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ICBM LAUNCH PROTEST JUNE 28/29 AT MIDNIGHT

There will be a protest against the launch of a Minuteman III Intercontinental  Ballistic Missile (ICBM)–the most destructive first strike missile in the U.S. arsenal. The target is the Ronald Reagan Missile Test Range, Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific.

The protest will be held at the front gate of Vandenberg Space Command – at the intersection of Highway One and California Blvd (Six miles north of Lompoc on Highway 1 in Santa Barbara County, CA.) The protest will begin at the start of the launch window on Sunday, June 28, at 11:55 pm exactly. Do not arrive early, wait at the Vandenberg Village parking lot if you are early. The protest will continue until the rocket is launched. (for Map Quest directions ask for directions to Vandenberg Middle School, there is no street address for the front gate)  It is a good idea to meet in the parking lot of Vandenberg Village at 11:40 pm so we take as few cars to the front gate as possible.  (Vandenberg Village is a small mall 3 miles north of Lompoc and 3 miles south of the front gate.

If the launch is CANCELED the protest is canceled. See launch details at Vandenberg AFB Launch Schedule (and check that website for possible launch cancellation, or date change).

The protest is sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power is Space. Andrew Lichterman of the Western States Legal Foundation has agreed to speak at the front gate event.

We will charter a Green Tortoise (very comfortable) bus from West Oakland area. The Green Tortoise charter from the NORTH will start at the WEST OAKLAND BART station at 3 pm Sunday June 28. The second stop will be in Santa Cruz at the Denny’s on Pacific at 5 pm. The next stop will be in SALINAS, at the Boronda exit off 101, Denny’s restaurant on North Main at 6:30 pm. The charter bus will get to the Guadalupe Catholic Worker 4575 9th St., Guadalupe CA 93434 at 10 pm to meet and plan with the Southern California and Lompoc/Santa Maria folks.

The Green Tortoise will return north at 1:30 am but NOT stop in Guadalupe. It will return people to Salinas 4:40 am or 5 am, Santa Cruz by 6 am and West Oakland BART station between 7:30-8 am at the latest. Seats are still available on the bus but you MUST reserve them. We ask $50 (cash please) toward the charter cost round trip, food is provided, but if you are particular, bring your own. Sleep on the way back. See Green Tortoise Bus Co. for bus info.

For those coming from the SOUTH do not take the train.  We do not have places for you to stay locally and the return train at is not until 7 am. If you do take the train you must make your own arrangements to spend the night (there is a Motel 6 in Lompoc). People are traveling in carpools from points south, for car pool information you can contact Andy Liberman from the War Resister’s League at: teachins1@yahoo.com, or call 310-600-1254 or call MacGregor Eddy at 831-206-5043

For further info call 831-206-5043 or e-mail macgregoreddy@gmail.com

SEE PHOTOS FROM THIS GATHERING

Comments

Comment from MacGregor Eddy
Time: June 25, 2009, 3:27 am

Unfortunately, since we last met, Kwajalein has not gotten the attention it needs to straighten out the mess created by the Military programs it hosts. The displacement of the population and its living conditions on Ebeye continue to plague a society whose only crime against the powers that be was to be living in an atoll the US found attractive for first, nuclear testing, and now, the testing of the vehicles to carry those nuclear weapons around the world. The United States government under Bush forced the Government of the Marshall Islands to agree to an extension of the use of Kwajalein beyond the current agreement which expires in 2016 until 2086 over the objections of and without the agreement of the people who belong to the land. Neither the United States, nor the Republic of the Marshall Islands, have the right to take land without consent or proper compensation. They have done neither and the people of Kwajalein continue to live like animals in overcrowded, unsanitary, and dangerous conditions off-base to provide a labor pool for Ronald Reagan Test Site. This insanity must stop.
Thank you for continuing to protest this madness and for your support for the people of Kwajalein.

Tony de Brum
Member of Parliament
Kwajalein Marshall Islands

Comment from MacGregor Eddy
Time: June 26, 2009, 8:51 pm

NO MEETING IN GUADALUPE Most of the people coming from Southern California by carpool are NOT coming to Guadalupe which is NORTH of Vandenberg and thus a longer drive.
So there will NOT be a gathering there, Gale McNeely will be at the Guadalupe CW to meet anyone who did not get the latest change of plans.
There will be a pick up at 10 pm at the Denny’s in Santa Maria,1019 E Main St Santa Maria, CA 93454
where we will be joined by a TV film crew from Japan (NTV) N is for Nippon that wish to film both the protest and launch.

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