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Event ID:  251
Contact Name:  Pat Birnie
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Contact Phone:  (520) 661-9671
Organization:  Tucson Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
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Dates:  4th October 2007 to 4th October 2007
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Type:  Public
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Country:  United States
State/Province:  AZ
City:  Tuscon
Location:  Martha Cooper Library, 1377 N. Catalina Ave
Event Name:  Arsenal of Hypocrisy film showing, talk and discussion
Event Description:  WILPF film showing and discussion on Keeping Space for Peace. Arsenal of Hypocrisy and talk by Jack Cohen-Joppa. 2 pm Saturday October 13. Followed by demonstrations at Davis Monthan Air Force Base and Raytheon in Tucson October 26 and 30 to protest their involvement in U.S. space militarization projects.
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Report on the Results:  October 13, 2007: The Tucson Arizona WILPF Branch sponsored a public meeting in support of the International Keep Space for Peace Week. The branch showed the film Arsenal of Hypocrisy on the genesis and dangers of the rapidly expanding US space militarization program. This was followed by a short talk by Jack Cohen-Joppa, who contextualized the issue within the community of Tucson, which is the home of Raytheon Missile Production Facility. Raytheon is working on several missile defense contracts, including the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle. Twenty-five people attended, including some new to the issues. The group engaged in meaningful and probing discussion, and the branch distributed post cards to the audience for distribution to their elected officials, urging those officials to stop funding Star Wars technology. Following this program, Tucson WILPF held protest demonstrations at Davis Monthan Air Force Base (October 26) and at Raytheon (October 30). Davis Monthan trains the A-10 fighters who have used depleted uranium (DU) in Iraq. The protestors carried signs asking the pilots to tell them where DU has been used, as the US has never officially declared its use. The connection to the militarization of space is that the US uses its vast space assets both to identify targets in Iraq and to guide the pilots and the bombs they drop. Raytheon is the fourth largest US military contractor, and the corporation and its investors profit handsomely from development of missiles and military space technology, paid for by US tax dollars. WILPF is deeply concerned about the promotion of war for profit by multinational corporations and their investors, especially by those, like Raytheon, which promote and profit from space militarization and the nuclear weapons industry. Tucson WILPF has contributed extensively to research on these corporations. For a WILPF overview of Raytheon and details on aerospace projects go to . For WILPF research on the US and international aerospace industry as a whole go to .
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