Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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With a new administration in Washington it will be a challenge to get the 'liberals' to hold Biden-Harris to the few 'progressive promises' they made during their campaign. Biden is bringing back many of Bush & Obama's neo-cons to head his foreign policy. I'll be on this case without hesitation.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


International Days of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space

October 4-13, 2007

No Arms Race in Space
Stop Star Wars Research & Development
Stop Endless War

Convert the Military Industrial Complex
Fund Human Needs

1) Albuquerque, New Mexico (Oct 6 Protest at Northrop Grumman for their war profiteering and militarization of space) Bob Anderson

2) Albuquerque, New Mexico (Oct 7 Space video showing at Guild Cinema) Bob Anderson

3) Ashland, Oregon (Oct 8 Showing of Arsenal of Hypocrisy, discussion and legislative action at Peace House, 6:00 pm with pot luck) Jill Mackie

4) Asheville, North Carolina (Oct 12 Unitarian Church presents Movie Night A SPACE 4 PEACE at 7:00 PM. This video depicts how our “Defense Department” plans to not just militarize space, but to weaponize space for offensive and commercial purposes.) For more: Lew Patrie - (828) 273-2229 or 299-1242

5) Australia During Keep Space for Peace Week Australian WILPF is communicating with the Foreign Minister to urge him in strongest terms to support negotiations for Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space, and not to cooperate with the U.S. missile defense program or with its plans for space domination. The WILPF national co-coordinator is running for the Senate in the hope of positively influencing national policy on this and similar issues. Cathy Picone

6) Bath, Maine (Oct 6 Vigil at Bath Iron Works 11:30-12:30) Jack Bussell

7) Bellevue, Nebraska (Oct 11 Protest at Northrup Grumman aerospace facility)

8) Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts (Oct 4 Space video and presentation by Mary Beth Sullivan from the Global Network 6:45 PM, Central Square Public Library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA) WILPF Call 617-244-8054

9) Brdy, Czech Republic (Oct 20 Int’l Meeting Against Missile Defense radar in Czech Republic) Ivona Novomestska

10) Canberra, Australia (Oct 13 Picnic at the Raytheon Tidbinbilla Tracking Station, Tidbinbilla Road, 11-1pm) Benjo Keaney

11) Colorado Springs, Colorado (Oct 8 Bannering at "Camp Casey", corner of Dale St & Nevada Ave at noon) Bill Sulzman

12) Colorado Springs, Colorado (Oct 12 vigil outside the west gate of Schriever Air Force Base from 3-4 pm) Bill Sulzman

13) Croughton, England (Oct 6 March & Rally at U.S. Space Communications
Base, 12:00 – 3:00 pm) Oxfordshire Peace Campaign

14) Damascus, Syria (Oct 13 Public Meeting at Damascus Center) Ghassan Shahrour, MD

15) Darmstadt, Germany (Oct 13 Spy Base Dismantlement: bannering and speeches celebrating the announced dismantlement of the U.S. spy base in Darmstadt) Darmstädter Friedensforum

16) Faslane, Scotland (Oct 1 “Big Blockade” of Faslane Naval Submarine Base. This will be the culmination of the Faslane 365 year of actions against Trident, Britain’s weapon of mass destruction) Brian Larkin

17) Florence, Oregon (Oct 6 Demonstration on Hwy 101 to a Keep Space for Peace theme. We'll have signs and leaflets. Starting time is 1pm) Stuart Henderson

18) Ft. Myers, Florida (Oct 3 & 10 Vigils on behalf of lost American and Iraqi lives and to Keep Space for Peace, Corner of McGregor and Colonial, 4:30-5:30pm) Arlyne Goodwin

19) Fylingdales, England (Oct 6 Fylingdales Action Network will deliver a letter to the Commander of Fylingdales U.S. radar facility pointing out the dangers to world peace of the developing of a missile shield for America.) Jackie Fearnley

20) Geneva, Switzerland: (Oct 10 WILPF plans to issue a statement, on the 40th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty, urging demilitarization of space, negotiation of new treaty terms on banning weapons in space and Prevention of a Arms Race in Outer Space. It will go to delegations and governments involved in treaty negotiations in Geneva and New York: namely the General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament in New York, the Fourth Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna, and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.) Contact:

21) Halifax, Nova Scotia (Oct 9 Film screening: Arsenal of Hypocrisy Dalhousie University Student Union Bldg, Room 303, 8:30-9:30 pm) Tamara Lorincz

22) Hillsboro, Oregon (U.U. Community Church Program Promoting global security and keeping weapons out of space, 10:00 am) Celeste Howard

23) Jalgaon, India (Oct 4-5 Space weaponization talks at North Maharashtra University; Indian Women for Peace & Development; Young Lawyers of Jalgaon Bar Association; and Rally of College Students) J. Narayana Rao

24) London, England (Oct 13 Space weapons issue workshop at annual CND National membership conference)

25) Menwith Hill, England (Oct 13 Demonstration at NSA Spy Base, Yorkshire 12:00-4:00 pm) Lindis Percy

26) Menwith Hill, England (On-going Women’s Peace Camp at nearby Lay-by) Helen John

27) Monterey, California (Sept 19 WILPF slide show on the US militarization of outer space - 6:30 to 8:30 at the Monterey library. Special discussion of the role of Onizuka Space Station in Sunnyvale, (known as the Blue Cube), Vandenberg Space Command and the role of the world wide network of satellite tracking stations.) MacGregor Eddy (831) 206-5043

28) Nagpur, India (Oct 2 Dharampeth Science College, All India Peace & Solidarity Organisation, Talk on Importance of Declaration of 2nd October as day of Non- Violence, 11.00am) Yugal Rayalu

29) Nagpur, India (Oct 6-8 Space weaponization talks at Rally at Gandhi Statue; Meeting with students at S.F.S. College; Rally of Indian Women for Peace & Development; Students of Mahila Mahavidyalaya) J. Narayana Rao

30) Naples, Florida (Oct 5 & 12 Vigils on behalf of lost American and Iraqi lives and to Keep Space for Peace, Corner of U.S. Hwy 41 and Pine Ridge, 4:30-5:30pm) Arlyne Goodwin

31) Nairobi, Kenya (Oct 12 People's Parliament will hold public discussions on the issue of peace and the militarization of Space. Discussions will tie in with the proposed establishment of the AFRICOM command center by the USA in Africa.
The main event will be held at the Jeevanjee Gardens Park.) Wangui Mbatia

32) New York City (Oct 11 Joel Landy presents Keep Space for Peace musical review at TheYippie Museum and Cafe 9 Bleecker Street at Bowery, 8 - 10 pm)

33) Omaha, Nebraska (Sept 24 Speech at Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha by Norman Solomon on Transformation of StratCom, 7:00 pm)

34) Omaha, Nebraska (Oct 5 Speech by Bishop Thomas Gumbleton & Bruce Gagnon at Creighton University on StratCom's Role in Militarization of Space: An Update and Christian Response, 3:30 pm)

35) Omaha, Nebraska (Oct 6 Annual Nebraskans for Peace Conference at First United Methodist Church featuring Gumbleton and Gagnon, 10:00 am)

36) Omaha, Nebraska: (Oct 6 WILPF participatory workshop on the aerospace corporations and StratCom, including gathering specific data on aerospace corporations in Nebraska, and on working for conversion to a peace economy. WILPF and Peace Economy Project at Nebraskans for Peace conference) Carol Urner

37) Omaha, Nebraska (Oct 9 Protest at Strategic Space & Defense Conference at Qwest Center, 5:00 pm)

38) Omaha, Nebraska (Oct 10 Protest & Die-In at Strategic Space & Defense Conference at Qwest Center, 7:30 am)

39) Ottawa, Canada (Oct 4 Former astronaut and President of the Canadian Space Agency, Captain Marc Garneau, will hold a news conference followed by a luncheon briefing for parliamentarians calling for a re-invigorated and coherent national Canadian policy on space.) Steven Staples, Rideau Institute

40) Palo Alto, California (Oct. 21 Keep Space for Peace Event at Unitarian Church, 605 E. Charleston Rd., Speaker: Jackie Cabasso) WILPF Peninsula Branch

41) Parvatipuram, India (Oct 10 Space weaponization talks at Lions Club and SVD College) J. Narayana Rao

42) Portland, Maine (Oct 2 Bruce Gagnon speaks on space issues at Peace Action Maine office – 644 Congress St, 7:00 pm) Daniel Muller

43) Portland, Oregon (Oct 10 WILPF Keep Space for Peace vigil and leafleting in downtown Portland on the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty.) Barbara Drageaux

44) Primghar, Iowa (Oct 13 Speech by Bruce Gagnon to PeaceLinks, 7:00 pm)

45) Raipur, India (Oct 9 Space weaponication talks at Lions Club; Meeting of All India Peace & Solidarity Organization along with various Trade Union organizations) J. Narayana Rao

46) Raipur, India (Oct 4 Lecture against weapons & nuclear power in space) Ramesh Kothari

47) Sacramento, California (Oct 4 Downtown leafleting by WILPF, Peace Action, and Grandmothers for Peace exposing local area aerospace corporations profiteering on space militarization) Ellen Schwartz

48) Srikakulam, India (Oct 12 Space weaponization talk to All India Peace & Solidarity Organization and Trade Unions) J. Narayana Rao

49) St. Louis, Missouri (Oct 12 - 14 Peace Economy Project's "Defining Security National Conference to Promote Peace, Cut Military Spending and Fund Real Needs" will include a Global Network discussion of weaponization of space) Andy Heaslet

50) Superior, Wisconsin (Oct 9 Lecture by Dr. Helen Caldicott at College of St. Scholastica) Jan Provost

51) Toledo, Ohio (Oct 4-13 Daily space flyer distribution at County Building, Corner of Adams & Erie from 4:00-5:00 pm) Roz Marovitz

52) Traverse City, Michigan (Oct 5 Joining anti-Iraq demonstration with No War in Space banner; 5 public TV showings of Arsenal of Hypocrisy; GN space week posters all over town) Carol Still

53) Tuscon, Arizona (Oct 13 WILPF showing Arsenal of Hypocrisy and discussion on Keeping Space for Peace at the Martha Cooper Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave) Pat Birnie

54) Vandenberg AFB, California (Oct 13 Vigil at main gate, 1:00 pm) Dennis Apel

55) Veeraghattam, India (Oct 11 Space weaponization talk at Government Degree College) J. Narayana Rao

56) Visakhapatnam, India (Oct 13 Space weaponization talks at Meeting in the University Campus and to the Inaugural meeting of the Indian Women for Peace & Development Chapter) J. Narayana Rao

57) Washington D.C. (Oct 4 WILPF lobbying in Congress against space militarization, and in support of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, a ban on space weapons, and Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space) Carol Urner

58) Washington D.C. (Oct 5 Vigil at White House noon-1:00 pm) Dorothy Day Catholic Worker

59) Washington D.C. (Oct 9 Vigil at Pentagon 7:00-8:00am) Dorothy Day Catholic Worker

60) West Palm Beach, Florida (Oct 6 Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space, 2-3 pm Corner of Okeechobee Blvd. and Military Trail) Susan Mosley Palm Beach County WILPF

Women's International League for Peace & Freedom is a co-sponsor, along with the Global Network, of this week of protest.


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