Future Actions

October 5-12
Creech Air Force Base, Nevada
The Codepink Fall Drone Resistance Week at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada will take place October 5-12. Las Vegas airport pick-up and transportation/carpooling can be arranged. Details in progress; for more information, contact Toby at ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net.

October 10-11
Wellington Weapons Expo
Stop the Arms Trade alliance is conducting trainings and planning for nonviolent direct actions to shut down the NZDAI Weapons Expo on October 10-11 in Wellington, New Zealand. For more information, email peacewellington@riseup.net or visit stopthearmstrade.nz.

November 13
Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson
In honor of the late Fr. Jerry Zawada OFM, a memorial peace vigil will take place on Monday morning, November 13, 8 – 8:45 a.m. outside Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, a drone base where Jerry regularly protested. Brief opening circle at 8 a.m. (near the parking lot NW of the intersection) followed by nonviolent witness against war at the four corners of the intersection.
Park at recreation field parking lot at N-W corner of Craycroft & Golf Links with access from Craycroft.  Signs provided, or bring your own!  
Why protest at Davis-Monthan AFB?
Drones:
Air National Guard troops at Davis-Monthan AFB place Tucson squarely on the global battleground, by remotely piloting UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) that are firing missiles and killing more civilians than targeted “terrorists” in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.  Ground the Drones!
Depleted uranium:
A-10 warplanes that train out of Davis-Monthan AFB are responsible for the vast majority of radioactive ammunition – estimated at well over 400 tons – used in Iraq since 1991.
The Guardian newspaper in Britain reported on an Iraqi study that confirms Iraq is littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, including depleted uranium, resulting in greater rates of cancer and birth defects near sites. 
More info: 520-323-8697 or nukeresister@igc.org

CELEBRATION OF LIFE
After the peace vigil, we’ll gather in the Knox Room at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church (3809 E. 3rd St., Tucson) for a celebration of Jerry’s life, followed by refreshments.
We plan to begin the Celebration of Life between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m., so if you are not able to attend the vigil, please be at the church by 9:15.
You are invited to bring a photo or other small memento for an altar to remember and honor Jerry.
The church is south of Speedway and west of Alvernon. The Knox Room is in the southwest corner of the church compound.  Please park in the 3rd St. parking lot and go through the gate to the Knox Room. 

November 10-12
Southern Arizona/Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
The 2017 U.S./Mexico Border Convergence of the School of the Americas Watch will take place in Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico on November 10-12. Join for forums and workshops, speakers and musicians, with a vigil Friday at the immigrant detention center in Eloy, Arizona and cross-border rally and concert on Saturday at the Nogales border fence. SOA Watch demands: An end to U.S. economic, military and political intervention in Latin America; Demilitarization and divestment of the borders; An end to the racist systems of oppression that criminalize and kill migrants, refugees and communities of color; Respect, dignity, justice and the right to self-determination of communities; and an end to Plan Mérida and the Alliance for Prosperity. For information and registration, visit soaw.org/border.

November 16
Jesuit Universities ROTC
Catholic peace activists are invited to join in united nonviolent action at each of the 17 Catholic Jesuit Universities that host U.S. military training centers (ROTC, NROTC, AFROTC), with major emphasis for action on November 16, the anniversary of the political assassination of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador in 1989. Since the end of the selective service draft system the US military has invested money and time in areas of education from 5th grade through University preparing men and women for war and teaching, at university level, for war and killing, killing without conscience. If you live near a Catholic Jesuit university that hosts military training, contact Bob Graf at 414-379-4162 or bobsyouruncle@sbcglobal.net for more details.