GN’s 2008 Space Conference

April 11-13, 2008

Omaha, Nebraska

April 11-13, 2008
Omaha, Nebraska


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Ten Reasons to Protest at STRATCOM

The Global Network Protests StratCom

The U.S. Strategic Command (StratCom) for years has been the site from which a nuclear war would be controlled.  Since 9/11, its mission has expanded.  It is now also command central in the U.S. “War on Terror” and for the U.S. plans to dominate space militarily.  This “New StratCom” is responsible for overseeing any Global “First Strikes,” the National Security Agency’s “warrantless wiretaps,” and Ballistic Missile Defense.

StratCom (at Offutt AFB) today is the most dangerous place on the face of the earth.  It is secretive.  Its mission is destabilizing.  It operates outside the law.  And its transformation has occurred so quickly, most of the world is completely unaware of its missions and dangers.

The Global Network brings together world citizens who will, for the first time, gather to shine a light on what StratCom has become.  Building global awareness is essential if we are to get StratCom to back away from the brink.

The conference will be hosted by Global Network affiliate Nebraskans for Peace.

Conference Agenda

Friday, April 11
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Rally at StratCom’s Kinney Gate
at Offutt A.F.B., Omaha, Nebraska

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dinner at Creighton University (St. John’s Parish basement)
Welcome by nationally known Native American activist Frank LaMere of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and Native American drumming group. 
Keynote speaker
: Olivier Bancoult, Chair of Chagos Refugees Group, Republic of Mauritius

Saturday, April 12
8:00 am
  Registration coffee/bagels, tabling at Creighton University (St. John’s Parish basement)
9:00 – 9:15
  Welcome and Purpose of Conference
9:15 – 11:00  Plenary Panel Discussion I:  StratCom’s New Mission: From Waging the War on Terror to the Domination of Space
11:15 – 1:00  Plenary Panel Discussion II U.S. Bases Worldwide & Their Connection to Space Technology

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch at St. John’s Parish Basement

2:15 – 3:45 Workshop Session I
4:00 – 5:30 Workshop Session II
6:00 – 9:00 Dinner and Speakers/Music
Keynote Speakers: Bishop Thomas Gumbleton & Representative from SPARK (South Korea)

Sunday, April 13

9:00 am – 1:00 pm  Global Network Membership meeting  (All are welcome to join us on Sunday for our annual meeting for local grassroots reports, Board elections, the coordinator’s report, and to participate in our strategy discussion for the coming year.)

Workshops for Saturday Afternoon

  • Wars of the Future: Military Transformation

  • StratCom and U.S. First-Strike Policy

  • Mission Moon & Mars: U.S. Bases on the Planetary Bodies

  • Anti-Bases Network: Building Alliances to End the Empire

  • Space Command: Military Arm of Corporate Globalization

  • Missile Defense Developments in Europe: U.S., NATO and a New Cold War

  • Missile Defense: Deployments in U.S. & Asian-Pacific Region

  • Converting the Permanent War Economy

  • Organizing around Campus Militarization

  • Space Law- or Space Warfare?

  • Echoes from Other Lands: Voices of People Displaced By U.S. Bases

  • Creative Nonviolent Disobedience to Empire

Conference Speakers(List is in Formation)

  • Bob Anderson, Stop the War Machine, New Mexico
  • Olivier Bancoult, Chagos Refugees Group, Republic of Mauritius
  • Brian Bogart, M.A. Candidate, Advanced Studies for Peace & Diversity,University of Oregon
  • Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, California
  • Leslie Cagan, United for Peace & Justice, New York
  • Kim Chaplin, Olympia Port Militarization Resistance,Washington
  • Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker, Iowa
  • Denis Doherty, Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition
  • Aurel Duta, For Mother Earth, Romania
  • Stacey Fritz, No Nukes North, Alaska
  • Bruce Gagnon, Global Network, Maine
  • Holly Gwinn Graham, Singer/Songwriter Washington
  • Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Michigan
  • Regina Hagen, International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation, Germany
  • Wes Hamilton, Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, Washington
  • Dud Hendrick, Maine Veterans for Peace
  • Andrea Licata, No Dal Molin, Italy
  • Tamara Lorincz, Halifax Peace Coalition, Canada
  • Elizabeth McAlister, Jonah House, Maryland
  • David Meieran, Bite the Bullet Campaign, Pennsylvania
  • Greg Mello, Los Alamos Study Group, New Mexico
  • Damian Moran,  Polish Campaign Against Militarism
  • Tom Neilson, Singer/Songwriter, Massachusetts
  • Agneta Norberg, Swedish Peace Council
  • Lindis Percy, Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, England
  • Bal Pinguel, American Friends Service Committee, Pennsylvania
  •  J. Narayana Rao, All India Peace & Solidarity Organization
  • Tim Rinne, Nebraskans for Peace
  • Joanne Sheehan, War Resisters League, Conneticut
  • Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, New York
  • Mary Beth Sullivan, Global Network, Maine
  • Bill Sulzman, Citizens for Peace in Space, Colorado
  • David Swanson, After Downing Street, Virginia
  • Jan Tamas, No To Bases Initiative, Czech Republic
  • Rhianna Tyson, Global Security Institute, New York
  • Carol Urner, Woman’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Oregon
  • David Webb, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, England

  • Lynda Williams, Physics educator-Space ecologist, California

  • Loring Wirbel, Citizens for Peace in Space, Colorado

Event Endorsers (List is in Formation)

  • After Downing Street; Bite the Bullet Campaign; Codepink; Committee for the Rescue & Development of Vieques; Fellowship of Reconciliation; Grandmothers for Peace; International Network Against Foreign Military Bases; Nebraskans for Peace; No Nukes North-Alaska; No To Bases Initiative-Czech Republic; Nukewatch; Omaha Catholic Worker; Peace Action; Peace Majority Report; People's Action for Clean Energy; United for Peace & Justice; Veterans for Peace; Women for Peace Iowa; Des Moines Catholic Worker; Intelligent Future; and Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom; Stop the War Machine; Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Environmentalists Against War; Directors of Mercy Investment Program (Sisters of Mercy of the Americas);

Conference Accommodation

The Nebraskans for Peace staff in Omaha did the research to get this information on

Hotel/Motel locations, phone numbers and prices for April 11 – 13, 2008.

Please note that the price rate is not guaranteed.  When you call the hotel, if you hear a higher rate quoted, it might help to let the hotel know that you received a different quote.

There is no guarantee, but it might also help to say that you will be attending a conference on the campus of Creighton University.

Good luck!

Hotel/Motel locations In Omaha, NE



Double Tree Hotel 1616 Dodge Street


$129.95 for one or two adults, $10 more for each additional person, 24 hour cancellation policy. For King or two queens. $149.95 for two with breakfast.

Hilton Garden Inn 1005 Dodge Street


$199 including tax: $231.81 for King Bed, They are out of double bed rooms.

Homewood Suites by Hilton 1314 Cuming Street


$109 Including tax $123.17

Redick Plaza Hotel


$109 including tax: $114.45

Econo Lodge 2211 Douglas Street


$59.99 with tax: $69.88 for a single, Doubles are: $64.99 with tax: $75.70.

Best Western Seville Plaza Omaha Downtown 3001 Chicago Street (Formerly the Park Inn Hotel) 


$95 Including taxes is: $110.64

Super 8 Motel 3000 Airport Rd in Carter Lake


$74.88 include tax $83.11 two queens.




Conference Registration

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All meals provide vegetarian options and are included with the registration fee.  Please check the meals you will eat:

__Friday night dinner
__Saturday morning bagels
__Saturday lunch
__Saturday dinner

Please check if you need the following:

__Home Hospitality (first come, first served)
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Registration fee is based on a sliding scale; pay what you can best afford:  $15 - $75

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Return your registration to:
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 652  Brunswick, Maine  04011

For questions, contact:  (207) 443-9502  or
(402) 475-4620

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