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!"


August Paddle to Protect the Water

August 8th

Paddle to Protect the Water

Eleven people in 8 canoes and kayaks decorated with signs and balloons paddled on the French Broad River,  from Hominy Creek Park to the Craven Street, to raise awareness about the potential damage to the river that a factory like Pratt & Whitney could cause. We interacted with many tubers enjoying the morning relaxing on the river.


Cost of War, 2001- 2022

Researchers for the Cost of War Project of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University have calculated the cost of the wars we have waged in the post 9/11 era. An astounding $8 Trillion.  30-35% of those dollars are spent on war contractors, anywhere from the small companies that provide food service and uniforms for ground troops to the mega-companies like Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Northup-Grummond that build warcraft, missiles, surveillance systems and other weaponry.


RR AVL Members' Workshop at VfP Convention

RR AVL members Ken Jones, Claire Clark and Melody Shank give workshop entitled, Reject Raytheon: A Case Study Of Local Resistance To A War Profiteer, at the 2021 Veteran's for Peace Convention.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMs6XP4COqk


Opinion Piece in the Mountain Xpress by C. Heil

https://mountainx.com/opinion/secrecy-surrounding-pratt-whitney-deal-raises-critical-issues/


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