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Honoring Dr. King: No Profit from Death - Protest at Lockheed Martin, Monday 1/21/08
To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21st, instead of going shopping, we'll be at the Bethesda headquarters of war profiteer Lockheed Martin, and we invite you to join us, the peacemakers of PeaceAction Montgomery.
A couple of days ago, the Washington Post reported that Lockheed's shares rose more than 14 percent in 2007. The defense budget for fiscal 2008, which began Oct. 1, is $471.2 billion, or 12 percent more than 2007 -- excluding the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Post story stated that the new spending planned for next year by the Bush Administration may boost the value of Lockheed shares by 12 percent. Dealing in death appears quite profitable for Lockheed, but what is it doing to our country and the world?
Dr. King said, "When machines and . . . profit . . . are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered." Join us in saying that we reject profit that leads to death, we reject rampant militarism, and we do so in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We'll gather at noon on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Davis Library, 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. From there, we'll march together outside the gates of Lockheed Martin, to say "No profit from death." Join us!