouraged counter revolutionary forces and indulged in mass killing of innocent people. They tried to keep the Asian countries under-developed. The nuclear arms race, heavy spending on conventional arms, and internal clashes among Asian countries is the game of imperialism. The U.S. military bases in various Asian countries is a constant threat to the sovereignty of these countries where ever they are existing.

Talibanism and terrorism in Asia was abetted by the U.S. and it wishes that Asian countries should be engulfed perpetually in conflicts in the interest of it’s Military Industrial Complex. U.S. is now trying to involve Asian countries in militarization of space along with it.

It is high time that the Asian countries should under take an in-depth appraisal of these problems and get out of the influence of imperialism. The diabolical plan of U.S. deploying Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) programmes is to make first-strike strikes on Asian countries especially China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. Missile Defence programme is also closely linked with the weaponisation space.

To have an in-depth discussion on all these issues and to “Achieve a Nuclear Weapons and Missile Defence Free Asia” an International Conference is being organized at Nagpur on October 9-11, 2010 jointly with the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, All India Peace & Solidarity Organisation and the Centre for Cultural, Educational, Economics and Social Studies, Nagpur.

Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat, former Naval Chief of India, will inaugurate the conference and delegates from the U.S., UK, Sweden, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Guam and from various states throughout India will be participating in the conference.
 

Oct 9    
 

15.00

Inaugural Function. Followed by a Cultural Programme in the I.M.A Hall, North Ambazhari Road.
Oct 10    
  09.00-10.00 Plenary Session I: Can Humanity Survive?
   
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Outcome of Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Committee
  • StratCom, Space Domination and Global Control
  • Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS)
  10.00-11.00 Plenary Session II: Problems and Prospects of Nuclear Disarmament in Asia
   
  • India, Pakistan and the NPT
  • India Conflict with Pakistan (including Kashmir)
  • India Conflict with China
  • India-US Nuclear Deal
  • South Korean, Japanese and North Korean perspectives
  11.00-12.00 Plenary Session III: The Danger of Missile Defence and Weaponisation of Space in Asia
   
  • Indian Space Programme
  • India and Missile Defence
  • Drones in Pakistan
  12.00-13.00 Lunch Break
  13.00-13.40 Plenary Session IV: Asia and Terrorism
   
  •  Talibanism, the War In Afghanistan and the role of NATO
  13.40-14.20 Plenary Session V: Prospects of Asian Union
   
  • Political, Economic and Security advantages
  14.20-15.00 Plenary Session VI: Militarism and Media
   
  • The role of media on Arms race, Wars including pre-emptive wars, Terrorism, promoting a Culture of Peace and non- violence etc.
  15.00-16.30 Closing Ceremony and Adoption of Nagpur Declaration
Oct 11    
    Interaction with Students and Youth by Foreign Delegates
Oct 12    
    Visit to Sewagram Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi spent time during the freedom struggle of India.  The ashram served as the headquarters of Mahatma Gandhi for six years, from 1934 to 1940. Gandhi built the Sewagram Ashram himself, with the material that was available locally. He lived at the ashram, amidst lush green surroundings, without any facilities of electricity and telephone. (Foreign Delegates only)
 

If you would like to attend please download, fill out and send in the Conference Registration Form available here.

Unfortunately this event has to be cancelled/postponed due to action
by the Indian Government

Details Here
 



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