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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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. @BruceKGagnon

Friday, October 04, 2013


October 5-12, 2013

Keep Space for Peace Week
International Week of Protest to

Stop the Militarization of Space

No Missile Defense
No to NATO Expansion
No Syria Attack
End Afghanistan Occupation
Stop the Drones Surveillance & Killing
No Nuclear Power in Space or on Earth
End Corporate Domination of Foreign/Military Policy
Convert the Military Industrial Complex

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico (Oct 12) Drones and endless war protest at Kirtland AFB, Truman Gate, 11:00 am Stop the War Machine   
  • Andover, Massachusetts (Oct 10)  Vigil at Raytheon missile plant, 7-8 am at the front gate on Rte 133 
  • Asheville, North Carolina (Oct 8) Screening of documentary film The Ghosts of Jeju putting in context the pivot to Asia-Pacific and how US space domination is used to direct all Pentagon operations. Ken Ashe (VFP) will speak on his trip to Jeju Island.  7:00 p.m. Lord Auditorium, Pack Memorial Library. Sponsoring groups New South Network of War Resisters, WNC PSR, members of WILPF Disarmament Task Force. 
  • Bath Iron Works, Maine (Oct 5) Vigil across from administration building on Washington Street (Navy Aegis destroyers outfitted with “missile defense” systems built at BIW) 11:30-12:30 am   Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm (207) 763-4062
  • Bath Iron Works, Maine (Oct 19) Demonstration at “Christening” of new Navy “stealth” destroyer 10:00 am on Washington St.  Sponsors: Maine Veterans For Peace, Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm, Maine Bring Our War $$ Home Campaign   (207) 443-9502
  • Berkeley, California (Oct 6) Public forum entitled Pacific Pivot and the TPP: What are they and what shall we do about them? St. John’s Presbyterian at 2727 College Ave.
  • Birmingham, England (Oct 7) Drones Public meeting The Military use of Drones at Queens College, 7.30pm with Brian Terrell, Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education.
  • Boston, Massachusetts (Oct 18) Showing of The Ghosts of Jeju documentary film at BU School of Theology  BU 19, 745 Commonwealth Ave  7:00 pm
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts (Oct 17) Showing of The Ghosts of Jeju documentary film by UpandOut Group at 243 Broadway, 7:00 pm
  • Cardigan, Wales (Oct 6) Benefit Concert for Medical Aid for Palestinians, Scene Red plus Guests Bob Fish, Bill Vester, Small World Theatre, 8pm Poster details. For more information contact Maya Evans or on 07973 484202 or Penny Walker or on 07414 465695
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado (Oct 8)  From Drones to Phones high tech warriors break the law forum at the Penrose Library, 7-9 pm
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado (Oct 11) Banners outside Schriever AFB, super secret home of the Space Warfare Center with heavy involvement in Cyber War operations, 3:30 - 4:30
  • Coventry, England (Oct 9) The Real Cost of Drone Warfare – with Maya Evans & Penny Walker, Friends Meeting House, Hill St. Coventry CV1 4AN, 7.30pm – 9pm.
  • RAF Croughton, England (Oct 5) Rally at U.S. satellite communication base, March to main gate 1 mile - starts Croughton village 12.00 midday, Returns 3:00 pm, Oxfordshire Peace Campaign,  
  • Dublin, Ireland (Oct 9-12) Screening of documentary film The Ghosts of Jeju at The Exchange Dublin, Temple Bar.  Oct 9 at 8:30 pm; Oct 10 at 8:00 pm; Oct 11 at 5:00 pm; Oct 12 at 5:00 pm
  • Gainesville, Florida (Oct 29) Showing of The Ghosts of Jeju documentary film at the Civic Media Center.
  • Fairbanks, Alaska (Oct 10) Public forum No Winged Robot Assassins North at Noel Wien Public Library to discuss alternatives uses for Eielson AFB (Joint Alaska Pacific Range Complex) where drones will be tested. 7:00 pm
  • Fort Mead, Maryland (Oct 5) The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore will vigil at the National Security Agency (NSA) at noon.  Contact Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore at   or 410-366-1637
  • Fylingdales, England (Oct 5) North York Moors walk/protest/vigil at U.S. Star Wars radar facility meets at noon at the Hole of Horcum car park on A169.  For more details and transport arrangements
  • Harrogate, England (Oct 10) Showing of documentary The Ghosts of Jeju at the Harrogate Friends Meeting House with Andrew Jackson and Lei (who visited Jeju) providing Korean food and speaking. 7:00 pm 
  • Hendersonville, North Carolina (Oct 7)  Presentation to Four Seasons Toastmasters on space issues
  • Indore, India (Oct 4-6) International Conference on Gandhi, Disarmament & Development that will feature Abolition of Nuclear Weapons and Prevention of an Arms Race in the Outer Space issues.  Global Network convener Dave Webb (UK) among speakers.  (Indian Organizing Committee will assume the local cost of accommodation and food.)
  • Jeju Island, South Korea (Oct 23-24) International Women’s Peace Pilgrimage & Solidarity Mission to Jeju Island, Peace for Life faith-based movement,
  • Kaua`i, Hawai`i  (Oct 25) The Kaua`i Alliance for Peace and Social Justice will be showing The Ghosts of Jeju, coinciding with Keep Space for Peace Week protests.  It will be shown at 6:30 pm at the Kapa`a Library.
  • King of Prussia/Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (Oct 12)  Protest at Lockheed Martin, #1 war profiteer, Drone war technology manufacturer (drone aircraft, Hellfire missiles, command satellites). We Will Not Be Silent...Lockheed Martin is a making a killing! Mall & Goddard Boulevards. For more information: Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818
  • Leicester, England (Oct 8) The Real Cost of Drone Warfare – with Maya Evans & Penny Walker, The Muslim Khatri Association Centre, 1 Connaught St Leicester LE2 1FJ. 7.30pm – 9pm. For more information contact Maya Evans or on 07973 484202 or Penny Walker or on 07414 465695
  • Lincoln, England (Oct 6) Waddington 6 drone pre-trial event, Lincoln.   More details from Drone Campaign Network
  • Lincoln, England (Oct 7) Magistrates’ Court. Trial of the Waddington 6 begins.The 6 entered the RAF base in June and have been assured that their arguments will be listened to in full and they want to use the trial as an opportunity to get as much media coverage as possible for ‘Putting Drones on Trial’. They will be using the recently published paper by Public Interest Lawyers about the illegality of drones. Supporters welcome. More details from Drone Campaign Network
  • London, England (Oct 4) Screening of documentary film The Ghosts of Jeju at Brunei Gallery B102, SOAS University of London, 5:30 pm
  • Maine Drone Peace Walk (Oct 10-19) Peace walk led by Nipponzan Myohoji from Limestone to Bath, Maine called Preserve our Privacy: No Drone Spying in Maine. The walk will protest drone surveillance and the possible testing of weaponized drones in Maine. Sponsored by Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home and Maine VFP.
  • Menwith Hill, England (Oct 8) Demonstration at NSA Spy Base in Yorkshire focused on drones in particular and US missile defense in general. 6-8 pm.   Sponsored by CAAB  or 01423 884076
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota (Oct 5) No war, No Drones, No Syria Intervention, Stop Attacks on Civil Liberties Protest at Lake Street & Hiawatha Ave, 1:00-2:00 pm, Initiated by: Minnesota Peace Action Coalition and endorsed by many local groups
  • Montrose, California (Oct 11) Vigil with space week posters at Montrose Shopping Park, Oceanview Blvd & Honolulu Ave
  • New York City, New York (Oct 7) Stand Against War and for Our Rights. On the 12th anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, we will gather to discuss our right to assemble peacefully, our opposition to war, and our right to remember. Begins at 5:00 pm at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza, 55 Water Street.
  • Oslo, Norway (Oct 10) Seminar: An arms-free Space - Norway´s role in tomorrow´s warfare. The Norwegian Peace House, Møllergata 12, 0179 Oslo, 17:00-18:30 pm. Organizers: The Norwegian Peace Association, Women´s International League for Peace and Freedom, Norway. Speakers: Edel Havin Beukes (WILPF, Norway); Bård Wormdal (journalist and author of Satellite War); Alexander Harang and Taran Strand (Norwegian Peace Association): Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, and The Norwegian Peace Association´s Drone Campaign 2013
  • Oxford, England (Oct 10) Oxford Catholic Worker / Drone Wars UK The Menace of Drone Warfare with Brian Terrell, 7.30pm Peace House, Paradise St, Oxford OX1 1lD. More details from Drone Campaign Network
  • Pentagon, Washington DC (Oct 7) Keep Space for Peace signs will be held at weekly Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Pentagon morning vigil 7:00-8:00 am
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Oct 13) - Showing of The Ghosts of Jeju documentary film at Brandywine Peace Community Potluck Supper & Program, University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut Street. For more information 610-544-1818 
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Oct 5) The Anti-Drones coalition (WILPF, AFSC, Code Pink, Anti-War Committee of Thomas Merton Center) will table at the Contemporary Arts Anti-Violence exhibition  with flyers and information on drone warfare and other anti-war issues.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Oct 6) The Anti-Drones coalition presents Music by Terry Griffith (Irish Rebel Songs), Political Art by Russ Fedorka, Poetry, Political Karaoke, Open Mike, 6:30-9:30 pm, The new AVA Lounge (304 N. Craig St.)
  • Salida, Colorado (All week) Posting space week posters around the community
  • Stockholm, Sweden (Oct 2) Gathering in front of the Swedish Parliament Building at Mynttorget from 2-5 pm. Banner with the text: Drones kill. Speaker Agneta Norberg.  In the evening at Workers Study Association Building meeting with Swedish Parliamentarians: Anna-Lena Sörensson, Socialdemocrat Party,Walter Mutt, The Environmental party, Hans Linde, Left Party.
  • Sunnyvale, California (Oct 25) Weekly vigil at Lockheed-Martin headquarters dedicated to Keep Space for Peace. This vigil is held 4th Friday of the month for years.  Lockheed-Martin is a major aerospace weapons, drones and missile manufacturing facility. Noon to 1:00 pm on corner of Mathilda and Java (off 101 by car, or one block from the Lockheed-Martin light rail stop on the Winchester/ Mountain View line)
  • Sydney, Australia (Oct 7) Rally at the RAN Sea Power Conference and exposition PACIFIC 2013 (Arms Trading), Outside the Sydney convention & Exhibition Centre, 11 am till 12.30 pm, No more subs, No Naval build-up to suit the US pivot to the Asia Pacific, Sponsored by Anti-Bases Campaign, IPAN NSW
  • Tucson, Arizona (Oct 8) Peace vigil from 6:30 - 7:30 am at Raytheon Missile Systems, Hermans Road entrance to the plant (3rd traffic light south of Valencia on Nogales Highway, the extension of South 6th Avenue). Join the Raytheon Peacemakers as we demonstrate against war and those who profit from it.
  • Weld County, Colorado (Oct 12) Vigil at Minuteman III missile silo N-8 in Weld County.  The N-8 silo houses one of 49 h-bomb armed missiles on 24/7 alert in Colorado, part of the total fleet of 450 MM III missiles in the US, noon to 1:00 pm
  • Worcester, Massachusetts (Oct 9) Showing of The Ghosts of Jeju documentary film by Catholic Worker at 52 Mason Street 7:00 pm

Keep Space for Peace Week is co-sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, and the Drone Campaign Network (UK)


  • Order the new documentary video The Ghosts of Jeju that puts the Navy base struggle on Jeju Island in context of US military pivot to Asia-Pacific and illustrates how US space domination is used to direct all Pentagon operations.


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