February 6: On Trial for Resisting War, Ash Wednesday, Burlington, Ontario

Please join us for one or both of these related peace events on
Wednesday, February 6, 2008, Burlington, Ontario

(also of special interest to high school students taking law courses to attend trial of peace promoters arrested for trying to stop war)

Ash Wednesday Peace Gathering Followed by Trial of 10 Nonviolent War Resisters in Burlington Court

Peace Gathering, 8:30 am, Parking Lot, Ontario Court of Justice, 2051 Plains Road East, Burlington
Join us for this inclusive Ash Wednesday liturgy for peace

Trial, 9 am
All welcome to attend this day-long trial of 10 people arrested at the Burlington subsidiary of Canada’s self-declared #1 war manufacturer, L-3 Wescam, 2051 Plains Road East, Burlington


” [Save us] from lying lips and from deceitful tongues…Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.” — Psalm 120

In November 2006, 10 people attempting to enter into a dialogue with company executives for the Burlington, Ontario military manufacturer L-3 Wescam were arrested and charged with trespassing. They wanted to talk about transforming Wescam’s business from a place of war profiteering and possible complicity in acts of torture into an organization that produces socially useful things for the betterment of the world community. Those charged are Frank (Barney) Barningham, Matthew Behrens, Dan Hilton, Gail Lorimer, Dave Marshall, David Milne, Maggie Panter, Kirsten Romaine, Mike Smith, and Paul York.

Their trial takes place on Ash Wednesday, February 6, 2008, at 9 am in the Courthouse at the Ontario Court of Justice, 2051 Plains Road East, Burlington.

Before the trial, the ten invite you to join them in an Ash Wednesday liturgy for peace in front of the courthouse, an opportunity to reflect on the fact that Wescam continues to produce military hardware for some of the deadliest military forces on the planet. How appropriate that we gather on this day, for we recall that the violence and fear which provoked imperial forces to execute Jesus still dominates the offices
of the militaries and their suppliers, as well as those of us who
remain silent in the face of atrocities like the invasions and
occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Turtle Island, to name only a few. Our witness at the beginning of Lent reminds us that such fear, violence, and danger exists right in the heart of our own communities in places like L-3 Wescam. That inclusive gathering (all welcome, regardless of faith background) takes place at 8:30 am.

For more information contact Gail Lorimer at (905) 634-7654 or Homes not Bombs at (416) 651-5800, tasc@web.ca

What is L-3 Wescam?

* L-3 Wescam supplies human rights violators: Colombia, Egypt, Algeria, China, Iran, Libya, Saudia Arabia, U.S., and U.K (source: Industry Canada).
* L-3 Wescam components are used by Hellfire-missile-armed US Air Force Predator, Cobra Attack Helicopter, Vigilante chopper’s Low Cost Precision Kill scheme
* L-3 Wescam “border control” products prevent refugees from finding safety
* L-3 Wescam outfits police forces to repress demonstrations and “public disturbances”
* Wescam parent L-3 Communications Canada ranked #1 war
manufacturer (Canadian Defence Review, 2006)
* Wescam Parent company L-3 Communications supplies “interrogation” teams allegedly implicated in torture in Iraq

L-3 WESCAM promises to change the way you see the world. When you see the world through the targetting sites of a Hellfire missile, everyone is an enemy: refugees, school children, wedding guests, all of whom have likely been killed with Wescam technology. On February 6, help Wescam employees see the human destruction caused by their products and ask: What if Wescam Targeted Poverty and Pollution, not People? What if
they produced technology to shoot down heart disease, not Hellfire missiles?

“There is not one standard of morality for individuals in their private lives, and another when they act as
representatives of their State. We may not commit mass murder in either role.”
— Philip Berrigan


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