The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at 7:30 PM, and the meetings now take place at Max’s residence. The next meeting takes place on Oct. 8. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at verizon.net for directions. The gathering will focus on getting ready for the vigil at the National Security Agency on Tues., Oct. 9 at 5:30 PM for Keep Space for Peace Week. Bruce Gagnon, , international peace organizer, coordinator, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, and author of “Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories From Fading Empire,” will be joining us. We will prepare soup and other vittles on Monday in preparation for a house party on Tuesday after the NSA vigil. Bring a side dish on Tuesday and hear Bruce talk about the ongoing madness of war and drone strikes.
On Tues., Oct. 9 Bruce Gagnon will join the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore at Fort Meade, Maryland in its annual trek to the National Security Agency. The vigil at the NSA for Keep Space for Peace Week will take place form 5:30 to 6:30 PM. The departure from Baltimore will be at 4:45 PM from the former AFSC building, 4806 York Road. Transportation can be provided. Demonstrate on Route 32 outside the main gate to alert the general public to the criminal activity taking place at the NSA.
After the demo, the Pledge will host a house meeting with Bruce for soup, bread and conversation. Let Max know if you are willing to host a house party the evening of Oct. 9. RSVP to Max at 410-366-1537 or mobuszewski at verizon.net.
Published on War Is A Crime .org (http://warisacrime.org)
Planned Military Space Plane Launch Highlights Keep Space for Peace Week Concerns
By davidswanson - Posted on 06 October 2012
The Maine-based Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, founded in 1992, maintains that an expected October 25 launch of the military space plane (X-37B) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida will help to accelerate a new arms race in space.
The group also has announced that their annual Keep Space for Peace Week will include more than 75 local actions in a dozen countries around the world. Set from October 6-13 the protests call on all space-faring nations to halt research, development, testing, and deployment of war-making technologies in space.
Global Network chair Dave Webb (who also serves as the chair of UK’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) said, “We believe that the X-37B space plane is part of the Pentagon's effort to develop the capability to strike anywhere in the world with a conventional warhead in less than an hour - known as Prompt Global Strike. Thus as the U.S. moves forward with these kinds of global strike systems from and through space it will be likely that Russia and China will be forced to respond by refusing to reduce their nuclear weapons and by developing space technologies of their own to counter the U.S. program.”
The Global Network maintains that the development of these new space planes is one reason that the Obama administration and the Pentagon are eager to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles in Russia and China in the years to come. As key elements in the growing U.S. first-strike program (along with so-called ‘missile defense’ systems), they become even more effective if the U.S. can get its potential rivals to reduce their nuclear retaliatory capability giving the Pentagon an even greater chance of pulling off a successful decapitating first-strike attack.
The actual cost of the X-37 is hidden in the Pentagon's 'black,' or classified, budget - is likely to cost more than $1 billion. The launch vehicle alone - a two-stage, liquid-propelled Atlas V rocket - costs as much as $200 million.
“Our annual Keep Space for Peace Week is an important way for us to continue the effort to build a movement around the planet to keep the heavens free from the ever expanding war system. Already we see military satellites in space coordinating warfare on Earth. The aerospace industry and the Space Command are pushing hard to move new offensive technologies like the X-37B into space. It is our goal to build resistance to these expensive, dangerous, and destabilizing moves,” said Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network.
The Keep Space for Peace Week poster is available here 
The list of local actions around the world during space week can be foundhere 
The award winning documentary Pax Americana & the Weaponization of Space is now available online here 
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Source URL: http://warisacrime.org/content/planned-military-space-plane-launch-highlights-keep-space-peace-week-concerns
Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs
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