F-35 Silent Vigil & Meditation

Citizens Silent Vigil and Meditative Protest Against F-35A in Vermont

A group of concerned Windham Country area citizens will conduct a Silent Vigil & Meditation on the Whetstone Path at the Brattleboro Food Co-op on Thursday May 9, between 4:00-5:00 PM to protest the basing of the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Bomber at Burlington’s International Airport next year.

This local action is in solidarity with a state action on 9 May in Montpelier that will include a 24 Hour Meditation Protest for Peace, culminating with a one-hour meditation for all to join from 2-3:00 pm on the Statehouse lawn. [Details below]

Participants who join us are encouraged to either stand silently, holding signs, or to join those who will be meditating. Please bring your own chair or cushion

The  F-35A, a stealth bomber, is designed to carry a nuclear payload, thus making it an offensive, not a defensive weapon. This exposes Burlington, and the entire state of Vermont, to being a first-strike target.

The stationing of the F-35s with nuclear capability in Burlington means, that the City becomes a s first strike or a retaliatory target by foreign powers to take out the nuclear weapons and the F-35s to prevent a counterstrike.

Immediate consequences of an accident involving a nuclear weapon will be catastrophic beyond human imagination. Any accident of the F-35, even without nuclear weapons on board, will devastate the greater Burlington area due to the toxicity of the materials with which the plane is constructed; producing fire not extinguishable by conventional means.

For further information, contact Tim Stevenson, bereal@vermontel.net or 802.869.2141
Statehouse: Meditation Protest for Peace schedule:
Wednesday, May 8 at 3:00 pm.  (Set up will commence up to one hour prior)  Two individuals will begin 24 hour sit at 3:00 pm.  (If you would like to sit for the full 24 hours please let us know).  
Wednesday afternoon-overnight-Thursday morning:  Silent meditation.  Please join as your schedule allows.
Thursday, May 9 at 1:40 pm.  Begin gathering in preparation to join the Sit at 2:00 pm.  The last hour of the Sit will run from 2-3:00 pm.  
     ***This is the time that we want most people to attend so if this time is open in your schedule, please join us***
Thursday, May 9 at 3:00 pm.  Press conference.  Please plan to stay present for the press conference to show your visible support for banning the basing of nuclear weapons in our State.  
 The stand we take has the power to reverberate and inspire activism all over the country; Vermont has led the way before, and Vermont can lead the way again.  

Contact Jennifer Decker galloway.jennifer@gmail.com

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