KEEP SPACE FOR PEACE WEEK, OCTOBER 6-13, 2012, INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF PROTEST TO STOP THE MILITARIZATION OF SPACE, OMNI NEWSLETTER #6. BUILDING A CULTURE OF PEACE, Compiled by Dick Bennett (#1 December 13, 2006; #2 January 24, 2008; #3 October 4, 2008; #4 October 2-9, 2010; #5, October 1-8, 2011)
PURPOSE To help build consciousness for international, cooperative development of outer space and to support efforts to prevent the arms race from moving into the heavens.
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Contents of #4 2010
PBS film on colonizing outer space.
New film on arming the heavens for wars.: Pax Americana
Web sites on Keep Space for Peace Week 2010
Contents of #5 2011
War Is a Crime.org
Pax Americana Film
Contents of #6 2012
Keep Space for Peace Week (as of August 2012)
Maine Peace, Justice, Environment
Keeping Space for Peace
Keep Space for Peace Week
6-13 October 2012
Reports from LAST YEAR'S actions here
Keep Space for Peace Week
International Days of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space
October 6 - 13 2012
No Missile Defense
End Afghanistan War
No to NATO Expansion
Stop the Drones
Convert the Military Industrial Complex
Bring Our War $$ Home
End Corporate Domination of Foreign/Military Policy
Satellites: the eyes, ears and brains of modern warfare.
Imaging satellites capture the visual images of the targets (including individual people) that warmakers wish to destroy. Signals satellites pick up voices and other sounds which further identify a target, while the GPS system provides the gunsight or bombsight which directs the bullet or bomb to its destination. All these same orbiting instruments of war help the Pentagon assess damage, often leading to more strikes repeating the same process. The addition of drones and other new age weapons bring us close to having no human being in the loop at all.
There is a perception among those aware of space that most orbital activity in the past five years has shifted to the private sector, and that federal government satellite activity has declined during the Obama administration. While civilian government agencies like NASA are facing cutbacks, satellite launches have kept up with a Bush-era pace. The satellites that manage spying, navigation, targeting, and military communications are launched by agencies such as the National Reconnaissance Office and the Defense Information Systems Agency, whose budgets are larger than ever, but whose activities take place largely out of the public eye.
While the satellites orbiting miles above our heads may be out of our sights, the ground stations they depend upon, in locations such as Menwith Hill, UK; Pine Gap, Australia; and Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado are vast bases that play a large role in local economies worldwide.
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LOCAL ACTIONS (list in formation)
• Bath Iron Works, Maine (Oct 6) Vigil across from administration building on Washington Street (Navy Aegis destroyers built at BIW) 11:30-12:30 am Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm (207) 763-4062
• Bucks County, Pennsylvania (Oct 8) Bruce Gagnon speaks at evening potluck supper/program sponsored by BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action, and, earlier in the day possibility of talk at local community college and vigil at Lockheed Martin plant in Newtown. email@example.com
• RAF Croughton, England (Oct 6) Rally at U.S. communication base, March to main gate 1 mile - starts Croughton village 12.00 midday, Returns 3:00 pm, Oxfordshire Peace Campaign. firstname.lastname@example.org
• Fylingdales, England (Oct 7) Begin bicycle trip from Fylingdales U.S. radar facility to Menwith Hill to highlight their connections with US missile defense and the use of space technology. Overnight peace camp the night before. email@example.com
• King of Prussia/Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (Oct 12-13) Brandywine Peace Community's annual Keep Space for Peace Week demonstration (and observance of U.S. Afghan war anniversary) at Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin, the world's largest war profiteer, a primary contractor of space weaponry as well as unmanned aerial vehicles, drones (including the Hell Fire missiles they carry) and the satellites which enable their remote control from the continental U.S. firstname.lastname@example.org
• Menwith Hill, England (Oct 9) Demonstration at NSA Spy Base in Yorkshire and greeting the peace in space cyclists. Sponsored by CAAB. email@example.com
• Newton, Massachusetts (Oct 21) Bruce Gagnon speaks at First Unitarian Church, 1326 Washington Street, West Newton, 7:00 pm. Ncwrenn@aol.com
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Oct 9) Bruce Gagnon speaks at a program observing the anniversary of the war in Afghanistan and Keep Space for Peace Week. 6:30p.m. Friends Center/American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street. Co-sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community. Earlier in the day, possibility of class talk/meeting at University of Pennsylvania, a major drone researcher in Philadelphia, and protest of UPENN's drones research. firstname.lastname@example.org
• Pickering, England (Oct 7) Peace in space cycle journey we will be stopping overnight for rest. meeting and discussion. email@example.com
• Springfield, Pennsylvania (Oct 7) Anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Bruce Gagnon speaks at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Road, www.delcopeacecenter.org 5:30 pm. Potluck Supper; 6:30 p.m. Presentation and Discussion: A Decade plus of War...Drones, and more: Empire and the Militarization of Space. Evening co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. firstname.lastname@example.org
• York, England (Oct 8) Peace in space cycle journey we will be stopping to meet and talk with email@example.com
Keep Space for Peace Week is co-sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (UK), Swedish Peace Council, and the Drone Campaign Network (UK).
Please contact these people directly to negotiate speaking dates, travel expenses, etc. during the week of local actions. They all have considerable expertise on the space issue.
• Robert Anderson (Political Science professor, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, N.M., co-founder of Stop the War Machine) www.stopthewarmachine.org (505) 858-0882 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Frida Berrigan (Arms and Security Initiative, New America Foundation, New York City) (212) 431-5808 ext. 200 email@example.com
• Jackie Cabasso (Western States Legal Foundation, Oakland, CA) firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 839-5877
• Helen Caldicott (President, Nuclear Policy Research Institute) (202) 822-9800 HCaldic@bigpond.com
• Frank Cordaro (Phil Berrigan Catholic Worker House, Des Moines, Iowa) (515) 282-4781 www.DesMoinesCatholicWorker.org email@example.com
• MacGregor Eddy (WILPF, Salinas, CA) (831) 206-5043 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Craig Eisendrath, Ph.D. (Senior Fellow Center for International Policy, Philadelphia, PA) (215) 413-1461 email@example.com
• Stacey Fritz (No Nukes North, Fairbanks, Alaska) firstname.lastname@example.org
• Bruce Gagnon (Global Network, Brunswick, ME) (207) 443-9502 email@example.com
• Joseph Gerson (Director of Programs for AFSC New England. Author of "Empire and the Bomb: How the US Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World.", Cambridge, MA) (617) 661-6130 JGerson@afsc.org
• Regina Hagen (INESAP, Darmstadt, Germany) firstname.lastname@example.org
• William Hartung (New America Foundation, New York City) (212) 431-5808 email@example.com
• Dominique Lalanne (Abolition 2000, Paris, France) firstname.lastname@example.org
• Andy Lichterman (Western States Legal Foundation, Oakland, CA) (510) 839-5877 email@example.com. His blog can be read at http://disarmamentactivist.org
• Dr. Hannah Middleton (Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, Sydney) firstname.lastname@example.org www.anti-bases.org
• Agneta Norberg (Swedish Peace Council) +46 8 6856362 email@example.com
• Geov Parrish (Author, activist, Seattle, WA) 206-547-4619 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Lindis Percy (Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, Harrogate, England) email@example.com
• Sri Raman (Movement Against Nuclear Weapons, Chennai, India) firstname.lastname@example.org
• J. Narayana Rao, (All India Peace & Solidarity Organization, Nagpur, India) email@example.com
• Tim Rinne (Nebraskans for Peace, Lincoln, Nebraska) firstname.lastname@example.org
• Richard Sanders (Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade, Ottawa, Canada) (613) 231-3076 email@example.com http://coat.ncf.ca
• Alice Slater (Global Network Advisory Committee, New York City) (646) 238-9000 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Bob Smith (Brandywine Peace Community, Swarthmore, PA) (610) 544-1818 email@example.com
• Dagmar Sorboe (WILPF, Norway) +47 22 49 48 84 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Steven Staples (Rideau Institute on International Affairs, Ottawa, Canada) email@example.com
• Mary Beth Sullivan (Global Network, Brunswick, ME) (207) 443-9502 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Bill Sulzman (Citizens for Peace in Space, Colorado Springs, CO) (719) 389-0644 email@example.com
• Carol Urner (Portland, Oregon, Co-chair of the DISARM! Dismantle the War Economy Committee of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-WILPF) firstname.lastname@example.org
• Dave Webb (Convenor of the Global Network and Chair of CND, England) email@example.com
• Don Whitmore (Seattle, WA) 3rdM@gte.net
• Lynda Williams (Santa Rosa, CA Physics educator, science entertainer, space ecology advocate) firstname.lastname@example.org (707) 542-2791
• Loring Wirbel (Citizens for Peace in Space, Colorado Springs, CO) LWirbel@aol.com (719) 481-3698
(These fine singers/songwriters have space songs and other good political music)
• Anne Feeney (Pittsburgh, PA) email@example.com
• Holly Gwinn Graham (Olympia, WA) www.hollygwinngraham.com, (Speaks on these issues as well)
• Joel Landy (New York City) firstname.lastname@example.org (718) 937-2240
• Tom Neilson (Leverett, MA) (413) 774-2411 email@example.com
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