Future Actions

2018

Poor People’s Campaign
Building on the foundation of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last campaign, a new Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival aims to unite tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. Emphasizing state and locally based actions, the Campaign’s Fundamental Principles conclude with the call for “a season of sustained moral direct action as a way to break through the tweets and shift the moral narrative. We are demonstrating the power of people coming together across issues and geography and putting our bodies on the line to the issues that are affecting us all. The Campaign and all its Participants and Endorsers embrace nonviolence…”  The Campaign is actively recruiting participants willing to engage in civil disobedience actions, particularly during 40 days beginning Mother’s Day, May 13.. For more information and to sign up, visit poorpeoplescampaign.org.

June 12
Eurosatory Arms Expo
The French group Disobedience is planning a nonviolent blockade on June 12 among other protests at the biennial Eurostatory arms exhibition at the Paris-Nord exhibition center in Villepinte. Interested participants should contact remi@desobeir.net, and attend a meeting in Paris on the afternoon of June 2. For more information, visit www.desobeir.net (French).

August 6-9, Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemorative Actions
Livermore Lab
Join keynote speaker Daniel Ellsberg to commemorate the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki at Livermore Lab, the place where scientists are creating new nuclear weapons. Rally with speakers and music begins Monday, August 6, at 8 a.m., at the corner of Vasco & Patterson Pass Roads in Livermore, California.Following the program will be a procession to the Lab gates where those who choose will peaceably risk arrest to protest the Trump Administration’s nuclear weapons policies. There will also be Peace Camp the weekend before at Lake Del Valle. For more information, contact Tri-Valley CAREs at 925-443-7148, 510-839-5877 or trivalleycares.org.
Vandenberg
The Los Angeles Catholic Worker and Vandenberg Witness will mark Hiroshima Day, August 6, with protest and possible nonviolent resistance at the main gate of Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California. For details, contact the L.A. Catholic Worker at 323-267-8789, lacatholicworker.org, or Vandenberg Witness at 805-343-6322, and vandenbergwitness.org.
Bangor Trident Nuclear Sub Base
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action will host its annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki weekend of commemoration August 4–6 at the Center, with nonviolent resistance action at the adjacent Kitsap-Bangor nuclear submarine base. All are invited to join for one, two or more days, in a program featuring retired CIA officer and peace activist Ray McGovern and Backbone Campaign executive Director Bill Moyer. Details are in progress; for more information, contact the Center at info@gzcenter.org, or visit gzcenter.org.
Des Moines Drone Command Center
Join Des Moines Catholic Worker and Des Moines Veterans for Peace for the second annual August 6-9 vigil at St. Ambrose Cathedral, begging the local Bishop to join the effort against the Des Moines Drone Command Center, in accordance with the U.S. Bishops’ 2014 statement finding U.S. drone warfare to be immoral and unjust. August 6-9 commemorates the U.S. nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. In 1945 the U.S. wiped out a whole city from the sky. Today in Des Moines computer geeks kill people in the Middle East 24/7 and they are held in high regard as our nation’s heroes! The 3-day vigil will conclude with a march from St. Ambrose to the Drone Command Center for an 11 a.m. Rally and Direct Action, the hour the U.S. dropped the A-bomb on Nagasaki Japan Aug 9, 1945. For more information contact: Gil Landolt – DMCW & Pres. DM Vets For Peace peacevet@hotmail.com, 515-657- 0354; or Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker, frank.cordaro@gmail.com, 515-490-2490.

September 3, 2018 (ending on or around September 14)
Savannah to Kings Bay Peace Walk

You are invited to join a peace walk in support of the seven Kings Bay Plowshares activists, who were arrested inside the Kings Bay Trident nuclear submarine base on April 4, the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. They entered the base for the purpose of “beating swords into plowshares” and are now awaiting trial for their nonviolent disarmament action. Four of the seven remain in jail.
Voices for Creative Nonviolence is helping to coordinate the walk, beginning at the General Dynamics headquarters in Savannah, Georgia, and proceeding to the Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, Georgia.
For more information, please contact Kathy Kelly, kathy@vcnv.org,  (773)619-2418 and/or info@vcnv.org, (773)878-3815.
You can read more about the Kings Bay Plowshares at kingsbayplowshares7.org.
September 22
Faslane Trident Nuclear Sub Base, Scotland
Scotland’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament invites international supporters to a major rally at the nuclear submarine base at Faslane on September 22, to challenge the government of the United Kingdom to recognize the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Nonviolent direct action in conjunction with this demonstration is anticipated. For more information, contact Trident Ploughshares at tp2000@gn.apc.org, or visit tridentploughsares.org.
September 30 – October 6
4th Annual Shut Down Creech Air Force Base
Peaceful, nonviolent resistance to put an end to drone killing and global warfare – Come for all or part of the week! For more information contact: Toby Blomé – ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net, Eleanor Levine – eastbaycodepink@gmail.com