Daily Archives: February 8, 2010

Waihopai Ploughshares

At 6am on the morning of 30 April 2008, three members of a New Zealand Ploughshares group, Sam Land. Adi Leeson, and Peter Murnane ,entered the Waihopai spy base and used sickles to deflate one of the two 30 metre domes covering satellite interception dishes. They then built a shrine and prayed for the victims of the war with no end – the so-called ‘War on Terror’ led by the United States government which also controls the NZ taxpayer funded Waihopai base. The government claimed damages were over a million dollars.

The Waihopi spy base is part of the US ECHELON system and gathers satellite intelligence for US wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan. In some ways it is a much smaller version of Australias Pine Gap.

On March 8th the three go to trial in Wellington, and face possible jail sentences. People are converging on Wellington to support their act of resistance.

More information about Waihopai Ploughshares is available at http://ploughshares.org.nz and http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/plshares.htm and information about the Waihopai spy base is at http://www.converge.org.nz/abc/waihopai.html Continue reading

Benefit Night for Waihopai (NZ) Ploughshares

BENEFIT NIGHT

Waihopai (NZ) Ploughshares

*FOR BRISABANE (OR CLOSE) FOLKS:

We are having a benefit night on FRIDAY 26th Feb at BlackStar coffee shop 44 Thomas St West End.

Hope you can make it.

Jim Dowling

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*LOCAL MUSICIANS *SLAM POETRY * SHORT FILM *GREAT COFFEE, FOOD AVAILABLE *SALE OF JEFF SIMMONDS CD “LETS SHUT DOWN WAIHOPAI” * Free admission *

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift sword against nation; and there shall be no more training for war. Isaiah 2/4

At 6am on the morning of 30 April 2008, three members of a New Zealand Ploughshares group entered the Waihopai spy base and used sickles to deflate one of the two 30 metre domes covering satellite interception dishes. They then built a shrine and prayed for the victims of the war with no end – the so-called ‘War on Terror’ led by the United States government which also controls the NZ taxpayer funded Waihopai base. The government claimed damages were over a million dollars.

The Waihopi spy base is part of the US ECHELON system and gathers satellite intelligence for US wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On March 8th the three go to trial, and face possible jail sentences.

All money made from this night will go towards expenses of the Waihopai Three trial.

For more information phone: Jim 3425 3003