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StratCom: The Most Dangerous Place on the Face of the Earth


ANNUAL SPACE ORGANIZING CONFERENCE
April 11-13, 2008
Omaha, Nebraska
GLOBAL NETWORK AGAINST WEAPONS & NUCLEAR POWER IN SPACE

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. Keynote speaker: Olivier Bancoult, Chair of Chagos Refugees Group, Republic of Mauritius

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: Stories of Resistance to Domination

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 Keynote Speakers: Col. Ann Wright & Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

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 or Space Warfare?

§ 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, New Mexico

§ Olivier Bancoult, Chagos Refugees Group, Republic of Mauritius

§ Brian Bogart, M.A. Candidate, Advanced Studies for Peace & Diversity,University of Oregon

§ Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, California

§ Leslie Cagan, United for Peace & Justice, New York

§ Kim Chaplin, Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, Washington

§ Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker, Iowa

§ Aurel Duta, For Mother Earth, Romania

§ Stacey Fritz, No Nukes North, Alaska

§ Bruce Gagnon, Global Network, Maine

§ Holly Gwinn Graham, Singer/Songwriter Washington

§ Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Michigan

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

§ Wes Hamilton, Olympia Port Militarization Resistance, Washington

§ Dud Hendrick, Maine Veterans for Peace

§ Andrea Licata, No Dal Molin, Italy

§ Tamara Lorincz, Halifax Peace Coalition, Canada

§ Elizabeth McAlister, Jonah House, Maryland

§ David Meieran, Bite the Bullet Campaign, Pennsylvania

§ Greg Mello, Los Alamos Study Group, New Mexico

§ Tom Neilson, Singer/Songwriter, Massachusetts

§ Agneta Norberg, Swedish Peace Council

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

§ Bal Pinguel, American Friends Service Committee, Pennsylvania

§ J. Narayana Rao, All India Peace & Solidarity Organization
§ Tim Rinne, Nebraskans for Peace

§ Joanne Sheehan, War Resisters League, Conneticut

§ Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, New York

§ Mary Beth Sullivan, Global Network, Maine

§ Bill Sulzman, Citizens for Peace in Space, Colorado

§ David Swanson, After Downing Street, Virginia

§ Jan Tamas, No To Bases Initiative, Czech Republic

§ Rhianna Tyson, Global Security Institute, New York

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

§ David Webb, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, England

§ Lynda Williams, Singer/Songwriter, California

§ Loring Wirbel, Citizens for Peace in Space, Colorado

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

Event Endorsers (List is in Formation)

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After Downing Street
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Bite the Bullet Campaign
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Codepink
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Committee for the Rescue & Development of Vieques
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Des Moines Catholic Worker
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Fellowship of Reconciliation
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Grandmothers for Peace
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Intelligent Future
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International Network Against Foreign Military Bases
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Nebraskans for Peace
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No Nukes North-Alaska
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No To Bases Initiative-Czech Republic
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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
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Nukewatch
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Omaha Catholic Worker
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Peace Action
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PeaceMajority Report
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People's Action for Clean Energy
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Stop the War Machine
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United for Peace & Justice
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Veterans for Peace
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Women for Peace Iowa
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Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom

Conference Registration

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

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

For questions, contact:
globalnet@mindspring.com (207) 443-9502 or
nfpstate@nebraskansforpeace.org
(402) 475-4620

http://www.space4peace.org

http://space4peace.blogspot.com (Blog)
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