Campaign Nonviolence Vigil at Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale

September 26th, 2014

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Lockheed Martin Vigil

September 26, 2014

Sunnyvale, CA

Today, at Lockheed Martin, we stand next to the building where D-5 missiles that carry nuclear warheads are being made.  We also stand with people around the world who believe in nonviolence and think that the problems we all face are better and more appropriately sol

ved by figuring out how to share resources and get along with others.

Today, we join with Campaign Nonviolence, and hundreds of other groups around the country.  Campaign Nonviolence is a movement to spread nonviolence as a way of life in our personal lives and in our collective life as a nation. By studying the principles and methods of nonviolence, by sharing stories of nonviolence, by practicing nonviolence in our day-to-day lives, and by bringing that same ethic into our public life, we hope to change the culture of this violent warmaking Empire we live under.

Campaign Nonviolence invites people everywhere to

• Practice nonviolence toward themselves

• Practice nonviolence toward all others, and

• Practice nonviolence

toward the world by joining the global movement to abolish war, end poverty, reverse the climate crisis, and challenge all forms of violence.

As the Pacific Life Community gathers at Lockheed Martin, America’s largest military contractor, we are aware of the spectrum of violence that Lockheed stands for: nuclear mis

siles for the trident nuclear weapon system, hellfire missiles that are fired from drones, and planes sold to Israel and used against the people of Gaza.  Lockheed sends interrogators to places like Guantanamo prison and lobbyists to Washington to form foreign policy.  As we protest and vigil, we stand for the original rainbow of diversity, hope and peace, and we stand against all warmaking.

– Pacific Life Community

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First International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

September 23rd, 2014

First International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

CAMPAIGN NONVIOLENCE/Lockheed Martin Vigil

August 13th, 2014

 

Join Pacific Life Community on: September 26, 2014

From 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

At: Lockheed Martin

Corner of Java and Mathilda in Sunnyvale, CA

 

Campaign Nonviolence is a movement to build a culture of peace and justice by educating about nonviolence and working to nonviolently end war, poverty, and to reverse climate change. From September 21-27th, people in more than 111 cities around the US will be gathering to take 215+ actions in ways that show the connections between war, poverty and the climate crisis.  John Dear, Pace e Bene, and a cadre of dedicated people have been holding workshops on nonviolence over the past year leading up to these days in September.

As the Pacific Life Community gathers at Lockheed Martin, America’s largest military contractor, we are aware of the spectrum of violence that Lockheed stands for:  nuclear missiles for the trident nuclear weapon system, hellfire missiles that are fired from drones, planes sold to Israel and used against the people of Gaza. Lockheed sends interrogators to places like Guantanamo prison and lobbyists to Washington to form foreign policy. As we protest and vigil, we stand for the original rainbow of diversity, hope and peace.

We will welcome Kathy Kelly, who will join us as she arrives back from travels to Afghanistan.  Kathy works with Voices for Creative Nonviolence. We welcome Sherri Maurin, who will gather with us, directly back from the resistance in JeJu Island, South Korea.

Please come, wear a blue scarf if you have one, or a blue shirt. The blue scarves are a symbol that there is one sky above all of us…a symbol that the Afghan youth developed in their yearning for peace.

For more information call the Catholic Worker in Redwood City: 650-366-4415

Directions:  If you take the light rail, get off at the Lockheed Martin station (corner Mathilda Ave. and Fifth Ave.).  Cross Mathilda and walk east one long block to Java Drive.  You’ll then have to cross Mathilda again and we’ll be by the big blue “Lockheed Martin” sign on the corner.

For those driving there is usually ample parking on Fifth Avenue.  Then walk down Mathilda Ave., etc., as directed above.

July 25, 2014 Vigil at Lockheed Martin Protests Gaza Invasion by Israel

July 27th, 2014

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Pacific Life Community’s vigil at Lockheed Martin this month focused on Lockheed Martin’s complicity in the Invasion of Gaza by Israel.  The US is the main supply-line for Israel’s military and Lockheed Martin has its share of the pie.  Lockheed Martin manufactures the F-16 Fighting Falcon jets, the Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor system for the Apache Attack Helicopters, and the Hellfire air-to-ground missiles launched by Apaches.  These weapons are reaping indiscriminate havoc on non-combatant men, women, and children in Gaza.  At this vigil Pacific Life Community exposes the lethality and brutality of these weapons and challenges Lockheed Martin to be more socially and globally responsible.

Vigil this Friday, July 25th, to oppose Lockheed Martin’s Involvement in Gaza Invasion

July 22nd, 2014

Join us for the monthly “4th Friday” vigil at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale held by the Pacific Life Community for Nuclear Disarmament. This month the demonstration will focus on Lockheed’s supplying Israel with military hardware to imprison and kill Palestinians and their aspirations for freedom.

Friday, July 25, noon to 1:00 pm.
at Lockheed Martin’s Main Gate, Java & Mathilda Drives, Sunnyvale.

Santa Clara County’s light rail public transit system stops right there.
For drivers: Come down Mathilda and make a right on Java Dr. (Lockheed and also Yahoo are on the left.) Park on the street or use the third driveway on the right  and park towards the right.

Short program will include remarks by Stephen McNeil of the American Friends Service Committee who just returned from a trip to Gaza to meet with AFSC staff and others in arguably the most densely populated place in the world, a refuge-free refugee enclave, a bombed out, open air prison.
There will also be a die in and optional civil resistance blockade of the entrance to Lockheed Martin.

As the Gazan massacres continue and expand, helicopters and drones are armed with Lockheed-made Hellfire missiles. At the same time Lockheed F-16 fighter jets buzz and bomb Gaza, devastating everyone and everything below.  In April Lockheed Martin opened a new office in Beersheba and stated in their press release, ‘The new office further demonstrates the Corporation’s commitment to supporting the Israeli Defense Force and their “Move to the South” campaign.’

Meanwhile, students at five UC campuses have approved divestment resolutions joining a rapidly increasing number of universities around the world in telling their administrations to divest from Lockheed Martin and other companies that profit from the military subjugation of the Palestinian people.

The vigil is a non-arrest demonstration although members of our group have been known to approach and block the gate/entrance to the Lockheed Martin facility. We’d appreciate a heads up if you are considering such a civil resistance action.

Hosted by Pacific Life Community. See www.wevigil.org.
On Facebook, see the event here.

For more information, contact Jim Haber, 415-828-2506.

…and please sign the “Stop Arming Israel” petition at the insistence of six Nobel laureates.

Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo and End Indefinite Detention

May 23rd, 2014

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A year after President Obama again promised to close the prison camp at Guantanamo, people around the US gathered to urge him to end indefinite detention and close the prison. Witness Against Torture made the call to communities and action groups around the country.
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The Pacific Life Community and Catholic Workers were joined by Veterans for Peace and the Raging Grannies at Lockheed Martin for a noon gathering. People held signs  gave out leaflets. Some were dressed in orange jumpsuits and black hoods, reminding us all how the prisoners have been treated at Guantanamo.
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Reading some of the poems that the imprisoned men have written is always a sobering call to conscience.
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So you might wonder why we were at Lockheed Martin.  Lockheed Martin has had interrogators at Guantanamo, and other sites. The company has a whole department on security analysis, and trains people in interrogation techniques.
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Meet the New Interrogators: Lockheed Martin by Chatteriee Pratap
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Torture — Plan an Action for May 23, 2014

May 12th, 2014

This month’s vigil at Lockheed Martin coincides with the Global Day of Action to Close Guantanamo and End Indefinite Detention. We invite you, and all your friends, to join us at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, CA (Mathilda and Java Streets) from 12-1 pm to remember those still held at Guantanamo, to call for a closure of the prison, the end of indefinite detention, and to tell Lockheed Martin torture is immoral. 

 

May 23rd Action Planning Toolkit

Click here to download this toolkit as a printable PDF.

Guantánamo continues to be an example of how the United States has forfeited the most basic human rights. We now stand as a country that tortures and detains prisoners indefinitely. For the 154 men who remain in Guantánamo this abuse and torture has lasted twelve years. 78 of the men have never been charged with a crime and have been cleared for release by the US government. These men can and should go home today. There are 71 others who our government is unable to charge with a crime but will not release. As of now, they are “forever detainees in a forever war.”

One year ago, on May 23rd, President Obama yet again promised that Guantánamo would be closed and the prisoners would be released. His pledge came in response to the mass hunger strike by men protesting their indefinite detention and to the renewed, global condemnation of the prison. One year later, far too little has changed: few detained men have left the prison and hunger strikes and force feeding continue.

Witness Against Torture along with other grassroots activists, human rights organizations, and advocates for the detained men have called on people throughout the United States and the world to hold President Obama to his promise by taking action on May 23rd, 2014. (See call to action by clicking here.)

We know that many of you are busy preparing the details of the action. Right now, there are actions planned in Washington DC, New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Hawaii, Germany, London, Sydney and in many more communities around the world. Here is a virtual tool kit to provide your community with action ideas, resources, and a media guide. This toolkit will support you in building creative actions, staying unified in our collective voice, and providing resources for a successful action on May 23rd.

Disarming Tea Luncheon

April 27th, 2014

Disarming Tea Luncheon

Hosted by WILPF San Jose Branch and Silicon Valley chapter of UNA-USA
Saturday May 17, 2014, 11:30 am-1:30 pm
SVUNA President’s Garden Home
20644 Nancy Ct.
Cupertino CA 95014
 
$20 RSVP by May 15 to svuna2012@gmail.com  408 255-6559

 

 

Can We find Hope in Resisting this War Making Empire?

Disarming Tea Luncheon

Featuring Susan S. Crane

Susan has been a war tax resister and war resister most of her life. She has taught children in Ukiah, California as a teacher and director of a child care program. While raising her own children, she questioned how we, as a nation, could kill children in other countries by our war making.  Those children, she believes, are as precious as her own.

She has been part of several Plowshares actions, where small communities of people begin to enflesh the words of the prophet Isaiah to “beat swords into plowshares.”  Along with others, Susan has begun to convert our weapons to instruments useful for human life.  For these actions, Susan has spent more than six years in prison.

At the moment, Susan lives at the Redwood City Catholic Worker house. Catholic Worker Center volunteers see people who are homeless, hungry, and without medical care. How is it that in this rich country, people are so poor and in so much need? Catholic workers conclude that the resources and money of our country is being used for war making, that the money can only be spent once, and that we need to value people and the earth more than profit.

Join us to hear and discuss about what creates hope, about what we can do to bring about a nonviolent collapse of war making Empire that we live in.

Proceeds benefits friends in prison via Pacific Life Community. Please join us.    Reservations: Shirley svuna2012@gmail.com 1 408 255-6559.

Lockheed Vigil Rain or Shine — February 28, 2014

March 2nd, 2014

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Good Friday 2013 at Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale

March 30th, 2013

To view all pictures of the Good Friday 2013 event go to:
https://plus.google.com/photos/104788572717041463114/albums/5860984332176530977?authkey=CNvH85ffu8vfDQ

Here is a slideshow of the event:  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0TfWSGjfKLkMTNuOXE4dFQ4dEU/edit

 

Good Friday Stations of the Cross

at Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale, CA,
March 29, 2013
Pacific Life Community

 

The Roman Empire used crucifixion to control the people in
their occupied territories. The celebration of Passover “”a
celebration of escape from slavery “”brought
travelers from all over the Near East to Jerusalem. To intimidate talk of
freedom, the Roman governor of Judea lined the roads into
Jerusalem with crucified troublemakers. Today, many in the
global family experience a modern form of crucifixion as they
are crucified to a cross of war, militarism, and economic
exploitation. In the crucified people of our world we see the
crucified face of Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

Lockheed Martin makes 

D5 missiles which carry
nuclear warheads.
These nuclear warheads are one
way that people are
crucified today. In the
building and testing of
the warheads, people are
exposed to poisonous
radiation.
In the making of these
missiles, money is taken
away from schools,
health care, job
programs and
environmental clean ­up.

 

 

 

 

Crucified person #1 ­ ­Iraq war victim

For over twenty years the U.S. waged war against Iraq that                                      
lacked any legal or moral basis, and has left the country in
physical and political ruin. We pray for the over 2 million
Iraqis who have died since 1991 ­ ­crucified to a cross of
bombings, sanctions, invasion and occupation. We repent for
destroying an entire society and traumatizing a generation of
Iraqis. We pray for the countless millions injured and the
over 4 million displaced. Although most U.S. military

personnel have left Iraq, the effects of a brutal U.S.
military intervention continue. CIA personnel and private
security contractors remain and drones continue to patrol
Iraqi skies.
Three hundred tons of depleted uranium were thrown across the
country, causing cancers and birth defects: children were
born with organs outside their bodies and with deformed
limbs. The children resembled babies from Hiroshima and the Marshall islands after nuclear weapons use.
Iraq has seen a massive increase in cancer rates from the
1991 Gulf War up to the present.
In 1991 there were 40
registered cases of cancer out of 100,000 Iraqis. By 1995,
there were 800 cancers out of 100,000 Iraqis.
And then in
2005 there were 1,600 Iraqis with cancer out of 100,000.
The amount of congenital malformations in Fallujah is 14
times greater than the same rate measured in the cities of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan in the aftermath of the
nuclear bombings.
Babies are born with two heads, with half
of their internal organs outside of their bodies, with one
eye in the center of their forehead “” horrific nightmarish
types of birth defects. (Dahr Jamal)
ALL: For our fear and timidity in speaking and acting on the
truth, Lord have mercy.
Herod washed his hands of the Blood of Christ and let others
do his dirty work.
We ask you, God, to help us see our participation in the
murder of our brothers and sisters, to see the blood on our
hands, and do what we can to stop the killing.

 

Crucified person #2 ­ ­Afghanistan war victim
Since the US began its criminal military intervention in