Tuesday, September 26, 2023 @ Raytheon 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
In April, 2020 the Pentagon named Raytheon Missiles and Defense in Tucson as the sole-source contractor for a multi-billion dollar program to develop and produce the Long-Range Stand-Off (LRSO) missile, an all-new nuclear-armed cruise missile to be launched from the wings of warplanes. Production of this missile violates the spirit and letter of the 2017 United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which entered into force in January 2021. But don’t look to their website, rtx.com, for more information, because all mention of the LRSO nuclear cruise missile has been removed!
This peace vigil takes place during the Campaign Nonviolence and Defuse Nuclear War weeks of actions.
Please note: Signs and banners will be provided, or you can bring your own. So that our messaging is clear & consistent to passersby (especially drivers who have just a couple of seconds to read a few of our signs), we ask that the message on any signs you bring affirms the purpose & focus of this special September 26 peace vigil – nuclear disarmament and nuclear weapons.
* Parking is on the NORTH side of the Hermans Road entrance to the plant (3rd traffic light south of Valencia on Nogales Highway, the extension of South 6th Avenue). Park on the gravel off northbound Nogales Highway, between railroad tracks and highway, (closer to the highway than the railroad tracks) north of Hermans Road.
There are many cars turning off Old Nogales Highway from both directions onto Herman’s Road to go to work, some at a pretty fast clip. People will need to carefully cross Hermans Road with the crossing light at the crosswalk if they want to vigil on the south side of Hermans Road.
Additionally, we should take care to not stand in the road, and to keep our signs, banners and flags from hanging over the road, so we don’t create any danger to ourselves or others.
Please contact nukeresister (at) igc.org if you’d like to be added to an email list to learn about monthly peace vigils at Raytheon and Davis-Monthan AFB.
Join the Raytheon Peacemakers as we demonstrate against war and those who profit from it. Survival demands better ideas, not better weapons.
Now simply called Raytheon, it is the most profitable division of the corporate war profiteer Raytheon Technologies, RTX.com. With its top management and largest factory in Tucson, Raytheon employs more than 13,000 of our Southern Arizona friends and neighbors.
For more than two decades, Raytheon has hailed Tucson as the Missile Technology Capital of the World – a center for lethal innovation and cutting-edge killing for profit. From Standard Missiles to Star Wars “kill vehicles” and hypersonic glide bombs, AMRAAMs and Javelins, Mavericks and microwave crowd control beams, drones, cluster bombs and now, nuclear-armed cruise missiles – it’s all made here, some even sold to friends and foes of friends alike.
We do not oppose those working at Raytheon.
We understand the need for good paying jobs in Tucson.
We oppose the militarism that exploits this need, “developing” our own community at the expense of others around the world.
Signs provided, or bring your own. More info: nukeresister (at) igc.org
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