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Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Time of Nonviolent Action @Lockheed Martin, King of Prussia, PA. to Uplift and Celebrate the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty Entering Into Force

January 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Monday, January 20, 2020, Noon – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Time of Nonviolent Action  at Lockheed Martin, King of Prussia, PA., 230 Mall Boulevard (off the intersection of Mall & Goddard Boulevards, directly behind King of Prussia Mall).

Please read fully, especially the MANDATORY FOR PARTICIPANTS below.

CELEBRATE THE UNITED NATIONS TREATY ON
THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
[UN NUCLEAR BAN TREATY]
JANUARY 22
ENTRY INTO FORCE

On Martin Luther Day, Jan. 18, Noon, at the Brandywine Peace Community’s annual Time of Nonviolent Action at Lockheed Martin honoring Dr. King, people will bring the Treaty’s weight of international law to the U.S.’s largest nuclear weapons contractor in a public on-site act at the corporation’s complex in King of Prussia, PA, 230 Mall Boulevard, (located directly behind the King of Prussia Mall) three days before the treaty’s ENTRY INTO FORCE.

People and groups across the country will participate in nuclear weapons abolition actions celebrating and uplifting the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons [U.N. Nuclear Ban Treaty] Entry Into Force on January 22, 2021, declaring across the country with banners and signs, displays declaring, and with people around the world  NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE ILLEGAL.

For nationally-coordinated demonstrations and events around the country see, http://www.nukeresister.org/2020/11/08/invitation-to-get-involved-nuclear-ban-treaty-entry-into-force-action-day-january-22/

SEE JANUARY 22 PAGE FOR DEMONSTRATION at the Phila. Federal Courthouse, 601 Market Street, for the Noontime Area-wide Announcement of the Issuance of the U.N. Nuclear Ban Treaty Entry Into Force. Related likely announcements forthcoming.

On the Creative Market Blog - More than Just a Day Off: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

MANDATORY FOR PARTICIPANTS:

Adherence to the discipline of Nonviolence [“of fist, tongue, and heart”,  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.]

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Safety concerns for one another and all others in this horrid time of COVED-19, as the severity and spread, rate of infection and deaths from the virus increases everywhere.

Practice SOCIAL DISTANCING and WEAR A MASK OR FACIAL COVERING (no ifs, ands, or buts about it). If you don’t have a mask, we’ll give you one! There will be no movement amongst participants , after the demonstration’s set-up  onsite.  Greetings to other participants will be verbal and the twinkle in your eyes. 

Please bring your folding chair and once you get situated, six feet apart on either side from other participants, with a sign, “SIT-IN’ in your chair and remain there to end of the demonstration.

Please check into this site page for any updates and/or adaptations in keeping with the Covid-19 precautions. TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER, THE MANTRA OF DAY!

 

REMEMBERING REV. DR. KING

On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his murder in Memphis, TN., Dr. King delivered his Beyond Vietnam Speech before a crowd gathering at Riverside Church in New York City.  In this truly historic speech Dr. King called the U.S. government “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world” and called for nonviolent resistance to what he called the “the evil triplets of American society: racism, materialism, and militarism.

Since the birth of the Brandywine Peace Community in 1977, in the aftermath of the U.S. carnage in Vietnam, we continue to hold tight to these of words of Dr. King as we celebrate his birth on January 15, 1929.  We’ve stood at Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer and the U.S. chief nuclear weapons contractor for decades in a commitment to peace, to justice, to nonviolence, and the abolition of nuclear weapons.  We do so again on this annual Martin Luther King Day observance, January 18, 2020 celebrating, upholding and uplifting the United Nations Nuclear Ban Treaty Entry Into Force

ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Join the worldwide fight to abolish nuclear weapons and rid our Mother Earth of this threat to all humanity

Support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Declare at Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer and the U.S.’s #1 nuclear weapons contractor that NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE ILLEGAL

 

Statement of Commitment
At Lockheed Martin, we listen to Dr. King anew, remembering what he described as the intertwining ‘evil triplets of American society: Racism, Materialism, and Militarism’.
We remember that for justice, peace, human decency and truth, Dr. King died rather than give in to the racism, war, and violence he faced .
We toll a bell of peace for justice, nonviolence and love, declaring the NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE ILLEGAL.
We bang drums in celebration of  Dr. King, his life and his  message of hope  in the face of racism, greed, militarism, and the unimaginable threat of nuclear war .

Outlawing Everything To Do With Nuclear Weapons

19.11.2020 – Northampton, United States Timmon Wallis

Outlawing Everything To Do With Nuclear Weapons

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) outlaws the use of nuclear weapons. But that is not what makes this treaty so important. Indeed, many would argue that any conceivable use of nuclear weapons would inevitably violate the fundamental principles of international humanitarian law and therefore the use of nuclear weapons was already illegal, long before the TPNW came along. What is illegal now, however, is not just the use of nuclear weapons, but everything to do with nuclear weapons.

The TPNW outlaws everything to do with nuclear weapons, and therefore has the potential to seriously affect the companies who make nuclear weapons, and through them, the politicians whose campaigns they finance.

The TPNW outlaws the development, testing, production, manufacture, possession, stockpiling, transfer, stationing and deployment of nuclear weapons. It also outlaws assisting, encouraging or inducing anyone at all from engaging in any of those activities. Why is that so significant?

While the treaty’s prohibitions are legally binding only in the countries (50 so far) that become “States Parties” to the treaty, those prohibitions do not apply only to the activities of governments. Article 1(e) of the treaty prohibits States Parties from assisting “anyone” engaged in any of those prohibited activities. That clearly refers to private companies and individuals who may be involved in the nuclear weapons business.

THE LIKES OF LOCKHEED MARTIN
(click on Don’t Bank on the Bomb)

Don’t Bank on the Bomb identifies 26 private companies currently involved in the nuclear weapons business globally. These include 15 companies based in the US, as well as a few based in India, China, and Europe. There are offices of at least one of these companies in two dozen of the countries that are about to become States Parties. Honeywell, for example, has offices in 13 of these countries. Many more of the companies have projects, including government contracts, in these countries.

More and more countries will be joining the TPNW in the coming months and years, and the pressure on private companies involved in the nuclear weapons business will continue to grow. These companies are already facing public and financial pressures not only from soon-to-be States Parties, but also from within their own countries. Two of the five largest pension funds in the world have divested from nuclear weapons, and other financial institutions are following their example.

Nuclear weapons still exist largely because the companies involved in the business wield such enormous power over government policies and decision-making, especially in the United States. They are among the largest donors to congressional re-election campaigns. They spend millions of dollars on lobbyists in Washington. And they provide a “revolving door” for out-of-work politicians who may be looking for a lucrative consultancy contract or a position on some company’s Board of Directors.

We are unlikely to see any significant change in US policy towards nuclear weapons until those companies start to feel some real pressure coming from this treaty. Until they realize that their own futures depend on diversifying their activities away from nuclear weapons, these companies will continue to be the driving force for maintaining these weapons.

Public pressure on the nuclear weapons companies in the 1980s led many of them to turn their backs on nuclear weapons. The politicians quickly followed, and we had the first major reductions of nuclear stockpiles since the onset of the Cold War.

This time, we have an even more critical need. We need the money and the brainpower being poured into nuclear weapons “modernization” to create the technologies needed for a green and sustainable future. We are now facing not one, but two, existential threats to our planet. By using the TPNW to put pressure on the nuclear weapons companies, we have at least a fighting chance of surviving both.

Details

Date:
January 18, 2021
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Venue

Lockheed Martin
230 Mall Boulevard
King of Prussia, 19406 United States
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Phone:
484-574-1148
Website:
www.brandywinepeace.com