Future Actions

2017

March 26 – August 9  (U.S. delegation July 12-18)
Büchel air base, Germany
Nuclear abolitionists in Germany are organizing for 20 weeks of nonviolent resistance actions at Büchel air force base next year, March 26 – August 9, to demand that U.S. nuclear weapons stockpiled there be sent home, not modernized as NATO plans, and that their government support the U.N. effort to ban nuclear weapons. American abolitionists are invited to endorse the campaign and to join the demand to bring the U.S. nukes home to disarm. A delegation in formation from the United States has taken responsibility for nonviolent resistance at the base gates from July 12-18, 2017. Support actions in the United States are also invited. For more information visit buechel-atombombenfrei.de (click on International & English) and atomwaffenfrei.de. For information about joining the U.S. group, contact John LaForge at Nukewatch, nukewatch1@lakeland.ws, 715-472-4185.

July 12
Rivers of Blood II at the U.S. Capitol
“…This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and which go beyond our nation’s self-defined goals and positions. We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls “enemy,” for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers…”  Martin Luther King, Jr. from Beyond Vietnam:  A Time to Break Silence
The words of Martin Luther King Jr. at Riverside Church, fifty years ago and exactly one year before his assassination in 1968, are just as powerful today calling us with urgency to speak out, renounce our comfort, act, and break the silence to the ongoing US wars and militarism.
Join the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance on Wednesday, July 12 for the first in a series of nonviolent resistance actions lifting up Martin Luther King’s 1967 Beyond Vietnam speech, where he named the United States as the greatest purveyor of violence.  Meet at 10:00 am at the Union Station food court near the Walgreens for the final planning meeting before proceeding to the U.S. Capitol building.  If the weather permits, participants will move outside for the meeting, so try to be on time. Please bring to wear a t-shirt that has been painted with red paint to simulate blood. For more information, please contact joyfirst5@gmail.com.

July 8-16
Coulport Disarmament Camp, Scotland
Everyone who opposes Trident and its grim replacement is invited to join Trident Ploughshares for ten days of camping, plotting and taking nonviolent direct action … the possibilities are enormous. All welcome for as little or as long as you can stay. Bring friends, make friends, and enjoy camping in an ancient oak woodland adjacent to MOD Coulport, where the nuclear weapons are stored in sinister bunkers deep inside the hillside by one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland. For more information, visit http://tridentploughshares.org/coulport-disarmament-camp-july-2017/ and War Resisters International.

July 31–August 6
War Starts Here camp, Germany
A week-long action camp outside Europe’s premier combat training center in Altmark, Germany from July 31 – August 6 will address the roots of conflict now driving refugees into Europe with anti-war and anti-racist action around the theme War. Power. Flight. For more information, email info@war-starts-here.camp or visit www.war-starts-here.camp.

August 6–9, Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days
Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab
Commemorate the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the place where scientists are creating new nuclear weapons. Rally and nonviolent action at Livermore Lab, corner of Vasco and Patterson Pass Roads, Livermore, California, on Wednesday, August 9 at 8:00 a.m. Rally and program with speakers, musicians, and more, folles by procession to the gates of the lab to protest the Trump Administration’s nuclear weapons policies.  For more information, call 925-443-7148 or 510-839-5877.

White House and Pentagon
Join with the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, and co-sponsors Pax Christi Metro-DC, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Isaiah Project, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and the Sisters of Mercy—Institute Justice Team, in two nonviolent acts of public witness at the White House and the Pentagon to repent for the U.S. nuclear bombings of Japan on August 6 and August 9, 1945 and to call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons in the U.S. and worldwide. 
Sunday, August 6 Nonviolent Witness and Prayer Service of Repentance outside the White House from 7:30 – 8:30 AM. Meet on north side of White House on Pennsylvania Ave., across from Lafayette Park (8:15 AM is the exact time that the bomb was dropped in Hiroshima).
Wednesday, August 9 Nonviolent witness and Prayer Service of Repentance at the Pentagon from 12:30-1:30 PM (August 9th is the anniversary of U.S. nuclear bombing of Nagasaki).
For those driving, please meet on corner of Army-Navy Drive and Fern St. @ 12:15 PM a.m. and process to vigil site at 12:20 PM.
If you are coming by metro, please get off at Pentagon stop–Yellow Line). Take south exit coming out of metro. When you reach the top of escalator go left and then right on the sidewalk going away from building toward South Parking lot. Vigil site is down on the left side behind a bicycle fence.  Please join us! For more info contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-360-6416, artlaffin@hotmail.com.

August 12-14
Kitsap-Bangor nuclear submarine base

Ground Zero Center will hold its annual remembrance of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with a full weekend of events. Starting on Saturday, August 12th join the second annual Boats By Bangor flotilla that will sail by the Bangor Trident submarine base. Boats will launch from King Spit, and following the flotilla will be a beach picnic, followed by an evening concert at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action by folksinger Tom Rawson. Sunday, August 13th will be a full day of nonviolence training, updates on nuclear weapons issues, music, and preparation for Monday morning August 14 vigil and nonviolent direct action at the Bangor base. For more information visit gzcenter.org or email info@gzcenter.org.

September 4–8
DSEI arms trade fair, London
Nonviolent direct action at the September DSEI arms trade fair in London will build on past experience with the strategy “if we can stop the set-up, we can stop the arms fair.” The Campaign Against the Arms Trade is coordinating five days of themed disruption of the exhibitors’ delivery and set-up, September 4–8 at the National Pavilion. This will frame a narrative leading into a Big Day of Action on Saturday, September 9, the eve of the world’s largest exhibition for the business of war. Trident Ploughshares will be working with other groups to organize the No to Nuclear Day on Wednesday, September 6. Trainings for direct action begin this summer. To get involved, visit tridentploughshares.org.uk, caat.org.uk or email Lucie at events@caat.org.uk.