Photo Credit: Cara Bissell
Five Tucson activists held a peace vigil outside the entrance of Raytheon Missile Systems early in the morning of September 19, holding signs as workers arrived. One of their signs implored the workers to “Work, Pray, Act for Peace”. A few of the workers flashed them peace signs as they drove by in their cars. Raytheon is the largest private employer in southern Arizona, and they have hailed Tucson as the Missile Technology Capital of the World. At their Tucson missile factory, Raytheon manufactures surveillance drones and weapons for armed drones, Standard Missiles and Star Wars “kill vehicles”, Mavericks and AMRAAMs, microwave crowd control beams, cluster bombs and cruise missiles. The Tomahawk cruise missiles that the U.S. used against Syria on April 6 were built there. In August, Raytheon was awarded a $900 million contract to develop the nation’s next generation of air-launched nuclear cruise missiles.
Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2017