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Event ID:  283
Contact Name:  Claire Gosselin
Contact Email:  clagos@verizon.net
Contact Phone:  617-244-8054
Organization:  Boston Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Event Web Site:  http://boston.wilpf.org
Dates:  4th October 2007 to 4th October 2007
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Type:  Public
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Country:  United States
State/Province:  MA
City:  Boston/Cambridge
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Location:  Central Square Public Library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA
Event Name:  Peace on Earth, Not War in Space
Event Description:  Space video and presentation by Mary Beth Sullivan from the Global Network 6:45 PM, WILPF
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Report on the Results:  On the first day of UN World Space Week and the 50th anniversary of the launching of Sputnik and the space age, the Boston Branch of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) sponsored a community forum highlighting the dangers of space militarization. Participants also explored the alternative: observing and expanding international space law and keeping space for peaceful uses that benefit all humankind. The evening celebrated International Keep Space for Peace Week with special guest Mary Beth Sullivan, who traveled from Maine to share her observations with the group. Mary Beth is the Outreach Coordinator for the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, and also a WILPF member. She speaks nationally and internationally on the need to abandon space militarization and pursuit of war in, from, and through space, arguing that instead, we must turn the wealth and creative energy of industrialized nations into peaceful pursuits that benefit all humankind and into responsible stewardship of our planet earth. An excerpt of the film Arsenal of Hypocrisy was shown with archival footage on the origins of the space program after World War II. At that time 1,500 German scientists (including some who had to be excused from the Nuremberg trials) were brought to the US in Operation Paper Clip to develop US intercontinental ballistic missiles and space militarization programs. The audience also viewed a short video featuring Bruce Gagnon, founder of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space ( www.space4peace.org), explaining the current use of space technology in the Iraq War and advocating economic conversion to peacetime uses. Extended informal discussion was held after the film.
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