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Dangerous, Useless, Expensive: Why Eliminate Land-Based Missiles
January 28, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
John LaForge, long-time activist, will be the featured speaker at the Sunday, January 28th service of the Chequamegon Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Land-based, long-range nuclear weapons are accident-prone, scandal-ridden, destabilizing, and hugely expensive. The missile system has been criticized and targeted for elimination by high-level political and military officials across the political spectrum. The US Air Force still maintains 450 Minuteman III missiles, deployed in underground launch pads across large swaths of Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. Should they be replaced at a cost of at least $100 billion, or finally abolished? These are the questions that LaForge will explore.
LaForge drove 30,000 miles over three months to confirm the locations of the all 1000 land-based missiles for the Nukewatch’s 1988 book NUCLAR HEARTLAND. Now a REVISED EDITION, edited by John and Arianne Peterson, updates the state of the missiles and their place in the nuclear arsenal. Since 1992, John’s been on the staff of Nukewatch, a nuclear watchdog and environmental justice group in Luck, Wis., where he edits its Quarterly newsletter and contributes regularly to CounterPunch and PeaceVoice. He wrote Nukewatch’s report on the Army Corps of Engineer’s scandalous dumping of hazardous waste into Lake Superior, “Drinking Water at Risk: Toxic Military Waste Haunts Lake Superior.” (www.nukewatchinfo.org)
All are welcome at this service which will be held at 10:00 in the Ponzio Student Center on the Northland College Campus. Childcare and children’s programming is available. For more information call 715- 682-0446 .