The Guardian July 24, 2002


Keep space for peace
Join the Pine Gap Protest October 5-7 2002

Pine Gap is a military spy base for the United States located just 
outside of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. It has been here since 
the 1960s and has played a major role in many US military operations 
(including the Gulf War and the current "War on Terror"). It will be an 
integral part of the proposed US star wars system enabling the US to 
dominate and control space.

Its very existence on Australian soil makes us complicit in the military 
strikes of America and makes us a nuclear target. We don't want it. Help us 
expose it and shut it down this October.

Organisations and individuals will be participating from all over 
Australia. Mass transport is being coordinated from most capital cities.

For more information contact:

South Australia: Australian Peace Committee  Adelaide ph: (08) 
8332 3461
Victoria: Action for Peace  Melbourne (a collective set up at FoE) 
through Friends of the Earth (03) 9419 8700 or ph: 0402 246 491
New South Wales: Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition  Sydney ph: (02) 
9212 0800
Northern NSW: ph: (02) 6685 8410
Queensland: Brisbane ph: (07) 3359 1933 or 0412 057 240
Western Australia: Perth ph: (08) 9272 4252 or (08) 9381 6293
Northern Territory: There will soon be a coordinating desk set up in 
an environment centre in Alice Springs which will take on the central 
organising role on the ground.

Posters & leaflets

Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC) in Sydney has 
produced a full colour pamphlet about Pine Gap  if you want copies to 
distribute contact the AABCC at:

peace@mira.net

saying how many you need and where to mail them to.

Friends of the Earth (FOE) have a pamphlet called: Star Wars 2020 
which explains missile defence and advertises the protest action at Pine 
Gap. Available soon on the FoE web site:

http://www.foe.org.au.

Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW) have just released missile 
defence briefings and some members are planning to attend.

There are two collaborative (non-group specific) pamphlets available also:

1. 21st Century Star Wars  Talking Points on National Missile 
Defence and Australia's role through Pine Gap the US Military 
base outside of Alice Springs It has great explanations about Missile 
Defence and Pine Gap from AABCC's Dr Hannah Middleton and UK specialist 
David Webb.

2. A leaflet designed for an International audience  explaining why 
Australians are protesting at Pine Gap, where it is, what is used for.

To keep informed check out the following websites:

Friends of the Earth:

http://www.foe.org.au/nc/nc_pine.htm
MAPW: http://www.mapw.org.au/nationalmissiledefence/nmd-index.html
AABCC: http://www.anti-bases.org.au
OPeace: http://www.ozpeace.net.au
Australian Peace Committee: www.peacecourier.com
WANI (Women Against the Nuclear Industry):
http://www.womenandearth.org/wani/wani.htmil.

For information on other activities happening at the same time as the Pine 
Gap actions during the international week to keep space for peace then 
visit:

Global Network: http://www.space4peace.org

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