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OCTOBER 1, 2003
2:03 PM
CONTACT:  Global Network
Bruce Gagnon (207) 729-0517

Keep Space For Peace Week Actions Oppose Star Wars Programs And War In Iraq
BRUNSWICK, ME - October 1 - On October 4-11 the International Days of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space will be held worldwide. Currently, protest events are planned in 10 nations and at over 61 locations. Many of the actions will also call for the U.S. to end the war and occupation of Iraq.

The October 4-11 Keep Space for Peace Week is being organized by the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space (GN) in conjunction with affiliates around the world.

"The U.S. war in Iraq shows that the use of violence to resolve human conflict only creates more hatred and more killing," said Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network. "Instead of moving toward building more global stability through multilateral arms control agreements and economic justice, the U.S. is now moving toward ‘control and domination’ of space that will give it the military capability to literally win all wars on the Earth. This is being viewed by most nations in the world as a dangerous unilateral step that in the end will create more global chaos.”

The recent war in Iraq was totally coordinated by space technology. The Pentagon maintains that by “controlling” space and “denying” other nations access to space, the U.S. will control the Earth in order to protect the interests of multi-national corporations.

According to GN Board member Regina Hagen in Darmstadt, Germany, “The picture is becoming clearer all the time. ‘Missile defense’ is the Trojan horse – the foot in the door – the way to sell Star Wars as a defensive system. Then, once missile defense is deployed by George W. Bush, offensive systems would be put into motion that would give the U.S. the ability to “negate” the space assets of other nations, including the European Union’s. In the end, hundreds of billions of dollars will be wasted in order to help the U.S. become the ‘Master of Space’. Now is the time for people around the world to act in order to keep space for peace. Weapons in space will mean more war on the Earth below.”

The Global Network was created in 1992 to oppose the nuclearization and weaponization of space by building an international constituency on the issue. Today the GN has over 170 affiliate groups all over the world. Check the GN website at:

October 4-11 Local Actions (List in Formation)

1) Albuquerque, N.M. (Oct 10 UNM War research center)

2) Amman, Jordan (Oct 7 Space talk at regional meeting)

3) Ann Arbor, MI (Oct 7 Protest at Federal Building)

4) Asheville, NC (Oct Literature table at Earth Fare)

5) Baltimore, MD (Oct 4 Demonstration at Ft Meade NSA HQ)

6) Bath Iron Works, Maine (Oct 11 Demonstration & Leafletting)

7) Bucharest, Romania (Oct 4-5 Leaflet at University Square)

8) Boston, MA (Oct 10-11) Conference “Empire Is Not Healthy For Children And Other Living Things: Exploring the Dynamics and Human Costs of the U.S. Empire”

9) Brattleboro, VT (Oct 4-5 Table at Food Co-op)

10) Charlotte, NC (Oct 11 Demo at Lockheed Martin)

11) Charlottesville, VA (Oct 4 Space video & discussion)

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12) Colorado Springs, CO (Oct 6)

13) Croughton RAF, England (Oct 11 Demonstration)

14) Damascus, Syria (Oct 4 Space talk at peace meeting)

15) Darmstadt, Germany (Oct 6 Leaflet at European Space Operations Center)

16) Darmstadt, Germany (Sept 9 – Oct 4 Keep Space for Peace exhibition in public library)

17) Davis, CA (Space videos playing on local cable TV throughout week)

18) Doylestown, PA (Oct 11 Protest at Bucks County Courthouse)

19) Duluth, MN (Oct 4-11 Space Letters to Editor campaign) (218) 728-2039

20) Edwards AFB, CA (Oct 11 vigil)

21) Fairbanks, AK (Oct 10 Space Concert/Video Extravaganza)

22) Fayetteville, AR (Space Video showing on community TV throughout week)

23) Fresno, CA (Oct 8 Space videos shown at Cal State University)

24) Ft. Wingate, NM (Oct 4-6 Prayer vigil at 7:00 am at BMD entrance)

25) Fylingdales RAF, England (Oct 7-10 Peace camp & demonstration)

26) Greenwich, CT (Oct 19 Community forum)

27) Harpswell, ME (Space video showing on cable CH 14 throughout week)

28) Hartford, CT (Oct 8 Community forum)

29) Hiroshima, Japan (Oct 4 Video showing & talk)

30) Ithaca, NY

31) Kalamazoo, MI

32) Kennedy Space Center, FL (Oct 11 Vigil & Leaflet at tourist facility)

33) Lakenheath AFB, England (Oct 5 Demonstration)

34) Melbourne, Australia (Oct 11 Keep Space for Peace Picnic outside the Planetarium, Scienceworks)

35) Menlo Park, CA (Oct 4 Raging Grannies sing at Kepler’s Bookstore)

36) Menwith Hill, England (Oct 11 Demonstration)

37) Molesworth RAF, England (Oct 11 Demonstration)

38) Moorestown, NJ (Oct 10 Protest at Lockheed Martin)

39) Olympia, WA (Oct 3 Dance of the Peaceable Planets at Urban Onion Ballroom)

40) Olympia, WA (Oct 8 Vigil at Sylvester Park)

41) Olympia, WA (Oct 10 Vigil at Percival Landing)

42) Portland, ME (Oct 8 Vigil & Leaflet at Farmers Market)

43) Portland, OR (Oct 1 & 8 Vigil & leafleting in Pioneer Square)

44) Sacramento, CA (Oct 9 Leaflet at K Street Mall)

45) Saintes, France (Oct 4 Meeting and symbolic ceremony)

46) San Francisco, CA

47) Santa Fe, N.M. (Oct 11 Demonstration at State Capitol)

48) Seattle, WA (Oct 5 Demo at Volunteer Park) (206) 322-3813

49) Stennis Space Center, MS (Oct 10 Prayer vigil) (504) 866-3596

50) St Louis, MO (Oct 1-2 Educational meeting on space)

51) St Louis, MO (Oct 11 Leaflet at Boeing)

52) Stockholm, Sweden (Oct 8 Event at House of Solidarity)

53) Stuttgart, Germany (Oct 3 Civil Inspection Team at EUCOM)

54) Sunnyvale, CA (Oct 3 Demo at Lockheed Martin) (408) 998-8504

55) Sydney, Australia (Oct 11 Public Meeting at NSW Teachers Club)

56) Toledo, OH (Oct 4-11 Daily vigil at Kabuki sculpture)

57) Tucson, AZ (Oct 13 Protest at Raytheon)

58) Valley Forge, PA (Oct 6 Protest at Lockheed Martin)

59) Vandenberg AFB, CA (Oct 11 Demonstration) (805) 688-2520

60) Westfield, MA (Oct 9 Demo at Barnes AFB)

61) Woodstock, VT (Oct 3 Community forum)


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