I am in
Colorado Springs with our affiliate group Citizens for Peace in Space protesting the 21st annual Space Symposium at the fancy Broadmoor Hotel. Over 6,000 military personnel and aerospace industry types are gathering to plan for war in space. Yesterday afternoon about 20 of us vigiled outside the hotel entrance as they poured into the event. The theme of the protest was the symposium is a weapons of mass destruction arms bazar and that those attending practice "Group think." A street theatre group had made a replica of a satellite and four people with eye glasses covered in dollar signs, $$, went round and round the satellite chanting "Group think, group think" in a dull tone. They'd reach into the satellite and pretend they were filling their pockets with cash. It was quite good and the conference attendees had a good look at it. We held a news conference to begin the action and got covered by two TV stations, a radio station and the local newspaper. (See local newspaper coverage at this link)http://daily.gazette.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=VGhlR2F6ZXR0ZS8yMDA1LzA0LzA1I0FyMDEyMDI=&Mode=HTML&Locale=english-skin-custom
In the evening members of Citizens for Peace in Space gathered to hear Kelly Dougherty and myself speak. Kelly is recently returned from Iraq with the Colorado National Guard where she was a security guard for convoys. She spoke movingly of seeing children killed, towns destroyed and feared the impact of depleted uranium on the Iraqi people and even on her own body. One young man in the audience announced at the end of the meeting that he is AWOL from the military. He had been to Iraq once already and is now refusing to go back.
Today we go back to the symposium for more vigiling and then tonight I speak in Denver. On Wednesday I will be in Boulder to speak. Back home on Thursday.