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Nonviolent Direct Action in Santa Cruz
Nonviolent Direct Action in Santa Cruz
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For Regional Actions, see below

Local Opportunities for nonviolent direct Action include:

1) Passing out flyers at doors of Recruiting Offices (41st and Clares), rally outside
· Time and Place: Mon. through Fri., March 24-28) 3:00 to 5 p.m.
· Plan of action: Entering the courtyard (no more than one person at each door) to pass out educational flyers to young people who come to enlist.
· Purpose of action: To reach out with information to potential recruitees, to ‘counter” the dishonesty of the recruitment process, and to maintain the right to do so.
· History of this action: On Thursday, 2 men crossed the “caution” tape at the front of the building, in spite of being threatened with arrest. They passed out flyers and engaged potential recruits in discussion. When the police threatened to arrest them and more police came in, several of the men’s supporters came in to “witness” the arrest. After several police warnings and discussion with the building manager and owner, the men were allowed to pass out leaflets if there were no more than one at each door.
· Current status of this action: We may be back to square one, with people risking arrest in order to pass out flyers. Last Friday, when people were being arrested for blocking the entries, the building manager said they might not let people pass out flyers anymore. The idea now is to separate the education/outreach action from the blocking the doorways action, in order to maintain the right to do the outreach.
· Contact: RCNV 423-1626 ext. 302

2) Sitting in front of Recruiting Office doors (41st and Clares), rally outside
· Time and Place: Wednesday morning, 8:00 a.m.
· Plan of action: Those who risk arrest will enter the courtyard and sit in front of the doorways of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines offices, depending upon numbers.
· Purpose of action: To strongly express our opposition to the recruiting process.
· History of this action: On Friday, 13 people sat in front of the 4 offices, singing. Witnesses and supporters joined them until warned by police to leave. The 13 were arrested and were taken to the County Jail on Ocean up from Water, cited, charged with misdemeanor trespassing, and released. They were charged with a misdemeanor. Their arraignment will be April 23. They hope people will show up to support them.
· Current status of this action: Those who wish to engage in this action, along with their affinity group members, gather on Wednesday on 41st in front of the Recruiting Office complex at 8 a.m. for a huddle. Supporters should come by 8:30. Anyone crossing the caution tape line may be arrested. For nonviolence trainings, call 423-1626 ext. 103.
· Contact: RCNV 423-1626 ext. 302

3) Weapons Inspection Action at Lockheed Martin in Bonnie Doon
· Time and Place: Friday, April 11
· Plan of action: At 12 noon there will be a press conference at the Town Clock, where people dressed as “Citizen Weapons Inspectors” will explain their purpose: to inspect Lockheed Martin at Bonnie Doon, since they have reason to believe that LM is engaged in working on weapons of mass destruction. A large bus will have a huge banner, and will lead a car caravan to the facility. Those dressed as weapons inspectors will be willing to risk arrest by seeking entry at the front gate.
· Purpose of action: to expose the economic, military, and political role of Lockheed Martin in war.
· History of this action: Nothing done at Lockheed Martin for many years, perhaps since the 80s, when local activists prevented L-M Bonnie Doon from expanding. Activists failed, though, in their efforts to make Santa Cruz County nuclear-free, which they hoped would force L-M to leave the country.
· Current status of this action: Meetings are being held to plan this action, which may be the first among many. Help is needed. Coming meetings to be at RCNV:
Friday, March 28, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 1, 5 p.m.
· Contact: Justin Mayer: 459-6887, justinm (at)

Regional Opportunities for nonviolent direct actions include:
· Vandenberg Air Force Base actions. Check to find out what’s going on.
· San Francisco actions. For carpools from the County Building at 10 a.m. Mon, Tues, Wed., call Davey at 465-9578 or 617-869-4280 (cell) or by email at daveycurlyhead (at) To see plans see To see what’s going on see:


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Lockheed Factsheet


Lockheed-Martin has the dubious distinction of being the world's largest weapons manufacturer, with 2002 sales of $26.6 billion and a backlog of more than $70 billion, according to their website ( Clearly, this is a corporation with a vested interest in the heightened efficiency of the death, destruction, terror, and mayhem of modern warfare.

The most famous Lockheed Martin tools of massacre (a remarkably incomplete list):

CRUISE MISSILE "PAYLOAD DELIVERY SYSTEM": the cruise missile is usually the first weapon launched when combat begins. The Pentagon war-plan in Iraq includes what is called Operation Shock and Awe, a barrage that calls for 800 Cruise Missiles to be launched in 48 hours—more than twice the number that were used in the entire 40-day bombing campaign in the first Gulf War. Each Cruise Missile is packed with 1,000-pounds of explosives and is priced at more than $1 million dollars a piece: 48 hours, 800,000 pounds of cruise missiles, at $800 million in hardware. Lockheed-Martin couldn't be happier.

F16 FIGHTER JET - The world's most popular combat aircraft has rained mayhem from the skies for the past 25 years. The F-16 is the workhorse of the United States Airforce—logging over 100,000 combat hours over Iraq, Serbia and Afghanistan. It has, and will continue to, play a significant role in American attacks on Iraq.

F35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER - The shared $400 billion contract to build the jet fighter was the richest contract ever awarded by the Pentagon.

C130 HERCULES CARGO PLANE - Besides carrying troops and tanks, the C130 was used in Afghanistan to drop the 15,000-pound Daisy Cutter bomb, the largest non-nuclear weapon available.

BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLE PROPULSION SYSTEM: The most popular tank-armoured personnel carrier will get maximum use during the war in Iraq, as it did in 1991:

"The US Army division that broke through Saddam Hussein’s defensive frontline used plows mounted on tanks and combat earthmovers to bury thousands of Iraqi soldiers – some still alive firing their weapons – in more than 70 miles of trenches, according to US Army officials… The unprecedented tactic has been hidden from public view… Not a single American was killed during the attack that made an Iraqi body count impossible… Bradley Fighting Vehicles carriers straddled the trench lines and fired into Iraqi soldiers as the tanks covered them with mounds of sand. “I came through right after the lead company. What you saw was a bunch of buried trenches with peoples’ arms and things sticking out of them,” said Col. Anthony Moreno. [General Norman] Schwarzkopf’s staff has privately estimated that between 50,000 and 75,000 Iraqis were killed in their trenches.” - Newsday (NY) 12 September 1991 p.1


The CLI is a group of war hawks who have been lobbying for the bombing and overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The Committee chairman is Bruce P. Jackson, a former vice president at Lockheed Martin from 1993-2001. Jackson chaired the Republican Party Platform's subcommittee for National Security and Foreign Policy when Bush ran for president in 2000. Jackson was also big on expanding the role of NATO -- think of all the new weapons that will be required -- and headed up a campaign to get Congress to ratify NATO's eastward expansion. “I wrote the Republican Party’s foreign policy platform,” declared Bruce Jackson. Jackson said that he was selected to be “the overall chairman of the Foreign Policy Platform Committee” at the Republican National Convention, at which he was a delegate.

The revolving door from the White House/Pentagon to the largest weapons manufacturer is transparent: 8 senior policy officials in the Bush Administration had ties to Lockheed Martin before joining the administration – including war criminal Otto Reich and Vice President Dick Cheney, whose wife Lynne Cheney served on the Lockheed Martin board from 1994-2001.



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