On June 22, 2011 the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command launched a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central coast of California. The missile, carrying a simulated nuclear warhead, traveled 4,200 miles before hitting its predetermined target near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. As stated by mission director Col. David Bliesner: “Minuteman III test launches demonstrate our nation’s ICBM capability in a very visible way, deterring potential adversaries while reassuring allies. These launches provide valuable information on the missile’s effectiveness in its intended operational environment.” The U.S. maintains 450 Minuteman III missiles on high-alert in missile silos in Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Colorado, with another 50 operational missiles held in reserve. While the U.S. government lectures and threatens Iran and North Korea about the evils of nuclear weapons, it routinely test fires it’s own long-range missiles, sending a clearly implied nuclear threat. Protest the next test launch of the U.S. “arsenal of hypocrisy” set for Feb. 25, 2012. Read more…
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Click here to learn more and to register your opposition to the planned test-launch of a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base on February 25, 2012. Click here for a downloadable paper petition.
If you live in California, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has chartered a bus that will leave for Vandenberg from Oakland, at 5 pm, Feb. 24, returning by 7 am the next day, picking up people in Palo Alto, Salinas and Santa Cruz. Plan to get on the bus! $40 requested; no one turned away. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Think globally, act locally! Organize a protest at a nearby federal facility where you live!!
These actions are being promoted and coordinated by the United for Peace and Justice Nuclear Disarmament/Redefining Security working group. Click here to find out about the working group and how you can get involved.