The War Resisters International, at their triennial meeting in Dublin, Ireland August 3-9, issued a call for demonstrations in support of peace and justice in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and the cessation of U.S. military practice and experiments there. Pickets and sit-ins at U.S. Embassies around the world are being organized for September 23, 2002, by WRI affiliates. For more information, contact Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón at the Puerto Rican Human Rights Committee, (787)725-1463; email@example.com.
NUCLEAR WEAPONS ABOLITION DAYS
Nuclear Weapons Abolition Days actions are planned in Europe to expose and demand the removal of U.S. nuclear forces. The plans for action begin with an anti-militarist carnival, to coincide with the celebrations of German reunification on October 3 in Berlin. For more info in German, visit www.gaaa.org.
On October 5, For Mother Earth and Forum voor Vredesactie are organizing another mass action at Kleine Brogel Air Force Base in Belgium, where U.S. nuclear weapons are stored. www.motherearth.org
On October 6, the newly formed Lakenheath Action Group is sponsoring an action at RAF Lakenheath, in the southeast of England, another U.S. nuclear weapon storage site. www.lakenheathaction.org
ACTION FOR NUCLEAR ABOLITION
A People's Nuclear Abolition Summit in Las Vegas October 5 will kick off ten days of Action for Nuclear Abolition. Following the summit, the Family Spirit Walk for Mother Earth will cover the final 65 miles of their trek from New Mexico to the Nevada Test Site. Friday, October 11 will feature workshops, a rally and nonviolent direct action in solidarity with international Keep Space for Peace week. Saturday, Indigenous Peoples Day, and Sunday will be devoted to ceremonies, workshops and trainings to build a multi-cultural community and prepare for Monday, October 14, and a sunrise service on reclaimed test site land. More nonviolent direct action will take place later in the day.
Come as a guest, respecting the ways of the Western Shoshone hosts and prepared for desert camping - hot days and cold nights. Bring your own chair, plate, cup and utensils: good food, water and toilet facilities will be provided; basic contribution of $7/day requested.
For more information, contact Shundahai Network, POB 1115, Salt Lake City, UT 84110, 1-800-471-4737, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, web: www.shundahai.org.
KEEP SPACE FOR PEACE
The Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space has declared October 4-11 "Keep Space for Peace Week", with international protests against the militarization of space. Demonstrations are planned in about 20 states and almost as many countries. Organize nonviolent resistance at your local space warfare installation, or other public protests and educational events. For ideas and the list of demonstrations, contact the Global Network, PO Box 90083, Gainesville, FL 32607, (352)337-9274, web: www.space4peace.org, email: email@example.com.
Join thousands next November 15-17 in Columbus, Georgia, for nonviolent action training and mass rally, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, a funeral procession for the victims of School of the Americas graduates concludes with nonviolent direct action to shut down the SOA/ Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning. For more information, contact SOA Watch, POB 4566, Washington, DC 20017, (202)234-3440, email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.soaw.org.
Plymouth Trident Ploughshares group will host the campaign's next action camp, November 14-19, and disarmament activists from across Europe are being encouraged to join the demonstration. Devonport, at Plymouth, is where the Trident submarines are refit. For more information, contact Trident Ploughshares, 42-46 Bethel St., Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NR, England, +44 08 45 45 88 366, www.tridentploughshares.org.
PORTSMITH HOPE & RESISTANCE GATHERING
Ploughshares (and even plowshares) activists are invited to attend a Hope & Disarmament Gathering at Lymington, England on October 19-22. The Gathering will nurture the European Ploughshares community while planning and engaging in an open act of disarmament at a nearby Navy dockyard or weapons factory. The intent is to openly approach the selected site with hammers, "nonviolently, peacefully, responsibly..." BYOH (bring your own hammer), but first contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.