Westfield, MA Protest

October 10 2003

Peace Action Maine
From ChadAmherst@aol.com

Yesterday 13 persons demonstrated outside Barnes Air National Guard Base in opposition to the militarization of space. The event was sponsored by the Nuclear Weapons Abolition Task Force, a sub-unit of the Franklin/Hampshire Chapter of Citizens for Participation in Political Action(CPPAX). Co-sponsors were Traprock Peace Center and American Friends Service Committee. The event was televised by Channel 22 yesterday and reported on as follows by today's Springfield Republican:

Westfield Barnes protesters

A dozen or demonstrators gathered outside the gates of the Air National Guard 104th Fighter Wing base at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield yesterday to protest the militarization of space.

Demonstrators, members of the Nuclear Weapons Abolition Task Force and members of other peace groups, said they wanted to spread the word about the dangers of the Bush administration's renewed interest in tactical nuclear weapons and a missile shield.

"This could be devastating for the planet Earth", Northampton resident Frances Crowe said.

Crowe and others said the demonstration is part of an international week of protest to stop the militarization of space.

When asked to  comment on the presence of the demonstrators outside the base, Col. Michael R. Boulanger, commander of the 10th, said "That's why we live in America: You can feel free to demonstrate whatever you want".

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