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Archive for March, 2010

WORLD NUCLEAR ABOLITION DAY

Join us on Saturday,  June 5–World Nuclear Abolition Day— to vigil for peace and voice our opposition to the planned June Minuteman III ICBM thermonuclear warhead delivery system test launch from Vandenberg to Kwajalein, in the Marshall Islands. Testing nuclear weapon delivery systems violates the letter and spirit of article VI of the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). See slide presentation HERE

Please join us at either Vandenberg AFB from 1 pm to 3 pm, at the front gate of Vandenberg Air Force Base, six miles north of Lompoc CA on Highway One. (parking allowed at Vandenberg Middle School on Saturdays). Speaker: Andrew Lichterman of Western States Legal Foundation, or Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo, from 3 pm to 5 pm. The Los Angeles AFB is located at 262 N. Douglas, El Segundo, 90245  (aka Los Angeles Space and Missile Center), (please note, there is no public parking on nearby streets; plan to shuttle from available parking or public transit or drop off signs and people and have the driver find parking.) Speaker: Que Keju who will read a statement on behalf of residents of Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands.

Endorsed by: International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons;  Physicians for Social Responsibility; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space; Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; War Resisters League; Los Angeles Catholic Worker; Office of the Americas; and Western States Legal Foundation;

For further details call MacGregor Eddy at 831-206-5043 or e-mail macgregoreddy@gmail.com or visit MacGregor Eddy’s Blog.

COURT DATE SET

Dennis Apel, MacGregor Eddy, and Jorge Manly-Gil have a court date scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 9 am, for their March 3rd arrest. At 10:30 am Bud Boothe’s trial/arraignment (part 3) will continue for his November 4th arrest.

Please support them at the Santa Barbara Federal Court – 1415 State St., Santa Barbara, 93101. For further details call MacGregor Eddy at 831-206-5043 or e-mail: macgregoreddy@gmail.com or see MacGregor Eddy’s Blog for further info.

(Ret) Col. Ann Wright will be at a noon press conference following the court appearances.  Court seating is limited, but everyone is invited to the press conference.

Also, check out this Slideshow about Vandenberg.

TEST LAUNCH SCHEDULED

A test launch of the Minotaur IV (first ever launch of this rocket) is scheduled for April 20 from Vandenberg.  Payload is not known. It is likely that this date will be rescheduled, therefore, no protest is scheduled.

For further details call MacGregor Eddy at 831-206-5043 or e-mail macgregoreddy@gmail.com

See Vandenberg launch schedule here

FOUR ARRESTED AT MARCH 3 VIGIL

The chief of public affairs for the base, Jeremy Eggers, was present wearing a suit and tie, but nobody was asked to present ID.  However, after a two minute warning, though they did not cross the line, Dennis Apel, MacGregor Eddy, Fr. Steve Kelly, and Jorge Manly-Gil were detained as a result of their “ban and bar” letter, taken to the visitor center and cited for illegal trespass then released.  The MP’s approached Bud Boothe in a respectful manner, but did not arrest him.  They wanted Bud to sign a piece of paper, but when he refused, they left. A reporter from the Santa Maria Sun was present to cover the vigil, as well as the L.A. Catholic Worker Community and supporters from Santa Barbara.

The base has received many letters and press inquiries about the mistreatment Bud Boothe received on November 4.   His arraignment remains scheduled for March 18 at 1:30 pm.  Bud has retained Catherine Swysen, of Sanger and Swysen, as his counsel. Please send letters of support to: Bud Boothe, P.O. Box 464, Los Olivos, CA 93441.  He does not use e-mail.

The next monthly vigil will be Wednesday, April 7, at 4pm at the front gate on Highway One six miles north of Lompoc.  Please do not park in the middle school parking lot, park on Mountain View Street near the school and walk to the front gate. Please join us.

For further details call MacGregor Eddy at 831-206-5043 or e-mail macgregoreddy@gmail.com