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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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: http://www.space4peace.org

October 4-11 Local Actions (List in Formation)

1) Albuquerque, N.M. (Oct 10 UNM War research center) trey3@unm.edu

2) Amman, Jordan (Oct 7 Space talk at regional meeting) afodafro@net.sy

3) Ann Arbor, MI (Oct 7 Protest at Federal Building) lynnmeadows@provide.net

4) Asheville, NC (Oct Literature table at Earth Fare) patrie.wncpsr@main.nc.us

5) Baltimore, MD (Oct 4 Demonstration at Ft Meade NSA HQ) mobuszewski@afsc.org

6) Bath Iron Works, Maine (Oct 11 Demonstration & Leafletting) globalnet@mindspring.com

7) Bucharest, Romania (Oct 4-5 Leaflet at University Square) aungiira@yahoo.com

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” www.afsc.org/pes.htm

9) Brattleboro, VT (Oct 4-5 Table at Food Co-op) mhnelson@sover.net

10) Charlotte, NC (Oct 11 Demo at Lockheed Martin) nomorevictims@yahoo.com

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

(434) 984-4459

12) Colorado Springs, CO (Oct 6) bsulzman@juno.com

13) Croughton RAF, England (Oct 11 Demonstration) oxcnd@domu.freeserve.co.uk

14) Damascus, Syria (Oct 4 Space talk at peace meeting) afodafro@net.sy

15) Darmstadt, Germany (Oct 6 Leaflet at European Space Operations Center) regina.hagen@jugendstil.da.shuttle.de

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) Jewel@dcn.org

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) toniflynn@earthlink.net

21) Fairbanks, AK (Oct 10 Space Concert/Video Extravaganza) info@nonukesnorth.net

22) Fayetteville, AR (Space Video showing on community TV throughout week) jbennet@uark.edu

23) Fresno, CA (Oct 8 Space videos shown at Cal State University) vmfout1@sti.net

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

25) Fylingdales RAF, England (Oct 7-10 Peace camp & demonstration) neil_bye@hotmail.com

26) Greenwich, CT (Oct 19 Community forum) Joonde@optonline.net

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

28) Hartford, CT (Oct 8 Community forum) vinickm@aol.com

29) Hiroshima, Japan (Oct 4 Video showing & talk) dogwood@muc.biglobe.ne.jp

30) Ithaca, NY

31) Kalamazoo, MI

32) Kennedy Space Center, FL (Oct 11 Vigil & Leaflet at tourist facility) fcpj@earthlink.net

33) Lakenheath AFB, England (Oct 5 Demonstration) dwhiggin@dhiggen.fsnet.co.uk

34) Melbourne, Australia (Oct 11 Keep Space for Peace Picnic outside the Planetarium, Scienceworks) busforspaceweek@ozpeace.net

35) Menlo Park, CA (Oct 4 Raging Grannies sing at Kepler’s Bookstore) certifiedhypnotist@yahoo.com

36) Menwith Hill, England (Oct 11 Demonstration) cndyorks@gn.apc.org caab@btclick.com

37) Molesworth RAF, England (Oct 11 Demonstration) acheetham@beeb.net

38) Moorestown, NJ (Oct 10 Protest at Lockheed Martin) brandywine@juno.com

39) Olympia, WA (Oct 3 Dance of the Peaceable Planets at Urban Onion Ballroom) HollyGG@msn.com

40) Olympia, WA (Oct 8 Vigil at Sylvester Park) HollyGG@msn.com

41) Olympia, WA (Oct 10 Vigil at Percival Landing) HollyGG@msn.com

42) Portland, ME (Oct 8 Vigil & Leaflet at Farmers Market) greg@peaceactionme.org

43) Portland, OR (Oct 1 & 8 Vigil & leafleting in Pioneer Square) curner@qwest.net

44) Sacramento, CA (Oct 9 Leaflet at K Street Mall) sypeaceact@jps.net

45) Saintes, France (Oct 4 Meeting and symbolic ceremony) acdn.france@wanadoo.fr

46) San Francisco, CA

47) Santa Fe, N.M. (Oct 11 Demonstration at State Capitol) LANLaction@aol.com

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) peaceeconomy@yahoo.com

51) St Louis, MO (Oct 11 Leaflet at Boeing) peaceeconomy@yahoo.com

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

svenska.fredskommitten@stockholm.mail.telia.com

53) Stuttgart, Germany (Oct 3 Civil Inspection Team at EUCOM) Wolfgang.Schlupp-Hauck@t-online.de

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

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

aabcc@zipworld.com.au

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

rkmarovitz@hotmail.com

57) Tucson, AZ (Oct 13 Protest at Raytheon) birnie@gci-net.com

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

brandywine@juno.com

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

60) Westfield, MA (Oct 9 Demo at Barnes AFB) ChadAmherst@aol.com

61) Woodstock, VT (Oct 3 Community forum) pleasantstbooks@valley.net

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