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Dec. 7, 2023
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Activists To Rally at Lockheed Martin Office in San Francisco, Urging an End to Weapon Production for Israeli Military
San Francisco, CA – In solidarity with the International Shut It Down for Palestine Day of Action on December 8, activists will gather at the Lockheed Martin office located at 275 Battery Street, San Francisco, from noon to 1:30 pm. The demonstrators will demand an immediate cessation of Lockheed Martin's production of weapons intended for the Israeli military's actions in Gaza.
Amidst the call for the United States to broker a permanent ceasefire and redirect its resources, protesters are urging Lockheed Martin to cease the production of weapons contributing the Israeli military's genocide in Gaza. The activists propose that the funds currently allocated for military purposes, approximately $14 billion, should instead be directed towards aiding Palestinians and supporting domestic initiatives such as housing, clean energy, health care, and education.
The planned action will encompass a picket line, a teach-in on "How is the genocide in Gaza supported by Lockheed Martin?", street theater, sidewalk chalking and symbolic bloody red handprints, and the delivery of a Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal Subpoena and contempt citation to Lockheed Martin.
Cynthia Papermaster, an organizer from CODEPINK, emphasized the importance of holding Lockheed Martin accountable. She stated, "Lockheed Martin is being tried for war crimes. We will deliver a subpoena and contempt citation to Lockheed from the Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal. Lockheed is the largest U.S. military contractor or 'merchant of death.' Lockheed's profits from war crimes are astronomical. They literally make a killing on killing."
Papermaster continued, "Lockheed influences U.S. foreign policy to ensure continual conflicts to keep profits high. They are public enemy number one for a world that deserves to live in peace, cooperation, and true security.