I flew from Boston to Huntsville, Alabama on Friday to do a weekend of
advance work for the Global Network's 25th annual space organizing conference
that will be held in this 'rocket city' on April 7-9, 2017. Huntsville these
days is called the 'Pentagon of the South' and serves as the 'directorate' for
the Pentagon's provocative 'missile defense' program.
I am staying in the home of a local couple who have long been peace workers in
this heavily militarized city.
When I arrived at the Huntsville airport I was taken aback by the loads of
corporate space technology advertisements plastered along the walls as I made my
way to baggage claim. There can be no doubt that Boeing (the largest Star Wars
contractor of all) and a host of other aerospace corporations are making big
money off the plans to move the arms race into the heavens.
This morning I joined five other local activists on a busy street corner for
their weekly peace rally that has been going on here in Huntsville for many
years. Surprisingly there were quite a few honks from cars driving by - mostly
from younger people.
After the event two of the activists took me to lunch and we discussed the
Global Network's plan to hold our annual event here next April. They were very
helpful pledging the support of the North Alabama Peace Network and the Green
Party of Madison County. One of the two activists told me she was excited about
the conference coming to her city because local activists feel so isolated. It
will be good to meet others from around the world and across the US who share
their desire for peace.
My biggest task this weekend is to find a suitable meeting place for our
day-long conference that will be held on April 8 here in the city. On April 7
we'll have a news conference and a protest vigil at the Redstone Arsenal where
the work on 'missile defense' is being directed as the Pentagon deploys these
destabilizing systems near the Russian and Chinese borders.
I went to look at a couple potential meeting places and I am feeling confident
that we've found a suitable place - with the good help of local folks.
I met one man later in the day who is a retired Redstone Arsenal engineer. He
knows alot about the US 'missile defense' program and told me that he feels it
is really an offensive program. He said he fears that the US wants war with
Russia but can't quite seem to figure out why. I told him that I believe it is
because Russia has the world's largest supply of natural gas and because of the
melting Arctic Sea ice due to climate change. I've seen several references in
the last year or so from corporate interests claiming that they want regime
change in Moscow so they can 'balkanize' (break Russia into smaller nations) due
to the fact that Russia has the planet's largest land border with the Arctic.
The fossil fuel mega-corporations want to get at the now exposed Arctic
In the morning I'll head to the large (and growing) Space and Rocket Museum here
in Huntsville. I fly home in the early afternoon.
It's been a good trip to visit the 'Pentagon of the South'. I'm told the region
has more engineers than any other place in the country. With the billions of
dollars being pumped into Huntsville to help build US 'control and domination'
of space this community is on a major growth spurt.
The signs in the airport reveal this reality of Huntsville's addiction to
military spending. Like my own community of Bath, Maine (dependent on federal
dollars to build Navy warships outfitted with 'missile defense' interceptors)
more and more of America has become reliant on endless war in order to create
jobs so workers can feed their families.
What does it say about the soul of our nation that we must remain in a state of
endless war in order to drive our economy? These are questions we will discuss
next April 7-9 when we hold the Global Network's 25th annual conference in the
'rocket city'. We invite you to join us for this important event.