MountainX Op Ed: "Just Say No to Raytheon Technologies"

https://mountainx.com/opinion/just-say-no-to-raytheon-technologies/


Rally for 1st Anniversary of Nuclear Weapons Ban

January 22nd Action
Celebration of the One Year Anniversary
of the
Entry into Force of the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapon

 

 

 

 


December Actions: Calling for Climate Action

Highlighting the Link between Climate Urgency and Need for a Green Transition

We displayed our new 18’x6′ banner on the bridge for passersby to see. We got many honks and wavies from drivers on busy weekend afternoons.

We wanted to call attention to the crisis our environment is in, and advocate for the most viable political solution, the New Green Deal. The US military is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases, and the $785 trillion dollars in the 2022 defense budget Congress just passed could have gone a long way to mitigate the climate emergency.


Reject Raytheon Receives 2 Peace Awards

2021 WNC Peacemaker of the Year Award
NC Peace Action 2021 Peacemaker Award

Reject Raytheon AVL on Radio Free Nashville

Here's a radio interview that Reject Raytheon members, Ken Jones, Claire Clarke and Melody Shank, did with James Wohlgemuth on Radio Free Nashville.


Invest in Local Businesses - K. Jones LTE

Ken Jones responds to J Hackett's Citizen Times column about investing in local businesses, especially BIPOC businesses.


Asheville Holiday Parade 2021

An Asheville Holiday Parade Tagalong

We joined the November 20th Holiday Parade, first as street-side banner holders, and then as an unofficial parade “entrant” after the final float carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus passed us by. Not welcomed by the police, our group was stopped by them but then negotiated that we could proceed on the sidewalk walk with our banners and chants. Once the banners passed the parade stage, the police left us alone to take over Patton Avenue, the second street of the parade route. We had our own mini parade down the wide main thoroughfare and received much enthusiastic support for our messages.

See the tape of the livestream of our one group parade on our Instagram page.  The last photos of the Citizen Times gallery of parade photos  are also of us!


October 23rd and November 6th Actions at the Bridge Construction Site

On October 23rd an Nov. 6th, a group of 15  people met at Bent Creek River Park along the French Broad River and lined the road in front of the Pratt & Whitney access bridge to bring awareness to how Pratt & Whitney and its parent company, Raytheon Technologies, contribute to the climate emergency. Rt 191 and the Blue Ridge Parkway were both busy on these beautiful autumn days. We heard some climate crisis deniers and engine roarers, but we mostly heard supportive horn beeps and had some good conversations. We passed out over 120 flyers to passersby on those 2 days.

Background

As a part of the vast American military industry, Raytheon and it’s subsidiary, Pratt & Whitney, are part of an industry that contributes enormous amounts of carbon emissions to our atmosphere.  The aviation sector alone is “a substantial contributor to global warming.” If the aviation industry were a country, it would place sixth in emissions, between Japan and Germany.” (Center for Biological Diversity).  Furthermore, the US Pentagon, with its complex web of defense contractors, weaponry, and military bases, is the largest institutional producer of greenhouse gases in the world. (LATimes). It is easy to claim that the Asheville Pratt & Whitney plant will only produce turbine airfoils for jet engines, at least 30% of which will be destined for military plants. But the whole aviation industry, especially the military plane industry, needs to be rethought in order to diminish the impact of carbon emissions on our planet.


Oct 9th "Keep Space For Peace" Action

 

On the afternoon of the 9th, a dozen Reject Raytheon members walked the crowded streets of downtown Asheville, carrying signs and handing out flyers to bring awareness to Raytheon's role in weaponizing space. The action coincided with the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space Week of Action. We highlighted Raytheon's role in militarizing space.

The U.S. is militarizing space, calling space a war fighting domain. This is in violation of the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty, which declares that space must be preserved for peace for all of humanity.

US tax payers will fund this program while Congress cuts spending on social programs, health care, education, climate change, and other urgent needs.

Aerospace military corporations like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing will be the main profiteers of moving war into space. Raytheon alone is already involved in managing launch sites for military satellites, and in developing and operating GPS, command and control, surveillance, and missile "defense" systems for the military.

Since our action we learned that Raytheon Technologies, through its Intelligence and Space Division, is moving quickly into Space Force operations with its acquisition of SEAKR Engineering and its investment in the CU's VADeR lab.

Every year since 1985, member states in the UN have adopted a resolution to negotiate a multilateral treaty on the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS), all except the US and a few allies. Both China and Russia are in support of PAROS.

We said, "NO WEAPONS IN SPACE!"