GN’s 25th Annual Organizing Conference & Protest

April 7 - 9, 2017

Huntsville, Alabama


Pivot Toward War:
US Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space

Join us for the 25th anniversary of the Global Network at this important conference and protest in the community known as the ‘Pentagon of the South’.


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Huntsville is the home of the Redstone Arsenal and the Space Command’s directorate for ‘missile defense’.  Huntsville is the manufacturing site for the PAC-3, SM-3 missile defense (MD) systems while the controversial THAAD is built in another part of Alabama.  Redstone Arsenal was the place where after WWII German rocket scientists were brought by the U.S., using their scientific and technological expertise to help create the US space and weapons programs.  The GN had a similar meeting in Huntsville in 2001.

The US is currently encircling Russia and China with MD systems based on Navy Aegis warships (SM-3 interceptor missiles) and with ground-based launchers (PAC-3 and THAAD).  These systems are the ‘shield’ that would be used to pick-off Russian or Chinese retaliatory strikes after a Pentagon first-strike attack.  MD systems were previously banned by the US-Russian Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty because they are destabilizing and give one side an advantage.  George W. Bush pulled the US out of the ABM Treaty in 2001 and since that time the US MD program has been on steroids.

This conference, to be held in the heartland of the conservative south, will be a great opportunity for peace groups everywhere to learn more about the role of US MD systems which could be key triggers to start WW III. Help the growing global movement against MD and space weapons build greater opposition to these destabilizing programs.

We invite peace groups worldwide to become co-sponsors of this timely conference and to send representatives to join the protest at Redstone Arsenal on April 7 and the conference on April 8-9.  Organizations interested in being listed as event co-sponsors are asked to pay $100 - $500 (whatever you can best afford).

Program

Friday, April 7    
  2:00pm News Conference
  4:00-5:30pm Vigil
Redstone Arsenal/Marshall Space Flight Center
Gate 9 (Rideout Road, Exit 14 off Hwy 565)
  6:00pm Dinner
Saturday, April 8    
  8:30-9:00am Registration
Flying Monkey Theatre (Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, 2nd Floor)
  9:00-9:30am Welcome & Purpose of the Conference
  9:30-10:00am Presentation
The US Space Global Warfighting System & Global Network Responses
  10:15-11:45am Plenary Panel I
A New Arms Race: Military Satellites, Drones, Prompt Global Strike, Military Space Plane, NSA Surveillance & Mining the Sky
  12:00-1:00pm Lunch
  1:15-2:30pm Plenary Panel II
Asia-Pacific Pivot: Resistance to Missile Offence; Radars & Interceptors
  2:45-4:00pm Plenary Panel III
Alternative Vision: Transforming a War Economy to a Peace Economy
  4:15-5:45pm Plenary Panel IV
Organizing Strategic & Movement Building during the Trump Administration
  6:00-8:00pm Supper Program
Speakers & Music
Sunday, April 9    
  10:00am-Noon Visit Space & Rocket Center Museum
(Exit 15 off Hwy 565)


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Further inquires to the GN at globalnet@mindspring.com or (207) 443-9502.
 



Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
P.O. Box 652, Brunswick, ME 04011 •  globalnet@mindspring.com • (207) 443-9502