Before the trial, the Creech 14 and
supporters gathered at the courthouse for a rally.
After the trial, the Creech 14 and
supporters gathered in the hall
outside the courtroom to celebrate, and begin to question:
"What's next in this movement?"
Jim Haber's Flickr Pix
Friday, Sept. 10 through Monday,
Sept. 13, 6:30 to 8:00 a.m.
and 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Daily vigils at Creech AFB. Co-sponsored with 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.
Note that on Monday, 9/13 there will
not be an afternoon vigil.
See last-minute changes here.
Saturday September 11:
The Temple to Goddess Spirituality, Cactus Springs,
"Our Grief is Still Not a Cry for War:
A Day of Solidarity and Remembrance in Memory
of Civilians and Soldiers."
Vigil along with the Creech
14 defendants as noted above.
Wide Open memorial boots and shoes will be on
exhibition all day as focus for reflection and remembrance.
U.S. military personnel from Nevada who were killed
in either Afghanistan or Iraq are represented by a
pair of boots with a name tag. Civilians killed are
represented by pairs of shoes with names of a small
portion of those killed. The public is invited for
all or some of the activities. All events at the Goddess
Temple are free (though donations are gratefully accepted).
10:00 a.m. Reflection and "Remembrance Circle"
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Reflection and "Remembrance Circle"
5:00 p.m. Pot luck supper
7:00 p.m. gathering for ritual
7:30 p.m. Ritual for Peace in Solidarity and Remembrance
of Soldiers and Civilians
Sunday September 12:
Nevada Desert Experience National Council meeting
(Pace e Bene office, 1420 W. Bartlett Ave. Las Vegas)
The Creech 14 defendants meet and prepare for
trial (from arrests
in April 2009) as much as they desire (Goddess
Temple in Cactus Springs)
Col. Ann Wright available to meet with groups and
interested individuals about the American Ship to
Gaza for which she is raising money (Cactus Springs
or Las Vegas)
Other expert witnesses and Creech 14 defendants available
for interviews (Goddess Temple in Cactus Springs)
To arrange a meeting or speaking engagement, contact
Jim Haber of Nevada Desert Experience
Monday September 13:
7:00 pm, Thomas & Mack Moot Court
Facility, Boyd School of Law, UNLV
The Public Interest Law Association (PILA), in collaboration
with the Nevada Desert Experience presents, 'The Legal
and Ethical Implications of Unmanned Weapons Systems.'
Special Guest Speakers include Former U.S. Attorney
General Ramsey Clark, Legal Director for the Center
of Constitutional Rights Bill Quigley, Former U.S.
Colonel and retired U.S. State Department Official
Ann Wright, and Co-founder of Voices for Creative
Nonviolence Kathy Kelly. Panelist representing the
Air Force still pending.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
Please attend trial of Creech 14 defendants, Regional
Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, 8th Floor:
7:30 am rally in at Lewis and 3rd St.; trial began
at 10:00 am.
THE MESSAGE FROM OUR COORDINATOR, JIM HABER, BELOW
Time to Retire the Bomb!
August Desert Witness
(other memorial events to consider)
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 for 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.
Also on August 7, the Atomic Testing Museum
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.
Additional actions for the August 6 to 9 time
period, in the United States, include:
1. Offutt Air Force Base, in Bellevue, NE, home
of the Strategic Nuclear (StratCom) and the US Military
The gathering starts on August 5. Contact People
for more info:
Jerry Ebner, Omaha CW, 1104 N. 24th St. Omaha, Nebraska
Email: cwomaha AT gmail.com, 402- 502- 5887
Frank Cordaro , Phil Berrigan CW House, 713 Indiana
Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314
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
for more details.
=======A Message From NDE's
Coordinator on The September Shift======
A major reason our usual August
Desert Witness has been shifted this year to September
is that a trial is scheduled to begin on September
14 for people arrested in April 2009 at Creech Air
Force Base. They were protesting the drone attacks
that are controlled from Creech as the bombs fall
and missiles fly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Creech is
between Las Vegas and the Nevada Test Site, so NDE
helps to anchor actions at Creech too. Kathy Kelly
of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Brian Terrell
of Maloy Iowa, a staunch Catholic Worker, Frs. Louis
Vitale, Steve Kelly and John Dear may be known to
some of you. They are on the docket and most of them
will be with us for the weekend too.
Housing: To be arranged depending on your
preference: The Temple to Goddess Spirituality in
Cactus Springs is where most bed spaces are together.
There is also extensive camping space available at
the Temple site. We also have some accommodations
in Las Vegas at our live/work space, or with members
of the local community. If you want motel recommendations,
we can suggest some too.
Transportation: Normally we will make arrangements
for someone to get you from the airport or wherever
you are arriving. We'll help you get to where you
are departing from. If you are going to want to explore
a lot, you may want to rent a car. The Goddess Temple
is about 55 miles northwest of the airport on US 95
in Cactus Springs. Cactus Springs ain't much other
than the Temple. The larger town is Indian Springs,
2.5 miles closer to Las Vegas which is also where
Creech AFB is.
Cost: We don't turn people away for lack of
money. We'll gladly accept more than we ask for too.
We support (and the Goddess Temple is predicated upon)
the gift economy, whereby all offerings are free-will
gifts. That said, as a guesstimate, if people contributed
$30 to $50 per night you are here, that would be wonderful.
We don't need pre-registration payment, but we do
need to know if you are wanting to join us!
Looking forward to hearing from you with interest
Peace and All good,
Jim Haber, Coordinator
Nevada Desert Experience
If you have more questions about
coming to the Las Vegas area
for the September
action and witness,
contact us by e-mail or phone
(info AT nevadadesertexperience; 702-646-4814).
upcoming events and prayer-actions