By Ed Ehmke
On Friday, September 25, about 25-30 people met at the gates of Lockheed Space Systems in Sunnyvale, California. Lockheed Martin is the world’s largest maker and exporter of military weapons and at this facility produces the D-5 missile, launched from Trident submarines. Each of the 14 American Tridents, carries 24 such missiles, each armed with (currently) 5 D-88 475 kt warheads. (The bomb dropped on Nagasaki was 20 kt.) A dozen or so carried a long banner that read “Lockheed Weapons Terrorize the World” down a public sidewalk to the entrance gate. Seeing the group approach, guards closed the gate and diverted traffic. The demonstrators remained next to the gate for 20 minutes and then, risking arrest, crossed the driveway and gradually moved back to the main street.
The event was organized by the Pacific Life Community, founded in the 1970’s to oppose the deployment of nuclear weapons in the Pacific. Co-sponsors included the Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice from Palo Alto, the Redwood City Catholic Workers, the Casa de Clara Catholic Worker House in San Jose, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 101, the San Jose Peace and Justice Center, and the Students for Alternatives to Militarism (from Stanford University).
See photos from this action below.
Photo Credit: Ed Ehmke