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NOT GUILTY PLEAS ENTERED.

Cindy Sheehan, Fr. Louie Vitale, OFM, Mark Kelso, and Bradley Capshaw, the last four defendants from the February 25 launch action to be arraigned entered not guilty pleas on June 21, in Santa Barbara federal court. Trial date for all 15 defendants is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at 9 am at Santa Barbara Federal Bankruptcy Court, 1415 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Please plan now to join us in court for support. Be sure to have photo ID for admission.

CONFERENCE OCTOBER 18 – 21, 2012, SANTA BARBARA, CA

Statewide Education, Organizing, Strategy

and Resistance Conference.

Hope For The 21st Century

Challenging Robotic Weapons & Social Control Technologies Awareness, Sanctuary and Effective Civil Resistance at the Edge of the Robotic/Biotech/ Nanotech Age and the Brink of the Iran World War

October 22: Backcountry Nonviolent Resistance Action

to Occupy/Disrupt the Pentagon’s Global Drone & Missile Targeting Nerve-Center — Vandenberg Air Force Base

(In Coordination With the Call to Action of the 2012 International Drone Summit’s Direct Action Working Group)

  • Sponsored by: ARROWS [Alliance to Resist Robotic Warfare & Society]

Conference/Action Information, Registration:  tierralinda@live.com

 

OCCUPY VANDENBERG/PLC 13 COURT DATE SET

The arraignment date for the 13 arrested at the March 12, 2012, PLC gathering is scheduled for 8:30 am, Thursday, July 19, in Santa Barbara Federal Bankruptcy Court, 1415 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Please join us in court for support. Be sure to have photo ID for admission. There are some who, because of scheduling issues, will have another date set. Updates forthcoming.

 

FOUR REMAINING FEBRUARY 25 DEFENDANTS TO BE ARRAIGNED

The four remaining defendants of the February 25 witness: Fr. Louie Vitale, Cindy Sheehan, Mark Kelso, and Bradley Capshaw, will be arraigned at 8:30 am on June 21 in Santa Barbara Federal Bankruptcy Court, 1415 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Please join us in court for support. Be sure to have photo ID for admission.

UPDATE: On May 17, eleven of the Vandenberg 15 entered not guilty pleas in Santa Barbara Federal court.  Trial date is set for 9 am, Wednesday, Oct 17, at Santa Barbara Federal Bankruptcy Court, 1415 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.   Mark your calendar now. Please see MacGregor Eddy’s Blog for further details.

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MINUTEMAN III MISSILE LAUNCH SCHEDULED FOR MAY 16 IS CANCELED

The vigil and protest against the Minuteman III Missile launch that was scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, is now canceled because the launch itself was canceled with no new date scheduled  Please see MacGregor Eddy’s Blog for further details and updates or e-mail MacGregor Eddy at macgregoreddy@gmail.com or call 831-206-5043

FEBRUARY 25 ARRESTEES COURT DATE

The 15 defendants arrested at 2 am on February 25,  during the protest against the missile launch, will be arraigned at 8:30 am on May 17 in Santa Barbara Federal Bankruptcy Court, 1415 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Defendents include, Daniel Ellsberg, David Krieger, Judy Talaugon, Cynthia Papermaster, Nicola Torbett, Webb Mealy, Carolee Krieger, Leslie Angeline, Lynn Hamilton, Bradley Capshaw and Cindy Sheehan.  Fr Louie Vitale and Mark Kelso will be arraigned on June 21. Please join us in court for support. Be sure to have photo ID for admission.

MARCH 1 ICBM TEST POSTPONED

Vandenberg AFB officials announced today (Tuesday) that the Minuteman III ICBM test launch for March 1 has been postponed, with no new date announced, due to “technical” reasons.

ANOTHER ICBM TEST LAUNCH SET FOR MARCH 1

Vandenberg Air Force Base plans yet another Minuteman III ICBM test on March 1, 2012, the 58th anniversary of the Castle Bravo / Bikini Atoll test. Castle Bravo was the code name given to the first U.S. test of a dry-fuel thermonuclear hydrogen bomb, detonated on March 1, 1954 at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, the first test of Operation Castle. The Castle Bravo test had an explosive yield of 15 megatons, which is 1,000 times the power of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. The Bravo test caused widespread damage to numerous atolls in the Marshall Islands that is still felt to this day. The Marshall Islands also happened to be the target of this Minuteman missile test.  See MacGregor Eddy’s blog for further info.

Saturday, March 10, 2012 Public Lecture Series 7:30 PM in Santa Barbara. All are invited. See Flyer Link Below.

ICBM MISSILE TEST LAUNCH FEBRUARY 25, 2012

On Feb 24 and 25 protests are planned around the world to demand a halt to the Vandenberg ICBM test launch. In Santa Barbara, Daniel Ellsberg and David Krieger will hold a press conference and rally on Feb 24 at 11 am to demand a halt. At midnight (11:55 pm Feb 24) at front gate protest will be held at Vandenberg Space Command six miles north of Lompoc on the central California coast.    In the Los Angeles area, please join the Los Angeles Women’s Intenational League for Peace and Freedom for a 12 NOON protest at the Space and Missile tracking center, 262 N. Douglas, El Segundo, which is key to the launch.  E-mail macgregoreddy@gmail.com for details about the Vandenberg and El Segundo events or call 831-206-5043 Also, see MacGregor’s BLOG for last minute updates on both vigils and bus schedule.

Thanks to a grant from WILPF, we have support for the Green Tortoise charter bus from the Bay area to Vandenberg.   Catholic Workers are FREE and subsidies are available for anyone who cannot afford the full fare of $40 (round trip). The Green Tortoise leaves West Oakland BART at 5 pm, leaves San Jose Diridon/ Amtrak/ Caltrain station at 6:30 pm, leaves Salinas Amtrak Station at 7:30- 8 pm, depending on traffic (safe overnight parking available).  The bus return trip will leave Lompoc/ Vandenberg at 1:15 to 1:30 am February 25 (that is two hours not two days)  It will arrive in Salinas about 5 am, San Jose 6:30 am, and West Oakland BART at 7:30 am.  If you want to go but cannot cannot, consider sponsoring someone who cannot afford a ticket.   Send $40 to the Monterey County Branch WILPF c/o MacGregor Eddy, P.O. Box 5789, Salinas CA 93915-5789.  Contact MacGregor for further details and reservations. (see above)