Good Friday Litany at Lockheed Martin

When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with blood. Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do good; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. (Isaiah 1:15-17)

We gather here at the gates of Lockheed Martin, the largest military contractor in the US, to acknowledge that our hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims. We are responsible for the actions of our government and the corporations in our neighborhoods.

1. The weapons built at Lockheed Martin terrorize and murder our brothers and sisters around the world. 

  Response:  Our Hands are covered with blood. For our hesitations in the face of death, we ask God to forgive us and help us not be guilty bystanders.

2. Trident missiles are built right here at Lockheed Martin. These missiles are launched from Trident submarines, and can drop a nuclear warhead anywhere on the earth in 30 minutes.

  Response:  Our Hands are covered with blood. For our hesitations in the face of death, we ask God to forgive us and help us not be guilty bystanders.

3. Lockheed Martin lobbies both sides of the aisle in Congress. Their profits depend on war-making, and so they lobby for continued wars of aggression around the world.

Response:  Our Hands are covered with blood. For our hesitations in the face of death, we ask God to forgive us and help us not be guilty bystanders.

4. Our national resources are squandered on weapons, while the poor are suffer without adequate housing or food.

     Response:  Our Hands are covered with blood. For our hesitations in the face of death, we ask God to forgive us and help us not be guilty bystanders.

5. Lockheed Martin’s policies are racist. They use prison labor to build parts for weapons, which exploits primarily black and brown people at .23 to $1.15 an hour. Lockheed Martin has collaborated with local government and other corporations to spy on social activists and Black Lives Matter. Lockheed Martin has sent interrogators to Guantanamo where our Islamic brothers are tortured.  

    Response:  Our Hands are covered with blood. For our hesitations in the face of death, we ask God to forgive us and help us not be guilty bystanders..

6. Lockheed builds hellfire missiles and drones that terrorize our brothers and sisters, dismembering and incinerating people who are hit.

     Response:  Our Hands are covered with blood. For our hesitations in the face of death, we ask God to forgive us and help us not be guilty bystanders.

7. Lockheed Martin builds planes that are used to create terror and kill Palestinians.

Response:  Our Hands are covered with blood. Give us courage to hear the cries and requests of those under our weapons, and end our wars.

8. Lockheed Martin is funded by our tax dollars.

           Response:  Our Hands are covered with blood. Give us courage to hear the cries and requests of those under our weapons, and end our wars.

9. We spend over half of our tax dollars on warmaking, and neglect the poor at our doors.

Response:  Our Hands are covered with blood. Give us courage to hear the cries and requests of those under our weapons, and end our wars.

10.  Lockheed Martin manufactures cluster bombs, which kill when they land, and act as land mines for years afterwards, continuing to kill and maim children, animals and adults.

Our Hands are covered with blood. Give us courage to hear the cries and requests of those under our weapons, and end our wars.