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Event ID:  298
Contact Name:  Carol Urner
Contact Email:  carol.disarm@gmail.com
Contact Phone:  562 696 5215
Organization:  Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Event Web Site:  http://disarm.wilpf.org
Dates:  6th October 2007 to 6th October 2007
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Type:  Public
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Country:  United States
State/Province:  NE
City:  Omaha
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Location:  First Methodist Church
Event Name:  Aerospace corporations and Stratcom work shop
Event Description:  WILPF participatory workshop on the aerospace corporations and StratCom, including gathering specific data on aerospace corporations in Nebraska, and on working for conversion to a peace economy. WILPF and Peace Economy Project at Nebraskans for Peace conference
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Report on the Results:  October 6, 2007: The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) held a participatory workshop on the aerospace corporations and Strategic Command (StratCom), including gathering specific data on aerospace corporations in Nebraska, and on working for conversion to a peace economy within the state. It was co-facilitated by coordinators of the WILPF DISARM! Dismantle the War Economy Project and the St. Louis-based Peace Economy Project (PEP). This was an afternoon workshop at Nebraskans for Peace annual conference held in Omaha. Participants identified Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon as the major military contractors identified with the StratCom site in Bellevue, Nebraska on the outskirts of Omaha. The university of Nebraska in Omaha is also involved, and reportedly has a ten story StratCom facility on campus, deep underground. Carol Urner of WILPF identified these corporations as deeply involved in promoting, as well as profiting from, space militarization. A previous CEO of Northrop Grumman was directly involved in drafting the New American Century Report on Rebuilding America's Defenses (2000) which outlines in detail the current US administration's program for full spectrum dominance. Participants of the workshop shared their past experiences in attempting to dialogue with these corporations. Carol distributed WILPF fact sheets on military space contracts of these corporations. She also displayed the US WILPF Mil-Corp ConneXion manual and resources of WILPF Reaching Critical Will for researching hundreds of other military contractors and sub-contractors profiting from relations with StratCom nuclear and space programs. She also shared briefly from Oregon experience in deliberately keeping a basically peace economy since the end of World War II, although the space industry is now making inroads with non-publicized subcontracting. Andy Heaslet of PEP shared experiences of working for a peace economy in Missouri. PEP was very successful in dialogues on conversion with local Boeing management in the immediate post Cold War period, but efforts collapsed around 1995 when control of Congress passed to those profiting from a war economy. Participants discussed the many advantages of a peace economy and ways to promote conversion in Nebraska. Andy recommended the writings of Seymour Melman as still providing a good basis for work on benefits of and transition to a peace economy.
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