rn: Oct. 7 – Int’l protest against NMD


Jan Slakov

From: "Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space"
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;@mindspring.com;;>
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2000 14:37:49 -0400



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  Bruce Gagnon (352) 337-9274

     On October 7 an "International Day of Protest to Stop the
Militarization of Space" will be held worldwide.  Currently protest events
are planned in 16 nations and in over 34 U.S. cities.

     The October 7 actions are being organized by the Global Network Against
Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space and have been endorsed by organizations
around the world.

     President Clinton's recent decision to postpone deployment of National
Missile Defense (NMD) was largely a result of recent testing failures and
growing worldwide opposition to a new Star Wars program. "However, elements
of this new Star Wars program are still moving ahead," said Bruce Gagnon,
Coordinator of the Global Network.  "In the next few weeks, for example, the
U.S. government will finalize plans for the testing of a space-based laser -
a critical weapon in the Pentagon's scheme to 'control' space, and from the
'ultimate high-ground' of space to 'dominate' the Earth below."

      "We won't rest for a moment," said Gagnon.  "The October 7 protests
represent the largest grassroots global expression against moving the arms
race into space ever held.  We will utilize Clinton's delay decision to
expand our organizing and opposition.  More  people are getting involved
every day."

    October 7 actions include rallies and demonstrations in:

1. Adelaide, Australia
2. Albuquerque, N.M. (Lockheed Martin - Oct 6)
3. Amherst, MA (Oct 8)
4. Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
5. Asheville, NC (Downtown at Vance monument)
6. Baku, Azerbaijan
7. Bathe, Maine (Oct 5)
8. Beale AFB, CA (Space Command Radar Facility)
9. Berlin, Germany (Bundestag)
10. Brookfield, CT
11. Bucharest, Romania (American Embassy)
12. Buckingham Peace Fair (Bucks County, PA)
13. Cambridge, England
14. Cape Canaveral AFS, FL (Key Launch Facility)
15. Chicago, IL (Kluzynski Federal Building)
16. Colorado Springs, CO. (Space Command HQ)
17. Edwards AFB, CA (Flight Testing Center)
18. Flic en Flac, Mauritius
19. Fort Bragg, CA
20. France
21. Fylingdales, England (U.S. Radar Base)
22. Greece
23. Hartford, CT (Oct 4)
24. Holland, MI
25. Huntsville, AL (TMD Directorate)
26. Kalamazoo, MI
27. Kathmandu, Nepal (U.S. Embassy)
28. Kirtland AFB, N.M. (Key Laser Development Center - Oct 6)
29. Leicester, England
30. London, England (U.S. Embassy)
31. Los Angeles AFB, CA (Space-Based Laser Directorate)
32. Madison, WI
33. Mays Landing, NJ (Rep. Frank LoBiondo's office - Oct 6)
34. Menwith Hill, England (U.S. Spy Satellite Base)
35. Nevada Test Site
36. New York, N.Y. (Wall Street - Oct 6)
37. Northampton, MA
38. Osaka, Japan (Navy TMD Deployment Site)
39. Oslo, Norway (Parliament)
40. Pathanamthitta, India
41. Penn State University
42. San Francisco State University Planetarium (Cosmic Cabaret - Oct 6)
43. Schwaebisch Gmuend (Germany)
44. Seattle, WA (Boeing Corporation)
45. Seoul, Korea (TMD Deployment Sites)
46. Stockton, CA
47. St. Paul, MN (Lockheed Martin)
48. Sunnyvale, CA (Lockheed Martin)
49. Sydney, Australia (TMD testing expected in Western Australia)
50. Tokyo, Japan
51. Toronto, Canada (Oct 14 at U.S. Consulate)
52. Tucson, AZ (Raytheon)
53. Valley Forge, PA. (Lockheed Martin)
54. Vandenberg AFB, CA (Key Launch Facility)
55. Vancouver, Canada
56. White House, Washington DC
57. White Sands Missile Test Range, N.M.

     Meanwhile, testing of the NMD system is scheduled to resume in January,
2001 from  Vandenberg AFB in California.  The Pentagon is also dangerously
promoting Theatre Missile Defense (TMD) deployments in the Middle East and
Asia which will  provoke regional escalations of nuclear weapons

     October 7 protest sites are still being added each day.  To see the
current list of actions, and worldwide sponsoring groups, check the Global
Network's web site at:  http://www.space4peace.org

     Note to Editors & Assignment Desks:  Media seeking the actual Pentagon
plans for "control and domination" of space can obtain them by clicking on
Space Command's web site at:  http://www.spacecom.af.mil/usspace/index.htm

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