Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Peace Vigils Raytheon Missiles Tucson Nov 2010

TUCSON: Raytheon Missiles Vigil
Censored News: Depleted uranium use by the US is one of the most censored issues. Anyone who has written about it knows that there are former military officers who attempt to intimidate anyone who writes about it on the Internet.
The issue of Raytheon Missiles' manufacturing plant on the Navajo Nation was also censored by Indian Country Today in 2006. The editor demanded that I not to even research the fact that Raytheon Missiles, with a contract from the Navajo Nation government, has a manufacturing plant in the middle of NAPI (Navajo Agricultural Products Industries, Inc.) near Farmington, N.M., where potatoes are grown for potato chips, along with corn and other crops. NAPI also boasts of using genetically modified seeds, which are protested by Indigenous Peoples around the world. --Brenda Norrell, Censored News, former staff reporter, censored and terminated by Indian Country Today in 2006

Please join us from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the first Thursdays of November-March at Davis-Monthan AFB, and from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the third Thursdays, November-March at Raytheon Missile Systems plant.
Photo: Gaza attack/Indymedia
Please note that now the vigils are in the afternoon and not the morning for the cooler part of the year.
1) First Thursday, November 4, from 3:30 - 4:30 a.m. at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Craycroft Road entrance (at Golf Links Road).
Why protest at Davis-Monthan AFB?
Air National Guard troops at Davis-Monthan AFB are deeply involved in the rapidly developing phenomena of robotic warfare, remotely piloting UAV's (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) that are firing Hellfire missiles and killing more civilians than targeted "terrorists" in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Ground the Drones!
A-10 warplanes that train out of Davis-Monthan AFB are responsible for the vast majority of radioactive ammunition - estimated at well over 400 tons - used in Iraq since 1991.
The Guardian newspaper in Britain recently reported on an Iraqi study that confirms Iraq is littered with high levels of nuclear and dioxin contamination, including depleted uranium, resulting in greater rates of cancer and birth defects near sites. See http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/22/iraq-nuclear-contaminated-sites
And while the Pentagon continues to deny any risk from depleted uranium weapons and thus refuses to help Iraq locate and decontaminate affected areas, the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons reported this winter that
"It has emerged that the United States is seeking alternatives to depleted uranium for the future development and production of medium calibre bullets for its armed forces..."
and that while the military procurement agency is
"not willing to single out a single reason for the policy change, [it] indicated that environmental considerations were a factor..."
See http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/a/307.html
Park at recreation field parking lot at N-W corner of Craycroft & Golf Links with access from Craycroft. Signs provided, or bring your own! More info: 323-8697.
2) Third Thursday, November 18, from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Raytheon Missile Systems, Hermans Road entrance to the plant (3rd traffic light south of Valencia on Nogales Highway, the extension of South 6th Avenue).
Join the Raytheon Peacemakers as we demonstrate against war and those who profit from it. Survival demands better ideas, not better weapons.
Raytheon Missile Systems is the most profitable division of the war profiteer. With its headquarters and largest factory in Tucson, Raytheon Missile Systems employs about 12,000 of our Southern Arizona friends and neighbors.
For more than a decade, Raytheon has hailed Tucson as the Missile Technology Capital of the World - a center for lethal innovation and cutting-edge killing for profit. From Standard Missiles to Star Wars "kill vehicles", Mavericks and AMRAAMs, microwave crowd control beams and pilotless drones, cluster bombs and cruise missiles - it's all made here, some even sold to friends and foes of friends alike.
We do not oppose those working at Raytheon.
We understand the need for good paying jobs in Tucson.
We oppose the militarism that exploits this need, "developing" our own community at the expense of others around the world.
Park off Nogales Highway, between railroad tracks and highway at the Hermans Road entrance. Signs provided, or bring your own! More info: 323-8697.

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