Follow Up: Vandenburg AFB Nuclear Missile Launch Protest

The nuclear missile test launch was scheduled for June 29   The protest vigil began just before midnight on June 28 and continued until after the launch occurred.  

More than thirty people gathered, ranging in age from 19 to 84, at the front gate of Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, Californiato protest the launch of a high alert ICBM Minuteman III from Vandenberg to Kwajalein atoll. Protest was organized by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space (www.space4peace.org).

Vandenberg base is a key component of the U.S.SPACE COMMAND and is home to U.S. missile defense interceptors.  It is the major launch site for both interceptor tests and military satellites. This was the first nuclear missile test since the election of President Obama.

WILPF believes the test launch of a nuclear weapon sends a dangerously contradictory message to the world. This is true even though it will carry only dummy nuclear warheads. President Obama has promised that the United States will now lead the way toward abolition of nuclear weapons.  Continued testing of nuclear missiles  is totally inconsistent with such leadership and endangers us all.

Contact MacGregor Eddy for more information about this protest and other nuclear disarmament events and issues in California.  Email macgregoreddy@gmail.com . Telephone 1-831-206-5043.

Please also visit WILPF's DISARM site: http://disarm.wilpf.org/

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