Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The Global Network Protests StratCom

The U.S. Strategic Command (StratCom) for years has been the site from which a nuclear war would be controlled. Since 9/11, its mission has expanded. It is now also command central in the U.S. “War on Terror” and for the U.S. plans to dominate space militarily. This “New StratCom” is responsible for overseeing any Global “First Strikes,” the National Security Agency’s “warrantless wiretaps,” and Ballistic Missile Defense.

StratCom (at Offutt AFB) today is the most dangerous place on the face of the earth. It is secretive. Its mission is destabilizing. It operates outside the law. And its transformation has occurred so quickly, most of the world is completely unaware of its missions and dangers.

The Global Network brings together world citizens who will, for the first time, gather to shine a light on what StratCom has become. Building global awareness is essential if we are to get StratCom to back away from the brink.

The conference will be hosted by Global Network affiliate Nebraskans for Peace.

Conference Agenda
Friday, April 11
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rally at StratCom’s Kinney Gate at Offutt A.F.B., Omaha, Nebraska

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dinner at Creighton University (St. John’s Parish basement) Welcome by nationally known Native American activist Frank LaMere of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and Native American drumming group.

Saturday, April 12

8:00 am Registration coffee/bagels, tabling at Creighton University (St. John’s Parish basement)

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Purpose of Conference

9:15 – 11:00 Plenary Panel Discussion I: StratCom’s New Mission: From Waging the War on Terror to the Domination of Space

11:15 – 1:00 Plenary Panel Discussion II: U.S. Bases Worldwide & Their Connection to Space Technology

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch at St. John’s Parish Basement

2:15 – 3:45 Workshop Session I

4:00 – 5:30 Workshop Session II

6:00 – 9:00 Dinner and Speakers/Music

Sunday, April 13
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Global Network Membership meeting (All are welcome to join us on Sunday for our annual meeting for local grassroots reports, Board elections, the coordinator’s report, and to participate in our strategy discussion for the coming year.)

Workshops for Saturday Afternoon

§ Wars of the Future: Military Transformation

§ StratCom and U.S. First-Strike Policy

§ Mission Moon & Mars: U.S. Bases on the Planetary Bodies

§ Anti-Bases Network: Building Alliances to End the Empire

§ Space Command: Military Arm of Corporate Globalization

§ Missile Defense Developments in Europe: U.S., NATO and a New Cold War

§ Missile Defense: Deployments in U.S. & Asian-Pacific Region

§ Converting the Permanent War Economy

§ Organizing around Campus Militarization

§ Space Law-fare as New Weapon of War

§ Echoes from Other Lands: Voices of People Displaced By U.S. Bases

§ Creative Nonviolent Disobedience to Empire

Conference Speakers (List is in Formation)

§ Bob Anderson, Stop the War Machine

§ Olivier Bancoult, Republic of Mauritius Chagos Refugees Group

§ Brian Bogart, Student Activist, University of Oregon

§ Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation

§ Leslie Cagan, United for Peace & Justice

§ Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker

§ Stacey Fritz, No Nukes North

§ Bruce Gagnon, Global Network

§ Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

§ Regina Hagen, International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation

§ Dud Hendrick, Maine Veterans for Peace

§ Elizabeth McAlister, Jonah House

§ David Meieran, Bite the Bullet

§ Greg Mello, Los Alamos Study Group

§ Lindis Percy, Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases, England

§ Bal Pinguel, American Friends Service Committee

§ J. Narayana Rao, All India Peace & Solidarity Organization

§ Tim Rinne, Nebraskans for Peace
§ Joanne Sheehan, War Resisters League

§ Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

§ Mary Beth Sullivan, Global Network

§ Bill Sulzman, Citizens for Peace in Space

§ David Swanson, After Downing Street

§ Jan Tamas, No To Bases Initiative, Czech Republic

§ Carol Urner, Woman’s International League for Peace & Freedom

§ David Webb, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, England

§ Loring Wirbel, Citizens for Peace in Space

§ Col. Ann Wright, Retired U.S. Army & U.S. State Department

Event Endorsers (List is in Formation)

After Downing Street
Bite the Bullet Campaign
Committee for the Rescue & Development of Vieques
Fellowship of Reconciliation
International Network Against Foreign Military Bases
Nebraskans for Peace
No Nukes North-Alaska
No To Bases Initiative-Czech Republic
Omaha Catholic Worker
Peace Action
United for Peace & Justice
Veterans for Peace
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom

Conference Registration

Name: ______________________________________________

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Email: ________________________________________

Telephone: ____________________________________

All meals provide vegetarian options and are included with the registration fee. Please check the meals you will eat:
__Friday night dinner
__Saturday morning bagels
__Saturday lunch
__Saturday dinner

Please check if you need the following:
__Home Hospitality (first come, first served)
__A list of hotels in the area

Registration fee is based on a sliding scale; pay what you can best afford: $15 - $75

Enclosed is a registration fee of $_________
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(Please send the name and contact information for each person.)

Return your registration to:
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 652 Brunswick, Maine 04011

For questions, contact: (207) 443-9502 or
(402) 475-4620 (Blog)


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