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- September Desert Witness 2010 -
Our Grief is Still Not a Cry for War

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?"

See 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, NV
"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.
The Eyes 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.


65 Years: 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 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
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
vandenbergprotest-macgregor.blogspot.com 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 and questions.
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).

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