Ongoing Resistance

Good Friday, March 25, 2016 Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale, Ca
Catholic Workers, Pacific Life Community and friends gather to vigil at Lockheed Martin as people arrive for work. We were joined by  friends from the Verbum Dei Sisters,  Sacred Heart (RSCJ) and Sisters of Charity (BVM), Green Party, and South Bay Nonviolence Coalition. Link to our prayer.

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Coming to meet the earlier workers at Lockheed Martin, it was still dark enough to use the NO WAR light signs in front of Lockheed Martin.

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March 18, 2016 Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale, Ca
Lenten vigils while workers go into the facility. We know that Lockheed builds D-5 Missiles that carry nuclear warheads, and builds Hellfire Missiles that are used on drones to kill our brothers and sisters.

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Using the Light Brigade ideas, we brought lit signs to the early morning vigil that starts in the dark. We come early in the morning when folks are driving into Lockheed Martin for work.

light brigade at LHM

In picture: Fumi Tosu, Lisa Washio, Julian Washio-Collette, from Casa de Clara: the San Jose Catholic Worker, and Larry Purcell from the Redwood City Catholic Worker at Lockheed-Martin.
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SantaClaraUnivMarch 17, 2016 Santa Clara University: A call to remove ROTC from Catholic schools. Jesus’ message is clear: Love your enemies: do good to those who persecute you. In contrast, ROTC teaches students to kill our enemies. At the vigil were Gilberto and Senji, Buddhist monks, Mary Jane Parine, Ed Ehmke, Larry Purcell, Mark Dellamano, Peggy Coleman, Steve Kelly, SJ,  Susan Crane, Julian Washio-Collette, and Lisa Washio.
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lockheed lentenMarch 4, 2016 . On the way to the Pacific Life Community retreat, we join the Lenten Vigil at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, CA.
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March 6, 2016 In front of Vandenberg AFB, the Pacific Life Community gathers to remember the D-5 Missiles that were shot from the base to the Marshal Islands. The missiles and their warheads radiated the people of the Marshall islands, causing sickness, death, and horrific birth defects. Local activists , Mary Jane Parrine and Ed Ehmke walked up to the base gate to deliver a letter to the base commander. Along with Charley Smith,  Jorge Manly-Gil, Karan Benton, Elizabeth Murray and Tom Webb, they were cited and released. The letter follows:

March 6, 2106
TO:  Col. J. Christopher Moss, Cmdr, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB
FROM:  Pacific Life Community
SUBJECT:  Action To Protest Minuteman ICBM Firings on Marshall Islands

   We are members of the Pacific Life Community – a local network of spiritually motivated advocates for ending nuclear weapons and other means of war-making through nonviolent direct action.  Today we cross the line because we believe that actions inside Vandenberg Air Force Base have crossed the line – the line of regard for our fellow human beings.

   We refer to the regular launchings of Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) from Vandenberg Air Base, which land on the occupied territory of the Marshall Islands.   These ICBMs contribute to the further poisoning of the air, land and waters surrounding the Marshall islands, whose people continue to suffer terribly from a legacy of U.S. government nuclear testing on their formerly pristine paradise.
   But far from honoring the longstanding debt owed to the Marshalese people as a result of decades of these nuclear tests, our government continues to squander U.S. taxpayer dollars to carry out the ongoing destruction of the Marshall Islands, whose air, water and land continue to be poisoned from our ICBMs and other U.S. military materiel.
    Those tax dollars could be put to much better use here at home — to alleviate economic misery by creating jobs and boosting local infrastructure.   Instead, our expensive military occupation of the Marshall Islands has forced these innocent people away from their homes and consigned them to lives of misery and squalor.
    Moreover, the firing of ICBMs by the United States may be considered as a provocation during this time of simmering tensions in the Asia-Pacific region – we are thinking specifically of North Korea.  Far from making the American people safer, these missile firings may draw us closer to a nuclear conflagration.
We appeal to you to follow a higher law – that of your conscience – and refuse to send more missiles into the Pacific.  Instead, we urge you to join us in calling for a permanent U.S. withdrawal from the Marshall Islands, including provision of fair and just compensation for a people deeply wronged by misguided U.S. policies.
Very respectfully,
The Pacific Life Community
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