September 14: Trial of the Creech 14

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“There is No Appeal from Drone Strikes. Our Grief is Still Not a Cry for War”

14 People were arrested in April 2009 for crossing onto Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas for attempting to stop or at least dialog with commanders of the Predator and Reaper remotely piloted “drones” that are either protecting US forces or are inciting outrage and endless war because they are killing civilians and being used questionably against people in violation of international and US law, depending on your perspective.

The DA (or someone) reversed themselves and belatedly decided to prosecute the activists, some of whom have served in the military or have seen first-hand the destruction in Pakistan and Afghanistan caused by drone and other US air strikes.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

Trial of Creech 14 defendants:
Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave.,
Las Vegas, 5th Floor (Regional Court, Department 5):
7:30 am rally in at Lewis and 3rd St.; 8:30 am trial scheduled to begin.

It is unclear how long the trial will last: the morning, all day, more
than a day?

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Kathy Kelly speaks about the Creech 14 and Creech AFB on DemocracyNow

In today’s Democracy Now! Kathy Kelly speaks about the Creech Airforce Base in Nevada, and the trial of the “Creech 14” which will start tomorrow.
On the photo: a screen shot of the internet-cast.
Link to the internet-cast.

Also a guest is Feryal Ali Gauhar, a Pakistani actress, filmer, author, who speaks about the connection between the US military base in Pakistan and the Creech AFB. See also this weblink with photos of the drone base in Pakistan, which is being denied by the Pakistan government.

This secret base was not used to help with the recent and ongoing floods in Pakistan.

Guns pointed at Creech "trespassers"

An upcoming trial for activists who illegally entered Creech Air Force Base to protest the government’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles has caught the attention of United Nations officials and could have serious implications for the future of remote-controlled warfare.

In April 2009, 14 activists who had gathered here from across the country illegally entered the base’s gates and refused to leave in protest of Creech’s role as the little-known headquarters for U.S. military operations involving unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, over Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

Held at gunpoint by Air Force security police until officers from Metro and the Nevada Highway Patrol handcuffed them and took them to the Clark County Detention Center, the activists now face a September trial on misdemeanor trespassing charges.
Further reading.

Kathy Kelly on Antiwar Radio


Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence (a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare), discusses the “Creech 14” activists awaiting trial for protesting U.S. military drone strikes in AfPak, the obligation of citizens to speak out against government breeches of international law and why targeted assassinations create more security problems than they solve.
Listen here.

Program August 2010 – April 2011

AUGUST 2010
Nuclear Free Future Month

August 1 to August 9: Contact Think Outside the Bomb in Chimayo, New Mexico and Pax Christi New Mexico for the many events at Los Alamos this year, all part of “Disarmament Summer.”

A NOTE REGARDING August Desert Witness:

Because of organizing for the September trial and events, NDE is not hosting an August Desert Witness for Hiroshima/Nagasaki Days THIS YEAR at the Nevada Test Site. For local activities to remember those killed by atomic weapons and especially victims of nuclear testing and those first bombs used on Japan in 1945, contact Candace Ross at the Temple to Goddess Spirituality in Cactus Springs; 702-569-0630. On August 6 she always welcomes people to come fold paper cranes and also to go out to the entrance of the Nevada Test Site to vigil.

Additional actions for the August 6 & 9 in the United States, include:

1. Offutt Air Force Base, in Bellevue, NE, home of the Strategic Nuclear (StratCom) and the US Military Space Commands.
The gathering starts on August 5.

Contact People for more info:
Jerry Ebner, Omaha CW, 1104 N. 24th St. Omaha, Nebraska USA 68102
www.no-nukes.org/cwomaha, Email: cwomaha AT gmail.com, 402- 502- 5887.
or Frank Cordaro , Phil Berrigan CW House, 713 Indiana Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
www.DesMoinesCatholicWorker.org, frank.cordaro AT gmail.com, (515) 490-2490.

2. Vandenberg Air Force Base, in Lompoc, CA, Space and Missile Command
The gathering is on Saturday, August 7, “hosted” by the local Catholic Workers from Guadalupe (Beatitude House), 805-343-6322
http://vandenbergprotest-macgregor.blogspot.com for more details…

Also on August 7, the Atomic Testing Museum in Nevada will be having an Obon Ceremony (Japanese Lanterns) at Sunset Park in the evening. The event will be to honor all of those who have died and suffered as a result of war. People can make lanterns at the ATM during the day. For more details, contact Dawn Barlow-Curtis at the ATM at 702-794-5147.

We regret to announce the cancellation of The Meaning of Guardianship retreat with Joanna Macy planned for August 5 to 9

SEPTEMBER 2010

September Desert Witness:
Friday, Sept. 10 through Monday, Sept. 13: Daily vigils at Creech AFB. Co-sponsored by Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Some people will walk from the Goddess Temple in Cactus Springs. Others will drive out from Vegas to stand together. Rides will be arranged as needed.

September 9: First UN International Day for an end to Nuclear Testing (postponed from August 29); sponsored by Kazakhstan

September 10 – 13: NDE Vigils against drone warfare. Daily vigils at Creech AFB. Co-sponsored by Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Some people will walk from the Goddess Temple in Cactus Springs. Others will drive out from Vegas to stand together. Let us know you’re interested and we’ll be sure you are contacted as details emerge. AND CHECK THESE BULLETINS FOR UPDATES.

Friday September 11: A Day of Solidarity and Remembrance. The Temple to Goddess Spirituality, Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and the Nevada Desert Experience host Eyes Wide Open-Nevada.

Vigil in the early morning along with the Creech 14. Followed by reflection time and group time. The Eyes Wide Open installation will be open all day.
5:00 Potluck Dinner;
7:00 gathering for ritual;
7:30 Ritual for Peace in Solidarity and Remembrance.

Sunday September 12: …still in formation aside from the morning vigil at Creech. Creech 14 defendants may need time to meet to plan for their trial. The NDE Council will be meeting during the day too.

Monday September 13: Evening program in Las Vegas featuring Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and Fr. Louis Vitale, who will recently have been released from prison after 6 months for crossing the line at Ft. Benning’s School of Assassins (aka the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation). Plus special guests Bill Quigley of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney General.

September 14: Trial of the Creech 14 (from arrests in April 2009) ATTEND THIS! It’s at the
Regional Justice Center,
200 Lewis Ave.,
Las Vegas,
5th Floor (Regional Court, Department 5):
7:30 am rally in at Lewis and 3rd St.;
8:30 am trial scheduled to begin.

September 21: UN International Day of Peace.

September 20 to 22: High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (“Millennium Summit”), UN, NY
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OCTOBER 2010

October 2 & 9: Keep Space for Peace Week

October 24 & 30: UN Disarmament Week

APRIL 2011

April 18 & 25: Nevada Desert Experience Sacred Peace Walk 2011

For more information about any of the events,
e-mail or call the NDE office:
info @ NevadaDesertExperience.org, 702-646-4814