2011: Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale, California


Pacific Life Community
Annual Retreat March 5-7, 2011

Including talk by Frida Berrigan: Sunday March 6, 2-4

Since 1975 the Pacific Life Community has opposed the development and deployment of nuclear arms along the Pacific Rim. Each March in recent years we have held retreats near one of the many facilities involved in the production of the warheads themselves or of the systems that deliver them. Since 2007 those places have been the Nevada Test Site, Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Trident submarine base at Bangor, WA, and the weapons laboratory at Los Alamos, New Mexico. This year the focus is on the corporate/military complex in Sunnyvale.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems has been the Navy’s prime strategic missile contractor since the program started over 50 years ago. Hosting the Navy’s Strategic Systems Program, 6 generations of fleet ballistic missile history are embodied now in the Trident II D5. Coupled with Lockheed-Martin’s other work, notably through Sandia Labs in Albuquerque, this company is a central hub of nuclear weapons development and export.

Saturday March 5

  • 1-2pm Registration begins
  • 3:30-4:30pm Introductory session with small group breakout
  • 6pm Dinner
  • 7-8:30pm Panel on PLC history, present, future
  • 9-10pm Films available for viewing

Sunday March 6

  • 8am Breakfast
  • 9-10am Presentation on Lockheed Martin
  • 10:15am Proposal for vigil and act of nonviolent witness March 7: Plans/ discussion of options/consequences
  • 12 noon Lunch
  • 1pm Preparation for next day’s activities
  • 2-4pm Frida Berrigan talk and discussion
  • 6pm Dinner
  • 7pm Liturgy in Chapel
  • 8pm Music, singing; Preparation, packing for early departure in AM

Monday March 7

  • Morning Gathering at Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale
  • Mid or early afternoon: Review and evaluation

Why we meet in March: At this time we also remember the suffering caused by 60 years of nuclear and missile testing in the Marshall Islands, including the March 1946 Bikini Atoll tests but most notably the largest atmospheric test of all time: March 1, 1954, a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb named “Bravo,” 1000 times the strength of Hiroshima’s “Little Boy.” In 12 years (1946-58) of intense nuclear testing, 17 of the 67 atmospheric explosions were in a megaton range that equals 7,000 Hiroshima bombs. Repeated evacuations and inadequate protection against effects of radiation have devastated island residents. In recent years other forms of ballistic missile testing target this same region on a regular basis.

Registration information:
per registrant, (scholarships available, and extra contribution welcome). 
Mail to Peggy Coleman at 2309 Saidel Drive #1, San Jose, CA 95124. Make your check or money order out to Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, noting Catholic Worker Peace Fund on the bottom

If you are coming from out of the area, please let us know if you need a ride from the train or airport.  Also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or other special needs. See www.vallombrosa.org — facilities and grounds — for specifics on lodging. Further information: Peggy Coleman, 408-221-3424, or Ed Ehmke, 650-326-7988.

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