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By Mary Beaudoin Women Against Military Madness Newsletter
Vol. 37 No. 2 Spring 2019
The Air Force is upgrading to stealth bombers (model B-21) that can fly long range and strike any target worldwide, according to South Dakota’s Rapid City Journal of March 27, 2019. Dubbed the Raider, these planes are designed by merchant-of-death manufacturer, Northrup Grumman, and are to be hosted, at Dyes Air Force Base in Texas, Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, and Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, along with the thermonuclear bombs that they can carry.
Citing the “healthy relationship” between Ellsworth Air Force Base and the “huge amount of local support for that base” in the surrounding Black Hills community, Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune, enthused about an anticipated boost to the area’s economy. What’s missing from this picture of a happy building boom and big bucks rippling through the local economy? The new facilities are to house planes, weapons, and personnel whose sole purpose is to be able to kill and destroy as fast as possible.
Note: The new planes are capable of carrying the B61-12 (hydrogen or “H”) bombs, currently under development, which are as many as three times the size of the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima during WWII.
 “Western South Dakota air force base will be first to receive B-21 nuclear bombers.” Rapid City Journal via Brainerd Dispatch. By Arielle Zionts. March 27, 2019. tinyurl.com/y3wddlgf
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 “Projects. “B61-12 Nuclear Bomb” Airforce Technology.com. tinyurl.com/y59ucrak
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ACTION: WAMM Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons
Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) is delivering paper petitions bearing the signatures of Minnesotans who call for the U.S. to sign the International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; the petitions are being presented to the state’s 10 representatives in the U.S. Congress. Steve McKeown, who has been obtaining signatures, reported over 16,000 signatures from 550 cities and towns as of April 17, 2019. Please pick up a petition form from the WAMM office, ask that one be sent to you, or download copies from the WAMM website. WAMM: 612-827-5364.
Resolutions in support of the ban are moving through Minnesota and other local governments across the U.S. On a federal level, on April 11, U.S. Congressmen James McGovern of Massachusetts and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon introduced H. Res. 302, calling for the U.S. and officials to support the treaty. Urge your representatives to join them.
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WAMM’s annual Walk Against Weapons will take place this year around Como Lake in Como Park in St. Paul on June 1, 2019. For more information click here. To donate to the Walk on Facebook, click here.
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